This post has not been sponsored, however, it does contain affiliate links, as well as a product I was given for a giveaway.
Remember when I said I was getting Back to Basics here on the blog? Well, saving money is pretty basic to me. I even did a series about it called Money-Saving Mondays (before I started my Micro Preemie Series.) Saving money is a daily part of my life. I try to find the best deals and stretch our dollars as far as I can, since we only have one income.
With the holidays approaching at warp speed, and Black Friday just around the corner, I wanted to give you some ways that you can start saving money too…but still give everyone really great gifts. Today, I am focusing all my efforts on Online shopping. If you don’t want to brave the crowds or if you just feel like shopping in your PJs, then this post is for you.
Where to Start
Before you go to any other websites for Online shopping, you need to start off at Ebates. Ebates is awesome! I have earned almost $400 cash back on purchases I would have made anyways.
So, what is Ebates? Ebates is a free website that has tons of Online coupon codes and Free shipping deals. I hate paying for shipping, so anywhere I can find a code for free shipping is a huge bonus. Plus, every time you click to your favorite store through their link, you earn a percentage of your purchase back in cash. They pay it out once a quarter, and you can choose a check or a gift card. Plus, when you first sign up (Did I mention it was free?!) you get a $10 gift card after you make your first purchase. Once you sign up, you can also earn cash for referring friends. I would love if you would click-through my referral link, but if you prefer you can just go straight to their site.
Now, that you’re all set up to get money back on your purchases, you need to figure out where you want to shop. I always make a list of who I need to buy gifts for and how much I can spend before I start. HINT These three take up the majority of my budget no matter how naughty they’ve been.
If you know who you’re buying for, but aren’t sure what you want to buy, Amazon is a great place to start. They have everything from baby gifts to gifts for your babysitter. The best part about Amazon is that they usually have a lot of different deals going on (daily deals, lightening deals, countdown to black Friday deals,) and you can also compare prices easily. They have a “wish list” feature where you can make your own list for Christmas (or your birthday or just because you’re you,) so you get what you really want.
My family has Amazon Prime, and we love it. Not only do we get free shipping on almost everything we purchase, but we get free streaming movies and TV shows.
Right now, you can try Amazon Prime FREE for 30 days! It’s the perfect time to try it out and get all your Christmas presents shipped for free. You can also give an Amazon Prime membership as a gift. I’m not sure I know anyone that wouldn’t want that.
If you’re looking to give a more personal gift, you can give an experience or activity gift. Places like Groupon and Living Social have tons of options like tickets to an upcoming show, a massage at a spa, or a cupcake tour in your city… all at a discounted price. Did I mention you can first go through Ebates and earn extra cash back on this purchase too?!
And speaking of personal, did I mention I also have a personal connection to an Artist? OK. It’s my husband. Sure I can make cool party decorations, but he is the really talented one. You can check out his page on Facebook, then all you need is a photo. He will transform it into a beautiful painting. If you message him and mention you saw him on the blog, he’ll give you a 10% discount! Here’s just a sampling:
Saving Money in other ways
Now that you’re off to a good start for your holiday shopping Online, a few of my friends have some other ways you can save money.
Irion, from Diapers to Potty, is going to show you how to save money on groceries. We all know how important that is in our everyday lives, but right now it’s especially important when preparing for the holiday meals.
Iyanna, from Yannivlovely, is showing us how to save money and plan gifts for extended family. We have lots of little ones in our extended family, so this is really important to me too. She has a great FREE Printable to help with planning. Just click HERE.
To help you start saving money Online, I have teamed up with my friends, Danielle, Irion, and Iyanna for an awesome giveaway. I have a beautiful Gift Basket from Our Pampered Home, an Online site that offers great gifts for everyone in your family. You can see all their products by visiting http://www.ourpamperedhome.com. You can also visit them on Facebook. We’re giving away a Thymes Gift Basket with Thymes Goldleaf Bar Soap, 2 Packets of Foaming Bath, Bubble Bath, Body Creme, and Body Wash. This would make a great gift for anyone in need of a relaxing spa day at home. Or, keep it for yourself. You deserve it after saving money!
Are you ready for the holidays yet? Do you have any of your holiday shopping done yet? Any tips for me?