Wednesday, November 27, 2013

How To: Save BIG Money Shopping Online

I begin my holiday shopping months in advance, and love every minute of it. I love every minute even more when I use these four ways to save (and get back!) lots of money. How much do I have to spend? has turned into How much can I save? And of course you can use all of these ideas to save money year-round.

1. EBATES*- If you do a lot of online shopping like I do, you need to sign up for EBATES. With it, you'll get money back on the shopping you are already doing online through literally hundreds of the most popular retailers. Seriously. Depending on the retailer you can get up to 25% back. While most retailers are under 5%, every little bit helps right? To give you an idea of the rebates you can get here are a list of the retailers I do most of my online shopping with and their percentages:

Amazon- Up to 8%
Old Navy/Gap-7%
Toys R Us-2%
Best Buy- 1.5%

How is it possible that someone just wants to give you a percentage of your online shopping? Well, EBATES works through referrals, and they basically get a commission every time they pass someone along to a site, and they simply pass some of that on to you. Simply sign in to EBATES, and click on the online retailer you are interested in shopping at, and the retailer will automatically send on your purchase amounts back to EBATES so you can be reimbursed. You get paid by check or PayPal quarterly, as long as its at least 60 days since your purchases (you won't get credit for anything you return.) You can also choose to donate your savings to a charity. Check out their site to learn more!

2. WALK AWAY- Fill your cart until your hearts content and then walk away. If you are signed in to an account connected with your email, retailers will often follow up within 24 hours with a coupon or offer by email to get you to seal the deal on an incomplete purchase.

3. CAMEL CAMEL CAMEL- Are you an Amazon addict like me? Want to make sure you get the best prices? Simply copy and paste the Amazon link of the thingamabob you are interested in into CAMEL and you can see the price history of the product, and figure out the best time to buy. You can also receive alerts via email or Twitter when the price on the thingamabob drops. (We just purchased a camcorder, and because of CAMEL I was able to purchase at the lowest history price, nearly $80 off the price it was listed at just days ago.) CAMEL also works with Best Buy... which is great for those big ticket items.

4. LOOK FOR COUPON CODES- A quick Google search of the retailer you are shopping with plus the words "coupon code" will quickly let you know if there are any deals out there, often through sites like Retail Me Knot.

5. (NEW!) AMAZON TIP- START SHOPPING EARLY. With the exception of special deals and lightening deals, prices continue to increase the closer you get to the holidays (See CamelCamelCamel.) So get that online shopping done early! 

6. (NEW!) AMAZON TIP 2- Did you know that if you are an Amazon Prime member, Amazon will give you a $1 credit toward your next book or e-book purchase if you choose "no-rush" shipping at check out. A few orders like that and you'll have a free book for a stocking stuffer! Another reason to do your shopping early.

Happy Shopping!

*If you sign up for EBATES through the listed link, I get rewarded. It's not why I wanted to share Ebates with you... but it can't hurt!

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