In the past four or five months, CardCash has emailed me two bonus offers: 3% and 6% off. Sitewide.
I hit the latter sale and got about $300 of Walgreens GCs for $265. One of Tim’s month-by-month medications is $100, so the discount is much appreciated.
Every weekend Raise offers an extra 3% cash back on 10-15 stores. Very useful, especially if you have shopping or dining plans for the weekend. Unfortunately, most of the time the stores of the week(end) don’t interest me. But the site also sends out $10 of $100+ codes, which I pretty much always take advantage of.
I used one on Black Friday and ended up getting about 14% off PETCO gift cards. To make the deal even better, I got 5% cash back from Mr. Rebates!*
But it’s not just about alerts from discount GC sites. You can miss out if you’re not also getting emails from cash back sites.
Admittedly, the emails can end up being mostly junk mail, but sometimes they’re actually about promotions you want.
For example, I found out on Tuesday that Ebates was providing 14% cash back at more than 175 stores. That included PETCO, which I usually only get 5% back from. So I’d have kicked myself if I missed the 14% offer!
And if you’ll indulge me in a quick brag…
Rather than being content with just 14% off, I went two steps step further: 7% off gift cards from Raise, which I bought through TopCashBack** for a 2.28% rebate. Then I went through Ebates.
After accounting for cash back, I paid $152.73 for a $207.38 order. And now I don’t have to worry about dog food for another five or six months. Hooray!
Of course, this was a particularly awesome confluence of savings, so these results probably won’t get repeated for a long time (if ever). But it’s proof that staying on top of these offers is vital to great deals.
And you can do even better by subscribing to promotional emails from the stores you buy from most often.
Sure, it can get a little maddeningly repetitive but it’s also saved me a lot of money over the years. Besides there’s a “select all” option in your email program, so use that to get through the unwanted emails faster.
Do you guys subscribe to cash back or discount GC sites’ emails? Anyone else take advantage of the 14% promotion? Or just want to brag about some other great deal they got recently?
*I’ve also used GCs and gotten rebates from Build-A-Bear (an irresistibly cute Toothless), jcpenney (Wookie onesies!), PETCO and Barnes & Noble. Plus I know someone who got cash back at American Girl with gift cards. Sephora and Sears used to commission GCs, but I think the policies may have changed.
**I don’t particularly like the site, so I only use it when the cash back rate difference is substantial. In this case, the rate was more than double, so I sucked it up.