I am NOT by any stretch of the imagination an extreme couponer. There is nothing I hate more than clipping coupons out of the Sunday paper. Why do I hate it? In part because it involves organization – and I’m so not organized. But you also need to actually go out and buy the Sunday paper, and I never seem to get tat done. But lately, I’ve found some online coupon and savings sites that are making things a bit easier.
Ebates is one of the savings sites I’ve discovers. When you are going to shop online, go to the ebates site first, log in, and see if you can access whatever online store you were going to visit from the Ebates site. If you can, you will get a percentage of what you spend shopping back in your Ebates account. Reach a certain amount and get a check back. NICE! You can access stores like wal-mart, QVC and Barnes and Noble from Ebates.
Another wicked cool site is Savingstar.com. At Saving Star, you upload your shopping card numbers to the site, and then visit their coupon section and choose what coupons you want to activate. When you purchase those items at the store, the value of the coupon is added to your account. When you hit $5.00, you can get a payout via paypal, or an Amazon.com gift card. Not too shabby.
I am also utilizing sites like couponsuzy.com, and redplum.com to find coupons online to print out. And sometimes, I find coupons for items that I’ve loaded on my shopping cards via savingstar.com and it’s like a double bonus for me!
I’m also visiting a site called swagbucks.com Swagbucks allows you to earn points and redeem them on line for things. I like things. Things are fun 🙂 The best place I’ve found, however is Alice.com. At Alice.com you can shop for non-perishables (usually at a discount) and they will ship it to your home free of charge. I’m using it to stock up on things like toilet paper and shampoo and paper towels.
Am I getting rich doing this? No, not so much, but I’m saving a bit here and there and that’s what matters. Like Benjamin Franklin said, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”