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You may not realize it, but in the retail world we are already in the “Christmas Season”. Turns out that starts mid September… In the deal world though, I would say that we are always in the season. Saving on presents and gifts is so much easier when you see things throughout the year and grab them at amazing prices.
One other side to saving on things though, is making sure you are taking full advantage of online cashback opportunities! As you shop online, you can be saving a small percentage on every order when you use a cashback program. They are free to use, and honestly there is no reason not too!
With online shopping these small percentage can add up quickly.
Lets say you spend:
$100 on Amazon for gifts
$50 at OldNavy.com
$30 at BooksAMillion.com
$100 at Groupon (daily deals can make awesome presents)
$40 at The Sports Authority
That in the end would get you $9.10 back in cashback in your Ebates account. It may not seem like a lot, but in reality it’s money you are just throwing away by not using a program!
That amount can skyrocket if you are traveling for the holidays. Plan ahead and book online and you’ll get cashback from many sites on airfare, hotel rooms etc.
Oh… and the best part… you can still use coupon codes to save on your purchases. This is just icing on the cake!
There are two main programs for cash back… my favorite is Ebates because it is the easiest to earn a check on. You get $5 saved up from various purchases and they will send you a check. They mail checks quarterly, so you should never have a problem hitting $5. Shopathome.com is another large company offering cashback, they are the same except they only send checks when you have $20 saved up (much harder for most of us frugal folks to hit).
If this all seems Greek to you, watch a video I did explaining it all: