Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Shopping Tips+Tricks AND $ Reward Sites 101

Hi everyone! Can you believe that we are just about a week away from Thanksgiving? And let's not forget Black Friday too! And yes, yes Cyber Monday as well. I have some great tips to saving money this holiday season that are easy, fast and simple! I also have some great legit, websites where you can earn a bit of extra cash/gift cards/checks for some awesome holiday gifts! Let's get started!

Tip 1:
Try to preview ads or sales online before going to the store. 
-I definitely try to find sales or even preview ads (applicable to Black Friday) before shopping in store to ensure that I am going to get the best price possible.

Tip 2:
Find coupons if possible, there most likely are some valid for your shopping dates.
-Search up any coupons or even deals that may help lower your out of pocket costs. Even restaurants have some great printable coupons. You can also sign up for the store or resaturant's "email list" to possibly even get a coupon that way! Every little bit counts! I love using Retail Me Not, Deal Catcher, Coupon Cabin , the Coupons.com app, and the Snip Snap app! (should be available on both iOS and Android OS.

Tip 3:
Try to get to the store bright and early especially if you really want an item. Items can run out quick and you don't want to risk not getting your desired item. Also another thing for consideration, don't stress over that inexpensive TV, electronic or sweater if they run out by the time you get there. It isn't worth getting upset for, the important thing is that you tried and there will be other sales next time!


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Online Shopping

Ebates: 
http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=VssrH5w3PS2qlMZV%2FK5u%2Bg%3D%3D&eeid=26471
-I really like Ebates because of the rewards you can receive. As a new user, you will be asked during sign up (a screen will pop up) to choose a $10 gift card after you make your first $25+ purchase on any Ebates applicable site. There are a ton of sites that allow you to receive a percentage back (anywhere from 1% to 10%) on your online purchase. They send out checks about 4 times a year but after making your first purchase of $25+, you should get an email saying your $10 gift card is on its way.

Swagbucks:
www.swagbucks.com/refer/lilmissmodel14
-I do like this option also because it can be redeemed a bit faster than Ebates. You get swagbucks based on the rate and how much you spend. For example 10 swagbucks per dollar, and you spend $30. You will get 300 points or $3 worth (which is a good amount). This will also count for your daily goal (the 300 points). Read below for more information on Swagbucks.


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Rewards Sites and Apps

1. Perk TV (Earn Gift Cards/Paypal) 
Sign up here! http://perk.fm/4dwcr
(Great if you have multiple devices and don't have much time during the day.)
-I love Perk TV because it allows me let the app run by itself if desired but you should still keep an open eye on it. It allows you up to 5 devices per account and with me, I use 4 devices and make a decent $4-$5 a day, how simple is that! There is also a pop quiz app, scratch off app and much more (new apps are coming soon). When redeeming a reward, the rewards are sent to your email every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The day you get it will be in your confirmation email.

2. Swagbucks (Earn Gift Cards/Paypal)
Sign up here! www.swagbucks.com/refer/lilmissmodel14
(Great if you have a couple hours of free time and one device.)
-I also really do like Swagbucks because it makes earning gift cards pretty fun and trendy at the same time. Basically this website has a bunch of different options such as surveys, videos, clicks, sign ups, registrations, games, reading, shopping online and much more! There are also apps you can use where you watch videos for swagbucks, each app has different rates. There are also Team Challenges where you can interact with other members as well as Daily Goals to meet. I typically can make $3 a day, and if you complete your goal every day for a month (they have bonuses for 1 week, 2 week and 3 week too) you can get an extra 300 swagbucks ($3). After redeeming, your gift card/paypal can take anywhere from 1-14 days approx. to get. You will also get a confirmation email when your reward arrives.

3. INSTAGC (Earn Gift Cards/Paypal/Checks)
Sign up here! http://www.instagc.com/lilmissmodel14
(Great if you have a couple hours of free time and 0-1 device.)
-I personally think that this one is my favorite. This one has no goals so it is more of a do it twice a week and you'll be good. With Swagbucks you would/should do it everyday because of the daily goals (you get a bonus for reaching the goal every day. This site also has a chat box and always moderators to help answer your question. Even though this site looks a lot more simple, it is a bit different from Swagbucks but all in the same concept. Also a great aspect of this website is that you get your gift cards instantly! You click redeem and you see the gift card right in front of you! I really do love this, especially if you need a quick $2 on Amazon, you can get it that easily. Gift cards can go out of stock but they are typically replaced/refilled quite quickly.



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Hope you all enjoyed this post and found it helpful! I would highly recommend checking these websites out, you can definitely make a good amount in gift cards (or your choice) before the holidays come! Have a great day everyone!
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Question Of The Day!:
Have you ever used one of these websites before? AND 
Which one of the reward websites do you find most fit for you?


