Several years ago Mark and I wrote Living With Less So Your Family Has More. The book is about living with less stress, less activities, and less money than what is culturally acceptable. It’s actually about standing up to adult peer pressure and doing what is best for your family.
Most books about living with less would be about actions you can take to save money everyday. Instead what we look at are the attitudes needed to successfully live with less. Attitudes like contentment, sacrifice, frugality, simplicity, and creativity help us to live out our values for the long haul.
One creative way to live with less is to actually earn on activities we do everyday.
I’ve never been much of a shopper. If I hit the mall once a year…that’s too often for me. Online shopping, however, has been a game-changer for me. I don’t have to fight the crowd. I don’t have to go from store to store trying to find the best price. And most of the time, I’m able to find a coupon code for my purchases.
Just the other day, I ordered something online and the store site was advertising a 20% off coupon code. At first I thought, “Great…there’s already a coupon code on the site!” On a hunch, I googled “coupon code for [store name]” and found a 30% code! Gotta love that! (My personal favorite site for finding coupon codes is www.retailmenot.com. What’s yours?)
In addition to finding coupon codes for nearly all my online purchases. I’ve also found two ways to earn on online purchases: Ebates and Swagbucks! Each site gives you back a percentage of your purchase on most online shopping sites. I use the browser extensions for both which reminds me to choose one for my purchase (if I had to remember on my own…I’d surely forget!)With the extension installed, this is what it looks like when I go to a store’s website:
I then click on whatever site offers me the best percentage back and continue my shopping.
Ebates sends you a check (or deposits into Paypal) your earnings every quarter. Swagbucks allows you to earn “Swagbucks” that you can use to purchase giftcards to some of your favorite stores (I recently “bought” an Amazon gift card with my bucks.) Honestly this has been a great way to fund our Christmas fund. If you buy much online, make sure you’re getting the benefits with Ebates and Swagbucks!
Don’t miss out on earning money on something you’re already doing!
What about you? Are you using Ebates or Swagbucks? What’s your experience been? Do you have other strategies you use to save or earn money with your online purchases?
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