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Will You?

What is your purpose? Do you know? How do you find it if you don’t? What is the purpose of life? Is there one? I’m not convinced that there is a right answer to these questions, but I do believe there are answers that are right for me. I have spent the past several years …

Getting Started… Again!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know I started a personal Holistic Health & Wellness Journey a couple of years ago. I’ve learned quite a bit since I began my journey, but I seem to have trouble with consistency. You see, it’s really hard to change your lifestyle completely on …

Timeless Lessons from a Younger Me

The following is an excerpt from a piece in my Digital Time Capsule titled Holiday Thoughts. I wrote it on December 13, 2007 at the tender age of 22. It  was at a time much like the present: a new year danced before me, a blank canvas brim with possibilities simply awaiting my paintbrush. I came across …

A Bad Moment, Not a Bad Day

I’m trying not to hurt. I’m working to stay calm and not let my anger get the best of me. But it’s hard. It’s hard to heal yourself, and your past hurts. It’s hard to see things that hurt you in the past happen in the present. But that’s life. You can’t make other people …

If You’re Shopping Anyway…

I’m a little old school when it comes to certain things… I am grateful for technology and certainly utilize it daily, but honestly, I’d rather have the real thing. For me, handwritten letters, home-cooked meals and a live person on the other end of a phone call trump emails, microwaved dinners and automated Customer Service lines any day of the week. Typically, the same applies to shopping — I would rather shop at a store than online. But one of the things I have learned as a young wife and mother of three is that if I want to maintain my sanity, I have got to stay flexible. As you can imagine, with three children ages 3 and under, getting out of the house to do any type of household {read:boring} shopping is either A) a physical task worthy of qualifying for the Olympics, B) next to impossible {really, moms should have 4 arms} and C) simply not fun. My solution: online shopping WHENEVER possible.

The internet makes shopping so much easier these days. Instead of loading up my minivan and buckling kids in car seats and driving from store to store… I can shop with my fingertips right at my screen during lunch time, nap time or even while the kids are occupied at play time. My purchases are delivered straight to my door, too. And the deals you will find just can’t be beat! Here are a few quick tips for maximizing your savings when shopping online:

  1. Always start with Ebates.
    Whenever I begin a new online shopping trip, I start with It is so easy to save a few dollars by starting here first. With Ebates you earn cash back on qualifying purchases and they send you a “Big Fat Payment” once some of your savings accrue. All you have to do is click through their website before you make your purchase. That’s it! 
  2. Check the item(s) and the store(s). 
    For instance, let’s say you were shopping for a new Name Brand printer and you typically purchase office supplies at Store A. Make to sure to search Ebates for both Store A and Name Brand printers, that way you will quickly be able to see if Store B, Store M or Store Z has a better deal.
  3. Install the Ebates Cash Back Button on your Toolbar.
    A few times I have found myself shopping without realizing it {a pitfall of online shopping, I suppose} and only after completing my purchase did I remember I could have saved with Ebates. Since I added this little guy, I’ve been able to prevent that from happening several more times! If you’re on a page that qualifies for savings, Ebates will give you a heads up.
  4. Look for discount or coupon codes.
    Once you have added the item(s) you want to your shopping cart, do one last search for any additional coupon or discount codes that may apply. Make sure to look on the store website’s for savings or check out a site like my tried and true,

And that’s it! It doesn’t have to take a lot of work to save a little money. Just a little time and effort and the savings will start to stack up.

Are you an online shopper? Do you use sites like Ebates or RetailMeNot?
How do you save money?