58 comments:

  1. I have definitely used E-Bates! I find My Points is the greatest to get gift cards to various stores and restaurants. Those My Points points really add up quickly! As for shopping om Black Friday--in stores--not on my life would I set foot in a store on Black Friday!! Besides-wait a day or two and the prices usually go down even more.

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  2. I have heard of Ebates, but have yet to sign up! I will have to do that.

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  3. Great tips! Thanks for sharing the links too for great offers.

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  4. Glad to find a beautiful article with full of great tips and ideas. It will sure help me in many ways. Thanks

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  5. Thanks for these great tips! And I will be signing up for a couple of these rewards sites that I had not heard of before.

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  6. These are fabulous tips to keep Christmas holiday shopping stress to a minimum! The reward sites look especially good to me!

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  7. I can never have enough tips when it comes to holiday shopping. I definitely agree with looking/previewing prices before committing. Amen to that!

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  8. Thanks for this great post. I hadn't heard of some of these. =D

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  9. I am definitely going to check out Perk TV , it sounds awesome! Those reward sites really do help around the holidays if you do them faithfully all year!

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  10. Oh I love shopping and I have heard alot about Ebates so I will have to look into it!

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  11. Thanks for the great tips. I have not heard of
    Ebates so I will check it out.

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  12. Thanks for the tips. I have used them and I signed up but I use MyPoints for online purchases. :D I already got a $50 Macy's giftcard. :D

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  13. You know, I always forget about searching for restaurant coupons. I most definitely need to make sure I'm doing that since I eat out a lot.

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  14. These are such awesome tips. I love Retail Me Not! It's so much fun and easy to use. ^_^

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  15. Great tips, I think they'll definitely come in useful for me! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I'm looking forward to checking out ebates! I keep reading they offer amazing deals!

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  17. Good tips! I tend to wait to long to go to the store and then the items I want are all gone!
    Real Talk Moms

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  18. These are some seriously awesome tips!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  19. I'll have to check out some of these rewards sites. I always check retailmenot!

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  20. These tips are great! I will definitely keep these in mind!

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  21. I have never used of any of these sites, but I know that so many people that do! Much as I love to shop, I should definitely use these type of sites. :-)

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  22. These are all great! I have used Ebates for years. Love it.

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  23. Thank you for all the great info. I have heard of two of these but have never tried them out.

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  24. I'm a big ads person. I always look through the ads before I go shopping... Always

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  25. I've heard a lot of great things about Swagbucks. And I tend to stick with Cyber Monday instead of braving Black Friday.

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  26. I've heard of some of these but haven't tried them yet. Will have to check them out, thanks for sharing the list.

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  27. I really like ebates. I will check out the others. Thank you.

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  28. Never heard of the reward sites mentioned on #1 & 3. Will have to check them out! Thank you for sharing!

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  29. I totally agree with scouting the best deals online first! While I love the thrill of the hunt in stores, seems lately Black Friday's are just getting out of control! I mostly go now to people watch!!

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  30. Don't go online shopping late at night especially if you've been drinking!

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  31. Wonderful info! Thanks for the links and the tips!

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  32. Thanks for all the tips and online stores. I have used most of these at some point. Ebates is definitely one that I always stick with. They have great deals and a nice payout.

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  33. These are great tips. I tend to be a last minute shopper. This year I will do things different.

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  34. I have heard of Ebates, and Swagbucks but INSTAGC and Perk TV are new to me. I love things like this. Thanks. I'll be checking them out.

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  35. i tend to stick with Cyber Monday instead of braving Black Friday.... ?

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  36. i have used most of these at some point. Ebates is definitely one that I always stick with. They have great deals and a nice payout.

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  37. Thanks for the Perk link. I hadn't heard of that one.

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  38. Thanks so much for the tips and tricks. But especially for the rewards sites. I have to shop for the holidays year round so they will be a huge help.

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  39. E-bates! Not only do you save money, you get money back! it's a win-win for me!

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  40. Great list of sites and tips, thanks so much

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  41. Thank you! So really great sites you mentioned! Some I use some I do not coupons dot com being my all time favorite coupon site but I will check out the others.

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  42. I always forget to use ebates! I definitely need to remember to use it more when I am doing my Christmas shopping this year.

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  43. I can tell you put a lot of thought into your blog posts because they are just amazing!

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  44. Thanks for the tips defiantly gonna use it

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  45. I usually do pretty well at shopping and finding bargains. I have tried using coupons but a lot of times it is items that I dont use.

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  46. i dont like to go out shopping on black friday, so thank you so much for the ebates tip!!

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  47. SwagBucks is an high paying work from home website.

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