Monday, December 13, 2010

Getting Paid to Shop!

Shopping is fun already, but it can be so much better when you get a great deal.  That's what Money Saving Mode is all about; saving money and getting great deals.  But, what makes a great deal even better? Getting money back!

There are two awesome ways I've found to do that online, Ebates and Shortcuts.  And today, it's Cyber Monday II, so that means extra cash back when you shop.  If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping yet, today is the day to do it.

If you haven't signed up for Ebates yet, be sure to do so.  When you do, you'll get your choice of gift cards to a variety of different retailers.  Another great thing about Ebates is that they will pay you via Paypal or via check. Your choice.  This is a big bonus for me because I like to use Paypal when I shop online and now with BillMeLater on thousands of different sites on the web, including Ebay, you can choose to buy now and pay later.  Who doesn't love paying tomorrow for a hamburger today!  Choosing to shop through Ebates for things you were already going to buy not only nets you cash back but often scores you better deals with discounts only available to Ebates members, including free shipping through many merchants and cash back on Ebay purchases.

Shortcuts is also having some fantastic bumps in cash back for the holidays, including double cash back at many stores for Cyber Monday II (and nice bumps throughout the season). 

Even if you were planning to visit the store to purchase a particular item, you may want to shop online instead and choose in-store pick-up.  If the retailer is available on your state they are going to charge you sales tax whether you purchase online or in-store, so the price is the same.  Also, if they are available locally, you can return the item to the store, even if it's purchased online.  Buying for someone else? Buy it online and have it shipped directly to them, saving you huge on shipping expense. 

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