I do a ton of online shopping (because it’s easier than lugging 2 car seats, and the bodies that love them everywhere I go.) I belong to an amazing site called Ebates. Whenever I do my online shopping, I link to the site I’m shopping at from Ebates. They keep track of the money I spend, and give me a percentage back in the form of a “big fat check.” All my favorite stores are on there, Old Navy, Target, Vistaprint, Current, etc. It comes in especially handy around Christmas time when I do the majority of my shopping online.
Sometimes facebook friends ask me about my “mommy-must haves,” and worry not, I am compiling a comprehensive list for this blog, but ebates doesn’t really fit into the “must-have” category, nor does it apply specifically to mommies. So, it was worthy of its own post. Sometimes I use it in conjunction with Current Codes because I can usually find a code for free shipping as well.
If you fall into any of these categories, you will LOVE Ebates:
Cloth Diapering mamas like myself: If you sign up for ebates, and then shop for your Bum Genius or Mio diapers at the Land of Nod site, you will get 4% cash back.
Bookworms: Ordering your books online at Barnes and Noble’s site earns you 6% cash back!
Photo loving Friends: Whenever you link to Shutterfly.com through ebates for photo gifts or for prints, you will get 8% cash back.
Travel Savvy Jet Setters: You get money back by using ebates to link to travel sites like Hotwire, etc.
It’s so worth checking out!
While I’m busy telling you about this particular site, I should also share with you my other favorite site, restaurant.com. There you can get gift certificates to some of your favorite restaurants at a fraction of the cost, and then print the certificates right on your home printer. (I seriously just looked, and you can also get cash back by linking there through Ebates, I never knew that). We do it all the time, but be careful to read the fine print because sometimes the certificates are for lunch only, or dine-in only, or they ask you to spend a certain amount in order to use the certificate. We have found it to be a very reliable site, and have enjoyed many meals at a fraction of regular cost.
If you really want to online bargain shop, check out the Woot! sites:
A deal a day! I check them every morning while I'm sipping my coffee before my hubby gets on the train for work. Shipping is always $5 (a little more for wine woot), but you can order up to 3 of anything, so it is great for gift shopping.
Other favorite sites (and these are all about the mamas):
Mama Bargains! All day long, they post a deal on a mommy or baby item and sell it at a fraction of full price. Once that deal runs out, they post another deal, and so on. All day long. It can get pretty addictive, checking that little site to see what they’re featuring at any given time.
Babysteals – at 10:00 am central standard time every day (even on weekends), a great, one day deal is posted. At the same time, they also post a deal to their sister site Kidsteals (for older kids). If you’re into scrapbooking – check out their OTHER sister site, Scrapbooksteals which also posts a deal at 10:00 am CST. I do a lot of gift purchasing through these sites. They are great for baby showers, birthday parties, or even for my own enjoyment.
Sure, I still love getting out every once in a while instead of going the virtual route, but I reserve those trips for times when I can go alone, with my wallet, maybe a girlfriend, and a latte.