deals http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/230/all en-US How to Find Ethically Sourced Products You Can Afford http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-ethically-sourced-products-you-can-afford <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-find-ethically-sourced-products-you-can-afford" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/women_clothes_shopping_000049977904.jpg" alt="Women finding ethically sourced goods they can afford" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I think that most of us are appalled every time the issues of slavery and trafficking come up in the news. We know that people around the world are working under terrible conditions, often to produce goods that we buy cheaply and use or wear regularly.</p> <p>We know this is a problem, but we feel helpless to solve it.</p> <p>Sure, we know we can buy ethically sourced items, but that's a daunting task, especially when we see and hear how much extra it can cost us to purchase these items. And then we have to <em>find </em>them... it's enough to make most people give up.</p> <p>It's unfortunate that most people don't know just how easy it is to stop supporting slavery and trafficking, and that it doesn't have to cost any more than you would usually spend.</p> <h2>1. Visit a Thrift Store</h2> <p>Most people don't realize that the easiest (and often cheapest) way to stop supporting slavery with our purchases is to <a href="http://daniellelvermeer.com/blog/how-to-buy-ethical-fashion-on-a-budget">buy used goods</a>. Now, before you say it, I know that all of the items at a thrift store are not, in themselves, ethically sourced items. But (and that's a big but), when you buy used, you are stopping the cycle of buying inexpensive goods, not using them up, and instead discarding and buying more. In fact, you are making it so that fewer inexpensive items need to be made which, over time, could lead to fewer of those awful factory situations.</p> <p>Thrift stores can be sources for more than just clothing. I know people who have gotten fabric, dinnerware, appliances, and even furniture via thrifting.</p> <h2>2. Utilize Flash Sale Sites</h2> <p>You know those websites that offer clothing deals until an item is gone? Those can be great resources for buying ethically sourced items. You will need to do some research before you hop on some of these sites and buy something, but a little poking around should help you know which brands are safe when it comes to working conditions. Some sites will actually label clothing from certain manufacturers as ethically sourced or made in America.</p> <p>Not sure where to start? Try <a href="http://www.zulily.com/">Zulily</a>, <a href="http://purecitizen.com/">PureCitizen</a>, and <a href="http://www.fab.com">Fab</a>.</p> <h2>3. Buy American</h2> <p>One great way to make sure you are buying items where workers were paid an ethical wage and had decent working conditions is to buy goods made in America or Canada. Because of the labor laws in those countries, it's almost guaranteed that workers are not slaves and, in fact, are compensated fairly for their time.</p> <p>Not all American goods are cheaper than the unethical imports, but, because you reduce the shipping and transportation costs, these items can sometimes be priced competitively with the cheap, unethically sourced items we are used to.</p> <h2>4. Participate in Swaps</h2> <p>There are all sorts of ways to get involved in clothing swaps. You can usually find a Facebook swap group in your area through a simple search, or you can set one up with some friends. The idea, again, is that wearing used items helps you step out of the vicious cycles that encourage slavery and poor working conditions.</p> <p>To set up a swap, start by finding some friends who are about your size (this is important unless the swap group is large). Set a date, and have everyone bring items that they no longer want. Then &quot;shop&quot; through each other's clothes. Everyone is almost sure to find at least one or two things that will work for them. If all of the clothing finds a new home, great! If it doesn't, donate it to a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-5-best-thrift-store-finds-of-all-time" target="_blank">local thrift store</a>.</p> <h2>5. Co-Purchase Some Large Items</h2> <p>Sometimes, there's not really a way around buying unethical goods. I'm thinking specifically about technology, appliances, and some household items. If you need to make a large purchase and you can't find a way to make it ethical, try to find someone who you could share the item with. This means that you would buy one of the item, rather than two, thus reducing the number of items that need to be made.</p> <p>I have some friends who have made this work with a printer. The live on a cul-de-sac, and went in on the purchase with the neighbors on either side. The printer lives at their house, but everyone has access to the Wi-Fi network it's on. When someone needs to print, they send the document to the printer and pick it up when they can. A scheme like this could work for things like lawnmowers and other pricey, rarely used tools, and so much more!</p> <h2>6. Set Up a Borrowing System</h2> <p>I think the idea of borrowing and lending makes a lot of us nervous. I know I feel that way! If I lend something, I wonder if I'll ever give it back. And if I borrow, I worry about returning it in the same condition, etc. But, when it comes to ethics, borrowing is a great way to, once again, step out of the consumeristic cycles that support low wages and poor working conditions.</p> <p>Try starting a lending group with people you trust. Talk it over, and decide how you want it to work. If you're borrowing and lending clothes, take some time to get a feel for what the other person has. If you're thinking about borrowing and lending kitchen appliances, tour each other's homes. Set up some rules so that everyone is comfortable with the situation. Then, when you want something that you know your friend has, put the system you set up into use.</p> <p>Some folks I know do this with yard equipment. One family owns a lawn mower, another a snow blower, and another an edger. They rotate these items around so that everyone has a nice yard in the summer and clear pathways in the winter.</p> <p><em>How do you buy or use ethically sourced good without breaking the bank? Would you recommend your methods?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-ethically-sourced-products-you-can-afford">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-smart-ways-to-save-on-a-wedding-dress">7 Smart Ways to Save on a Wedding Dress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-5-best-thrift-store-finds-of-all-time">My 5 Best Thrift Store Finds of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home">6 Ways to Score a Black Friday Deal Without Leaving Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-save-big-on-national-thrift-shop-day">7 Ways to Save Big on National Thrift Shop Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thrifting-the-perfect-designer-wardrobe">Thrifting the Perfect Designer Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping borrowing deals ethically-sourced fair trade made in america retail secondhand thrift stores Wed, 06 Apr 2016 09:30:29 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1682553 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things You Should Never Buy on Groupon or LivingSocial http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-buy-on-groupon-or-livingsocial <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-you-should-never-buy-on-groupon-or-livingsocial" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_stressed_computer_000081007957.jpg" alt="Man learning what not to buy on Groupon or Living Social" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Groupon and LivingSocial can save you a bundle on a lot of things &mdash; from restaurants to gifts to vacations. But these daily-deals sites aren't <em>always</em> the best bargain around. Check out these items you should steer clear of when shopping on these super-savings behemoths.</p> <h2>1. Makeup</h2> <p>I don't wear or buy makeup (okay, maybe a dab of concealer here and there; no shame in my fleek game), but I know well enough that you shouldn't buy makeup from third-party vendors. You don't know where it's been or possibly even what's in it, which can be very problematic when you're putting it on your face or generally have sensitive skin. It's just a good habit to practice buying your makeup directly from the source in safety-sealed packaging.</p> <p>Jenn Haskins, who writes popular fashion and beauty blog hellorigby.com, recently had an unfortunate experience with makeup she purchased on LivingSocial.</p> <p>&quot;I purchased makeup on LivingSocial that appeared to be an expensive makeup brand, but what I received instead was an unlabeled counterfeit product,&quot; she says. &quot;Luckily LivingSocial refunded me, but I definitely won't be making that mistake again.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Hotel Rooms</h2> <p>We all want to save as much as we can when we travel &mdash; myself included &mdash; so deeply discounted hotels on Groupon and LivingSocial are quite attractive. Sometimes they're a great buy, while other times you could be paying more for the room than if you had made a reservation directly through the hotel. Mike Catania, consumer savings blogger and co-founder of PromotionCode.org, provides more detail into the dynamics of renting hotels on daily deal sites.</p> <p>&quot;Because hotels only offer a limited number of rooms to a certain provider, Groupon/LivingSocial can offer them near cost because they're making the commission from the hotel for running the offer,&quot; he explains. &quot;If demand surges and you've already booked the hotel, you very well could save up to 40% off the available rate. Alternatively, if demand lags and the booking dates are approaching quickly, the hotel will drop the price beneath what they offered it to Groupon/LivingSocial and you could end up having paid a 20% premium for buying the Groupon/LivingSocial offer when they released it instead of waiting for the best time to buy.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Generic Gadgets and Tech</h2> <p>As a general rule, I tend to regard high-priced electronics and gadgets as higher quality than their less expensive counterparts. That's perhaps not true 100% of time, but I'd give it a solid 98% accuracy rating considering that I've typically had great experiences with tech that cost a pretty penny opposed to bargain buys. My philosophy gets a bit iffy, however, when Groupon and LivingSocial get into the mix. In fact, if the tech deal seems too good to be true on these sites, it probably is, says Kristin Cook, managing editor for BensBargains.com.</p> <p>&quot;Groupon and LivingSocial are notorious for rebranding generic items and giving them ridiculously high &quot;retail&quot; prices,&quot; she reveals. &quot;Before buying anything, do a quick Google Shopping search. If the only site selling the brand is Groupon, odds are high you can find the same item under its more generic name on eBay or Amazon.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Store Vouchers With Lots of Restrictions</h2> <p>When it comes to Groupon and LivingSocial vouchers with a long list of restrictions, buyer beware.</p> <p>I had an experience once with a carpet-cleaning service whose Groupon deal promised a $70 cleaning. What I didn't recognize until after the fact (because some of the details weren't even listed) was that there were additional charges for the type rug, size of the rug, and more. What I thought would save me money cost me way more than I anticipated &mdash; hundreds of dollars more, in fact, which was nearly the cost of a brand new rug &mdash; plus the service itself wasn't that great.</p> <p>&quot;Many stores include rules and restrictions making the voucher almost useless,&quot; Cook says. &quot;Specifically avoid vouchers that can't be used for items on sale or can't be applied to shipping/handling costs.&quot;</p> <p>In other words, read through all the restrictions before you buy the deal, and try not to let that low, low price suck you in without being fully informed.</p> <h2>5. Things That You Can Get for Cheaper &mdash; Or Even Free</h2> <p>It seems like a no-brainer to not pay for something you can get for free, but it's easy to overlook that fact when Groupon and LivingSocial are waving &quot;unbeatable&quot; deals in your face. Ultimately, however, your eagerness and laziness could cost you.</p> <p>Stefanie O'Connell, Millennial finance expert and author of <a href="http://amzn.to/1SRp8FW">The Broke and Beautiful Life</a>, talks about the time she found an awesome deal for a museum &mdash; except it wasn't really a deal at all.</p> <p>&quot;I live in New York City and love using Groupon as a resource for low cost activities, but I found one particular &quot;deal&quot; I stumbled across to be incredibly off-putting,&quot; she says. &quot;Groupon was advertising a deal for $18 admission to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The MET admission, however, is a suggested donation. The full suggested donation amount is $25, more than the $18 Groupon price &mdash; but it's still suggested donation, meaning you could just as easily give $18 directly to the MET, without Groupon taking any part of that cut.&quot;</p> <p>O'Connell's tip is probably the best tip when browsing Groupon or LivingSocial for deals &mdash; compare other existing prices to the advertised daily &quot;deal&quot; to ensure you're getting the best discount. Online coupon codes, discounts from direct-marketing emails, and other savings may work out better for you than the one-and-done approach you take when purchasing from Groupon or LivingSocial.</p> <p><em>What are some things you'd never buy on Groupon or LivingSocial? Have you ever been burned by these deal sites? Let's talk about it in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-buy-on-groupon-or-livingsocial">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year">30+ Cash Back Sites to Earn You Thousands Per Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-secrets-of-amazons-pricing-strategy-will-help-you-find-the-best-buys">These Secrets of Amazon&#039;s Pricing Strategy Will Help You Find the Best Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/more-sales-insanity-this-time-from-walmart">More Sales Insanity, This Time From Walmart</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-the-best-deals-on-groupon">7 Ways to Get the Best Deals on Groupon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping coupon sites deals groupon hotels knock offs livingsocial online shopping rip offs too good to be true Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:00:12 +0000 Mikey Rox 1675387 at http://www.wisebread.com The 8 Shopping Apps That'll Actually Save You Money in 2016 http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_phone_000083052285.jpg" alt="Woman using shopping apps that will save her money in 2016" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mobile technology is an amazing thing, especially when used to save us money. Here are eight free shopping apps, for both iOS and Android, that will help save you big in 2016. Play around with a few of these to find what works best for you and your busy life.</p> <h2>1. Ibotta</h2> <p><a href="https://ibotta.com/r/jcsgjbv">Ibotta</a> lets you earn cash back via &quot;secret rebates&quot; on grocery items. Before you go shopping, simply unlock cash rewards on the app by completing small tasks. Tasks include reading a fun fact about a product, taking a quick poll, or writing a short comment about a specific item. After completing the task, the product is added to your &quot;Checklist&quot; and you earn a cash reward when you buy it on your next trip to the store.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year?ref=seealso">30+ Cash Back Sites to Earn You Thousands Per Year</a></p> <p>Cash rewards include things like $1 back on CoffeeMate creamers, or 50 cents back on a box of Triscuits. To verify your purchase, you simply scan your receipt via the app and get paid via PayPal or gift card when your account reaches at least $5.</p> <h2>2. Coupon Sherpa</h2> <p><a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com/">Coupon Sherpa</a> is a must download if you hate paying full-price at retail establishments and restaurants alike. Simply search the app for a coupon when you're in-store, show it to the cashier when checking out, and collect your savings without ever yielding a pair of scissors.</p> <p>The app stands apart from the competition because it's stocked with online coupons, in-store coupons, and location-based coupons that inform you of the best money-saving offers in your area. Shoppers can also select their favorite stores ahead of time and quickly pull up the coupon while standing in the checkout line. Coupon Sherpa founder, Luke Knowles, told me this is easily one of the feature that users love the most. When asked how much money the app can save the typical family of four, Knowles figured a loyal user could easily save $300&ndash;$500 a year.</p> <h2>3. Krazy Coupon Lady</h2> <p>The team at <a href="http://thekrazycouponlady.com/">Krazy Coupon Lady</a> prides themselves on having an app that's a true consumer tool, especially when combined with other shopping apps like Ibotta, Target Cartwheel, and Amazon mobile. Co-founder Joanie Demer puts it best: &quot;Our team of expert shoppers scours store ads, online coupons, and digital rebates, and hand selects the best deals we know our users will love. Instead of competing, our app actually enhances the effectiveness of other shopping apps.&quot;</p> <p>This app is perfect for new couponers &mdash; there's actually a section dedicated to learning how to stack coupons and save strategically. It's also great for those who don't have the time to sort through all of the coupons and store ads one-by-one, as they hand-select the best deals for you. How much money can the app save you? According to Demer, &quot;A typical family of four can save $80 per month by using this app just once per week. But, thousands of diligent couponers who use the app near daily save over $200 per month.