vPost continues to win Part 2

I’m not sure if the mother is impressed or disconcerted with my little online shopping wins (in particular with the canned pork leg and safebox), but it was enough to tempt her into asking me to buy a dress for her online. Once again the merchant only ships within the United States, so I had to route the package to vPost. The amusing thing is that the warehouse is located Mississippi whereas vPost US is located in Oregon, so the package literally traveled across the country via Fedex!

A breakdown of the timeline:

08/06, 12:30PM: Placed dress order
10/06, 12:00PM: Merchant informed me that package was on its way
16/06, 5:00AM: vPost informed me that package had arrived
16/06, 5:00PM: Made payment for package
20/06, 12:30PM: Received package

I am constantly amazed by vPost, it is hard to imagine that it is run by the same company that oversees our abysmal local post.

If it is of interest to anyone, the item was a lightweight maxi dress and vPost charged me $32.14 for shipping. It was of little interest to me, since the mother was paying for it.

ShopBack + Redmart Part 2

This must be our craziest buy yet: we bought a freaking safebox online!

So after 过大礼 we realised we had amassed quite a handful of jewellery and suddenly getting a home safe seemed more of a need than a want.

We went to one of the Home-Fix stores to check out the safeboxes in person. Home-Fix largely carries two popular brands: SentrySafe and Yale. After some comparison, we settled on a model and were almost ready to find a sales assistant when this conversation came up:

“Do you think they will deliver?”

“I’m pretty sure it’s buy and carry home.”

“But it’s so heavy?!”

“If we order online, will they do free delivery?”

“I bet it’s cheaper if we order online!”

That’s when we left Home-Fix and proceeded to check online for cheaper alternatives. Yes, we are pariahs of the society.

Anyway, turns out Redmart carries the exact model that we were looking for! The price listed was exactly the same as in-store, so with free delivery (above $49) it was already more worthwhile buying online.

So let’s do the math again:

  1. Without giving away our safe model, let’s assume the list price is $300
  2. Returning customers at ShopBack are entitled to a 8% cashback on the final amount at checkout ($24)
  3. The DBS Live Fresh Card gives 5% cashback on online purchases ($15)

In total I saved $39, which is 13%! Free delivery also ensures that A doesn’t pull his back before the w, so all in all it was a good deal. I ordered some bottles of beers as well (non alcoholic and alcoholic because A cannot decide which one he is), Redmart actually stocks unique brands that can’t be found at local supermarkets!

I sound like a Redmart spokesperson, but I’m not paid to write any of this (I wish I was) (Redmart doesn’t know I exist). I love free delivery, and I love discounts!

(Sorry Home-Fix)

ShopBack + Redmart Part 1

In these past few months I’ve shopped online extensively for various reasons. Recently because of 过大礼 we had to purchase 14 cans of pork leg, so I took to the internet to find the cheapest source of canned pork leg.

The best solution I found was a combination of ShopBack + Redmart + Credit Card rebates. Redmart carries the Narcissus Pork Leg with Mushrooms at $3.95, which is the same as Fairprice. That combined with free delivery for purchases over $30 for new customers was enough to convince me to skip buying at Fairprice, but I went ahead anyway to compute the additional savings:

  1. At 14 cans of $3.95, my purchase came up to be $55.30
  2. First time customers at Redmart are entitled a 10% discount ($5.53)
  3. First time customers at ShopBack are entitled to a 10% cashback on the final amount at checkout ($4.98)
  4. The DBS Live Fresh Card gives 5% cashback on online purchases ($2.49)

So my savings totaled up to be $13, or 23.5%. That’s pretty neat, especially since no one bothers about the ceremonial 过大礼.

Additional thoughts:

  1. I like that Redmart lets me choose my delivery slots, although on the day of delivery the guy called to ask if he could deliver earlier as he was around the neighbourhood. Thankfully the mother-in-law was home to intercept the delivery.
  2. Some of the cans came banged up and didn’t look very presentable for 过大礼, but no one pointed that out so A and I kept mum. I suppose one cannot expect all items to be in perfect condition, and I’m willing to let that slide on the account of my 23.5% in savings.
  3. The DBS Live Fresh Card has some caveats that I am very certain A is not aware of, so for clarity’s sake I shall elucidate here: the 5% cashback is earned only if there’s a minimum spending of $700 in a month, and cashback is capped at $70. It means for any given month (for as long as the promotion runs), you should only spend between $700 and $1,400 in order to maximise the 5% rebate. Don’t you just hate Terms and Conditions?