To go hand in hand with my theory of getting more bang for your buck, like I detail on the holiday tutorials each year, when shopping online, you must try cash back and online coupon codes. Note: the services referenced in this post are are services that I PERSONALLY approve of and use frequently. I think you know by now that if something is great, I’ll tell you and if it’s horrid, I’ll tell you.
I have to confess, I do a majority of my shopping online. I have no patience in bad customer service, annoying customers or crowds. I’d rather mill about enjoying the sights and sounds rather than worry about that “perfect” gift or product that I just *have* to have. SO – without further adieu – this is how your gal shops.
First of all, I have to have a game plan. For example, someone once disclosed to me that they were using bargain spices from the Dollar Store. Now, should I decide to cure them of this bad habit (because I’m a foodie snob and know that spices linger on those shelves seriously deteriorate), I know I’d need to replenish their spice cabinet with spices from one of my favorite culinary stores, Dean & Deluca. My theory is if the Barefoot Contessa uses it, then the product HAS to be top notch. Good vanilla and all!
Second Step: Research to see who has the highest cash back through EVReward.com (sometimes you get good coupons on here as well). Some sites are not on EVReward so you might want to doublecheck (i.e. ExtraBux and TopCashBack)
Third Step: Select your cash back portal to use. I primarily use five sites: Fat Wallet, Ebates, Mr. Rebates, CashBaq or ExtraBux. There are others, but I’ve had the best luck with those five and, personally, I use Mr. Rebates, Ebates, TopCashBack and ExtraBux the most.
Fourth Step:Find the item you are looking for, purchase and viola! You will get cash back, ultimate savings and a nice little somethin’ somethin’ for you a couple months later because it takes about 60-90 days for the available funds to be posted.
So to recap: the Cash Back sites to bookmark/sign up at are:
My favorite coupon sites are:
And, finally, when it comes to all things online sample sale – I swear by:
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