I do almost all of my Christmas shopping online these days. With most places offering free or at least very inexpensive shipping, especially on Black Friday, I can get most of my list taken care of in an hour or less and gifts are delivered to my door within days.
I actually enjoy being out in the bustling crowds at Christmastime, so I still go shopping twice during the season. Once, with my girls so they can do their shopping, and once with my husband for our annual shopping and dinner date, where I buy stocking stuffers and candy canes. We used to do all of our shopping for our kids on this day, and dinner was a one dollar cheeseburger eaten in the car. Now, we have time to go out to a decent dinner and sometimes even a movie!
Now that I do the bulk of my shopping online, shopping is far less stressful and more fun! No more going from store to store, starving and tired. Now, we go at a nice slow pace and have time to stop and smell the peppermint mochas.
Last year, right after I did all of my shopping, I discovered eBates. I was so bummed that I hadn’t found it before I did my shopping, that I actually went back and calculated how much I could have gotten back if I would have used eBates for my online shopping. With special promotions going on at that time, I would have made about $60 back!
Some of my most visited stores: Kohls, Target, and Amazon are on eBates. You can even get cash back from sending someone flowers, or shopping on eBay and Living Social.
This year, I set a reminder on my phone to remind me to log in through eBates when I sit down to do my shopping. eBates is simply a website that you log into before shopping and click on the store you’ll be using and you earn a percentage back. It only takes a few seconds to register!
It doesn’t change your price on anything you buy, and once you click through, you shop through the same website you’ve always shopped through. All you do is log into eBates first and go from there. They also have any coupons and sales listed, so you can get the very best deals. With some stores you get 1-2% back, and I’ve seen some as high as 35%, but I would say the average is from 3-6%.
Here’s how easy it is. Today, I opened eBates in my browser, then clicked on JcPenney. This screen instantly appeared, and went directly to the usual JcPenney site. Now, anything I buy in that shopping session will earn me 3% cash back. It’s like free money.
Around the holidays, many stores will have double the percentage specials. You can bet Black Friday will be one of those days.
I have my lists all ready and I’ll be doing all of my Christmas shopping this year on Black Friday, from the comfort of my home, eating leftover pie and listening to Bing, while also earning cash back. You really can’t beat that!
I’m sharing my link to eBates, and if you use this link to sign up, I’ll also get a bonus for referring you. You, in turn, can refer friends and make that same bonus. Win-win! eBates did not pay me to write this post, in case you were wondering
Do you shop on Black Friday or stay home and eat leftover pie?