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Savvy Online Shoppers Get Cash Back

My favorite thing about shopping online is the convenience factor – I can compare prices, read reviews and have items delivered right to my doorstep.  No driving around from store to store, dealing with the inevitable toddler meltdown, wondering if I’m getting the best price.  If I can get the product I need and save money doing it, I’m in.  If you’ve been shopping online, you’re no doubt familiar with promo/coupon codes.  If you’re anything like me the words “free shipping” put a smile on your face.  While you can save plenty of money with promo codes and free shipping alone, you’re leaving a lot more on the table if you’re not looking for one more thing: cash back.

There are several cash back sites out there, and lately my favorite is ShopAtHome.  They offer a 110% cash back guarantee, so if you find a better cash back offer on another site, they won’t just match it, they’ll beat it.  I’m also loving their WILD daily deals, where they offer a product each day at a huge discount.

For those unfamiliar with the site, here’s a rundown of how ShopAtHome works:

The first thing you’ll need to do is register for a ShopAtHome account.  It’s easy and free.  You’ll even receive a $5 sign up bonus when you make your first purchase.  Once you’re registered, use the site as a portal to your favorite online retailers.  From the ShopAtHome home page you can use the search box to find your favorite retailer.  Let’s say I want to shop at Target.  I find the Target Coupons page, which looks something like this:

ShopAtHome Target Coupons

Clicking the blue “Shop Now” button will open a Shopping Ticket and take me to Target.com where I can make my purchase.  After the purchase, the listed cash back will post to my ShopAtHome account.  This usually happens within a couple of days, but it can take as long as 30 days.  When you do a lot of shopping online, these little kickbacks really start to add up.  Once your account balance hits $20.00, you will receive a cash back check in the mail.  ShopAtHome issues checks once a month, so you won’t be waiting too long once you hit that threshold.  Frequently you’ll see special cash back events when the cash back percentage hits double digits.

Along with the cash back benefits, ShopAtHome is also a great resource for coupon codes for online retailers, printable grocery coupons, restaurant coupons and free samples.

What is your best tip for saving more online?

PromotionCode.org – Online Savings with Less Hassle

PromotionCode.org

You’ve put in the time, talked to your friends, read all the reviews, done your research and you’re finally ready to pull the trigger on that new vacuum. You’ve found the best price, with a few clicks of the mouse it’s in your cart and you’re reaching for your credit card. But wait…could you save more with a promo code? Free shipping sure would be nice. Back to Google you go, hunting down those elusive codes and hoping that when you find them they won’t be expired. Sound familiar?

I’ve saved loads of money with promotion codes and free shipping makes me downright giddy. Getting lucky enough to combine them both is a savvy online shopper’s dream. Finding these codes can be worth the effort, but the search can be both time-consuming and frustrating. I was recently introduced to a site that aims make the process a bit easier, PromotionCode.org.

On the site, you’ll find an extensive database of promotional codes from retailers ranging from Apple to Walmart and everything in between.  If you know have a specific retailer in mind, you can easily pull up a list of current promotional codes with the search box.  There is also a directory of stores that you can browse.  Free shipping codes can be found on a separate page, also organized by retailer.

PromotionCode.org allows deal seekers to help each other out by posting new promotional codes to the site.  Users also help in keeping the codes current by reporting their success or failure as they shop.  The codes are also spot checked by site administrators and if a code has not worked for three days and reaches a certain percentage of failure, it is removed from the site.

Want to receive e-mail updates when there is a new promo code for your favorite store?  They’ll be happy to send them your way in a daily or weekly digest.

Saving time is as important as saving money in my book, PromotionCode.org can help with a little of both.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by PromotionCode.org, all opinions are my own.

Baby Bargains and More with Amazon Mom

If you have small children and you haven’t heard about Amazon Mom yet, you’ve been missing out – let’s fix that right now! Amazon Mom is a free program which is actually available not just to moms, but for any parent or caregiver. Benefits include:

  • 3 Free Months of Amazon Prime (Free 2 Day Shipping with no minimum purchase)
  • 30% off Diapers and Wipes with Subscribe and Save Delivery
  • Exclusive e-mail discounts and offers

Each time you make a purchase of $25 or more in the Baby Store, your Prime shipping benefits will be extended for an additional month, up to one year total.

