Extreme Couponing for Online Shopping

Shopping online like a boss lady
Happy Throwback Thursday, everyone! Today I wanted to revisit a topic from last year: coupon combining for online shopping. With my recent move back into my own apartment, I’ve been perfecting my savings strategy and wanted to share that success with you.

I’m sure we’ve all seen the shows on television with frugal fanatics that clip coupons and rebates and combine them with such skill that they end up leaving a grocery store with a cart full of items that the store ends up actually paying them to take home. It still blows my mind how that happens, and that type of outcome is unlikely with online shopping. I can, however, show you how to very easily knock an extra 10-20% off your online shopping bill. And I’m not talking about promo codes from RetailMeNot.com, either.

When it comes to extreme couponing online, you’ve got to maximize your savings by layering traditional promo codes with much less obvious tools.

For example, a $100 Macy’s gift card that you buy for $88 = automatic 12% savings. But let’s not stop there because an equally valuable trick is to maximize your cashback. While it’s not an instant savings tool, cashback is still real money and definitely adds up.

So how does it work? Well, when you buy that $100 gift card for $90, and you pay for it with a credit card that is eligible for 2% cashback, you’ve effectively saved yourself an extra 2%. Plus if you’re enrolled in a free cashback program like Ebates.com, then you could be receiving an additional 3-10% in cashback for your online purchases. Combine your cashback percentages with your traditional promo codes and the savings from discounted gift cards, and before you know it you’re saving an extra 10-20% on most of your major online purchases.

This is real money, ladies!

So if you’re ready to start saving just follow along below, and please do come back and comment here to let me know how much you were able to save using these tips! 😀

Lisa Tufano on The Twenty Dollar Bill
Step 1. Create an Ebates.com account. It’s free and you’ll receive a $5 gift card just for signing up.

Step 2. Download the “Ebates Button” for your web browser. This will automatically alert you any time you are shopping on a retail website that is eligible for cashback. In addition, once installed you can activate the cashback with a single click (and without leaving the retail website), rather than needing to log into your Ebates.com account every single time.

Step 3. Shop for something on a retail website like Macys.com and then do your customary Google search for current promo codes. Alternatively, Ebates conveniently collects a library of currently active promo codes that can be used in addition to receiving cashback. Often these are the same codes you’ll find on coupon websites like RetailMeNot, except they aren’t expired.

Step 4. Once you’ve added your traditional promo codes and have the total for your shopping cart, open a new browser window and go to a discounted gift card site. You’ll want to buy discounted e-gift card codes to pay for the transaction. You may need to buy more than one gift card to cover your purchases, and most online retailers allow at least 4 gift cards per transaction. The gift card sites I prefer are:

  • Cardpool.com
  • Raise.com → BOSS LADY TIP: Ebates currently pays 1% cashback on Raise purchases and you can use promo code RAISE75AF to save an extra $5 off your first gift card purchase.
  • Giftcards.com

Remember, you want the e-gift cards vs. the physical cards because they email the codes instead of snail mailing a card to your home. Typically an e-gift card gets emailed to you within hours if not immediately.

Step 5. Occasionally a gift card website will want to verify your identify prior to sending the codes. This usually occurs when I’m purchasing larger dollar values, but it’s not a big deal. Once you receive the email with your codes, simply complete your transaction on the retailer website, and Bob’s your uncle. The Ebates cashback confirmation typically appears in your account within 24 hours, but if you have an issue you can submit an inquiry using this handy “Where’s my cashback?” link and have the cashback manually credited.

Step 6. Pour yourself a celebratory glass of wine and bask in the glow of your savvy shopping success.

Wine poured into glass on pink background

Summer is Sweet + Giveaway!

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Food Inspired Pool Toys by Big Mouth Toys

1. Chocolate Donut Pool Toy / 2. Tootsie Roll Pop Beach Ball / 3. Ice Cream Sandwich Pool Toy / 4. Smarties Candy Pool Noodle / 5. Mini Ice Cream Cone Inflatables / 6. DOTS Candy Pool Raft / 7. Junior Mints Pool Raft / 8. Pepperoni Pizza Slice Pool Raft / 9. Pink Sprinkled Donut Pool Toy


Happy summer, boss ladies!

Can you believe it’s summer already? Personally speaking I’m still in denial, but you can’t argue with the weather channel. Ready or not, bikini season is upon us! Which means it’s time for pool parties and trips to the beach, and you can’t respectably visit either place without taking proper safety precautions.

That’s why I put together a collection of food-inspired pool toys — safety first!

As a bonus to help you kick off all of your summer festivities, I’ve teamed up with Dylan’s Candy Bar for a super sweet summer giveaway featuring not one but two yummy prizes! As always, it’s really easy to enter and a winner will be selected next week. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below.

Summer is Sweet Giveaway with Dylan's Candy Bar and Chocolate Donut Raft
a Rafflecopter giveaway

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Sweepstakes begins on Tuesday 7/7/15 at 9am and ends on Monday 7/13/15 at midnight PST. Must be a legal US resident and 18+ years old to win. Each prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. Sweepstakes winners will be determined at random, and odds of winning will depend on total number of sweepstakes entries. Prize(s) will be mailed within 2 weeks of sweepstakes’ end. Void where prohibited.


Father’s Day Gift Guide 2015

Father's Day Gift Guide created by Lisa Tufano, THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY

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(click numbers above to get detail on the corresponding gift idea)

Father’s Day is fast approaching and I’ve put together a list of gift ideas to help you prep for a special June 21st celebration honoring the father figures in your life. Everything in this guide is under $100 with the exception of the industrial-inspired wooden watch from JORD, which is the fashionable splurge item on this gift guide.

Lucky Magazine Done Lost Their Mind

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The Problem with Lucky Magazine's February 2015 "Under $500" Issue, by Lisa Tufano | thinklikeabosslady.com
Put your party pants on, boss ladies, because tomorrow is Tax Day aka the last day to file your 2014 tax returns without an extension.

Unlike me, some of you may actually be getting a refund this year, so I hope you’ll use this as an opportunity to pay off any outstanding debt (especially those high interest credit cards!) instead of going on a spring shopping spree. On that note, I want to share a little story and officially put Lucky magazine in the time out corner for being a bit naughty in their February 2015 issue.