Dec 012010

In a previous post I revealed that I’ve become one of those people that really dislikes the holiday traffic. Navigating jammed parking lots, standing in hour long check out lines, contending with inconsiderate people who can’t look up from their phones long enough to realize they’re about to walk right into you.

So, this year I think I’ll do all my shopping on line. I’ve done a bunch of it in the past and just love how quick and easy it is. Shopping at home in my PJ’s, sleeping baby and nice glass of wine…that’s my kind of shopping! (Don’t get me wrong – i love me a good trip to the mall but just not during the mad holiday rush). What makes this even better is that my girlfriend Brooke turned me on to Did you know that you can get cash back for shopping at some of your favorite online stores? And it’s not just no-name-why-the-heck-would-I-shop-there stores, they have stores like Gap, Banana Republic, The Body Shop etc…. Simply start shopping at their site (or thru their browser tool bar) and start getting 5-25% cash back on your purchases!

How can this work you ask? Well, the stores pay fees to ebates to direct traffic to them. It’s a win win. We make out with the cash back while buying things we’d normally buy and the store reaps the increased web traffic from all of us incentivized customers! I’ve already purchased a few things thru them and can see my cashback tally growing!

If you’re going to shop online, this is very little extra effort to earn some cash back! Try it for yourself

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  3 Responses to “Christmas Shopping – the lazy mamma way”

  1. I’m with you all the way regarding online shopping!

    I’ve been using Upromise for the last couple of years to get extra savings online. They are set up the same way with tons of participating stores and a percentage back for each purchase. Most people funnel the money into a college savings account, but you also have the option to have them cut you a check quarterly, which is what I do.

    I’m wondering if you’re able to search on by specific product rather than by store. I clicked through briefly, but it seems like their search function is store-based rather than product-based. On Upromise, you can enter what you’re looking for as generally (e.g., “sweater”) or specifically (e.g., “Pandigital PAN7000DW frame”) and they’ll show you a side-by-side comparison of their participating stores by price and percent cash back.

    Anyway, I’m certainly not suggesting you research it for me…lol! I was just wondering if you had been on their site enough to know the answer to that question. :o)

  2. I’ll have to check that out although I’m simply happy to avoid the traffic. I find that with free shipping, that’s usually enough to keep me online instead of in traffic. In fact, I just reordered some makeup online to avoid the mall.

  3. Nice! Thanks for the info :)

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