By taking advantage of Amazon Mom, you’ll be able to get great deals on diapers without ever leaving home.  In recent months, coupons have been popping up in various parenting magazines for 20% any diaper purchase.  Combined with the 30% off subscribe and save discounts I’ve been able to score some amazing deals. The coupons have been found in Parents, Parenting and most recently American Baby magazines.

You can get a FREE Subscription to American Baby Magazine – Click Here – There was a coupon in this month’s issue, hopefully we’ll see them in future months too.

To give you an idea of the possible savings:

Huggies Size 4

My twins currently use Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers in Size 4.  Amazon’s current price is for a box of 140 diapers is $33.59.  When I purchase them with Subscribe and Save through Amazon Mom, the price drops to $23.51 (about 17 cents per diaper).  This alone beats the price I’ve paid at Costco in the past.  Add a 20% off coupon and the final price is just $16.79 shipped!  That’s just under 12 cents per diaper, a great price for Huggies and they are delivered to my door.

I love Amazon Mom!

Save More Online with Cash Back Sites

If you want to be a savvy online shopper, it pays to become acquainted with the cash back sites. These sites act as shopping portals, and when you click through to shop at one of numerous retailers, you’ll receive cash back on your purchase. You can often find coupon codes on these sites as well, making it well worth checking them out when you are doing your shopping. Here are a few of the cash back sites I use:

Shop At Home Logo

Shop At Home:  This site offers cash back at over 800 retailers, coupon codes for online retailers as well as printable grocery coupons.  Rebate checks are sent monthly, minimum payout is $20.  When you sign up and make a purchase, you’ll receive $5 in bonus cash back.  ShopAtHome also offers a 110% cash back guarantee.

Ebates

Ebates: Offers cash back at over 1200 retailers, payments sent quarterly.  The minimum payout is $5.01.  New sign-ups receive a $5 credit!

Mr. Rebates Logo
Mr. Rebates: Cash back for more than 2000 retailers, request payout when you have a balance of $10 or more.

Shopscotch Logo

Shopscotch:  This is a newer site with some fun features.  Beyond just earning cash back, this site allows you to share your savings with your social network and earn shopping badges.  My favorite thing about this site is that you can request a payout anytime, as soon as you’ve met the $25 minimum payout threshold.  the site also allows you to donate your earnings to the charity of your choice.  Join and receive a free $5 credit.

What cash back sites do you use?

Daily Deal Sites A to Z

If you haven’t shopped the daily deal sites, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. There is a growing number of these sites that offer flash sales, good for a limited time, often just a day. You’ll find big discounts (usually 50% or more) on all kinds of things, including clothing, food, spa treatments, tickets to concerts and sporting events and much more.

Here is a master list of the sites that have made it onto my radar.  Many of these sites offer referral credits, so if you find one you like, it pays to share with your friends and family.

Amazon Gold Box Deals: You’ll find the Amazon Deal of the Day here, as well as Lighting Deals available for a very limited time.

Belle Chic: Handmade goods from artisans around the world at prices up to 75% off.

Beyond the Rack: Designer brand apparel and accessories up to 70% off. New sales daily.

Bloomspot:  Exclusive offers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.  Usually discounts on local businesses – restaurants, spas, etc.  Occasionally you might score a half price gift card to a major retailer.

BuyWithMe:  Local deals in a growing number of U.S. cities.

DealPulp: One online deal a day Monday through Friday and one that is good all weekend long. Get a free $5 credit when you register for a new account.

DoggyLoot: Daily deals especially for dog lovers.

Eversave: One local deal a day at 50-90% off.  Covers many major U.S. cities and metropolitan areas.

familyFINDS!: Daily deal site focused on families, you’ll see lots of deals on local family friendly activities.

Gilt Groupe:  A collection of curated merchandise for men, women and children as well as home decor and travel experiences at up to 70% off.  New deals daily, usually lasting 36 hours.

Groupon:  Daily local deals in cities throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Groupon is one of my favorites, I’ve taken advantage of deals on hockey tickets, newspaper subscriptions, Nordstrom Rack vouchers, membership to a local garden and more.

