Friday, June 17, 2011

Ebates = FREE Money (+JCPenney's Deal Idea)

I've talked about Ebates before, but I just wanted to remind you about how great this program is. It is absolutely the easiest way to earn FREE money.

Step 1: Create an Ebates account.
Step 2: Shop online

Easy, right? Plus, you will get $5 from Ebates just for signing up.

In addition to some of the online retailers you might automatically think of, Ebates also offers cash back at some more unique retailers.

Ordering pictures? Earn 8% back from
Buying a daily deal from Mamasource by Mamapedia? Earn 4% back on your purchase.
Booking a vacation? Earn 1-4% back from Expedia.
Sending flowers? Earn 16% back from FTD.

Ebates is currently offering double cash back to JCPenneys (6%). Combine this with a gift card promotion at Safeway and you can put together a sweet deal.

Step 1: Go to Safeway (by 6/19) and purchase a $50 JCPenney's gift card using your Safeway Club Card. Receive $10 Safeway catalina.
Step 2: Create an Ebates account and go through Ebates to the JCPenney's website.
Step 3: Add $60 worth of merchandise to your cart.
Step 4: Use the code BUYATIE to get $10 off your order (good 6/17 & 6/18).
Step 5: Use your $50 gift card to complete your purchase.

And here's what you will end up with for your $50 investment:

$60 in JCPenney's merchandise
$10 Safeway catalina
$0.10 Safeway fuel discount
$3 in cash back from Ebates ($8 if you are new to Ebates)

I found this bookshelf that matches a dresser from JCPenneys that I have in my son's room. Regular price is $199.99, but is on clearance for $79.99. The coupon code BUYATIE is also good for $15 off $75 or $20 off $100. Using the code, my cost would be $64.99.

For $64.99, I would get the bookshelf, a $10 Safeway catalina, $0.10 Safeway fuel discount, and $3.90 cash back from Ebates. Total value of over $215.00! And that is how you make a good deal into a GREAT deal.

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