&quot;</p> <h2>4. SavingStar</h2> <p><a href="https://savingstar.com/how_it_works">SavingStar</a> helps you save on your next trip to the grocery store. Simply browse their current offers, tap the ones you want to use, and they'll automatically be activated. Unlike iBotta, there are no small tasks to be completed. Offers include things like $1 off when you purchase five or more Yoplait yogurts, or 20% off fresh tomatoes. Then shop as you normally would and scan your receipt to collect your savings.</p> <p>You can also link the app directly to a grocery store or drugstore loyalty card and avoid having to scan your receipt. They let you link with over 75 popular grocery and drugstore chains across the United States. Once your account reaches $5, you'll be eligible to get paid via PayPal, direct deposit, or you can donate to your favorite charity.</p> <h2>5. Checkout 51</h2> <p>&quot;Buy groceries, earn cash back.&quot; In a sentence, that is what <a href="https://www.checkout51.com/">Checkout 51</a> is all about. Every Thursday morning, they add new cash back offers to their shopping app. Once downloaded to your mobile device, all you have to do is pick the grocery offers that you're likely to use.</p> <p>After you purchase those items at your local grocery store, simply upload a picture of your receipt via the app. After your purchase is verified, your cash is added to your account &mdash; and once your balance reaches $20, they mail you a check. A few current offers on their app that caught my eye include $1 cash back on Life cereal, $1 back on Glade Plugins, and $1.50 back on CleanSmart Disinfectant Spray.</p> <h2>6. Shopmium</h2> <p>Brought to you by Coupons.com, <a href="https://www.shopmium.com/us/">Shopmium</a> offers exclusive product rebates on many grocery items that you'll probably be buying anyways. Along with rebates on everyday products like bread, dairy items, and beverages, the app also displays &quot;new to market&quot; items with rebates that allow you to try them for free.</p> <p>Unlike Ibotta, you don't have to perform a task to be eligible for your rebate. You simply buy the item at any store, scan your receipt into the app, and your rebate is automatically sent to your PayPal or bank account, typically within 24 hours. The app is an excellent companion download to Ibotta as the combination of both opens up a large number of product rebates available to you.</p> <h2>7. Walmart Savings Catcher</h2> <p>The beauty of <a href="https://savingscatcher.walmart.com/">Walmart's Savings Catcher</a> app is that it doesn't require any extra work to collect your money. All you have to do is scan your Walmart receipt into the app, and they'll search for a better price on the items you bought at local competitors. If Walmart finds a lower price, they'll credit you the difference.</p> <p>I personally have been using the app for the past six months and my balance is already over $20. You only have seven days after your Walmart purchase to scan your receipt, so I've gotten into the habit of scanning it as I walk out of the store so I don't forget. Redeem your balance whenever you want via a Walmart gift card.</p> <h2>8. ShopSavvy</h2> <p>When it comes to taking advantage of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-to-get-a-sale-price-match-at-16-popular-stores">retailer's price-match policies</a>, and making sure you get the lowest price possible, <a href="http://shopsavvy.com/">ShopSavvy</a> is a must-have. The app allows you to scan the barcode of an item and instantly tells you if it's sold cheaper online or at another retailer located in your area.</p> <p>The best feature of the app, and what makes it stand out from the competition, is the &quot;Price-Match&quot; feature. After scanning an item's barcode, the app will actually inform you if the store you are shopping at will offer a price-match. But more than that, the app will also display a special &quot;Price-Match&quot; screen that you can show to the store's employee which allows for a quick and painless comparison. No more thumbing through store ads to try and find a lower price, as the app does all of the hard work for you.</p> <p><em>What smartphone apps do you use to score the best deal possible when shopping?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year">30+ Cash Back Sites to Earn You Thousands Per Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-the-best-deals-on-groupon">7 Ways to Get the Best Deals on Groupon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping apps coupons deals groceries price comparisons price matching Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:00:03 +0000 Kyle James 1645272 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Smart Ways to Save on a Wedding Dress http://www.wisebread.com/7-smart-ways-to-save-on-a-wedding-dress <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-smart-ways-to-save-on-a-wedding-dress" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_wedding_dress_000051558236.jpg" alt="Woman finding smart ways to save on a wedding dress" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Planning a wedding is a tiny part of your new life with your beloved, but it's one that can cause a lot of stress. Between booking a venue and getting all the details in place, it's easy for an engagement to bring on anxiety rather than joy.</p> <p>What if you fall in love with a dress you can't afford? I managed to get a great deal on a dress that I loved, and I think you can, too. Here are some things I tried, and a few other ideas that have worked for people I know. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/budget-bride-131-savvy-ways-to-cut-wedding-costs">Budget Bride: 131 Savvy Ways to Cut Wedding Costs</a>)</p> <h2>1. Wear a Loved One's Dress</h2> <p>Most married women still have their wedding dress. If there is a special woman in your life and it's logistically possible for you to wear her dress, ask her about it. Many people are happy to see their dress worn again, especially by someone they care about.</p> <p>Remember to consider any woman you love when you're thinking about this. You could wear a dress from your mother, sister, cousin, aunt, or even your grandmother. If you are close to your fiancee's family, maybe you could find a dress from someone on that side. Or maybe you have a close married friend or a mentor whose dress you'd love to borrow.</p> <h2>2. Thrift a Dress... or Fabric</h2> <p>Many people recoil at the idea of getting their wedding dress from a thrift store, but the truth is that you can often score a great deal if you're willing to put in the legwork. If you find a dress whose style you already like, that's awesome. But don't discount a dress you hate. If it's made from great fabric, like raw silk, the material alone is usually worth more than the thrift store price. And, for less than the price of a new dress, you can have a seamstress remake or change that dress into something you love.</p> <h2>3. Get a Designer Discount</h2> <p>Even if you have your heart set on a designer dress, you don't have to pay full price. Check out Nearly Newlywed or PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com to find designer gowns that people are reselling. Often, these are a fraction of the price the dress would cost new.</p> <p>Try on dresses in a store before you buy anything online, so you know what size you're looking for. Remember &mdash; good seamstresses can almost always make a dress smaller (though it's harder if it has a lot of embellishments), so if your size isn't available and you don't want to wait, try buying a dress that's a little too big. Even after you pay your seamstress, it will likely be cheaper than buying new.</p> <h2>4. Check Out a Mass Retailer</h2> <p>Specifically, BCBG, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, and Anthropologie all have bridal lines, and most of the dresses they offer cost less than you would pay at a bridal boutique.</p> <p>Some of these dresses are simple, so you might want to think about adding some details of your own. But when the dress itself costs less, it's easier to afford the alterations that will make it specifically yours. If you happen to find a dress you adore as-is, you'll end up with the gown of your dreams for even less.</p> <h2>5. Try Sample Sale Sites</h2> <p>Once or twice a year, the top sample sale sites (think Gilt, Ideeli, and Rue La La) offer bridal collections at a huge discount. Designer dresses can go for 50%-75% off the normal retail price, so you can get a gorgeous dress for a steal.</p> <p>You will have to act fast when these sales go live, because they often sell out quickly. Know what you want and when the sale starts, and be ready to buy as fast as you can. If you miss the sale, it may not come around again before your wedding.</p> <h2>6. Choose Fabric Wisely</h2> <p>Some fabrics are more expensive than others (think raw silk, for the most costly). Fortunately, there are many cheaper fabrics that look spectacular and cost a lot less. In fact, technology has come far enough that no one but an expert will be able to tell the difference between an expensive fabric and a cheaper one unless they are up close and personal with your dress.</p> <p>Synthetic or blended fabric will usually cost the least, but even taffeta and chiffon will be cheaper than silk or real lace. If you find a dress that costs too much, you may be able to purchase a cheaper but similarly textured fabric and have a seamstress make the dress for less. Be sure to consult a seamstress before you buy any fabric to make sure it will work with your plan.</p> <h2>7. Shop in the Winter (Or the Summer!)</h2> <p>Winter and summer are when designers get ready to distribute their new lines. Retailers often have to make room for these new clothes, and they do that by selling their old stock and store samples at drastically reduced prices (sometimes up to 80% off!). You will usually need to visit these stores directly and prepare yourself for some craziness while you're there, but it will be worth it if you have your heart set on a particular dress and you can get an amazing deal.</p> <p><em>How did you save money on your wedding dress? Would you recommend others do the same?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-smart-ways-to-save-on-a-wedding-dress">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-ethically-sourced-products-you-can-afford">How to Find Ethically Sourced Products You Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping deals thrift stores wedding dresses wedding planning Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:00:03 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1642633 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Things to Wait Until After Christmas to Buy http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-to-wait-until-after-christmas-to-buy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-things-to-wait-until-after-christmas-to-buy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_binoculars_000076051407.jpg" alt="Woman waiting until after Christmas to buy these things" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While the media tends to focus on shopping events like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Free Shipping Day, the sales and clearance deals you'll find right after Christmas just might trump them all. The key to maximizing your savings is to know which items tend to be marked down the most, as well considering events in early 2016 where you may need a gift. Buy it now, store it, and save a bunch of money. Here are the eight best post-Christmas deals worth considering.</p> <h2>1. Clothing and Outerwear</h2> <p>Aside from Cyber Monday and Free Shipping Day, perhaps the best time to stock up on clothing are the days right after Christmas. Last year, for instance, Nordstrom Rack sold clearance items for an additional 25% off through January 4th. On December 26th, Victoria's Secret had an in-store promotion for buy one bra, get one 50% off, while Macy's marked down all sweaters by 65%. Also last year, Banana Republic had a coupon code good for 50% off your entire online order. Look for more of the same deals this year.</p> <p>Also, due to the incredibly warm weather right now in the eastern U.S., winter apparel is not exactly flying off the shelves. The good news is that many stores are trying to unload excess inventory of jackets, sweaters, boots, and scarves and offering deals up to 60% off. Look for these sales from retailers like Macy's, TJ Maxx, Gap, and Lands' End to continue right through the New Year. This really is a great time to stock up for next year's winter.</p> <h2>2. Christmas Decor and Wrapping Paper</h2> <p>I'm always surprised by the number of shoppers I see walking around before Christmas with a cart full of wrapping paper and decorations. Apparently, they haven't received the memo that the absolute best time to stock up on that stuff is right <em>after</em> Christmas. No joke, you'll find wrapping paper, decorations, bows, ornaments, and the like, at 40%&ndash;75% off. Retailers have no place to store their extra inventory and will practically give it away. The stores that typically have the best deals include Lowe's, Home Depot, Target, Walmart, and even Pottery Barn. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-clever-and-attractive-ways-to-save-on-gift-wrapping-paper">15 Cheap, Clever, and Attractive Ways to Save on Gift Wrapping Paper</a>)</p> <h2>3. Wedding Gifts</h2> <p>While the wedding season won't roll around for another five months, it's still a great time to save money on a potential gift. If you know you'll be attending a matrimonial ceremony in the near future, take advantage of after-Christmas sales on small appliances, home decor, dishware, and housewares. Retailers that typically have their best sales of the year include JCPenney, Macy's, Crate &amp; Barrel, and Cost Plus World Market.</p> <h2>4. Fitness Equipment</h2> <p>One of the most popular New Year's resolutions is to get in shape. To entice consumers to make a fitness equipment purchase, retailers like Sears, Sports Authority, and Dick's Sporting Goods start offering some pretty attractive incentives and coupons starting December 26th and going right through the New Year. Last year, we saw Sports Authority offer $50 off your order of $250 or more, and Sears was selling elliptical machines and treadmills from NordicTrack, ProForm, and AFG for 50% off the original price tag.</p> <h2>5. Teacher Gifts</h2> <p>With three elementary-aged kids, this is a tip my wife and I use. We routinely pick up a few teacher gifts that are on sale right after Christmas. We then store them until the end of May, when our kids give them to their teachers. If your kids give Christmas gifts to their teacher every December, stock up when ornaments and decorations are being sold for 75%&ndash;90% off the original price right after the holidays. This way, you won't be scrambling for last-minute teacher gifts next year.</p> <h2>6. HDTVs</h2> <p>Last year, starting on December 26th, we saw retailers like Best Buy, Sears, and Walmart slash the prices on overstocked HDTVs. Look for more of the same this year and be prepared to arrive when the doors open to secure a deal. While there will be some name brand models on sale, look for the best deals from third tier manufacturers like Westinghouse, Element, Insignia, RCA, and Ultra. Last year many of the prices were very similar to what we saw on Black Friday, making it a great day to save.</p> <h2>7. Baby Gear</h2> <p>This is another one of those out-of-the box ways to think about your spending. If you have a friend or family member expecting a baby in the next few months, right after Christmas is a terrific time to look for a baby shower or newborn gift on the cheap. Historically, retailers like Gymboree, Babies R Us, Hanna Andersson, and Children's Place have some amazing sales after the holidays as they start to clear out older merchandise.</p> <h2>8. Future Holiday Gifts</h2> <p>In particular, consider gifts for upcoming holidays like Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and Father's Day. After-Christmas sales can often be a great time to save money on jewelry, tools, personalized gifts, and small kitchen appliances. Retailers to consider, both online and in-store, include Home Depot, Zales, Shutterfly, and Macy's, as they're famous for slashing prices right after Christmas through January 1st.</p> <p><em>Do you take advantage of post-Christmas deals? If so, what's the best deal you've gotten in recent years?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-to-wait-until-after-christmas-to-buy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-coupons-trick-you-into-spending-more-money">5 Times Coupons Trick You Into Spending More Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-perimeter-perusing-at-target">Tips for Perimeter Perusing at Target</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-the-best-deals-on-groupon">7 Ways to Get the Best Deals on Groupon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016">The 8 Shopping Apps That&#039;ll Actually Save You Money in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping after christmas bogo clearance coupons deals post holidays sales Mon, 21 Dec 2015 16:00:05 +0000 Kyle James 1623404 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Habits That Kill Your Buying Power http://www.wisebread.com/5-habits-that-kill-your-buying-power <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-habits-that-kill-your-buying-power" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_no_money_000064424505.jpg" alt="Woman breaking habits that kill her buying power" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the busy shopping season upon us, you're probably striving to get bigger and better deals. But there are some actions that actually hinder your buying power and cause you to overspend.</p> <p>Here are five things you may be guilty of doing that prevent you from getting the best deal available.