I created The Pay At Home Parent in February of 2018 to help you be a successful home-based business owner, blogger or side hustler. As a wife, mom and frugal homemaker, I still make a full-time income on a part-time work schedule and I know that you can too!
I am going to tell you exactly how to stack multiple discount opportunities when shopping online at your favorite stores. I am so excited to show you how to save tons of money when shopping online! Serious discount online shopping will blow your mind (and save your wallet).
Have you ever had a large purchase to make but just couldn’t justify spending top dollar for the item? Even if you’re convinced that you need the item, it’s still hard to hit “buy now” when you’re on a budget! I totally understand that feeling. Which is why I am always on the looking for discount online shopping tips that will help me and my readers save as much money as possible.
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Discount Online Shopping Tools
The tools that you will need to start discount online shopping and get the best deals and savings are as follows:
Ebates – pays cash back for every purchase you make online just by following their link to your favorite stores before you make a purchase (get $10 cash back when you make your first purchase of $25 or more).
Raise – allows you to buy / sell gift cards to hundreds of stores at a discounted rate (get $5 off your first order).
Groupon – offers a massive pool of coupons and discounts to thousands of venues, stores and events.
First, sign up for those three programs to get the benefits of discount online shopping. It’s fast and easy savings. I’ll wait!
Second, I’ll walk you through a few examples and show you exactly how you can save money shopping online by stacking Ebates, Raise and Groupon offers. Also keep in mind that there are many online discounts and promotions going on at any given time, so the savings can only go up from here!
Some of the examples I am using are small purchases. Do not let the small numbers deter you from using these savings methods in your everyday online shopping. Multiply the numbers by 5 or 10 even to understand just how much you could save overtime as you shop online.
Walmart Discount Online Shopping
I decided to use Walmart as my first detailed example of discount online shopping because it is so common, not necessarily because this online shopping hack works the best at Walmart. Here is exactly how it works, how much you will save and how to get the same results. Keep in mind that discount rates are subject to change at any time, so use this only as an example and not as actual dollar amounts.
Step 1: Sign up for Ebates.
Step 2: Open Ebates in your browser or phone (yes there’s an app for that!) and type “Walmart” in the search box.
Step 3: Click on any Walmart link to open a Walmart shopping trip.
* Note that you are actually shopping and paying through Walmart and not Ebates. Ebates is simply providing the special link that secures your cash back.
Step 4: Sign up for Raise.
Step 5: Open Raise in your browser or phone and type “Walmart” in the search box.
Step 6: Purchase a discounted Walmart gift card from Raise.
Step 7: Return to your Walmart shopping trip opened via Ebates and checkout using your discounted gift card purchased from Raise.
Walmart Online Shopping Savings Summary
Let’s simulate a $35 online shopping trip to Walmart and talk about all of the savings you’ve earned through this discount online shopping trip.
$35 – item purchase
-$10 – cash back for signing up for Ebates
– $3.50 – cash back for using Ebates for your Walmart shopping trip
– $5 – credit for signing up for Raise
– $0.40 – savings for using Raise to purchase a discounted Walmart gift card
$16.10 – total spent on your $35 item(s) from Walmart!
The total savings / cash back earned on this shopping trip is $18.90!
Also note that because of Walmart’s popularity and already low prices, gift cards are not typically discounted at a high rate. But if you shop at Walmart often like I do, then the savings adds up quickly!
Cabela’s Discount Online Shopping
Does your husband need new hunting gear or sports equipment? Cabela’s is another popular store where you can rack up savings by shopping online. Less than one year ago my husband asked for a new hunting rifle. I couldn’t say no to him, but I could stack up the savings to make it more affordable for us!
Here is how that shopping trip panned out:
$450 – hunting rifle
-$67 – savings for purchasing a discount Cabela’s gift card from Raise
– $4 – savings for opening a shopping trip with Ebates to purchase the discounted card from Raise (new trick for existing Raise customers!)
