Thursday, February 26, 2009

I love shopping...and shopping loves me!

I haven't been blogging for long, but if you've read my blog much, you know that my husband and I are working diligently to get out of debt! (And we're planning on staying debt-free once we get there!) In order to do that, we've developed a budget (and in order for that to work, I, a card carrying shopaholic needs to stick to it!) We've been on our budget for 2 months and we've done a pretty darn good job of sticking to it. I have wondered how I can feed my shopaholic tendencies and I've come up with a few pretty good answers! These are all things you can do too!!!

Mr. Rebates

Mr. Rebates is a cash back site! You sign up with them and whenever you shop online, you simply go to the Mr. Rebates site, log-in, and choose which online shop you'd like to shop with. Not only do they give you cash back, but they also post coupon codes to use on those online sites! Will you get rich quickly? No! But if you use it for things you'd purchase anyway, you could make a hefty little sum. By the time Christmas rolls around, you could probably buy a few gifts with what you've made (or you could treat yourself to something special!) Click here to sign up!

Search & Win

Swagbucks is another great site! I have been using Swagbucks as my primary search engine for one month and have accumulated enough "Swag bucks" to purchase an gift card and a Starbucks gift card! All you need to do is click here to sign up with swagbucks and then start using them to search the web. They're powered by Google and Ask, so you'll get good info (and you could get some cool stuff!) Also, if you invite friends, you'll get 1 swagbuck for every swagbuck they earn (up to 100!) Considering that you only need 45 swag bucks for a $5 amazon gift card, this is a great way to come up with some extra shopping money! You could also save your swagbucks for something special. Right now you can buy $50 Southwest Airlines gift cards for 400 swag bucks!

Another great way to shop and save is to use coupons and look for coupon codes! When you combine coupon codes with Mr. Rebates, you are really making the most of your money! Most stores have coupon codes available and those codes can be combined with clearance items for really smoking deals!!!

Last, but not least, ask for gift cards! Gift cards make great gifts! And now that you've learned how to work the system, you may be able to get "more bang for your buck" then your gift-giving friends! I got a $100 Coach Gift Card for Christmas and bought the most beautiful purse with it! My OOP on the purse was less than 7 dollars! I only paid part of the tax! I'll try to post a picture later! You can get great deals like this too! It requires a little more effort at first, but the effort sure is worth it when you reap the rewards!!

Happy shopping!!!

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