</p> <h2>1. Lack of Comparison Research</h2> <p>One of the biggest mistakes is not shopping around or doing research before making a purchase. Too many of us believe that the price displayed is the lowest available, but this isn't always the case. Sometimes stores will slash prices due to overstocked inventory, or a local region will be doing a promotion not offered anywhere else. It pays to take the time to research and comparison shop before making your final purchase.</p> <h2>2. Not Knowing Your Credit Score</h2> <p>Not knowing your credit score can greatly reduce how much your credit card limit will be, or how much you can apply for when taking out a personal loan. Your credit score is the most important number that financial institutions consider. In addition, you could qualify for a lower interest rate (or be stuck with a higher one) depending on your credit score. This could save (or cost) you hundreds of dollars in interest fees and charges.</p> <h2>3. Rushing Into a Buy</h2> <p>Consumers tend to spend more money when they need something in a hurry. Needing to buy something at the last minute isn't always avoidable, but strive to take your time, really evaluate whether or not you <em>have</em> to purchase this item right now, and wait for at least 24 hours to ensure you can find the best deal possible. Also abide by this 24-hour rule before buying something &mdash; if you forget about it the next day, it wasn't really worth buying in the first place.</p> <h2>4. Not Asking the Right Questions</h2> <p>As consumers, we often forget how a simple question can save us a good chunk of change. Much like price matching, simply negotiating for a better price will usually pay off. Sometimes stores will still take expired coupons, a cash payment for less instead of a card, or the manager may alert you to a holiday promotion coming up. Just ask.</p> <h2>5. Missing Out on Cash Back</h2> <p>Between <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-cash-back-credit-cards">cash back credit cards</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year">cash back websites</a>, there's no lack of opportunity for you to maximize your buying power by earning cash back on all your purchases. These simply allow you to get money back for doing the shopping you were already planning on doing. It's one extra step (going to the cash back site to go to the shopping site, or using the right credit card to make the purchase), but considering the savings, it's always worth it. With the right credit card, you can get up to 6% <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-an-extra-109486-a-year">cash back on everyday purchases</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>What's another way you increase your buying power to ensure the best deal? </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-smith">Carrie Smith</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-habits-that-kill-your-buying-power">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year">30+ Cash Back Sites to Earn You Thousands Per Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-you-should-learn-from-great-hagglers">10 Tricks You Should Learn From Great Hagglers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-surprising-things-you-didnt-know-you-should-be-negotiating">12 Surprising Things You Didn&#039;t Know You Should Be Negotiating</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secrets-to-scoring-the-best-price-when-buying-on-ebay">7 Secrets to Scoring the Best Price When Buying on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping buying power cash back deals negotiating price comparison Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:00:30 +0000 Carrie Smith 1616760 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Score a Black Friday Deal Without Leaving Home http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_tablet_000071622233.jpg" alt="Woman scoring Black Friday deals without leaving home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Black Friday &mdash; either you love it, or you hate it. As retailers continue to offer a very limited quantity of doorbuster deals each year, many shoppers are wising up and looking for other ways to save. Here are a few unique ways to save money on Black Friday without ever having to leave the comfort of your pajamas.</p> <h2>1. Check eBay Right After Black Friday</h2> <p>If you're a Black Friday veteran, you know about the &quot;doorbuster&quot; deals that are available at stores like Best Buy, Target, and Kohl's. But the problem is, unless you're willing to camp out for hours (even days), you simply aren't going to get your hands on these very limited-supply deals.</p> <p>Well&hellip; until now! A great way to find close to doorbuster prices is to check out eBay the weekend <em>after </em>Black Friday. Many shoppers who are willing to stand in line are wannabe entrepreneurs looking to turn a quick profit. They get into the store first, snatch up as many of the doorbusters as they can find, and go home and put them on eBay.</p> <p>Because eBay gets inundated with Black Friday products, supply and demand takes over and you stand a great chance of scoring a deal close to the doorbuster price. I did this last year with an external hard drive that was regularly $79.99. It had a $39.99 Black Friday price, and I snatched it up on eBay for only $49. Still a great deal, and I didn't have to fight the crowds.</p> <h2>2. Most Black Friday Deals Are Now Online</h2> <p>When looking through the Black Friday ads this year, note that almost all of the sale prices will also be available on the retailer's website. You can find most of them starting at 12:01 a.m. on Black Friday morning, and some stores like Walmart and Target will have deals available online all day on Thanksgiving as well. By staying home and shopping online, you can also take advantage of quick price comparison websites and shop with coupon codes.</p> <p>If you can't find a coupon code to your favorite online retailer, simply start a live chat session on their website and politely ask the operator if they can help you out. In many cases, they're given coupon codes to hand out on Black Friday, like free shipping or 15% off your order..</p> <h2>3. Shop Early and Still Save&hellip; Maybe More</h2> <p>Over the years, Black Friday has morphed from a one-day event to a week-long savings fest. But what many shoppers don't realize is that many of these early deals have proven to provide similar savings to what you'll find on Black Friday.</p> <p>For example, Amazon is terming their current sale &quot;Countdown to Black Friday,&quot; while Home Depot has coined their sale &quot;Black Friday Prices Starts Now.&quot; Home Depot is selling major appliances for up to 40% off the retail price until Thanksgiving, a discount that will be matched on Black Friday. So why not shop early, avoid the crowd, and get the same deal? This also makes sense at Costco, Kmart, Macy's, Sears, and other big-box stores.</p> <h2>4. Amazon Will Be Price-Matching Like Crazy</h2> <p>The last two years we saw Amazon lowering prices throughout the day on Black Friday in response to what the competition was offering. Look for more of the same this year from the online retail giant.</p> <p>The two retailers they were carefully watching were Best Buy and Walmart. So as a consumer, if you're considering a significant purchase from Best Buy or Walmart, know that Amazon may very well have a lower price by the evening of Black Friday. It may be worth your while to wait and try to nab the lowest price possible. You may even score free shipping.</p> <h2>5. Automate Your Online Coupons for Black Friday</h2> <p>If you're planning on skipping the Black Friday chaos to shop online, be sure you do it with a coupon in-hand. Sign up for coupon alerts at a website like RetailMeNot or SlickDeals, then simply pick the online retailers you know you'll be searching. They'll email you a coupon or deal when they add one to their website, which guarantees you'll maximize your savings.</p> <h2>6. Opt-Out Completely and Save More in December</h2> <p>If the idea of doing any shopping over Thanksgiving weekend makes you cringe, don't worry too much about missing any possible money-saving opportunities. In actuality, according to coupon research at Rather-Be-Shopping.com, many items are <a href="http://www.rather-be-shopping.com/blog/2015/10/27/9-ways-to-hack-your-black-friday-this-year/">cheaper in December</a> than they are on Black Friday.</p> <p><em>Are you planning on shopping on Black Friday? What's your best tip to save money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving">25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-the-best-deals-on-groupon">7 Ways to Get the Best Deals on Groupon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016">The 8 Shopping Apps That&#039;ll Actually Save You Money in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday coupons deals doorbusters retail Thanksgiving Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:00:17 +0000 Kyle James 1615572 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Best Discount Shopping Days of the Year http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sale_sign_000047847430.jpg" alt="Woman shopping on shopping deal days that aren&#039;t Black Friday" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With just a few weeks left before Black Friday, you may be gearing up to start your Christmas shopping. However, it may surprise you that 32 million Americans started their Christmas shopping during the summer, according to a survey by creditcards.com.</p> <p>Even more shocking, 4.6 million ultra early-bird shoppers are already done!</p> <p>If you're wondering why people aren't starting their holiday shopping on Black Friday, the reason is that there are plenty of other major days for deals. Here is your ultimate calendar of shopping days that provide major savings.</p> <h2>1. Amazon Prime Day (Sometime in July)</h2> <p>While some people posted several <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/kanikateng/the-26-best-responses-to-amazon-prime-day-9wy1#.obzD54rdXj">funny responses</a> to Amazon's well-publicized Prime Day earlier this year, many Americans surely took advantage of it, <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2015/07/16/technology/amazon-prime-day-sales-increase/">rocketing sales</a> by 93%.</p> <p>Here is a <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/all-the-best-amazon-prime-day-deals/">sample of the savings</a> last July 15, 2015:</p> <ul> <li>28% off GoPro HERO4 bundle (sale price: $499.99)</li> <li>47% off Bose SoundTrue On-Ear Headphones (sale price: $80)</li> <li>34% off iRobot Robot Roomba (sale price: $250)</li> <li>38% off Amazon Fire TV Stick (sale price: $24.00)</li> </ul> <p>While Amazon hasn't announced if it would reprise its Prime Day in 2016, it's a good idea to save your chance for a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;nodeId=200444170&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GC3X3QSN6ZADLVZN">free trial of Amazon Prime</a> until July 2016 to potentially take advantage of this major shopping day. If you already have a Prime membership, make sure you use it then. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know?ref=seealso">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a>)</p> <h2>2. Singles Day (November 11th)</h2> <p>Forget Black Friday, Singles Day (created by Chinese company <a href="http://www.alibaba.com/">Alibaba</a>) is the largest shopping day in the world! In 2014, Singles Day hit a new record of <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/liyanchen/2014/11/10/happy-singles-day-chinas-anti-valentines-festival-is-the-worlds-biggest-e-commerce-holiday/">$9.3 billion (RMB 57.1 billion)</a> in gross merchandise sales, a 60% increase from last year's $5.8 billion. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-big-tech-stocks-offering-big-returns?ref=seealso">4 Big Tech Stocks Offering Big Returns</a>)</p> <p>Only 27 merchants took part in Singles Day back when it first started in 2009. In just five years, that number grew to an estimated 27,000. Non-Chinese companies are also eager to jump in the game and more than 200 merchants from over 20 countries participated last year.</p> <p>For 2015, the total value of discounted coupons is estimated to be <a href="http://multichannelmerchant.com/must-reads/alibaba-unveils-omnichannel-retailing-plans-singles-day-2015-22102015/#_">$0.7 billion (RMB 4.8 billion)</a>.</p> <h2>3. Small Business Saturday (Saturday After Thanksgiving)</h2> <p>In 2014, 88 million Americans &quot;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/nicoleleinbachreyhle/2014/12/02/small-business-saturday-2014-stood-strong-among-communities-and-small-businesses/">shopped small</a>&quot; on Small Business Saturday, up 14.9% from the previous year, spending about $14.3 billion at independent retailers and restaurants.</p> <p>To help its cardmembers in supporting their favorite local shops and small businesses, in previous years American Express has offered up to three $10 statement credits per eligible American Express Card for shopping at participating stores. In 2014, registration for this perk took place between November 1st and November 29th, so keep an eye on your American Express card portal and sign up for it under the &quot;Amex Offers &amp; Benefits&quot; tab.</p> <h2>4. Cyber Monday (Monday After Thanksgiving)</h2> <p>This major shopping day has proven so successful for U.S. retailers that some of them, such as <a href="http://www.target.com/c/cyber-monday/-/N-5q0f1">Target</a>, <a href="http://www.walmart.com/cp/cyber-monday/546840">Walmart</a>, and <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/misc/cyber-monday/pcmcat309500050010.c?id=pcmcat309500050010">Best Buy</a>, already have landing pages for Cyber Monday (November 30, 2015) and extend some of the savings throughout &quot;Cyber Week.&quot;</p> <p>Here are some examples of past savings during Cyber Monday:</p> <ul> <li>In 2014, Amazon cut down the price of its Fire TV by $30 to $69.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>In 2014, Best Buy reduced the price of Sharp Aquos Q+ Series 70&quot; Class LED 1080p 240Hz Smart HDTV by $1,100 to $1,799.99.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>In 2013, Newegg shaved off $100 of the LG G Pad 8.3 and offered it at $249.</li> </ul> <h2>5. Green Monday (Early December)</h2> <p><a href="http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press-Releases/2007/12/Holiday-Retail-Green-Monday">Created by eBay</a> in 2007, Green Monday is held the second Monday of every December. Sorry environmentalists, this day has nothing to do with hugging trees &mdash; it's all about saving some greenbacks!</p> <p>Since 2010, Green Monday has consistently ranked as the <a href="http://www.thestreet.com/story/12140553/1/green-monday-deals-where-are-they-at-wal-mart.html">third heaviest online sales day</a> of the year. And for good reason: Many retailers, including Walmart, Sears, Macy's, J.C. Penney, and Amazon take part of this shopping day. According to deals site FatWallet, about <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/green-monday-is-the-poor-mans-cyber-monday-2014-12-05">70% of retailers</a> take part of this day, offering 20% to 50% in discounts for toys and electronics.</p> <h2>6. Free Shipping Day (Middle December)</h2> <p>Taking place on December 18th this year, Free Shipping Day capitalizes on two big trends. First, more and more late Christmas shoppers are looking for free shipping with guaranteed arrival by Christmas Eve. Second, 90% of consumers spend more when <a href="http://www.freeshippingday.com/about/">offered free delivery</a>, and nearly 50% of them will abandon an online shopping cart if met with high shipping fees.</p> <p>The full list of participating merchants will be revealed at the same site at 12:01am EST on Friday, December 18, 2015. On top of guaranteed free shipping by Christmas Eve, most companies offer discount codes and coupons.</p> <h2>7. Super Saturday (Saturday Before Christmas)</h2> <p>Many shoppers won't be done until Christmas Eve. Retailers know this and are willing to provide some last minute savings on Super Saturday. While sale offers may differ among retailers, deals site DealNews found that last year Super Saturday offered good savings in <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/What-to-Expect-from-Super-Saturday-Sales/">TVs, appliances, and clothes</a> (except shoes).</p> <p>Some <a href="http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2014/12/super_saturday_sale_2014_amazo.html">sample savings</a> from 2014's Super Saturday were:</p> <ul> <li>Kmart: Westinghouse 39&quot; TV ($239.99 with free shipping)</li> <li>Sears: Kenmore 1.6-Cubic-Foot Over-the-Range Microwave ($189.99)</li> <li>Sears: Kenmore 25-Cubic-Foot Side-by-Side Refrigerator ($985.28)</li> <li>Target: Samsung 32&quot; HDTV ($199.99)</li> <li>Target: Nintendo 3DS XL Handheld Gaming System ($149.99)</li> <li>Walmart: 55&quot; LED HDTV ($678)</li> <li>Walmart: GoPro HERO3: White Edition Action Camcorder ($199)</li> </ul> <p><em>What are other major shopping days besides Black Friday?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-best-discount-shopping-days-of-the-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/revel-in-a-corporations-misfortune-all-discovery-channel-stores-to-close">Revel in a corporation&#039;s misfortune - all Discovery Channel stores to close</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazon-prime-benefits-and-how-to-avoid-the-price-hike">Amazon Prime Benefits and How to Avoid the Price Hike</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-to-wait-until-after-christmas-to-buy">8 Things to Wait Until After Christmas to Buy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Amazon black friday buy local cyber monday deals free shipping sales Mon, 09 Nov 2015 15:15:51 +0000 Damian Davila 1606438 at http://www.wisebread.com The 10 Best Couponing Apps http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-10-best-couponing-apps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_shopping_000064962297_0.jpg" alt="Couple finding great apps for finding coupons " title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Couponing seems like a great idea. After all, who wouldn't want to save money when they shop, dine out, or enjoy activities in their area? However, tales of extreme couponing can scare many people. Most of us don't have the time and energy it takes to cut out, organize, and actually use coupons.