– $7 – cash back for opening a shopping trip with Ebates to purchase the hunting rifle
$372 – total spent on the $450 hunting rifle
We saved $78 on a purchase that we were ready and willing to $450 for! Imagine receiving those types of savings on every online purchase that you make. The numbers can add up little by little (or quickly with larger purchases).
When to Use Ebates, Raise AND Groupon
You may be wondering why I asked you to open a Groupon account earlier. Well, I’ve saved the best for last!
Groupon is not your typical “online shopping” venue, though it can lead to many deals you didn’t know existed. Groupon is instead more well known for it’s local event sales, travel savings and prepurchased credit for places that you physically visit. But it takes planning to plan a fun family day, so yes, that part you can shop for online!
Here are the two examples that I’ve used Groupon for the most (I’m super boring, so please check them out and choose your own savings and events!)
Just when you think you’re addicted to one of the most expensive coffee treats ever, you realize there are ways to save money on your much needed coffee break!
One of my absolute favorite Groupon purchases is a $10 Starbucks gift card for only $5. So here is how this quick discount online shopping trip goes:
$10 – gift card worth about 2 – 3 trips to Starbucks
-$5 – 50% savings for purchasing Groupon’s $10 for $5 at Starbucks offer
-$0.30 – 6% cash back for opening a shopping trip with Ebates to purchase your Groupon
-$0.10 – 1.9% savings for using a discounted Groupon gift card purchased from Raise
-$0.05 – 1% cash back for opening a shopping trip with Ebates to purchase your discounted Groupon gift card from Raise
$3.65 – total spent on $10 worth of Starbucks coffee!
Yes, you just saved $6.35 on your $10 worth of Starbucks coffee and it is so worth it! Multiply this by x amount of times that you snag this deal and you are grabbing some of the best coffee for the lowest price!
Regal Movie Theater (another win in my book)
If you’re on a tight budget and have little extra to spend on trips to the theater, might I share the hack that gets us a cheap trip to the movies?
Another one of my favorite Groupon purchases is a $20 Regal gift card for only $10. This is how to get even more savings:
$20 – gift card worth about 2 Regal movie tickets
-$10 – 50% savings for purchasing Groupon’s $20 for $10 at Regal discount offer
-$0.60 – 6% cash back for opening a shopping trip with Ebates to purchase your Groupon
-$0.20 – 1.9% savings for using a discounted Groupon gift card purchased from Raise
-$0.10 – 1% cash back for opening a shopping trip with Ebates to purchase your discounted Groupon gift card from Raise
$9.10 – total spent on $20 worth of Regal movie tickets!
Your trip to the movies valued at $20 now costs only $9.10, saving you a total of $10.90!
Best Online Shopping Websites to Use eBates and Raise
There are so many different savings combinations, but every little bit makes a difference! Here is a list of some of the best online shopping websites found on both Ebates and Raise. You no longer need to search for discount shopping websites in order to find good deals. They may not be the cheapest websites for shopping but you can still grab great deals while perusing the best online shopping websites!
- Amazon (discounts vary)
- Best Buy *(1% + 2.3% + 1% off)
- JCPenny *(1% + 11.2% + 3% off)
- Kohl’s *(1% + 9.4% + 3% off)
- Macy’s *(1% + 3% + 8% off)
- Nordstrom *(1% + 6.1% + 1% off)
- Old Navy *(1% + 11.4% + 6% off)
- Target *(1% + 2.9% + 1% off)
*Discount order: shopping trip opened on Ebates for a discounted gift card from Raise + Raise savings + shopping trip opened on Ebates to make the end purchase at your favorite store.
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Discount Online Shopping for the Best Deals
When you’re discount online shopping and looking for the best deals available, make sure you are using Ebates, Raise and Groupon where applicable. Grabbing those extra savings feels great when you are on a tight budget. Don’t let these online shopping deals slip by!