As much as I love Korean fashion and beauty, most of my favorite products are from American stores. Seriously… I long for the day that I can go to Home Goods, Target, Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom whenever I want! That being said, I do A LOT of online shopping. The downside: final costs can creep up due to shipping fees and whatnot. I try my best to combat this and save money by relying on an arsenal of services, websites, promo codes, and rewards services. Below are six things I utilize to make the most of my money. I hope they are helpful to you as you shop online as well!
- WHAT IS EBATES?Ebates is an online rebate/cash back service. Basically, various retailers pay Ebates a commission for sending you to their website, and Ebates then shares the commission with you.
- HOW DOES EBATES WORK?The best part… becoming a member is free! There is truly no catch—all you have to do is go to their website, sign up, initiate a shopping trip with one of the 2,500+ online retailers they partner with, and earn cash back.
- The cash you earn back is distributed to you every 3 months via Paypal deposit or mailed check. Amount earned will vary by retailer. For example, some stores offer 4% of the total purchase in cash back, whereas others will offer 8% or more.
- If you use my referral link to sign up, you will automatically earn $10 back when spend $25 or more! CLICK HERE!
- WAYS TO EARN CASH BACK:EBATES WEBSITE: You can go to the Ebates website and conduct a search for stores, coupons, and products. After finding the store or deal that interests you, simply click on the “Shop Now” button and it will automatically open an Ebates shopping trip in a new tab for you. This option is particularly great if you’re looking for a specific product, but don’t mind which retailer you purchase from. You can search for said product and choose to shop with the retailer that offers the greatest percentage back!
- EBATES BROWSER BUTTON: If you’re anything like me, you like to cut out the middleman and get things done more quickly. You can add Ebates’ free browser extension to activate cash back directly at participating retailer sites. Let’s say you go to oldnavy.com—the browser button will begin flashing red, letting you know Old Navy is a partner retailer. With the simple click of the button, you can initiate a shopping trip and earn cash back. Click here to download the browser-compatible button!
- EBATES APP: This option is best for those who like to shop anywhere, anytime from their phones or tablets. Bonus: it offers app-exclusive deals! Click here to download.
- IN-STORE CASH BACK: If you prefer shopping in-person (especially for clothing and other items that require being tried on), the in-store cash back feature is perfect for you. Before you go shopping, simply go to the Ebates website, browse offers, link them to your credit card, and go shopping like you usually would! Click here to learn more.
- WHAT IS SHOPTAGR?Shoptagr is the BEST—it essentially serves as your personal online shopper, notifying you when items on your wish list go on sale, are low in stock, or are back in stock. You can even organize products into different categories to keep track of everything more easily!
- HOW DOES SHOPTAGR WORK?Like Ebates, Shoptagr is best used with its free browser extension button. Click here to connect the add-on button to your browser.
- Browse all of your favorite online stores as you normally would.
- Simply click the Shoptagr button when you come across a product you want to save for later.
- WAYS TO USE SHOPTAGRScenario 1: Let’s say you find the most beautiful dress in the world… until you look at the price tag and realize it’s insanely expensive. You can save it to your wish list and sign up to be notified when it’s 25% or 50% off, or when there is any change in price.
- Scenario 2: You love the dress and want to purchase it right away… but the retailer doesn’t have your size or the color you like in stock. You can sign up to be notified when the item you want is back!
- DEMO: Click here to see how it works!
Any time I’m checking out online and notice a box to enter a discount/promo code, I immediately go to RetailMeNot.com to see if there are any active sales. I ESPECIALLY love using RetailMeNot.com with Sephora—as it lists a ton of free gift-with-purchase codes. Because of this, I’ve been able to receive and test trial-sized items (which perfect for travel, by the way!). This is also great if you want to experiment with skincare and haircare samples before committing to buying the full size.
4. STORE EMAIL NEWSLETTERS
Many retailers offer a discount code when you sign up to receive their email newsletter. If you a regular patron of certain stores, signing up can help you plan shopping trips according to sale announcements. However, if you don’t want to feel bombarded by emails, you can simply unsubscribe after receiving and using the complimentary discount code. I won’t tell if you won’t!
This option likely goes without saying, since it seems Amazon is taking over the world at this point. However, I’m sure there are some people who may be reluctant to pay for Amazon Prime—especially considering its hefty $119 annual fee. If this pertains to you, here are my two arguments to persuade you otherwise:
- You have the option to pay $12.99 per month if you want to try it out for a little while before committing to a one-year membership.
- If you’re an avid Amazon shopper, the fee essentially pays for itself due to money saved from the free shipping perk! It also comes with many benefits such as same-day shipping on select items, music streaming, photo service, lightning deals, and the Prime Video streaming service.
6. CREDIT CARD REWARDS
Let me start off by saying… do not open new credit cards just take advantage of this! Unless you’re in a good place financially and have researched the terms of various credit cards, by no means am I suggesting anyone run out to get a new credit card. With that said, I would absolutely look into whether your current credit card (if you have one) comes with a rewards program! You may be sitting on a ton of unredeemed points that can be applied toward travel, online purchases, and/or cash back. Of course, terms vary by banking institution and credit card, but it’s something worth looking into that can help you save money and earn cash back!
FTC Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored; however, it does contain a referral affiliate link. This means I will make a small commission (at no additional cost to you) if you decide to sign up for Ebates. If you are uncomfortable with this, feel free to go to the Ebates websites on your own to sign up instead. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and affiliations have no bearing on which products services I decide to mention/review.