</p> <p>Fortunately, there are a number of great apps that can help you find the best coupons and deals in your area, and we've rounded them up below.</p> <h2>1. The Coupons App</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.thecouponsapp.com/">Coupons App</a> is a popular download for retail savings. The app offers coupons and deals, updated daily. You can find discounts on everything from food to gas, at all your favorite restaurants and popular retail stores. You can also search directly for deals from your favorite store, or you can scan a barcode and search for deals on that particular product using the built-in barcode reader.</p> <p>Along with providing coupons to your favorite restaurants and stores, the app can also help you find the most affordable gas in your area. Most reviewers find that this is an important part of their everyday life, and agree that if there's only one coupon app to download, this is the one.</p> <h2>2. SnipSnap</h2> <p><a href="http://www.snipsnap.it/">SnipSnap</a> claims to have the largest collection of store coupons of any app. It is the first app to scan, save, and redeem print coupons from your mobile phone. SnipSnap is perfect for anyone who receives a lot of physical coupons because it can help you keep track of your paper coupons. You simply save any printed coupon to your phone and show the cashier your phone at checkout to take advantage of the savings.</p> <p>The large database of coupons also holds tens of thousands of deals for all your favorite stores. The app will even remind you to use the coupons and warn you as the expiration dates approach. You can also keep track of how much money you've saved with the savings tracker.</p> <h2>3. Coupons.com</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10395834-1398363531000">Coupons.com</a> offers some of the best deals on groceries and everyday items. It also makes it easy to access deals on the go. You can choose to have coupons emailed to you, added to your store loyalty card or Passbook app to scan at checkout, or you can print them from your mobile device.</p> <h2>4. Grocery IQ</h2> <p>Also from Coupons.com, <a href="http://www.groceryiq.com/">Grocery IQ</a> specializes in grocery coupons. Once you create your supermarket list, the app will match items with applicable coupons. You will have access to the same impressive inventory of coupons from the Coupons.com app, so you can receive your discounts through e-mail, by printing them, or by scanning them to your store loyalty card or Passbook app.</p> <h2>5. SavingStar</h2> <p><a href="http://savingstar.ojrq.net/c/27771/16897/758">SavingStar</a> works differently than other coupon apps. Rather than enjoying discounts every time you shop, the money you save will add up in your SavingStar account. Once you hit $5 in savings, you can choose to have the money deposited to your bank, deposited to your PayPal account, in the form of a gift card, or you can have it donated to the Conservation Group of American Forests. This means that every time you shop online, in-store, and for groceries, you can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online?ref=internal">earn cash back</a> at the same time. There are typically about 30 deals available at any given time.</p> <h2>6. RetailMeNot</h2> <p><a href="http://www.retailmenot.com/">RetailMeNot</a> offers the very best location-based deals. With deals from more than 50,000 retailers available, you'll find an incredible assortment of coupons and promo codes for anything you may be shopping for, both online and in-store. You can quickly find the right deals by location, category, popularity, and more. You can even save a list of your favorite establishments to create personalized offers.</p> <h2>7. Groupon</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10861379-1424728017000">Groupon</a> searches your local area for the best deals. Whether you are new in town or want to get to know your neighborhood better, this is a great app to help you get more from the area, without breaking your budget. You can quickly buy and redeem vouchers on your phone to take advantage of massive discounts, oftentimes up to 90% savings.</p> <h2>8. Amazon Local</h2> <p><a href="http://local.amazon.com/?tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Local</a> helps you find the best local deals online. Whether you are looking for a spa, need to hire moving services, or just want to enjoy a night out, this app can help you find the deals you are looking for. Along with deals from your favorite service providers, restaurants, and retail stores, you can also find the latest local and travel deals and free coupons. You can even view your appointments and reservations all within the app.</p> <h2>9. CardStar</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cardstar.com/">CardStar</a> is unique because it offers a simple way to increase your savings. It works by consolidating your membership and rewards cards into a single app. This means you don't need to worry about carrying your loyalty cards around in your wallet or on a keychain any longer. Once you instantly load your cards, you can simply scan the barcode at your favorite store to take advantage of your loyalty cards and access deals and coupons from your favorite merchants. The app works with 1,500 retailers, so you can easily find all of your store loyalty cards, or even add new ones yourself. Using this in combination with your other couponing apps can save you even more.</p> <h2>10. Ibotta</h2> <p><a href="https://ibotta.com/r/jcsgjbv">Ibotta</a> offers big cash back opportunities every time you shop. The offers change weekly, and if you buy the select items, you simply upload your grocery receipt and receive cash in return. Once you reach the threshold amount, you can receive a transfer to your PayPal or Venmo account, or you can select from a number of gift cards. Earn real cash and rewards, not just points.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite apps for coupons? Do you have any other ways of saving money when you shop? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016">The 8 Shopping Apps That&#039;ll Actually Save You Money in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-coupons-trick-you-into-spending-more-money">5 Times Coupons Trick You Into Spending More Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-easy-ways-to-use-technology-to-save-on-christmas-shopping">6 Easy Ways to Use Technology to Save on Christmas Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-coupon-rules-that-stores-let-you-break">4 Coupon Rules That Stores Let You Break</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-spot-and-avoid-a-fake-sale">4 Ways to Spot and Avoid a Fake Sale</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology apps coupons deals discounts saving money smartphones Thu, 24 Sep 2015 21:00:22 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1567497 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Store Loyalty Programs That Are Worth It http://www.wisebread.com/9-store-loyalty-programs-that-are-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-store-loyalty-programs-that-are-worth-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/target_shopping_cart_000035488722.jpg" alt="Learning which store loyalty programs are worth it" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've never taken advantage of store loyalty programs, then it's time to start. If you frequently visit the same stores, then you deserve to be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-pricing-secrets-grocery-stores-dont-want-you-to-know">rewarded for your purchases</a>. But not all rewards programs are the same. Some are more of a hassle than they're worth, while others are ultra-generous.</p> <p>Here are nine store rewards programs that are definitely worth your loyal dollars.</p> <h2>1. Starbucks</h2> <p>If Starbucks is a place that you visit frequently, then the <a target="_blank" href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.225262&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1&amp;url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.starbucks.com%2fcard%2frewards" rel="nofollow">My Starbucks Rewards</a>&nbsp;program is a must. You can simply register online or download the app to your smartphone and accumulate points every time you visit Starbucks. There are different levels to the program, so the more you visit Starbucks, the more you will be rewarded. For instance, once you reach the gold level, every 12 drinks you purchase will earn you one free drink. You can even pay for your drinks using the app, and rewards members also receive exclusive deals and discounts throughout the month.</p> <h2>2. Target</h2> <p>Target offers its own unique apps to help shoppers find what they need faster, while saving more at checkout. Their Cartwheel app (available for <a href="http://goto.target.com/c/27771/103561/2092">Android</a> or <a href="http://goto.target.com/c/27771/103560/2092">iOS</a>) offers access to hundreds of coupons, which you can add to your mobile barcode to quickly scan at checkout. Additionally, <a href="http://goto.target.com/c/27771/99528/2092">Target's REDcard</a> saves 5% in-store and online, and you can still use all of your favorite coupons and money-saving apps along with it.</p> <h2>3. Sephora</h2> <p>Sephora's <a target="_blank" href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.885673&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1&amp;url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.sephora.com%2fprofile%2fbeautyInsider%2f" rel="nofollow">Beauty Insider program</a>&nbsp;is perfect for anyone who frequently purchases beauty products. With this multi-level program, you will earn points for every dollar spent, which can later be used to purchase items in the store. As a Beauty Insider, you will also have exclusive access to special products, free in-store beauty classes, select promotions, free items from time to time, and even a free birthday gift. When you accumulate enough points, you may receive an invitation to the Beauty Insider VIB Program, which grants you access to exclusive events and specialty products. <em>U.S. News</em> and <em>Refinery29</em> selected this as the best loyalty reward program for makeup mavens.</p> <h2>4. CVS Rewards</h2> <p><a href="https://www.cvs.com/extracare/landing.jsp?t=mySavingRewards">CVS Rewards</a> offers its shoppers coupons, exclusive deals, and cash back to spend in the store. This program is unique because it tracks what you purchase to provide you with customized coupons that fit your shopping habits.</p> <h2>5. Best Buy</h2> <p>With the <a target="_blank" href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.1372516&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1&amp;url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.bestbuy.com%2fsite%2fglobal-promotions%2fmy-best-buy%2fpcmcat309300050007.c%3fid%3dpcmcat309300050007%26type%3dcategory%26id%3dpcmcat309300050007" rel="nofollow">Best Buy Reward Zone</a>, shoppers are rewarded in a number of different ways. You can earn points for every dollar spent, receive exclusive offers and promotions, and have access to special events. The more you spend every year, the higher your status will be, which translates to even more money saved.</p> <h2>6. Safeway</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.259769&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1" rel="nofollow">Safeway</a>&nbsp;has mastered the art of the grocery store loyalty program. Now, every time you save at the market, you can save at the gas station as well. That's because with Safeway's Rewards Points program, you can turn every point earned into a discount at Safeway and Dominic's, as well as most Mobil stations. Simply use your rewards card at checkout to earn one point for every dollar spent. Once you hit 100 points, you will earn $0.10 off per gallon of gas.</p> <h2>7. Century 21</h2> <p><a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=318965.7&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0">Century 21</a> is one of the largest retail stores, and with its delightful array of offerings, it can be difficult to leave with only what you came in for. This is why the C21 Status program is so beneficial to frequent shoppers. It allows you to earn cash back, as well as access to express checkout lines and exclusive discounts. <em>Refinery29</em> selected this as one of the best store loyalty programs.</p> <h2>8. Bloomingdale's</h2> <p>Bloomingdale's <a target="_blank" href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.1637099&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1&amp;url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.bloomingdales.com%2faccount%2fsignin%3ffromLoyalty%3dloyaltySignIn" rel="nofollow">Loyalist program</a>&nbsp;offers points for every purchase made and double points for cosmetics and fragrance purchases. For every 5,000 points, you receive a $25 gift card. If you make big purchases at Bloomingdale's, then these rewards will add up quickly, and you can save even more by signing up for a Bloomingdale's credit card as well.</p> <h2>9. Gilt</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-11438951-1441397967000" rel="nofollow">Gilt</a> offers a unique online-only loyalty program. You can earn points for things like visiting the site, making purchases, and connecting with the brand. The points can be redeemed for discounts, early access to sales, free shipping, and a variety of other goods and services.</p> <p><em>Do you know of any other store loyalty programs that are actually worth it? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-store-loyalty-programs-that-are-worth-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-buy-at-the-dollar-store-and-10-you-should">10 Things You Should Never Buy at the Dollar Store (and 10 You Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-amazon-deal-hacks-you-may-not-already-know">16 Amazon Deal Hacks You May Not Already Know</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cool-companies-that-pay-you-for-referring-friends">10 Cool Companies That Pay You for Referring Friends</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-best-tools-for-tracking-your-rewards-miles">4 Best Tools for Tracking Your Rewards Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping deals free stuff loyalty programs rewards cards rewards points Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:00:24 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1567320 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Get the Best Deals on Groupon http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-the-best-deals-on-groupon <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-get-the-best-deals-on-groupon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_shopping_online_000008535733.jpg" alt="Man learning tricks to get the most out of groupon" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I can't resist a good deal, and I hate paying full price for anything, so whether I'm buying clothes, planning a trip, or looking for a place to eat, I'm searching for coupon codes and two-for-one specials.</p> <p>For the past few years, <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10817658">Groupon</a> has become my favorite go-to site for deals and discounts. From restaurant vouchers to small electronic items, I've definitely gotten my money's worth. Yet, while Groupon is an excellent place for saving money, not every item on the site is a good buy.</p> <p>If you haven't discovered the savings potential of Groupon, I urge you to sign up today and start taking advantage of the deals. But before you make your first purchase, here are a few tricks to make sure you get the most out of Groupon.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-the-savings-under-the-sun-12-essential-daily-deal-sites?ref=seealso">Best Daily Deal Sites for Big Savings</a></p> <h2>1. Compare Prices</h2> <p>Browse the different categories on Groupon, and you'll find the Groupon price for an item and the regular price, which is provided for comparison purposes. The Groupon price will always be cheaper, giving the impression that everything on the site is a deal &mdash; but this isn't necessarily always the case.</p> <p>Different merchants can sign up with Groupon to sell their products or services through the site, and while some do offer lower prices, others raise or inflate their prices to trick shoppers into thinking they're getting a good deal. With a little comparison shopping, you might find the exact item at a local retailer or another online site for less.</p> <p>About a year ago I saw a watch on Groupon with a price of $100 and a regular retail price of $175. But after some research I found the same exact watch at Macy's and Dillard's for $95. The point: be a savvy consumer and don't assume everything on Groupon is a best buy.</p> <h2>2. Shop Groupon Through a Cash Back Site</h2> <p>If your credit card (or favorite cash back site) partners with Groupon, you can earn more by purchasing your Groupon through the site, according to Jon Lal, founder and CEO of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.befrugal.com/cashback/?ref=OCFOJMC">BeFrugal.com</a>.</p> <p>&quot;All you have to do is click through a cash back shopping website first,&quot; he says. &quot;Visit your favorite site, check their cash back rate (BeFrugal currently offers 6% cash back on Groupon purchases), and click to activate the cash back. It will then redirect you to Groupon's website to make your purchase.&quot;</p> <p>I did this a few months ago when reserving a hotel room. Since <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-discover-it-card-attractive-cash-back-awards-for-shoppers?ref=internal">Discover offered 5% cash back</a> on Groupon purchases, I booked the hotel by accessing Groupon through Discover Deals and got $40 cash back.