Thursday, December 10, 2009

Using the Internet to Save Money

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Hi gang!

I wanted to share a few tips and tricks for online shopping and coupon hunting that may help you during this Christmas season.

First of all, I highly recommend forums for information on sales and coupon matchups.  The ones I use are all free sites.  Some of my favorites are:
When you join a forum community, plan on it taking a little while to find exactly how to maximize the site for your purposes.  I am just now finding which forums within the communities work best for me.  All three sites have region specific forums that can help when planning shopping trips since prices vary by region.

I also recommend printing coupons for items you will use.  I have a few sites that I love plus I have found one Slick Deals forum that is incredibly helpful as it lists all coupons that are out alphabetically with a guide to where to find these coupons!  So helpful when searching for deals on specific items!
For online shopping, I suggest you use rebate sites.  There are many to choose from!  Some sites give cash back, some sites give points back.  When I know what store I want to use, I compare the rewards between these companies and go with the highest rebate amount.  Here are some that I use:
  • Shop at Home - Cash back rebate site.  Print coupons here for groceries, find online coupon codes, get cash back for purchases.  New members get $5 in their account if a purchase is made in 60 days.  Request a check once you hit $20!
  • Ebates - Very similar to Shop at Home.  Has no grocery coupons.
  • Mypoints - Get paid in points for online purchases.  Points can be redeemed for gift cards.  Read emails for points.  Review websites at their frogpond for points.  Report for campaigns for BzzAgent for points.  Earn points for playing games.
  • Swagbucks - I love swagbucks!   I cash out at 45 swagbucks for a $5 amazon gift card.  Since April, I have received $100 in Amazon gift cards plus have $15 pending to clear this month!  Earn bucks by searching the internet.  Earn bucks by recycling/trading in old gear.  Earn 1 swagbuck for every $5 you spend  by shopping online through this site.
  • RetailMeNot - This is a great site for online coupon codes!
Remember to use your shopper card at grocery stores to get extra savings.  Add electronic coupons to your card.  These ecoupons do not double like some paper coupons, but they can be paired with paper coupons for extra savings!
 Lastly, I LOVE daily deal sites!   My favorites are the WOOT! sites - they have Woot-off's every so often.  Woot-offs offer more than just one deal per day with savings up to 80%!
 Happy bargain hunting!

      1 comment:

      July said...

      Thanks for a great blog ...I was shopping online yesterday trying to buy for my son a Super Mario Bros Game.. I stumbled upon a site called EZWINGAME...they are running a free contest this week for a free Nintendo... Wanted to know if anyone has heard of this site..and what they think...thanks


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