Thursday, May 30, 2013

Using eBates to Get More for Less

I'm known among my friends as the expert at getting the best deals shopping on the web.  Today I thought I would demonstrate my usual pattern for shopping.

I'm headed up to Seattle in a few weeks for an Accounting Technology Bootcamp.  Several of my good friends will be there and although my lime-green-roll-up iPad keyboard is cool, I decided I needed a new iPad keyboard that was a bit more classy.  I wouldn't want my friends laughing at me (at least not more than they already do).

I've always liked the iPad keyboard cases that Brookstone makes and sitting on my desk is their latest catalog advertising a code for $20 off any purchase of $100 or more until 7/7/13 (20GIFT).  To make it even better, Groupon currently has a $50 for $25 deal at Brookstone. So I decided that was all the prompting I needed to get a shiny new fancy-dancy keyboard for Glenn, my iPad.

And to sweeten the deal, Ebates offers cash back at both Groupon and Brookstone!

So, here's how I got a gorgeous blue iPad keyboard case ($99.99) and blue aluminum sylus ($19.99) for a grand total of $81.22:

First I logged in to Ebates, looked up Groupon and clicked on the link.  That took me to the Groupon site but was tracked by Ebates so that I would earn 3% cash back in to my Ebates account for any purchase at Groupon.

Over on Groupon, I purchased the $50 for $25 at Brookstone deal.  I then waited a few minutes for the purchase to process and pulled up the voucher in the My Groupons section of the site.  I opened the pdf voucher on to one of my other monitor screens.

Total amount spent so far:  $25 (Groupon) less $.75 (3%) cash back earned from Ebates = $24.25

Next I went back over to my Ebates account, looked up Brookstone and clicked on the link.  That took me the Brookstone site with Ebates tracking me so that I could earn the 5% cash back they offer.

I did some browsing of the iPad keyboard selections, watched some of the videos, read the reviews, and decided to get this keyboard case in cobalt blue:

Bluetooth® Keyboard with Tech-Grip Case for iPad® Tablets

And because I was feeling generous towards myself, I also go this pretty stylus in blue:

Aluminum Tablet Pen

The Brookstone site was also offering a free shipping code on purchases over $99 (SHIP99) but they only allow the use of one code on each purchase.  The 20GIFT code ($20) was a better deal so I used that one.

So here's how the rest of the dollars add up:

Keyboard case $99.99 + stylus $19.99 + shipping $9.99 = $129.97

$129.97 total purchase less $20 coupon code (20GIFT) and $50 Groupon code = $59.97 payment due.

$59.97 less $3.00 (5%) Ebates cash back earned = $56.97

$56.97 + $24.25 (from above) = $81.22 total money spent for an original purchase of $129.97 = $48.75 money saved.

I always keep my eye out for good deals on sites like Groupon, Living Social, Amazon Local etc and then look to see if I can combine them with a cash back offer from Ebates.  It only takes a few minutes or even just seconds extra for each purchase but the savings really add up quickly.  Almost all my shopping on the internet I do through an Ebates link.  They send me the cash back I've earned quarterly and most quarters my payment is over $100.

Super easy money to earn shopping for the items I need!



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