</p> <p>See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year?ref=seealso">30+ Cash Back Sites to Earn You Thousands Per Year</a></p> <h2>3. Read the Fine Print</h2> <p>It's important to read the fine print with any online purchase so you don't have any surprises. Taylor Gordon, a personal finance writer at&nbsp;<a href="http://trendycheapo.com">Trendy Cheapo</a>, recommends paying close attention to the fine print when buying in the &quot;Things to Do&quot; and &quot;Getaway&quot; categories.</p> <p>&quot;Those deals often include special requirements, expiration dates, and other limitations, and activity locations may not accept your voucher on high traffic days like holidays,&quot; she says. &quot;Plan ahead and read each detail to ensure you understand the ins and outs of the deal.&quot;</p> <p>From personal experience, I've noticed that many hotels on Groupon require 48 or 72-hour notice in order to cancel a room reservation without penalty. This is different from non-Groupon hotel reservations, which allow cancellations up to 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. on the day of arrival. Also, the prices for vacation getaways are based on two travelers, which means you'll pay more if traveling alone. And if you're buying a restaurant Groupon, there might be a limited selection as some restaurants have a special Groupon menu for customers with vouchers.</p> <h2>4. Refer Your Friends</h2> <p>If you're having fun saving with Groupon, spread the joy. Refer your friends and get $10 in Groupon Bucks for every person who signs up and spends at least $10 in the first 72 hours. The more friends you refer, the more money you can earn and use toward any Groupon purchase.</p> <h2>5. Download the Groupon App</h2> <p>Download the Groupon app to your smartphone or tablet and start saving no matter your location. If you're looking for a place to sleep, eat, or play, just open your Groupon app on your mobile device, and based on your GPS location, Groupon will find nearby savings and deals.</p> <h2>6. Sell Unused Vouchers</h2> <p>Some people see an amazing Groupon deal, make an impulse purchase, and later regret the buy. I can't say it hasn't happened to me before. Rather than let your money go to waste, however, give the Groupon to a friend or sell your vouchers through websites like CoupFlip or CoupRecoup, which are sort of like Craigslist for coupons where visitors can buy and resell their deals.</p> <h2>7. Sign Up for Groupon Alerts</h2> <p>There's an option to receive Groupon alerts via e-mail. I encourage this because the site often sends deals of the day and newly listed deals, giving you a head start before a merchant sells out. Additionally, from time to time they will send coupon vouchers to users, gaining you an extra discount.</p> <p><em>Do you know any other tricks on how to get the most out of Groupon? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-the-best-deals-on-groupon">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016">The 8 Shopping Apps That&#039;ll Actually Save You Money in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-groupon-deals">The 5 Craziest Groupon Deals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-buy-on-groupon-or-livingsocial">5 Things You Should Never Buy on Groupon or LivingSocial</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping coupons deals groupon price comparisons vouchers Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:00:18 +0000 Mikey Rox 1561302 at http://www.wisebread.com The 6 Best Vacation Deal Websites http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_in_hammock_000058725176.jpg" alt="Couple finding best vacation deals online" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Planning a vacation can be exciting and exhilarating, but it can also be stressful and time-consuming if you don't know where to look. That's why we've covered some of the best places to find vacation deals online.</p> <h2>1. AAA Travel Services</h2> <p>If you are an AAA member, you know that great deals and rewards come along with your membership. However, you may not know just how great their travel deals are. Their <a href="http://travel.aaa.com">travel services</a> can help save you money on your next vacation, cruise, or business trip, and help save you time planning it as well.</p> <p>That's because you will have your own local AAA travel agent to help streamline the process. They can help you find the perfect services to fit your schedule and budget, without spending much time comparing prices. They even offer last-minute travel deals for any impromptu vacations or business trips. Finally, you can find freebies on the site, like a free car rental for a day, to complete your trip.</p> <h2>2. Costco Travel</h2> <p>You also probably didn't know that Costco offers some of the best vacation deals online, all with the great customer service they're known for. You may be eligible for special member perks, like room upgrades, spa credits, and more. <a href="https://www.costcotravel.com/">Costco Travel</a> also has a Low Price Finder, where it will compare all online coupons and deals to find you the lowest prices possible.</p> <h2>3. Booking Sites</h2> <p>Discount booking sites can help you find the best deals on airfare, lodging, car rentals, food, and entertainment. They can even help you find all-inclusive travel packages that have everything you need, which will save you the stress of searching through various discounts. Some of the most common booking sites include <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10395159-1432673640000">Travelocity</a>, <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10517623-1356646638000">Expedia</a>, Hotwire, Kayak, <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10820358-1440511376000">Cheapflights.com</a>, <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10392970-1433187833000">Priceline</a>, <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10808428-1403804106000">VacationRentals.com</a>, and <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10786230-1426796392000">Hotels.com</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources?ref=seealso">40 Most Useful Travel Websites That Can Save You a Fortune</a>)</p> <p>While all booking sites work similarly, many people prefer Kayak. Forbes also recommends Kayak because it searches a large database of fares to find you the absolute cheapest option. It can even compare months of fares to help you find the cheapest day to travel. Travelers find the interface very easy to use and navigate, taking the stress and guesswork out of planning your trip, all while saving you money. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-credit-cards-for-online-booking-sites?ref=seealso">Best Credit Cards for Online Booking Sites</a>)</p> <p>If you don't feel comfortable reserving your flight, hotel, or rental car through a booking site, simply go directly to the service provider and ask if they can price match the estimate you found on a booking site. Most hotels and airlines also place deals directly on their sites, which may be the same deals you would find on a booking site.</p> <h2>4. Other Discount Sites</h2> <p><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10861379-1424728017000">Groupon</a>, LivingSocial, <a href="http://local.amazon.com/?tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Local</a>, and Yelp can help save you money when you are booking your trip, as well as after you have arrived. They offer deals on hotels, travel packages, and even rental cars. Once you arrive at your destination, use these discount sites or apps for local deals on food, entertainment, excursions, shopping, and more, so that you can get the most out of the area without breaking the bank.</p> <h2>5. Lodging Alternatives</h2> <p><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a> will allow you to rent an apartment or home for the exact amount of time of your trip. They also offer shared rooms and even couches, depending on your budget and sleeping preferences. Booking through Airbnb can save you a lot of money and allow you to feel like you're staying in a home, rather than a hotel. You can also visit <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10597412-1340927884000">BedandBreakfast.com</a> for a directory of the best bed and breakfasts, in all price ranges.</p> <h2>6. Last Minute Booking Sites</h2> <p>If possible, try to book your trip last minute. There are substantially more deals and savings available when you are able to book shortly before your trip. At Last Minute Travel, the process is streamlined so that you can easily book and customize your travel itinerary at the last minute. You can also visit <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/">AirfareWatchdog</a>, which will allow you to monitor airfare and hotel prices so that you can take advantage of sales immediately.</p> <p><em>Be sure to check </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources"><em>Wise Bread's Travel Resources</em></a><em> to find other ways to save big money on your vacation. Do you have any other suggestions on finding the best vacation deals online? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-vacation-deal-websites">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-and-money-using-your-credit-card-on-the-road">Travel and Money: Using Your Credit Card on the Road</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation">7 Easy Ways to Budget for Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid">11 Spring Break Budget Busters to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-affordable-train-trips">5 Fun, Affordable Train Trips</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel accommodations best value booking sites deals saving money trips vacation Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:00:18 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1555505 at http://www.wisebread.com 30+ Cash Back Sites to Earn You Thousands Per Year http://www.wisebread.com/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holding_cash_000058424436.jpg" alt="Woman using cash back sites to earn her thousands per year" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cash back sites are an awesome way to save a significant amount of money and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cool-convenient-cash-11-easy-ways-to-make-money-online">earn some extra cash too</a>. You save and earn money just for using their link to shop and use coupons. Some programs have additional ways to earn money by using their search engine or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/resources/paid-surveys">taking surveys</a>. There are literally dozens of programs out there that can help you save and earn even more.</p> <p>Each one of the programs listed here is free and easy to join, has an active social media presence, and most importantly, pays as promised. So bookmark this article, take your time to review each opportunity, and take advantage of all that work for you.</p> <h2>Tips on Using Cash Back Sites</h2> <p>Cash back sites save you money by sharing the wealth. They earn a commission each time you click through to an online store from their site and make a purchase. In return for doing so, you receive a piece of that commission. The percentage can range from as little as 1% to as high as 25%, 30%, sometimes as much as 40%. The concept and process is simple, but there are a few things to keep in mind for maximum cash back savings.</p> <h3>Coupons</h3> <p>Most sites only allow you to use coupons and promo codes listed on their site. Using others may invalidate your cash back.</p> <h3>Gift Cards</h3> <p>Most programs do not allow you to receive cash back when using a gift card.</p> <h3>Don't Jump Around</h3> <p>Make sure you start your shopping through your favorite cash back site. There are cookies that track how you got to the store site and if your first visit is from somewhere other than your cash back site you may not get credit.</p> <h3>Cash Out Threshold</h3> <p>Be aware of the cash out threshold. Some programs let you cash out at as little as $1 or $5 while other program cash out points are as high as $25. A high threshold may still be worth it if the cash back rate is high and you're making a large purchase, so don't automatically disregard them.</p> <h3>Have a Few Favorites</h3> <p>Check them all out, but don't spread yourself too thin or you'll never accrue enough to cash out. Have two or three favorites and rotate among them depending on which one offers the best rate. With that said, a number of sites offer sign-up bonuses that are enticing enough to use them at least once.</p> <h3>Get the Most Savings</h3> <p>Sometimes you can save more by not using a cash back site. Have a special promotion, coupon, or gift card that will save you more? Use that instead!</p> <h2>1. Ebates</h2> <p><a href="http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=vIhagUaAxdMIsu435wELZg%3D%3D&amp;eeid=26471">Ebates</a> is probably the most well-known of any of the cash back sites. They even have television commercials, which I haven't seen for any of their competition. Their emphasis is on customer service as one of the best features as well as offering some of highest cash back rates around. Their rates are almost always competitive and sometimes much better, but it's always worth comparing with one or two other cash back or rewards site to be sure. A low cash out threshold and $10 gift card sign-up bonus make it worth joining and trying.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, CAN, CHN, KOR, RUS.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 1800.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold</strong>: $5 which is sent quarterly or rolls over until threshold is met.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check or PayPal. You can also send payment to a friend of your choice.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available</strong>: Yes.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> $10 cash bonus after making $25 in qualifying purchases within 90 days.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=vIhagUaAxdMIsu435wELZg%3D%3D&amp;eeid=26471">Sign up with Ebates and get $10 cash bonus!</a></strong></p> <h2>2. Swagbucks</h2> <p><a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10870210-1414506487000?sid=epic_cb">Swagbucks</a> is another well-known program with members earning close to a combined 100 million dollars in gift cards and cash. In addition to an extensive cash back shopping section, members can earn points called &quot;Swag Bucks&quot; by watching videos, taking surveys, playing games, and completing offers. It's the only site where members can earn $25 a month doing nothing more than using their mobile apps to watch videos.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, AUS, CAN, IRL, UK.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 1500.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $5 for gift cards, $10 Visa e-card (no fee), or $25 for cash via PayPal (no fee).</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Gift card, Visa e-card, or PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> Yes &mdash; multiple.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> $5 after earning 2,500 SB within the first 60 days of membership.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10870210-1414506487000?sid=epic_cb"><strong>Sign up with Swagbucks and get $5!</strong></a></p> <h2>3. InboxDollars</h2> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://trk.cotterweb.net/?a=13562&amp;c=16696&amp;s1=1079289">InboxDollars rewards program</a> has been around for 15 years and has close to 1.5 million Facebook likes. Right now their cash back shopping program only has eight stores including Walmart, Kohl's, and Kmart. On the plus side, the cash back rates are competitive, and it's easy to earn extra money just for for clicking on emails they send, taking surveys, playing games, watching videos, and completing offers. They also have printable coupons and an internet search program that pays 15 cents per day just like the&nbsp;<a href="http://bing-rewards.evyy.net/c/27771/89275/2168?subId1=1079289">Bing Rewards Program</a>, which doubles to 30 cents a day after you cash out your earnings for the first time and automatically become a part of their Gold Member program. At $30, their cash out threshold is on the high side, but they offer a $5 sign-up bonus. Even if you don't do anything more than use their search and earn function, you can reach the cash out amount.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> US, UK.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> Eight.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $30 which will be paid within two weeks of being requested.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check, which incurs a $3 processing fee, pre-paid Visa card (currently for US only) which incurs a $3 processing fee, pre-paid Visa e-card which has no fees, InboxDollars e-card which is connected to Tango, a company that offers a least 50 different gift cards.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> Yes.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> $5.</p> <p><a href="http://trk.cotterweb.net/?a=13562&amp;c=16696&amp;s1=1079289"><strong>Sign up with InboxDollars and get $5!</strong></a></p> <h2>4. Ibotta</h2> <p><a href="https://ibotta.com/r/jcsgjbv">Ibotta</a> is probably the most robust and diverse of the cash back apps. They have the most cash back product ability of all of the apps included here and members have saved over 27 million dollars. In addition to getting cash back for grocery shopping, Ibotta offers cash back on apparel, electronics, wine and spirits, restaurants, home and office, travel, and entertainment. Most of the cash back opportunities are for in-store purchases, but there are some that can be redeemed online.</p> <p>In addition, Ibotta offers small rebates for staples such as bread, milk, and fresh fruit and veggies. Most items have to be purchased at approved stores, but their list is vast and the names are easily recognizable. Ibotta also offers incentives like bonus cash for redeeming a certain amount of rebates per month. Some offers can be redeemed multiple times. Ibotta also created team spirit cash back earning opportunities by encouraging members to join through Facebook, or create a team with referrals. The more everyone in the group earns, the more cash back bonuses each member gets. If you like mobile cash back apps, Ibotta is definitely one to have in your arsenal.