This week I’m participating in a money saving collaboration with the YouTube Mommy Meetup community. My video is on Using Your Calendar to Grow Your Savings!
Tomorrow’s post will be on money-saving apps that put money back into my savings but when I’m shopping online, I need other options! Like Snap & iBotta, Ebates* & ShopAtHome are two websites that give me money back. Rather than submitting my receipts, however, I need to shop through their websites. And, rather than rebates on specific items, these sites give a percentage back on everything (usually) that I buy at participating stores. The percentage is usually 10% or less back, except when they are a having a double cash-back offer, but that’s still a savings I wouldn’t have had otherwise…and all I needed to do was click a link before I shopped.
Current Ebates* offers:
10% back on Groupon and 6% back on Living Social
8% back at Sephora
1% back at Gymboree
2% back at Target
2% back at Loft
If you have a large purchase to make, check through Ebates* or ShopAtHome first–if the store offers a ‘buy online, pick up at the store’ option, you may be able to really increase your savings! When we purchased our dryer last year at Best Buy, I found an online coupon AND there was a double cashback through Ebates which, together, brought down the sale price down by another $100! You do have to read the guidelines closely as some won’t work if you use a gift card for part of the payment or on clearance items, etc (it varies by store).
CamelCamelCamel is an amazing resource for Amazon shoppers. Find an item on Amazon and wonder if it is a good deal? Enter the Amazon URL of the item you want to price check and it will return to you the price history for it! With as frequently as prices can change on Amazon (all those cart price change alerts–Woohooo! the item dropped by $.03!), sometimes the savings can be substantial. For those items that aren’t time-sensitive purchases, CCC allows me to watch for a price drop (sign up for an account to get alerted).
Like the app, RetailMeNot is a great source for online coupons. Of all the sites that list coupons, I find RMN to have the most accurate and up-to-date coupons. If I can’t find a coupon on there, chances are I won’t be able to find one anywhere else. One day I stumbled upon a Papa John’s coupon there–I had never considered checking for one AND it was a coupon that wasn’t available through their website.