A mighty stack for last minute gifts

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Sometimes its possible to stack multiple deals towards great value.  We refer to that as “extreme stacking”.  Fortunately, for those of you who need to ship a list minute holiday gift, Harry & David has you covered.  And I’ll show you how to stack the snot out of it…

Here are the components you’ll need for the ultimate Harry & David stack:

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  • Enroll for 2 years free via PayPal (found here).

Amex Offers: Spend $75, Get $20; and Get 10% Back

Log into your Amex account to see if you have a card that has both of the targeted offers shown above.  It’s possible that the 10% back offer is only available on business cards, so begin your search on a business card if you have one.  Once you find a card with both offers, load both to your account.

Dosh 10% Back

Dosh is an app that lets you earn cash back at certain merchants automatically just by linking your credit cards.  And Dosh happens to be offering 10% back at Harry & David at the moment!

It used to be necessary to click through from Dosh for online offers like this one, but that’s no longer the case.  See: Dosh — Now stack card-linked offers with portals.

Make sure to install Dosh on your smartphone and link your Amex credit card before making any purchases at Harry & David.  If you haven’t yet installed Dosh, here’s my referral link (thanks!).

Portal $10 per purchase or 20% Back

Most portals don’t offer much for Harry & David purchases, but they tend to offer quite a bit more for 1-800-Flowers, which is a partner site.  All of the above stacks will work if you click through to 1-800-Flowers rather than to Harry & David.  Once, there, you can click the Harry & David tab if you prefer their products.  But, actually, you can buy from any of the 1-800-Flowers associated stores such as Harry & David, Cheryl’s, Wolferman’s, etc. (see image for the full list):

At the time of this writing, the two best portal options for 1-800-Flowers are TopCashBack and Ebates (both are offering 20% cash back) and the investment site, Acorns, which offers $10 back per purchase when you click through from their “Found Money” section.  If you plan to spend more than $50 per order, then you’re better off with 20% back from either portal (but always check CashBackMonitor first to see current portal rates).  If you plan to spend less than $50 per order, then go with Acorns.  Here are my referral links to each of these:

Add Up the Stack

With the Spend $75, Get $20 Amex offer, you’ll increase your savings by spending as little above $75 as possible.  Here are two examples in which you spend $80 total.  Note that sales tax is not considered in the calculated savings…

Scenario 1: One $80 purchase for $28 after rebates

  • $20 Back from Amex for the Spend $75, Get $20 offer
  • $8 Back from Amex for the 10% back offer
  • $8 Back from Dosh (10% back)
  • $16 back from from TopCashBack or Ebates (20% of $80)
  • Total rebate: $52
  • Total cost after rebate: $80 – $52 = $28

Scenario 2: Two separate $40 purchases for $24 after rebates

  • $20 Back from Amex for the Spend $75, Get $20 offer
  • $8 Back from Amex for the 10% back offer
  • $8 Back from Dosh (10% back)
  • $20 back from Acorns as long as you click through separately for each order
  • Total rebate: $56
  • Total cost after rebate: $80 – $56 = $24

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