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA.</p> <p><strong>Number of Products:</strong> More than 100.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $10.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> PayPal, Venmo, or gift card (Amazon, Starbucks, Best Buy).</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> $1 after completing your first cash back rebate within 14 days.</p> <p><a href="https://ibotta.com/r/jcsgjbv"><strong>Sign up and start saving with Ibotta today!</strong></a></p> <h2>5. Giving Assistant</h2> <p><a href="https://givingassistant.org/?rid=dXbX10uWwP">Giving Assistant</a> refers to itself as the &quot;double cash back&quot; site because it passes along 100% of the commission to its customers. That is, there is no splitting like with the other sites. What's unique about this site, however, is its focus on giving. For every purchase that qualifies for cash back, Giving Assistant donates a meal to a family in need. They have donated more than 250,000 meals so far.</p> <p>In addition, users can elect to donate part or all of their cash back savings to one or more of the thousands of charities available to choose from on their site. I did some rate comparisons and found that Giving Assistant did often offer significantly higher (up to double) cash back rates than other sites. Their rates matched the best of those at TopCashBack, a site outlined below which also passes along its full commission. Plus they offer a referral program, a $5 sign up bonus, and a low cash out threshold which makes this program appealing.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA as well as other countries, although they are not specified.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 1,000.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $5, paid weekly.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> U.S.- based Bank Visa/Mastercard Debit card or check, PayPal</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> No.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong>&nbsp;$5 through our sign up link. <a href="https://givingassistant.org/?rid=dXbX10uWwP"><strong>Sign up now and get $5!</strong></a></p> <h2>6. TopCashBack</h2> <p><a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-12105289-1426149300000">TopCashBack</a> passes along 100% of the commission it makes to its members. Billed as the &quot;most generous cashback site,&quot; they make money by driving traffic to the store websites and through advertisements. When looking at the &quot;latest offers&quot; section on their homepage, the cash back rates were generally higher, sometimes more than two times higher than other sites. They have something called the &quot;Highest Cash Back Guarantee,&quot; and there is no minimum needed to cash out. Bonus: Members can earn free cash back by completing surveys, free trials, or requesting free samples.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, CAN, AUS, IND.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> Over 3500.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> None. As soon as you have money in your account.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Direct deposit, PayPal, Amazon gift card code.</p> <p><strong>Other:</strong> Earn additional cash back from their &quot;Free Offers&quot; section.</p> <p><strong>App Available:</strong> Yes.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus</strong>: None at this time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-12105289-1426149300000"><strong>Sign up and start saving with TopCashBack today!</strong></a></p> <h2>7. SavingStar</h2> <p><a href="http://savingstar.ojrq.net/c/27771/18896/758">SavingStar</a> is a hybrid site that offers both traditional cash back shopping like Ebates, and grocery shopping mobile app cash back like Ibotta. The traditional cash back shopping works exactly like the other programs with users clicking through to a retailer to make a purchase and receive a percentage of SavingStar's commission. The rebate rates are competitive and worth comparing to other sites. In some cases the rate may be better.</p> <p>The mobile app for grocery shopping works a little differently than the other ones listed here. Once joining, you will be asked to link your store loyalty cards to SavingStar. They will provide a list of stores which includes many local supermarkets as well as national chains, such as CVS and Rite Aid. From there you choose from among the offers available and they are loaded onto your cards. Before purchasing the item, scan your store card, as that information will be sent to SavingStar and that's how you will qualify for your cash back. They also offers &quot;receipt scan&quot; stores for specific retailers like Target and Walmart that don't have loyalty cards. Check their offers regularly because they have a &quot;Healthy Offer&quot; every week on items like fresh produce and occasional freebies where you are reimbursed the full purchase price.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA.</p> <p><strong>Number of Traditional Cash back stores</strong>: More than 500.</p> <p><strong>Number of Mobile Cash Back Offers:</strong> Varies but between 32 and 50.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $5.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Bank transfer, PayPal, or donate to charity.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App:</strong> Yes.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> No.</p> <p><a href="http://savingstar.ojrq.net/c/27771/18896/758"><strong>Sign up with SavingStar and start saving today!</strong></a></p> <h2>8. Dollar Dig</h2> <p><a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=569561&amp;U=255320&amp;M=51865&amp;urllink=">Dollar Dig</a> is a newer cash back site, having launched sometime in 2013. They have thousands of stores to shop through for cash back, coupons, and featured deals. Their cash out threshold is on the high side with members needing to reach $25 before being allowed to claim it. Their cash back rates are competitive, with some good deals thrown in now and again.</p> <p><strong>Where Available</strong>: USA, CAN, and numerous other countries.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 3200.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold</strong>: $25.01 which can be requested immediately and is paid monthly, usually on the first of the month.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check (U.S. and Canada only) and PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> No.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> No.</p> <p><a href="http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=569561&amp;U=255320&amp;M=51865&amp;urllink="><strong>Sign up and save with Dollar Dig today!</strong></a></p> <h2>9. FatWallet</h2> <p><a href="http://www.fatwallet.com/?referral=kaaff">FatWallet</a> is similar to Ebates in look and in feel. In addition to receiving cash back from purchases, FatWallet offers coupons, promo codes, free shipping offers, and special bundles. Their cash out threshold is reasonable at $10, and it's awesome that you can request payment immediately instead of waiting on their schedule.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, CAN.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 1600.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $10 which can be requested immediately.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check or PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> Yes.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> No.</p> <p><a href="http://www.fatwallet.com/?referral=kaaff"><strong>Sign up and start saving with FatWallet today!</strong></a></p> <h2>10. Coupon Cactus</h2> <p><a href="http://www.couponcactus.com/?ccid=170575">Coupon Cactus</a> has a mascot named Cody, and as the name suggests, the site provides coupon codes (U.S. and international) as well as cash back offers. You can explore their offers by category, popularity, free shipping, clearance, and more. They have thousands of online merchants to choose from and an easy sign-up bonus.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA-based, but it looks like people from any country can join as long as businesses delivers there and users are able to cash a U.S. check or receive PayPal payments.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> Almost 4000.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $10 which is paid quarterly or rolls over until members reach $10.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods</strong>: Check or PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available</strong>: No.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> $3 bonus for signing up and liking their Facebook page.</p> <p><a href="http://www.couponcactus.com/?ccid=170575"><strong>Sign up for Coupon Cactus and get a $3 bonus!</strong></a></p> <h2>11. BeFrugal</h2> <p><a href="http://www.befrugal.com/cashback/?ref=OCFOJMC">BeFrugal</a> started out as a coupon only site back in 2009 and expanded into cash back territory in 2011. In addition to offering cash back, coupons, freebies, and sweepstakes, they are one of the few sites to offer a &quot;Coupon Guarantee&quot; and &quot;Guaranteed Savings.&quot; They guarantee that a coupon on their site will work or you'll receive a $5 bonus. In addition, they guarantee to have the best cash back rate or they'll match the rate at 125%. That's cool, but their cash out threshold is on the high side at $25. Still, if you're going to make a large online purchase it could be worth a go as they offer $5 sign-up bonus.</p> <p><strong>Where Available</strong>: USA, UK. In addition, people from more than 100 counties can join and earn as long as they have a PayPal account.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 4000.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $25, which is sent on the 15th of the month your funds are available. For example, if you reached $25 on the 17th of this month, you could request your money that day and it would be sent out on the 15th of next month.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check, PayPal, or gift card. Users outside of the U.S. will be paid via PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> Yes.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> $5.</p> <p><a href="http://www.befrugal.com/cashback/?ref=OCFOJMC"><strong>Sign up with BeFrugal and get a $5 bonus!</strong></a></p> <h2>12. MyPoints</h2> <p><a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-11324935-1395932855000?sid=epic_CB">MyPoints</a> has been in business for almost 20 years. Members earn points, which can be exchanged for gift cards or cash. These points are earned by making purchases through the MyPoints cash back portal, or participating in one of their other activities &mdash; surveys, games, searching the internet, reading email, watching videos, and printing and using coupons.</p> <p>This rewards/cash back program has a couple of aspects that could potentially make it less desirable than other sites. First, the cash back rates. I compared MyPoints with other sites and looked at 10 merchants. In eight instances, the cash back rate was about half a percent lower, and in two cases it was about half a percent higher. Second, members who use the site earn points. Many sites do this and it's not a bad thing as long as points are equivalent to currency (i.e. one point = one penny, so 100 points = $1). In the case of MyPoints, the value of the points varies, and all are worth less than a penny each. For instance, a $10 Applebee's gift card is 1650 points, the equivalent of $16.50 if each point were worth a penny. Still, with a $10 gift card bonus for signing up and making a cash back purchase of $20, it's worth a shot just for that.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, CAN.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 1900.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $10 gift card or $25 PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Gift card or PayPal when enough points have been accrued.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> Yes.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> $10 gift card when a purchase of $20 or more is made through their cash back shopping portal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-11324935-1395932855000?sid=epic_CB"><strong>Try MyPoints and get a $10 gift card!</strong></a></p> <h2>13. Upromise</h2> <p><a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-12085508-1437073828000?sid=epic_CB&amp;cm_mmc=CJ-_-2276508-_-2822544-_-Everyday%20Spending%20-%20Learn%20More">Upromise</a> is a cash back site whose mission is to help people save for college (for themselves or someone else). It's not, however, like a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-uses-for-a-529-plan">529 Plan</a>, which is designed to help families save money for college through interest bearing accounts. Nor does it have tax benefits like a 529 Plan. In fact, the money saved with Upromise does not have to be used for educational purposes at all and can be withdrawn at any time as long as the minimum cash out balance is met.</p> <p>Like its competitors, Upromise offers cash back for online shopping. In addition, users can earn cash back when they register their credit card and dine out, book travel through their website, or acquire a Upromise branded credit card. Users also have access to grocery and drugstore e-coupons when they register their loyalty cards with the site.</p> <p><strong>Where Available</strong>: USA.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 850, plus more than 8,000 restaurants.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $10 which can be requested immediately online. For security purposes, amounts of $1000 or greater must be accompanied by a notarized form which can be printed from their website.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> No.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> No.</p> <p><a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-12085508-1437073828000?sid=epic_CB&amp;cm_mmc=CJ-_-2276508-_-2822544-_-Everyday%20Spending%20-%20Learn%20More"><strong>Click here to start saving for college with Upromise!</strong></a></p> <h2>14. Panda Cash Back</h2> <p>This Better Business Bureau A+ rated cash back program is another one that allows people from dozens of countries to join and save money.<a href="http://www.pandacashback.com/?ref=4710"> Panda Cash Back</a> offers double cash back deals and local daily deals. Their cash out threshold is a tad on the high side, but your money is automatically sent 24 hours after it is requested. It has a $5 sign-up bonus.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA and more than 100 other countries.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 3000.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $15, which once attained will be sent out automatically the next day.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> PayPal. Note that the first payment for U.S. and Canadian residents will be via check. Anyone residing outside of these two countries will be contacted by Panda Cash Back asking for information to verify identity.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> No.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus: </strong>$5.</p> <p><strong>Referral Program:</strong> 25% of each referral's rebate for life.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.pandacashback.com/?ref=4710">Sign up with Panda Cash Back and get $5!</a></strong></p> <h2>15. Hoopla Doopla</h2> <p>This cash back site with the funny sounding name (which apparently has the same name as a television show in Australia) has been in business since 2009. <a href="http://www.hoopladoopla.com/index.php?ref=3h4j2f43f7t322759">Hoopla Doopla</a> gives back more than half of the commission they receive to their members. In addition to cash back they offer exclusive coupons and daily deals, as well as fundraise for cancer research. Their low cash out threshold and competitive cash back rates makes it an attractive option to try.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA. Also, while the site says that anyone with internet access, an email address, and a PayPal account is eligible to join, the cash back retailers appear to be U.S.-centric.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 2000.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold</strong>: $5 for PayPal or $10 for check, paid quarterly or rolled over until threshold is met.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check or PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> No.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> No.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hoopladoopla.com/index.php?ref=3h4j2f43f7t322759"><strong>Click here to start saving with Hoopla Doopla!</strong></a></p> <h2>16. Mr. Rebates</h2> <p><a href="http://www.mrrebates.com?refid=913170">Mr. Rebates</a> is an established cash back site that has been in business for more than a dozen years. They offer cash back rates up to 30%, and deals such as free shipping. With a reasonable cash out threshold, a sign-up bonus that is available after your first purchase, the ability to request payment immediately, and an enticing referral program, it's worth an add to your list of sites to try.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, CAN.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 2000.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $10 which can be requested immediately.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check or PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> No app, but they have a mobile site.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> $5 sign-up bonus available after your first purchase.</p> <p><strong>Referral Program:</strong> Members earn 20% of each referral's cash back for life.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mrrebates.com?refid=913170"><strong>Sign up for Mr. Rebates and get your $5 bonus!