I’m a gal who LOVES to get more bang for my online buck. I often would counsel friends and fam on the benefits of online shopping and how to get cash back so here’s my scoop for you. Two things that go great together (besides chocolate and peanut butter of course) are online cash back sites and coupon codes. I must state for the record that 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 Big Lots. Now – while I often joke that I am a foodie snob, not many know that those spices that you find for a buck or less (or those spices in the back of the cabinet that are from 20 years ago – you know the one in the metal jar) are often way out of date, far from fresh and your dishes will not shine. So – if I was going to replenish their spice cabinet but couldn’t do a quick whirlwind trip to the 9th St. Italian Market here in Philly, 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! So – here’s how I’d do it.
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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