Tuesday Tips and Treasures: Ebates

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When buying anything these days, I have a very clear shopping modus operandi.

  1. First, my finely tuned eagle eye spots the desired object. Often this is in the brick and mortar store. (I really prefer to see things with my own eyes as I feel the internet can make lots of crappy stuff look amazing)
  2. Despite my need for instant gratification, I hold back. That is, until I can do a little price comparison. (my parents trained me well!)
  3. I compare prices in the store to the online merchant and often there are differences. Many times, the online store is the better deal.
  4. Next, I check out rebate offers through a cash rebate website. Ebates is my favorite. I do like Mr. Rebate as well. These sites offer a nominal cash back incentive ranging from 2% to 10% and sometimes special discounts. The incentive is even usually higher during big sales. All you have to do is click on their link to your preferred site.
  5. Last, I cash my rebate check when it arrives in the mail a few weeks later.   

Before I gave Ebates a try, I thought it was a scam.

But I’ve been using it for years now and it’s great to get that BIG FAT CHECK in the mail (that’s what EBATES calls it- sometimes, the check is only a few dollars, but still)

Do you have a shopping strategy that works for you? I’d love to hear it so we can all be smarter shoppers!

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