</strong></a></p> <h2>17. CashCrate</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cashcrate.com/1168012">CashCrate</a> launched in 2006 and has paid out close to four million dollars to its members who earn cash by completing offers (many free), taking surveys, completing CrowdFlower tasks, watching videos, and shopping through their cash back store. Their shopping (cash back) section is newish and small right now with only 62 stores like Walmart, Macy's, and Lowe's. However, their rebate rate is competitive with other cash back programs.</p> <p>One unique aspect of Cash Crate's earning program is that members can earn two ways. One section is devoted to earning cash, and the other to earning gift cards (think Starbucks, Amazon, Visa, and more). Just decide what you're interested in earning and complete the tasks in that section.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> All countries are eligible although the U.S. and other English speaking countries will have the greatest number of offers.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> 62 and growing.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $20 in the cash earning section, which is redeemable immediately. Gift cards can be redeemed immediately upon earning enough points in the prizes section of the site.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check. PayPal is an option once members have lifetime earnings of $500.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> Yes.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> $1. In addition, members earn monthly bonuses for meeting an optional daily goal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cashcrate.com/1168012"><strong>Sign up with CashCrate and start earning today!</strong></a></p> <h2>18. MainStreetShares</h2> <p>This cash back program offers an interesting proposition and incentive to join and use their site because members are shareholders. At<a href="http://mss.me/kabigcrumbs"> MainStreetShares</a> not only do members earn a percentage of the site's sales commission when making purchases from stores everyone knows and loves, they earn a portion of the advertising revenue as well in the form of shares called &quot;MsShares.&quot; From their site:</p> <p>&quot;&hellip;A large share of member shopping commissions is placed in a pool each month. We also add a share of other company revenue, such as advertising to this pool. At the end of the month, you are paid a percentage of the pool based on your percentage of total member spending for the month.&quot;</p> <p>Why do they do this? To attract users, of course. However, their larger goal is for someone to acquire the company, at which time members receive a portion of the sales price based on the number of MsShares they own. Until then, with competitive rates and a one dollar cash out threshold (though there is a 2% PayPal transaction fee), MainStreetShares is worth a look.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, CAN, AUS, IRL, UK.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 1100.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> Paid monthly. Minimum $1 required.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> PayPal. There is a 2% processing fee up to one dollar charged. The fee is from PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> No.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> Members who earn MsShares &quot;will be entitled to a specially reserved additional 10% share of acquisition proceeds.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://mss.me/kabigcrumbs"><strong>Click here to learn more about MainStreetShares!</strong></a></p> <h2>19. Cashback House</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cashbackhouse.com/">Cashback House</a> has a simple and straightforward looking site. It doesn't have the bells, whistles, and flash of many cash back sites, but it offers the basics like rebates for purchases, handpicked deals, and coupons. At $10.01 their cash back threshold isn't outrageously high and you can earn a little extra by sharing how much you've saved on Facebook.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, CAN, UK.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 1000.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $10.01 which is processed weekly once a request has been made.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check or PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> No.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> No. However, if you share how much you have saved on Facebook you will earn a $1 credit.</p> <h2>20. ExtraBux</h2> <p>Similar to the other cash back sites,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.extrabux.com/">Extrabux</a> is one of several sites that is available to people worldwide. Offering cash back ranging from 1-30%, Extrabux also offers coupon codes, promo codes, and comparison shopping. They have an attractive sign-up bonus and reasonable cash out threshold.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> Everywhere. Extrabux states that people from any country can join and earn cash back. Checks will only be mailed to those with a U.S. mailing address. However, people living outside of the U.S. can receive their cash back via PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> 2500.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $10 which can be requested immediately.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check or PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> Yes, specifically for Black Friday.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> $8.</p> <h2>21. Gyft</h2> <p><a href="https://www.gyft.com/">Gyft</a> is different from the other traditional cash back sites because their sole focus is selling gift cards. Most cash back sites do not allow, or strictly limit, the eligibility of cash rebates when purchasing gift cards or using them to pay for products. At Gyft, when you purchase gift cards, you earn points which can then be used for discounts on future gift card purchases.</p> <p>Better yet, for a limited time they'll give you a $5 gift card of your choice (in the form of a promotional code) to be used towards a gift card purchase of at least $15, on the spot just for signing up. In other words, you can get a $15 Amazon gift card (or Starbucks, Target, Walmart, Home Depot, whichever of the more than 200 you choose) for $10 just for trying them out. You can even store your gift card in your mobile wallet so you have it on the go and never forget it. Even if you never buy a gift card through them again, the immediate bonus is sweet. (Note that your free gift card bonus expires 24 hours after you sign up so use it right away.)</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More 200.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> 100 points &mdash; to be used as a discount on future gift card purchases.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods: </strong>You can pay for your gift cards with Google Pay, PayPal, Bitcoins, or credit/debit card.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> Yes.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus: </strong>$5 gift card of choice to be used on a gift card valued at $15 or more.</p> <h2>22. Paribus</h2> <p><a href="https://paribus.co/">Paribus</a> is a new endeavor unlike the other cash back sites listed here. It's a price adjustment cash back program, not a rebate program. Basically, they will search for a better price on any product that you have purchased online and get the difference back for you. Their business is hunting price reductions for you, filing a claim on your behalf and getting you a refund for the difference.</p> <p>Paribus works with stores like Target, Walmart, Amazon, Banana Republic, Macy's, Best Buy, and others that have price matching and adjustment policies. Currently only online purchases are eligible. How it works is that you sign up with the email address that you use for online shopping and they scan the receipts of your online purchases.</p> <p>The email scanning sounds creepy, right? They never have access to, or know your passwords.&nbsp;<a href="https://paribus.co/faq">Review their security measures</a> to learn exactly what they do. Is it worth it? To the extent that you may get money back for doing nothing, yeah. Is there a catch? Signing up is free, but when they get a refund for you they will take a 25% cut. Still, not a bad deal for something you may not have otherwise known about.</p> <p><strong>Where Available: </strong>USA.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods</strong>: PayPal or Venmo.</p> <h2>23. Retail Cashback</h2> <p>Another newer program,&nbsp;<a href="http://retailcashback.com/">Retail Cashback</a> started in 2013. It offers the expected complement of cash back stores, coupons, and featured deals. When comparing the rates of six retailers available on their site with three competitor sites, I found Retail Cashback to generally have rates that were the same as or slightly lower than those competitors. They do not offer a sign-up bonus and their cash out threshold is on the high side, but you can request your money immediately when it's reached.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, CAN.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> More than 4000.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $20 which can be requested immediately. Cash outs allowed once every 30 days.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check or PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> No.</p> <p><strong>Sign-Up Bonus:</strong> No. However, their site states that regular members will sometimes get &quot;additional bonuses.&quot;</p> <h2>24. Simply Best Coupons</h2> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.simplybestcoupons.com/">Simply Best Coupons</a> website feels almost soothing compared to some of the others with colorful carnival colors. It must be the mellow sky blue background making everything softer. They offer thousands of cashbook stores, grocery, and printable coupons, as well as a couple of unique payout methods, including Western Union. Their cash out threshold is on the high side but they have a decent sign up bonus.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA and internationally. They have cash back stores for USA, AUS, CAN, IND, IRL, NZ, POL, UK, and RUS. Anyone can join and earn cash back if retailers ship to their country.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants: </strong>1000s per their site.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $20 for checks and Western Union. $15 for PayPal and Amazon gift certificates.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check, Western Union, PayPal, and Amazon gift card. When the cash out threshold is met by the 15th of the month, payment is sent at the end of the month.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available</strong>: No.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> $5 available after first purchase.</p> <h2>25. GiftHulk</h2> <p>Started in 2011,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gifthulk.com/">GiftHulk</a> is six million members strong. In addition to the typical ways to earn (watching videos, completing surveys, searching the internet, etc.), GiftHulk has a cash back shopping section with about 140 well known stores. Their cash back rate is competitive, but be sure not to be fooled by their currency which they call &quot;Hulk Coins.&quot; On GiftHulk, 1000 Hulk Coins equals $1. So when you see GiftHulk offering 40 Hulk Coins per dollar in the cash back shopping section, the rate to compare is 4% (40/1000). GiftHulk has a low cash out threshold which makes it attractive.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, CAN, UK, AUS, DEU, FR, NZL.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> About 140.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $5 for cash and many gift cards.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> PayPal or gift cards.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> Yes.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> Not as of this writing. However, members earn bonuses for meeting an optional daily goal.</p> <h2>26. InstaGC</h2> <p><a href="http://www.instagc.com/">InstaGC</a>, which stands for Instant Gift Cards, has been in business since 2011. This rewards program has some ardent fans so it might be worth checking out even if you use other sites for your cash back shopping. Their shopping section includes about 70 stores with rates that are competitive. Ways to earn include listening to music, taking surveys, CrowdFlower, and the other usual suspects. The site layout is a little bland, but it's functional, and most importantly, pays.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, AUS, CAN, UK.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants:</strong> About 70.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $5 for cash or as little as $1 for gift cards.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check which incurs a 25 cent fee, or direct deposit which incurs a 15 cent fee. You may also redeem for one of 260 gift cards which have no fee starting at $1.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> No.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> A lofty 10 cents.</p> <h2>27. Sunshine Rewards</h2> <p>As their site states, &quot;<a href="http://www.sunshinerewards.com/">Sunshine Rewards</a> is a loyalty program dedicated to paying you back for taking surveys, visiting websites, and shopping on the internet. Get coupons, promo codes, discounts, free shipping, and cash back shopping.&quot; Members get cash back and earnings in the form of credits, where one credit equals one dollar. Their cash back shopping rates are competitive, with some being higher or lower than other sites at different times. The cash out threshold is on the high side at $20, but if you participate in the reward activities regularly it should not take long to reach it.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, CAN.</p> <p><strong>Number of Merchants: </strong>Close to 1000.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $20 and being a member for at least 45 days. Cash outs are limited to $500 a month.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> PayPal, Amazon gift certificate, or Disney gift card.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available</strong>: No.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> $2 sign up bonus.</p> <h2>Mobile Grocery Shopping Apps</h2> <p>What's better than using coupons for grocery shopping? Cash back mobile apps, that's what! Why? With these mobile apps, no coupons are needed, so there's no hunting or clipping. But, if you like coupons, you can combine them with cash back apps to increase your savings (and sometimes even get stuff for free). Plus, unlike traditional cash back programs, you can use gift cards to pay for items and still receive your rebate. Cool, huh?</p> <p>Here's how it works. Sign up online using a computer/tablet or going straight to the app. Download the app to your mobile device, review the cash rebates available, purchase the products you want, scan the product barcode, and/or upload the receipt to the site. Once your receipt is approved (typically within 24 to 48 hours), you get your rebate. Once you meet the cash out threshold, withdraw your money. That's it!</p> <p>Cool features include some apps offering cash back on products you rarely find coupons for like fresh fruit, veggies, bread, and dairy. And unlike traditional cash back sites there are no rates to compare. Best of all, because it's so little effort it's worth downloading all of them.</p> <h2>28. Shopmium</h2> <p><a href="http://www.shopmium.com/us/">Shopmium</a> has cool features like the ability to purchase items at any store that provides an itemized receipt, and immediate pay out, no matter the amount, after it's approved. It is very easy to join, requiring only an email address to get started. Members can choose to receive payment through PayPal or direct bank transfer. Even if you use it the app only occasionally, the fact that you can cash out immediately makes it worth using.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, Canada.</p> <p><strong>Number of Products:</strong> About 15.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> No minimum. As soon as receipt is accepted you're paid.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> PayPal or bank transfer.</p> <p><strong>Mobile App Available:</strong> Yes.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> 50 cents after completing welcome activity.</p> <h2>29. BerryCart</h2> <p><a href="http://www.berrycart.com/">BerryCart</a> is the mobile cash back site for people who like organic, gluten free, non-GMO, and natural foods. If you regularly eat organic, natural foods you will probably recognize many of the brands offering cash back. With the increasing popularity of eating whole foods, you won't be limited to just being able to find the products listed within BerryCart at expensive stores like Whole Foods. In fact, while their list of cash back items hover around 50, users can purchase the products at any store that carries them as long as the receipt is itemized and includes the price.</p> <p>BerryCart also offers subscription boxes where cash back rebates are available for every item in the box. Keep an eye for sales and coupons to combine with your BerryCart rebates to make pricey organic foods much more affordable.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> Site does not specify, though the stores are all U.S- based. However, some items can be purchased through Amazon, which is international.</p> <p><strong>Number of Products:</strong> About 50.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $5.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> Not at this time.</p> <h2>30. Checkout 51</h2> <p><a href="https://www.checkout51.com/">Checkout51</a> offers a variety of grocery cash back rebates ranging from a &quot;pick your own&quot; offer for fruits and vegetables, to specific food and beverage brands. Some products are well known, others are up and coming. Some are organic and/or gluten free. Some offers may be redeemed multiple times. Checkout51 offers are available for a week, and then they expire and are replaced by new ones. Many times, however, you'll see popular products remain for a few weeks.