I have blogged before that I was able to get a Club Elite membership at Duty FreePhilippines (DFP). I got the free membership since we had a total shopping purchase of above USD 500 last time we went there in August of last year.
As a Club Elite Member, you are entitled to discounts, perks, promos at Fashion Walk & Beauty Walk at the Duty Free Fiesta Mall, Cebu Waterfront Hotel, and NAIA Terminals 1,2, and 3.
I first called up the Club Elite hotline (5524337 local 3147, 8793614) for confirmation that we would be there to shop. Calling the hotline was easy breezy.
We dropped by the grocery to buy some personal toiletries and snacks. Since I was on budget mode, I only bought some essentials from their supermarket.
Here are my grocery loots:
Vaseline Aloe Fresh Hydrating Body Lotion with Aloe & Cucumber,700 ml @ USD 7.95
Pringles Super Stack in Cheddar Cheese @ USD 2.00
Crown Chocolate Mallows @ USD 1.20
2 Monarch Corned Beef @ 2.70 each x 2 = USD 5.40
Total Purchase: USD 16.55 (Php 716.63)
Conversion yesterday was at USD 1 = Php 43.30.
That’s what I call budget shopping! I paid in peso by the way. Credit card transactions are not allowed.
I also checked on some items like perfumes and bags I’m eyeing to buy and the prices are way lower than what they're sold in the mall.
MAC lipsticks are at USD 18 (Php 700+). Lipsticks are sold over Php1,000 in department stores. The foundation and powder are at USD 37 (Php 1600+). The mall price ranges from Php2000-2500.
For perfumes, I checked two of my favorite scents: DKNY and Elizabeth Arden Green Tea. DKNY Be Delicious is at USD 62 for the 50 ml while they have the promotion of two 30 ml bottle with different scents at USD 68 . Not bad! Elizabeth Arden has ongoing promo also where you can get two bottles of same scent at USD 32.
Of course, I wouldn’t miss to check on Longchamp. Here the prices at DFP:
Cabas – USD 89
Le Pliage (medium short handle) – USD 115
Le Pliage (large long handle) – USD 149
Planetes (large long handle) – USD 169
Planetes (medium long handle) – USD 149
If I just had money, I could have bought the Planetes in large long handle. I’ve been drooling for the black planetes ever since.
To get to Duty Free Philippines, check on this link. If you’re going there via commute, you may ride any bus going to Baclaran. From Baclaran, ride the jeepney with the signboard “Sucat Highway”. You will not miss the Duty Free Philippines Fiesta Mall since it’s very visible from the highway. You may also take the bus going to Paranaque with "MIA Road" signboard coming from EDSA. The bus route is only until NAIA Terminal 2 or the Centennial Airport, you need to take the Sucat jeepney to get to DFP.
Promise, the next time that I'll be back I'm in for some serious shopping!