In one week's time, my new 5% increased rent was due, my dog had emergency surgery and I was pulled over and issued a ticket for not coming to a complete stop. Add this to continuously rising gas prices and now all my thoughts are on how quickly things add up and finances shift. I found myself wondering if small cost increases can add up against me how could I create something where small increases are helping me?
In the land of skepticism sometime timing is the difference in seeing an opportunity for what it is worth instead of making excuses why not to try it. So when my friend sent me an email about two online shopping portals she uses to earn rebates on everything she purchases for her family, I read the email carefully and studied the sites. The sites she introduced me to are Mr. Rebates and Big Crumbs. There are no fees to join yet you earn rebates anywhere from 1% - 13% (highest I have seen so far on items I am interested in) on everything you buy through the sites. The amazing part about these sites is there are thousands of retailers that you can purchase from, each offering rebates that accumulate in a cash account that you can request a check for or funds can be applied to a Paypal account. These retailers are not obscure companies offering brands you have never heard of either, they are companies you know and shop at already. Below is a short list of some of the companies you can purchase from through these sites:
Best Buy, Ebay, Container Store, Dell, CompUSA, Home Depot, Sephoria, Victoria Secret, Overstock.com, Zales, JCPenneys, 1-800 Pet Meds, 1-800 Flowers, Linen & Things, Saks Fifth Ave, Sears, Staples, The Body Shop, KB Toys, Sony, PetsMart, Expedia.com, Brookstone, 1-800 Contacts, Avon, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Walmart, Wine.com, Staples, SpaFinder.com, The Sharper Image, Ritz Camera, Peets Coffee, Old Navy, Macys, Kmart, itune.com, GNC, GoDaddy, Gap, Enterprise Rent A Car, Barnes and Noble, Priceline.com, Travelocity.com, etc, etc
In addition to the rebates you earn off your purchases, there are special offers you can only get through these sights that include free shipping and special discounts and pricing. You can also earn rebates from purchases made by the people you refer to the site.
For the record, this is what you should know about me. I am educated consumer. I believe it has been and will be for a long time to come; a buyer’s market. If you know what you want, with a little research you can find it for the price you want it for as well. I have one rule that I follow when it comes to purchasing, if I need/want something over $50 in cost, I look on Ebay first. I have bought brand name houseware items, furniture, designer clothing, shoes, music instruments, electronics, pet items, salon hair care products, high end cosmetics and skincare and several specialty collectors’ gifts for friends and family. I have saved thousands of dollars by doing so, mainly because I do my homework on local retail pricing, buy from someone out of state so there is no sales tax and make sure shipping costs are always factored into total price so price comparison is accurate to the going retail rate.
In a buyer’s market, retailers diversify their marketing efforts. They increase the frequency of sales and look for ways to attract and retain all types of buyers. The buyers that big retailers desire the most right now are online buyers. Most have been forced to compete online to maintain profits as a result they have decreased workforces in their stores. Retailers have learned to accept offering discounts and free shipping online is a cost saving over paying a fulltime employee with benefits to work in their stores. Think about it, 5-10 years ago you could not walk into a major retailer without several people asking if they could help you, now in most places you are lucky to find someone to ring up your purchase.
It is not surprising to me that online shopping portals have been born out of this. Basically, for retailers to sign up with these sites, they use small percentages of their marketing budgets and cut their operations expenses which is why they can offer special discounts and rebates back to the consumer on all purchases.
The bottom-line on online shopping portals is no matter what your purchasing needs are there is an opportunity for you to save money from using these sites. These sites allow you and everyone you know to earn money on purchasing items that are both needed and desired. To me this a much better economical model to put your faith in than listening to our government say, “Don’t worry, we are not in a recession, now go spend your money frivolously!”
Check them out for yourself, if you see value spread the word!!