</p> <p>One neat opportunity is the ability to join their &quot;brand program, &quot;which means you'll receive extra offers for products within a specific brand. To participate in their brand program, members simply select the &quot;join&quot; button that pops up on the product cash back list.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, CAN.</p> <p><strong>Number of Products:</strong> About 25&ndash;30, some may be redeemed multiple times.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $20.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> Not currently, though users do earn something for completing their profile.</p> <h2>31. Receipt Hog</h2> <p><a href="http://receipthog.com/">Receipt Hog</a> is interesting because it's a cash back mobile app that pays you even though you don't have to redeem any rebates through them. At Receipt Hog, you earn points by uploading pictures of receipts from just about any retailer. When you upload receipts from grocery stores, club stores, health and beauty retailers, pet stores, convenience stores, dollar stores, and more, members receive points according to the amount spent (i.e. earn five points when the total is less than $10).</p> <p>When receipts are uploaded from retailers that don't sell grocery items (think Staples or Macy's), members earn chances to spin their virtual slot machine where winners receive bonus points or $100. Receipt Hog also offers monthly challenges, like uploading receipts every week of the month for extra points. It sounds silly but it does pay.</p> <p>Why would they pay you? They're a market research company that has discovered an innovative way to collect data about consumer spending for the brands and retailers that enlist their services. Those retailers pay Receipt Hog and Receipt Hog pays its members. How much? The more points you earn before cashing out, the greater the value. For instance, 1000 points will get you $5 in cash or an Amazon gift card, while 1800 points will get you $10 cash or a $10 Amazon gift card. Most people who use the system regularly can probably easily earn $25&ndash;$50 a year. Not a lot, but it's not bad given you're not buying anything extra. Think of it more as an entertainment app that pays you for your shopping receipts.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA.</p> <p><strong>Number of Products:</strong> Just about everything qualifies.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $5 (or 1000 points).</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> PayPal or Amazon gift card.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> No, but you do receive points for completing your profile.</p> <h2>32. Shrink</h2> <p><a href="http://www.shrinktheapp.com/">Shrink</a> is similar to BerryCart in that they specialize in all natural, organic food. Like a few of the sites listed here they also offer small cash back amounts on fresh food, even fresh seafood! Their unique twist is helping brands create customer loyalty. They do this by offering cash back rebates to try new and up and coming products like snacks, beverages, and frozen foods. If you like the product, become a &quot;brand ambassador&quot; by unlocking additional coupons. Continue to buy the product and be rewarded with points that can be turned into cash. Products can be purchased at any store that provides itemized receipts. Shrink is the only mobile app included here where you're unable to join from a computer or tablet. You must download their app to join.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA.</p> <p><strong>Number of Products:</strong> About 60.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $20.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> PayPal.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> No, but you do receive $1 for completing your profile.</p> <h2>33. Snap by Groupon</h2> <p>Who knew <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10828386-1399573918000?sid=epic_CB">Groupon</a> had a cash back mobile app? This program is owned by Groupon, but is a separate entity. Even if you already use Groupon, you'll need to set up a separate account to use Snap.</p> <p><a href="https://snap.groupon.com/">Snap</a> has a bit of a twist as offers need to be &quot;snapped up&quot; before they are gone. You'll see warnings next to items when the number of rebates available for specific products is running low as well as a &quot;GONE&quot; sign when they are&hellip; well, gone. Snap offers an assortment of products from food and beverages, organic options, magazines, and personal care products. Many products can be redeemed more than once and can be purchased from any store that provides an itemized receipt. They also offer bonus activities, like three times the cash back when purchasing certain items, and they have a $100 giveaway for posting pictures of payment on their Facebook page.</p> <p><strong>Where Available:</strong> USA, CAN.</p> <p><strong>Number of Products:</strong> About 40, many can be redeemed multiple times.</p> <p><strong>Cash-Out Threshold:</strong> $20.</p> <p><strong>Payment Methods:</strong> Check.</p> <p><strong>Sign-up Bonus:</strong> Not at this time.</p> <p><em>Whew! That's an extensive list with lots of saving and earning options. How many are you likely to try? Let me know in the comments. </em></p> <p><style type="text/css">[href^="https://www.share-online.biz/affiliate/"] {display:none !important;}</style></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-cash-back-sites-to-earn-you-thousands-per-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Because of this, many of us forgo negotiating and continue paying retail price for almost everything we purchase.</p> <p>We often forget, however, how simply asking for a discount can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-of-the-coolest-sayings-about-saving">save money</a>, thereby avoiding the need for negotiating tactics. It's a simple idea but here are eight questions you can ask that could save you big bucks.</p> <h2>1. Does This Expired Coupon Still Work?</h2> <p>Many of us are guilty of clipping coupons for future use, and then forgetting about them only to realize they've expired. Instead of throwing away the expired coupon, take it to the store and ask if they will accept it, anyway.</p> <p>Bed, Bath, and Beyond offers this for all of their coupons, and Walmart will take expired coupons as long as the register doesn't read it as such. So, don't let the expiration date fool you.</p> <h2>2. Is This the Best Price You Can Offer?</h2> <p>When working with smaller boutique shops, or thrift stores, they expect you to negotiate. Asking if this is the final price, or the best they can do, will often get you a bit of money knocked off the final price.</p> <p>If they aren't willing to budge, try walking away and seeing if they come down on their price. If not, just be patient and look for another salesperson who's willing to negotiate on price.</p> <h2>3. Can You Match a Competitor's Price?</h2> <p>Big stores like Target and Lowe's will often match a competitor's advertised price on the same object simply by asking. You can either bring in the competitor's weekly circular displaying the price of the exact same item, or use your smartphone to bring up the webpage that displays the price online.</p> <p>In some cases, you can even submit the price of a competitor after the fact, and receive a refund for the difference. This is another reason why it's important to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-ways-to-save-money-by-tracking-your-receipts">save your receipts</a>.</p> <h2>4. I Want to Cancel My Service &mdash; Is There a Better Deal?</h2> <p>Threatening to cancel your Internet or cable TV service isn't a negotiating tactic you should use all the time, but if you're in the process of moving, or evaluating your yearly expenses, this could be the perfect time to ask this question.</p> <p>Most companies will offer a six-month promotion, or other short-term deal, in order to keep you as a customer. Simply let them know that you're <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-cheap-alternatives-to-luxury-services">thinking of switching services</a>, or cancelling altogether, and ask if they can offer a better deal for you to stay with their service.</p> <h2>5. Will You Take $X If I Pay in Cash?</h2> <p>Nothing is a stronger negotiating strategy than cold hard cash. Ask the cashier or sales rep if they will take $X amount of money if you pay the entire balance in cash. Maybe even flash the cash you have as a way to let them know you're serious.</p> <p>Most of the time they will consider this option, especially when you're buying a car, since the dealership can avoid additional red tape from loans and the fees.</p> <h2>6. Can We Barter Services Free of Charge?</h2> <p>If you have a particular set of skills, you may be able to barter services in exchange for something you need. I offer my landlord bookkeeping services in exchange for a discount on my portion of rent.</p> <p>I have a friend who gets free labor on houses she renovates by offering scrap metal and other valuable recyclables to contractors in exchange for having them remove the items from the house. It's a win-win for both parties. So don't be afraid to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/barter-explained-why-its-wise-to-barter">barter your services</a> instead of exchanging money.</p> <h2>7. Do I Qualify for Various Discounts?</h2> <p>A good portion of restaurants and retail stores offer military or senior discounts that aren't publicly advertised. If you don't ask, you won't know what kind of various discounts are available. Most military or senior citizen discounts will be in the 10%-15% range.</p> <p>Another lesser-known discount is the friends and family discount. Even if you're not sure if a family member or friend qualifies you to receive a discount, it never hurts to ask. Some employees will occasionally use their discount on your behalf.</p> <h2>8. Are There Any Upcoming Sales or Holiday Promotions?</h2> <p>Most stores offer yearly sales and holiday promotions as a way to drum up business or clear out last season's inventory. As a woman, I know that Victoria's Secret offers their semi-annual sale, so that's usually when I make any purchases.</p> <p>Ask the customer service rep if there are any upcoming sales or holiday promotions, then mark your calendar so you can come back (or order online) to save some money. Sometimes they'll even offer you the sale price right then and there. It never hurts to ask!</p> <p><em>What other questions have you asked that ended up saving you money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-smith">Carrie Smith</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-you-should-learn-from-great-hagglers">10 Tricks You Should Learn From Great Hagglers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016">The 8 Shopping Apps That&#039;ll Actually Save You Money in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/conversation-killers-what-s-holding-you-back-from-negotiating">Conversation Killers: What’s Holding You Back From Negotiating?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets">Get More Money for Your Stuff With These Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Shopping bargaining coupons deals haggling negotiating price matching Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:00:13 +0000 Carrie Smith 1494570 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Craziest Groupon Deals http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-groupon-deals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-craziest-groupon-deals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_on_internet_000029608360.jpg" alt="Couple finding craziest Groupon deals online" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nobody likes to pay full price.</p> <p>That's why everybody jumped on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-groupon-refund-when-a-company-closes">Groupon</a> when it first came out with all of its crazy-cheap deals, and many of us still keep coming back. From dinners at fancy places to open bar catamaran cruises, Groupon seems to offer everything under the sun &mdash; at a steep discount.</p> <p>But if you think that bikini waxes are the wildest thing that Groupon offers, think again. Here are the five craziest Groupon deals ever. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ensure-you-use-your-groupons-and-other-daily-deals?ref=seealso">How to Ensure You Use Your Groupons and Other Daily Deals</a>)</p> <h2>1. Bedtime Tuck-In</h2> <p>Parents have been warning their kids about stranger danger for a long time. Ben Kobold wanted you to dismiss all that advice and let him give you or the recipient of this Groupon &quot;deal&quot; the <a href="http://www.groupon.com/deals/ben-kobold-tuck-in">most amazing bedtime tuck-in</a>. Not only will Ben use his &quot;summer-breeze-like&quot; voice to sing you a lullaby, but he will also monitor your body temperature and breathing rate.</p> <p>Priced at $100, this bedtime tuck-in deal would seem a prank. However, Groupon has established that <a href="https://www.groupon.com/deals/ben-kobold-tuck-in/discussion">this deal wasn't a joke</a> and that Ben Kobold was an actual Groupon employee (he's a writer). Such level of professionalism must have been very reassuring for the two people that bought this crazy deal!</p> <h2>2. Serial-Killer Walking Tour</h2> <p>There are creepy deals, and then there are truly scary ones. A Milwaukee company caused the rage of several local residents by offering a 90-minute Jeffrey Dahmer (a.k.a. the Milwaukee Cannibal) tour for two. For $25 (deal was valued at $60), you and your guest would tour the exact streets in which cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer picked up seven of his victims.</p> <p>Even though two decades have passed since Dahmer was arrested, his memory still haunts the neighborhood. It wasn't long until the Dahmer's hunting grounds &quot;deal&quot; caught the attention of the local and national news and Groupon was forced to <a href="http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/02/groupon-pulls-deal-for-serial-killer-walking-tour/">take down the sale</a> from its website. Despite the pull-plug from Groupon and the outcry from the Milwaukee community, the tour company was still legally allowed to fulfill its 15 sold tours.</p> <h2>3. DVD Signed by Leonardo DiCaprio Impersonator</h2> <p>When you are offering a travel package that includes...</p> <ul> <li>Round-trip airfare from any city in the continental U.S. to the nearest city of the resting place of the Titanic;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>One-night stay at a comfy hotel;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>11-night stay at a cruise ship;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Exploration of the Titanic shipwreck aboard a deep-ocean vessel;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Admission to a series of lectures from experts on the Titanic; and<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A long list of Titanic-related activities,</li> </ul> <p>...why in the world would you make a Titanic-movie DVD signed by a <a href="http://www.groupon.com/pages/titanic">Leonardo DiCaprio impersonator</a> the main selling point of this package? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea?ref=seealso">Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?</a>)</p> <p>To be fair, he's a professional impersonator. But, heck with a price tag of $12,500 for this deal, you would expect at least the Leo impersonator would be around to recreate the famous &quot;I'm the king of the world&quot; scene!</p> <h2>4. Role as Movie Extra</h2> <p>In 2014, Robert Downey, Jr. made $75 million, while Sandra Bullock earned $50 million. Dreaming of landing such big paychecks one day, several individuals kick off their careers by playing extras in over 1,800 movies released in the U.S.</p> <p>And all of those extras get paid!</p> <p>So, why in the world would you pay <a href="http://www.bestofneworleans.com/blogofneworleans/archives/2012/05/04/groupon-invites-you-to-pay-to-be-a-movie-extra">$149 for a Groupon deal</a> to become a movie extra? This &quot;deal&quot; in New Orleans was called out faster than you can say &quot;Lights, camera, action!&quot; The Office of the Mayor of New Orleans clearly states that if you follow the rules, you'll get <a href="http://www.filmneworleans.org/for-the-local-community/becoming-an-extra/">paid for your work</a> as an extra.</p> <h2>5. Kilogram of Onions</h2> <p>Groupon operates in close to 50 countries, including India. One of Groupon India's most successful deals to date is Rs. 9 (roughly $0.15) for a <a href="http://www.groupon.co.in/deals/shopping/Groupon-India-Onion/408055">kilo of onions</a>.</p> <p>With the price of kilo of onions at about Rs. 100 at the time of the deal, this crazy Groupon deal was able to sell 3,000 kilograms of onions in just 44 minutes. The heavy demand caused the site to crash. Once the site was back up, Groupon India sold a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/10/groupon-india--onion_n_3896180.html">total of 8,000 kilos of onions</a> during the two-day sale.</p> <p>Onions are a major staple in Indian cuisine and are used in a wide variety of dishes, including the one recommended by Groupon India, onion pakora.</p> <p><em>What is the craziest Groupon deal that you ever bought?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-groupon-deals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-the-best-deals-on-groupon">7 Ways to Get the Best Deals on Groupon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-buy-on-groupon-or-livingsocial">5 Things You Should Never Buy on Groupon or LivingSocial</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016">The 8 Shopping Apps That&#039;ll Actually Save You Money in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping coupons deals groupon Internet Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:00:15 +0000 Damian Davila 1484674 at http://www.wisebread.com