I’m not cheap. I’m frugal.
Having survived the adventure of raising 4 kids on one income (mostly), I learned a few tricks along the way. With my kids mostly grown, I continue to learn and explore! I want to keep the savings I have struggled to put together as long as I can – make it last long into my dotage.
So I continue to be frugal. Ebates is a fun, easy new frugal find for me. Let me tell you about it.
Here’s the deal. If you order anything online, you can earn rebates on it. You have to take the initial step of logging into Ebates, but then you simply shop as usual.
Go to ebates.com to open an account. It’s easy and free.
Next, do your shopping online as usual. In fact, you may want to increase it!
Here is one of my most recent adventures. I go through a LOT of printer ink.
I log on to ebates.com and sign in.
In the search bar, I type in Office Depot.
I get a message that says it’s all good and then I’m automatically directed to Office Depot and shop as usual.
For Office Depot, I usually buy and purchase online, then go to the store to pick up the order.
For ONE order of printer ink, I received this check in the mail.
I’m not a big shopper so I like the idea of ordering online. When you order online, then pick up in the store, you save shipping charges AND get Ebates!
Ebates aren’t limited to obscure stores, although they have some of those as well.
O the places you can shop! Some you might frequent are:
- Amazon – yes, Amazon does Ebates!
- Wal Mart – they have announced a new service where you can order GROCERIES online, collect the rebate, and pick it up at the store
- Petco – my animals eat that pricey grain-free food, so when I order online and pick up, I get rebates
- Groupon – when you’re going for something fun
- Diapers – man, am I glad I don’t have to but these ….
- Ebay – yes!
Any many, many more. Check out their list of vendors. You’ll be excited to consider the possibilities.
(In fact, I order my bras online. Too much information, TMI, I know!)
Here’s the best rationale for using this shopping method for your regular stuff:
- You’re online anyway
- Buying specific products online prevents browsing and impulse purchases
- You get rebates!
Ebates has a referral deal going on now until March 31, 2017. If you join through my link, I get a referral fee and you get $10.
You have nothing to lose and something to gain – rebates! Plus you’ll also be contributing to the expenses involved in running this website.