Do you shop online? Do you search for things on the internet? Do you like free things? Yes, yes, and oh yeah! Then let me tell you about a few of my favorite sites for saving money. I am using affiliate links in this post.
I’m serious. Did you know that through Amazon you can get free ebooks for your Kindle? Did you know that you don’t have to have a Kindle to read these free ebooks? You can download a free app onto your desktop and then let the freebie shopping begin! You don’t even have to hunt down the freebies and deals yourself. Several bloggers I know compile lists of these ranging from monthly to daily!
Ebates has just about every store you can think of listed in their directory. Some only have coupon codes, but with most you can earn money back on you purchases. How does it work? Before you shop online, check the Ebates website to see if the website is listed. If it is, click shop now and you will earn 2-25% of you purchase total back in your Ebates account. It accumulates until you have at least $5 and then they send you a Big Fat check each quarter or you can get it deposited into your PayPal account.
Sign up now and get bonus $10 gift card or an extra $5 added to your first Big Fat Check free!
A few of my favorite sites to shop with through Ebates:
- iTunes (3%)
- The Children’s Place (2.5%)
- Lego (2.5%)
- Vitacost (6%)
- Groupon (3%)
- Zulily (2.5%) – I just discovered that Zulily was on Ebates!
If you use a search engine other than Swagbucks, you are missing out. Swagbucks has a search engine that works just as well as your mainstream search engines. I used to use Yahoo! until I signed up for Swagbucks a few years ago. When you search, occasionally you earn Swagbucks (the number varies from 5 to 50 and is random). These add up and you can redeem them in the Rewards Store for a wide variety of items. I use them for Amazon egift cards (450 Swagbucks = $5 Amazon card).
We homeschool. My kids ask me detailed questions that I don’t always have the answers to. Most of my free Amazon money has come from searching for things like “how fast is the fastest man?” and “what is the difference between a raven and a crow?” Seriously.
Other ways you can earn Swagbucks: online shopping, taking a daily poll, taking online surveys, playing games, watching videos, and printing and using coupons. Install the toolbar and you get one free Swagbuck each day simply for opening your web browser. You can search directly through the toolbar. There is also a handy little button called “Check for Swag Code” that, when clicked on, will tell you if there is an active Swag Code anywhere.
What’s a Swag Code? It is like a coupon code except instead of free shipping, you get Swagbucks. Codes are usually worth 3-10 Swagbucks.
Swagbucks is really, really easy to use. I know we have enjoyed our free Amazon spending money.
I don’t use this very often, but I have been happy with the results when I have. I use Hotwire to book hotel rooms when we travel. You do not get to pick the hotel, so this is not for those who need to stay at a specific location. However, we have been very happy to stay in $120/night hotel rooms for $74/night. I have not booked cars or flights, so I can’t share any experiences there.
Bonus? If you shop through the Swagbucks Shop & Earn link, you earn 2 Swagbucks per dollar spent. Or you can go through Ebates and earn 2% cash back. A nice little perk.
You may or may not be aware of this, but I kind of love Pinterest. As far as the frugal shopper is concerned, you can find how to save money articles, DIY projects to make instead of buying, and ways to recycle, repurpose, or reuse things. Be sure to visit my Pinterest page and check out my DIY boards!
Not one of these will make you rich beyond your wildest imaginations, but if you use them together, you can earn a nice chunk of change to help your frugal ways. With Ebates, Swagbucks, and Zulily, if you tell your friends about the site, you earn credit. You can then use those to shop for free. What is more frugal than free?!
It really does add up!