store reward programs

What’s the Deal w/ Ebates?

ebates

Ebates

I’ve been hearing more and more people trying to sell me on Ebates recently – today was my day to investigate what’s up with this site! Is it legitimate? Is it real? Frankly, it sounded just a liiiittle bit too good to be true in my opinion.

Here’s what I found:

  • Joining: Upon signing up for Ebates,  you get an immediate $10 Welcome Bonus or a $10 Walmart Gift Card – no gimmicks.
  • Once you join, you can search and find any store you’d normally shop at. The selection is incredible – I honestly couldn’t find a place I’d typically shop at NOT within their selection. Some of these even count for DOUBLE cash back stores. Here’s some that are particularly big names, but the selection is incredibly vast, so please take a look for yourself: Amazon, Macy’s, QVC, Nordstrom, Ebay, Gap….
  • Check Ebates for additional coupons before you start shopping to discount your purchases even more. If there’s nothing, don’t worry – just shop normally via their links.
  • Once you place an order on one of these sites, CashBack is added to your Ebates account

THAT’S REALLY IT. IT IS THAT EASY. We all online shop, so we might as well make some of our money back while we do so. I have 2 friends that have made $50+! Better catch up….I’m sold.

#PrimeDayFail

There’s a few gems at Amazon Prime Day, but there’s quite the backlash occurring in the Twittersphere.

Here’s some of my personal favorite gripes for #PrimeDayFail:

prime_day_fail_1

#PrimeDayFail1

prime_day_fail_2

#PrimeDayFail 2

prime_day_fail_3

#PrimeDayFail 3

prime_day_fail_4

#PrimeDayFail 4

prime_day_fail_5

#PrimeDayFail 5

prime_day_fail_6

#PrimeDayFail 6

prime_day_fail_6

#PrimeDayFail 7

prime_day_fail_8

#PrimeDayFail 8

prime_day_fail_9

#PrimeDayFail 9

prime_day_fail_10

#PrimeDayFail 10

prime_day_fail_11

#PrimeDayFail 11

Happy Laughing!

Umm…Amazon Prime Day?!

Why is today the first time I have heard about this?! Amazon Prime Day has officially started TODAY, July 15, 2015.

First and foremost, let’s talk Amazon Prime – is it worth it? $100 a year for the following:

  • FREE two-day shipping for eligible purchases (most things I’ve ever needed)
  • Unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video
  • Ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

If you use Amazon enough (I sure do – anything from wedding and baby registries to dog food to household needs I will purchase via Amazon) – the free shipping enough will pay for itself and more – I can’t back this enough.

amazon_prime_free_shipping

Amazon Prime

Moving on, today I heard, for the first time, about Amazon Prime DAY. UMM WHAT.

amazon_prime_day

Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime day is the site’s way of premiering what they say are ‘more deals than Black Friday’ – exclusively for prime members. NBC News did some digging and highlighted the best savings so far – I certainly urge you to take a look – get ahead on holiday shopping, find convenient discounted birthday gifts, or hey, treat yourself!

Some really solid deals for all types of audiences. To read more, check out the full article here: Amazon Prime Day Highlights

Pro Tip: If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for a FREE 30 Day Trial – that’d qualify you for the Prime Day eligibility. BUT – do NOT forget to unsubscribe if you aren’t feeling it – after 30 days you’ll get charged for the full year! Tread with caution 🙂

My Starbucks Rewards

My Starbucks Rewards, aka, my lifeblood.

As much as I try to make my own coffee at home, a Starbucks coffee on the go is both unavoidable and unrivaled! All you have to do is register a gift card (who doesn’t have these lying around from holiday stocking stuffers?) and earn a ‘star’ per purchase. You can achieve different levels depending on your frequency of purchase, but every 5 stars = free refills, and after 30 stars, every 12 stars =1 free drink or food item. Not a shabby deal if you are a frequent Starbucks drinker.

My favorite part of the reward program? A free drink of ANY SIZE or a food item during your birthday month! Pretty great, and I’ve used it for two years straight now!

They also send you deals throughout the month – BOGOs, special deals for special times, etc. available only to rewards programs users. VIP Status!

Download the app today – why not?

starbucks_rewards

MyStarbucksRewards

Apple: Starbucks for iPhone

Android: Starbucks for Android

CVS ExtraCare

One of my absolute favorite things in life is going to CVS, buying my day to day products, and then getting an unreal amount of coupons with my receipt after scanning my ExtraCare card. This may sound crazy, but these are some of the ONLY printed coupons that I save and actually use, as I use CVS as my pharmacy and go fairly often. Not only do you get specific product coupons, but sometimes you get  ExtraBucks® Rewards which legit knocks dollars off of your bill.

This youtube video sums it up:

I’d recommend anyone who visits CVS regularly to get a card – you will, guaranteed, save a ton of money.