- As part of the “Heroes at Home” world tour, we visit military members and their families around the world, giving advice and practical tools on how to cope with the military lifestyle and also workshops on how to manage their money. One of the ways we helped military families save money overseas was to give them tips to “layer the savings.” Here are the steps to save big online:
2. Once you’ve found the best deal, the second step is to go to a code site such asRetailMeNot or coupon cabin to find the codes you need to save even more. Sometimes these codes are for free shipping, gifts, or discounts.
3. The final step is to get a rebate for your shopping, by going to eBates or SlickDeals http://www.ebates.com/ . On some of these sites, for example, if you have an account and get your friends to sign up under your account, you can earn $5 per referral. There are hundreds of participating online sites that will give you a rebate off of your purchases and you get a check at the end of each month.
CAUTION: To avoid spam: Be sure you deselect any “offers” made while signing up for a site. I also recommend that you use a “throwaway” email address to sign up and not give your primary email address. For example, I use ellieKayJunk@aol.com and check the site once a month or so.
Here’s an email from one of our audience members in Europe to encourage you to save money like she does:
Dear Ellie Kay,
I would like to tell you how wonderful it was to have you speak at our Key Spouse meeting at Spangdahlem AB this past week. Your tips were great –I bought a bunch of clothes and with your tips and a $25 gift card I earned from mypoints.com I spent only $14!– and they really do work and are easy to do. Your military topics touched my heart and made me proud of what I am doing here for my husband as well as other spouses. Thank you for telling our story to the world and for being an inspiration.Thank you so much!
America’s Family Financial Expert (R)