I really thought I might get through Black Friday without spending any money, but it was not meant to be. I didn’t buy anything on the actual day of Black Friday (and certainly not on Thanksgiving!) but with online deals lasting almost a week, I had to take advantage! I ended up ordering some items from JCrew, Land of Nod, Gap, and World Market. That free shipping gets me every time – even more than the discounts! Sigh.
Aside from shopping when I know some big sales are going on, there are three other ways I’ve saved money while shopping online this past week:
I enable this browser extension and whenever I go to Amazon to buy something, it tells me if the same product is available at a cheaper price somewhere else. For instance, I was about to buy this nail polish from Amazon, but immediately saw it was $4 cheaper on eBay. Of course, usually it’s slower shipping than Amazon Prime offers, but usually I am very happy to wait the extra couple of days to save a few (or sometimes more than a few!) bucks.
Ebates is now easier to use than ever before because it has a Chrome browser extension that reminds me whenever I’m on a site which can offer me some money back. Previously I had to remember to go to the Ebates site first, and then navigate to a store’s website, but now I can activate Ebates directly from the store’s site. I get a percentage back of almost every purchase I make online and have made $500 over the past few years. Easy peasy!
For the past few holidays / announcement-worthy occasions, I’ve created my own greeting cards using Canva.com and Moo.com. This year I was able to buy 100 greeting cards for around $80 (if my memory serves me correctly), which is waaaay less than I used to spend with the ‘usual’ greeting card sites. I design my greeting cards using Canva, and then I print them using Moo.com using a blank template, and I’ve found the whole experience to be surprisingly painless.
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