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People often ask me how they can save more around the Holidays. There are tons of deals and it can often be difficult to discern what the best deal is. In addition to the advertised deal, it is often possible to save even more to score the best deal!
Amazon: There are a couple ways to save more on Amazon. Amazon Prime is the most common way to save a couple extra bucks. Not only does Prime provide you with 2-day shipping, but it also gives you access to Prime-only deals AND early access to Lightning Deals. This year, there have been plenty of Prime-only deals on diapers, video game consoles, toys and more. Although Prime costs $99/year, you easily make that back in the shipping and deals alone. Amazon Video and Amazon Music are nice bonuses! You can also save more on Amazon with either an Amazon Prime Store Card or Amazon Prime Visa. These cards offer 5% savings on every purchase you make. For larger purchases, you are given the choice of 5% savings or interest free financing. Finally, Prime Members can always choose a slower shipping speed in exchange for $1 MP3/video credit. These credits will allow you to rent or buy content for less on Amazon Video or Amazon Music. From time to time, the offering changes to a $5.99 Prime Pantry credit. This credit will allow you to ship a Prime Pantry purchase for free. In some cases there are additional promotions for free shipping and the credit becomes a credit against your actual Prime Pantry order! Get your free Prime 30-Day Trial here!
Target: Let’s face it. Every time you check out at Target, the sales associate asks you if you want to save 5% by opening a RedCard. And every time, you say no… RedCard offers both credit and debit options. So even if you are not a credit card person, the debit card draws straight from your checking account. Both cards provide 5% savings. In addition, they provide free shipping with no minimum for online orders. I admit, I did not even give it a thought until a couple months ago. But the RedCard discount stacks on any other Cartwheel or promo codes that you use and sometimes, that extra 5% really makes the deal!!! Sign up here!
Cash Back: There are multiple rebate programs available for online purchases. These programs offer cash back for shopping through the program’s links. I personally use Ebates and Mr. Rebates. I check both to determine the most cash back. These sites provide rebates for an awesome range of retailers. I recommend signing up for both and checking who is providing the most cash back. Both sites are free. There are no strings attached! The only retailer I don’t bother with is Amazon. For one, often you want to check out quickly to score a deal. Second, they tend to have limited categories for which a rebate is eligible, so it’s not worth the extra effort. Sign up here for Ebates and here for Mr. Rebates!
Discounted gift cards: There are several sites that offer discounted gift cards. These gift cards can be used like cash on purchases along with promo codes to deepen your savings. Raise.com is my go-to source. In addition to the discounted cards they offer, they also often have promo codes for additional savings. For example, SAVE10 will currently save $10 on a $15 gift card purchase. You can also score a $5 credit by signing up here. This means that you can score a $15 gift card for free or $15 off any card you choose!