As the Holiday shopping season is now in full swing, here are some tips to consider before and after checking out:
Make Sure To Get Cashback (and Other Rewards)
- Shopping through eBates is a great option (gives you a percentage of money back for doing so). New members get a free $10 gift card after their first purchase through Ebates.
- Or search Cashbackholic (www.cashbackholic.com), a service that helps maximize your cash back rebate
See if there are any promo codes available to stack on
- RetailMeNot is a great resource for coupon and promo codes
- Install the Honey browser extension that will automatically search for and apply available promo codes
See if there are any free shipping offers available
- You may receive discounts or coupons from retailers just by abandoning your shopping cart
- Use price alerts – set up notifications about Amazon price changes using tools such as camelcamelcamel
- Outsmart dynamic pricing by clearing your browsing history and cookies, signing out of your social media sites, and switching to private browsing in your browser
- Chat online – ask for a lower price or inquire about promotions/discounts using a retailer’s online instant chat service (never hurts to ask!)
In Store Only
Get rewarded for simply walking into stores
- Install the Shopkick app on your phone to view all rewards and offers
See if there are any coupons available to stack on
- Check out Coupons.com for printable coupons, coupon codes, loyalty coupons, and more
Both In Store and Online
Make Sure You Are Getting The Best Price (Find The Best Deals)
- Use Price Grabber to search for the item you are looking to purchase (i.e. Samsung 40″ TV) or use a phone app like Red Laser
- InvisibleHand shows a discreet notification when there are lower prices available on a product (online browser extension)
- There are also sites like Blue Kangaroo and Cost Shredder that are great resources in helping you get the best price
- Price Match – Walmart’s Savings Catcher gives you a refund if an item is advertised cheaper at a competitor’s store
Be a Follower
- Follow your favorite retailers on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks
- Sign up for email alerts
- Download their mobile apps as well and sign up for text alerts
Look for discounted gift cards
- Sites like Raise.com (<- Get a $5 credit for using this link to sign up!) and Gyft.com offer many discounted gift cards below face value
- eBay often has discounted gift cards available as well. Here is one example: eBay Gift Card
- Swagbucks has introduced a new site called MyGiftCardsPlus that will give you SBs for buying gift cards
Choose the best method of payment
- Many credit cards companies offer cash back on purchases, so it may be wise to use them depending on the situation / circumstances
- One example is the Barclaycard Rewards MasterCard (1% cashback)
- Consider store credit cards as well — Store Credit Cards That Are Worth It
- If shopping at Target, use your REDCard to save an extra 5% + Free Shipping (on order $25+)
- Speaking of shipping, choose “Ship to Store” to save money if that option is available
Once your shopping is done…
- Open your Ibotta phone app to find additional rebates for anything you bought
- Keep your receipts! There are a number of apps that will pay you for a photo of your receipts, such as Yaarlo and Receipt Hog.
- If you buy something and it goes on sale later, Paribus automatically works to get you money back
- Link your credit card to Acorns to invest spare change automatically into a diversified portfolio
Are there any steps in the process I am missing that should be noted? Comment below!
No, not the stuff that bees make, nor what you call your significant other.
I’m taking about Honey, the browser extension. One that you can download this Holiday season and possibly score deals that you might otherwise have not been aware of. And since we don’t like to overpay here at Money Saving Quest, let’s check it out.
What is Honey?
Honey is a browser extension that automatically finds and applies active coupon codes for you at checkout when online shopping.
It’s goal is to save you both money and time.
Does it work with all browsers?
The following browsers are currently supported: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera. It is not available with IE or on a mobile phone.
How do I install and use it?
Go to www.joinhoney.com and click on “Get Honey” to begin the download process.
Once complete, a button will be placed in your browser bar with the honey “H” logo. While shopping at a supported store, click on it to view all available sales and coupon codes. During the checkout process, simply click the “Try Codes” button and Honey will automatically find and apply them for you.
How accurate is it?
Let’s test it out on a item where I know there are coupon codes for.
The Disney Store is currently offering a deal on personalized fleece blankets. If working correctly, the codes JUSTFURYOU (Free Shipping on a $50+ purchase and 20% off) and FREEPZ (Personalized for free) should be applied successfully.
Result — It seems to apply the right codes but for whatever reason the codes don’t input successfully. The codes do show up under Coupons, however.