Saturday, March 7, 2009

Advanced Shopping

This isn't for newbies unless you're brave! But I want to put the scenario out here so you can see how much savings can add up. First, see Carrie's blog www.moneysavingmethods.com and search for her Brylane Homes post. Something about signing up for a free trial offer. I would search it out and give you the link, but I'm not going to because this is an advanced scenario. You really do need to put a little bit of work into it to be comfortable with how it would work.

When you sign up for the free trial offer, you get all the good bonuses of signing up. Then the club will usually cost $12 or $15 a month. You can cancel and just be happy with the sign up bonuses. But one benefit in particular that they usually offer is rebates on gift cards. Some as much as 20%. So, once you're a member of the club, buy some gift cards for where you want to shop.

Let's use Best Buy as an example. You want to buy a Wii system. So order your Best Buy cards through the club, $250 in gift cards actually cost $200. Then you go to Mr. Rebates, search for Best Buy, click the link and go to the Best Buy website. Order your Wii, and check out using your gift cards. (Don't forget to use your Best Buy Reward Zone card too.) Best Buy pays 1% on purchases at Mr. Rebates. So 2.50 will be added into your Mr. Rebates account. And you'll also get the Reward Zone points. Then you can opt to pick it up at the store and not even have to pay shipping. You just bought a Wii for 197.50.

Most sites will pay more than just 1%. Best Buy isn't a great example because it is such a low percentage. But restaurant.com is 20%. Brylane Homes is 5%. Ebay is 1%. It just depends on how much the company wants to spend to have Mr. Rebates advertise for them. And if you see Carrie's post that I mentioned on Brylane Homes, you will learn to love that store! I have so many things on my wish list!

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