So maybe I've mentioned once or twice how I love saving money. Or not spending it. Or earning it. Or looking at it.
You know how sometimes you get emails that are all "Save 50% off at Old Navy!" and then there are only about three things that are really on 50% off and they're all DOG collars and SWEATERS for dogs? And you still have to pay shipping. And tax. And basically you saved no money at all and now have a polka-dotted sweater for your dog, which means I'll be forced to mock you inwardly.
This is not like that.
Kristi was the good soul to tell me about Ebates. I don't do a lot of online shopping, and I've still made some $100 on this in the last 18 months (and if I was more diligent about looking up what stores were on there, it would have been a lot more (PRICELINE, HOW DID I NOT KNOW YOU WERE ON THERE?!)).
Basically it works like this:
1) Go to Ebates.
2) Sign up for an account (if you really like me, you can put my ebates email address in the "Referring Member" section and we'll both get a $5 bonus or perhaps a choice of various $10 giftcards. . . it varies. My email address for ebates is jcgates at gmail dot com).
3) Find the store you plan to shop at (there are THOUSANDS of stores; Amazon is one of the few that isn't on there).
4) Click through to the store from Ebates - it will look just like the normal website (mainly because it is).
5) Place your order just as you normally would. Ebates will credit you the correct percentage for your purchase total (it may take a few days to show up on Ebates and if it's through something like Expedia, it won't show up until you actually take the trip).
6) Every three months, Ebates sends you a check. Of real money.
Seriously. Money for the purchases you were already planning on making. It's like . . . well, it's really just like free money.
I bought some things from Barnes and Noble the other night. Eight percent of my purchase back to me. Our Christmas cards? Sixteen percent back. Crate and Barrel? 4.5% back.
And then they send these awesome emails like, "Hey don't forget to use us this year for Christmas. Any order you make, we'll give you an extra $5 back." Last year, when I bought books from the nieces and nephews, they gave me $10 for making any purchase, plus 6% back, and there were coupon codes galore and free shipping, so my total cost for the 5 books I ordered ended up being something like. . . $9. I love looking like a good aunt without spending a fortune. Or even $10.
Basically, I cannot say enough good things about Ebates. Or, looking back at this post, you might disagree.