Haute Look:  48-hour sale events feature the world’s top fashion, accessories, beauty, kids and home brands at 50-75% off.

Housewares Deals: 60-90% savings on nationally branded housewares, new deal daily.

HomeSav:  Savings up to 70% on home products and services, furniture and household accessories. Receive a $10 credit when you sign up.

Ideeli:  New sales daily on designer brands in fashion, beauty and home.  Savings up to 80%off.

Invino: Selections from the world’s best wineries up to 80% off.

Jasmere: A new deal everyday on merchandise from national web merchants. Think clothing, beauty products, chocolate. Deal starts at 50% off and gets even better as more people buy.

JewelMint:  Jewelry designed by actress Kate Bosworth and stylist Cher Coulter.  Create a free profile and receive personalized jewelry recommendations to suit your taste.

KGB Deals:  Daily local savings of 50-90% on dining, shopping, products and services for many major U.S. Cities as well as nationwide deals with savings for online retailers.

Living Social:  One deal a day for local restaurants, spas, theaters, services, etc.  Discounts up to 90% off.  Serves most major U.S. metropolitan areas and certain cities in Canada and the United Kingdom.  You’ll get 5 Deal Bucks that can be applied to your first purchase just for signing up.

Lot 18:  The flash sale site for wine lovers.  Get discounts of up to 60% on wines and epicurean products.  You’ll receive a $10 credit when you sign up.

Mamapedia:  Local deals targeted at busy moms and their families, many major U.S. cities are represented.

Modnique:  Huge discounts on authentic designer brands, primarily clothing, jewelry and accessories.  You’ll receive a $5 credit when you register.

No More Rack: 8 deals a day, going live at 12pm est.

One Kings Lane:  72 hour sales on home essentials, decor, entertaining and travel items. Save up to 70%, new sales start daily.

Open Sky: Weekly special offers on items selected from the curators you choose to follow. Curators include Cynthia Rowley, The Judds, Bobby Flay and Dorie Greenspan.

Plum District:  Local and nationwide deals by moms, for moms.

Rue La La:  Major discounts on designer clothing and accessories as well as name brand housewares. Typical sale lasts 72 hours.

Savvy Source:  Savings up to 90% on fun, family friendly activities.  Local deals are now available in some major cities, nationwide deals are also offered.

Shoe Dazzle:  Create your free style profile and receive personalized recommendations for shoes and accessories you’ll love.

Snappy Tuna: “Fabulous Deals for Smart Foodies”.  Up to 70% off kitchenware and tabletop items, sales are 72 hours long.

Sneakpeeq: Discover new products, earn savings badges by shopping and sharing, redeem them for steep discounts.  Free $10 credit when you sign up!

Sole Society:  A personalized selection of designer shoes priced at $49.95 a pair with free shipping.

Swirl:  Up to 80% off clothing and accessories from well-known designers and buzzworthy fashion-world newbies.

The Mini Social: Designer children’s clothing and accessories.

The Foundary:  Home furnishings, gourmet foods (sometimes even wines) at up to 70% off retail.

Tippr:  Deals on local restaurants, entertainment and services in certain major US cities.  You’ll receive a $5 credit when you sign up.

TownHog: Local deals at restaurants, spas and more.  Serving many U.S. cities, Canada and Great Britain.

Totsy:  Top brands for mom, baby and child – prices up to 70% off.  Sales last 48-72 hours.

Zulily:  Multiple sales running daily on products for kids, babies and moms.  If you love cute kids clothes, you’ll quickly become addicted to this site.

Which daily sale site is your favorite?  Did I miss one?   Let me know in the comments!

Shopping, Saving and the Endless Pursuit of Free Shipping

Does a trip to the mall with a four year old and a pair of two year olds rank high on your list fun things to do?  I’d rather go to the dentist.  Really, I would.  They have massaging chairs and nobody pouts, whines or demands a cookie.

When asked if I’d be out shopping on Black Friday, my answer was “No way!  I’ll be at home, shopping in my pjs.”  That got me thinking.  I shop online a lot.  Not only that, I’m pretty good at it.  I’ve been sharing tips and deals with friends and family for years, why not start a blog about it?  So here we are.  Be sure to subscribe and/or follow on Facebook or Twitter so you don’t miss a bargain!