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  • disneysteve
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    Originally posted by safari View Post
    this quarter Chase Freedom Visa is giving 5% cashback on PayPal transactions
    THANK YOU!! I had forgotten about this. I just had to renew our auto insurance and PayPal is a payment option. I used our Chase Freedom card to make the payment of $1,254 through PayPal and will get $62.70 cashback as a result.

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  • safari
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    Originally posted by disneysteve View Post

    It used to be called Ebates. I just looked at my account and since I signed up about a year ago, I've earned $67.79 cash back and I don't do much online shopping.

    They do also have some in-store deals as well but it's primarily for online stuff.
    I always check Rakuten before I purchase anything online to see if they offer cashback. It shows that since joining the site back in 2001, I've earned $1,796 cashback. I also take advantage of the cash back offers that credit cards give, which are in addition to the cash back I earn from Rakuten. For example, this quarter Chase Freedom Visa is giving 5% cashback on PayPal transactions, so I use it whenever I can online if a store offers PayPal as a payment method.

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  • disneysteve
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    Not really a Cyber Monday sale but it was an online purchase made today. A week or two ago we happened to be in Barnes and Noble. My wife saw a book that she liked so I made myself a note to get it for her. I went to B&N's website today and the book is $22.46. Then I checked Amazon and the very same book was $11.13, half the price, so I ordered it there. Plus, Discover has 5% cashback for Amazon currently so I had that additional savings.

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  • disneysteve
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    Originally posted by bjl584 View Post

    I'll check it out.

    Thanks
    It used to be called Ebates. I just looked at my account and since I signed up about a year ago, I've earned $67.79 cash back and I don't do much online shopping.

    They do also have some in-store deals as well but it's primarily for online stuff.

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  • bjl584
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    Originally posted by disneysteve View Post

    Do you use Rakuten? It is a shopping portal that gives you cash back on every purchase as long as you shop through their portal. So even if an item isn't on sale, you can still get the cash back deal. I got 8% back on the Groupon I bought today, for example. For Cyber Monday, they have a number of stores that have 20% cash back.
    I'll check it out.

    Thanks

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  • james.hendrickson
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    I had an interesting conversation with my brother in law this year. He president of a kitchenware retailer here in Portland, Oregon. What he is saying is that black friday type deals will realistically be extended through the Christmas shopping season. This is based on the retailer price emails he's seeing from the product reps he deals with. The reason is that the post thanksgiving shopping season has been compressed by a week this year, so retailers have less time to turn a profit.


    Whats hot this year are:

    1. Instapot type appliances

    2. Good quality kitchen knives

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  • disneysteve
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    Originally posted by bjl584 View Post
    Everyone that I know pretty much has everything.
    They have Amazon wish lists, but it's all pretty niche stuff.
    So, no real black friday deals to be had on it.
    Free shipping is about all that I'm going to score this year
    Do you use Rakuten? It is a shopping portal that gives you cash back on every purchase as long as you shop through their portal. So even if an item isn't on sale, you can still get the cash back deal. I got 8% back on the Groupon I bought today, for example. For Cyber Monday, they have a number of stores that have 20% cash back.

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  • bjl584
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    Everyone that I know pretty much has everything.
    They have Amazon wish lists, but it's all pretty niche stuff.
    So, no real black friday deals to be had on it.
    Free shipping is about all that I'm going to score this year

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  • kork13
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    The laptop I've been looking at is on sale $100 off with Amazon's Cyber Monday deals, about the lowest I've seen it... Tempted, undecided, asking DW what she thinks. Let it be her choice.

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  • disneysteve
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    Originally posted by scfr View Post

    Cyber Monday shopping is done - Target 25% off of personal care items. Spent $24+ tax, and used some of the remaining balance from the 10% off Target GC that I bought last year. The American economy has been revitalized by my big spend.
    I'm probably going to buy a Groupon today. Between their sale and Rakuten's deal, it makes it pretty cheap.

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  • scfr
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    Originally posted by scfr View Post
    I'll also be keeping an eye on Cyber Monday promos. If Target offers a site-wide discount, like they have done in the past, I'll stock up on some essentials for me and for my mom.
    Cyber Monday shopping is done - Target 25% off of personal care items. Spent $24+ tax, and used some of the remaining balance from the 10% off Target GC that I bought last year. The American economy has been revitalized by my big spend.

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  • disneysteve
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    Originally posted by msomnipotent View Post
    Best Buy employees don't know what the hell they are talking about.
    This is another reason I prefer shopping online. Much of the time, the store employees haven't got a clue what they're doing. My wife and mother went to Boscov's recently (a regional department store chain). They asked 3 different employees where they could find a certain item and got 3 different answers, all of which were wrong. Finally, the 4th person they spoke to told them that the sale flyer my mom had been looking at was for a sale that actually started the next day and that item wasn't out on the floor yet. So they wasted all that time running all over the store for something that wasn't even there. It would have been nice if the first employee had told them that.

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  • msomnipotent
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    We wound up going to Best Buy 7 times and Costco 3 times all because Best Buy employees don't know what the hell they are talking about. They were not even the Christmas help employees. Long story short, I'm never shopping at BB again, I'm ready to throw the Sonos set up at my husband, and you will see me on the news if BB doesn't ship the damn Airpods in time for Christmas. It is the only thing my daughter wants and they gave us the wrong item twice and now they are out of stock. I'm so pissed off. We wasted all of our time at Best Buy and didn't get to the other stores to get what we need, and by the time we were done I was too tired to go online and shop. Get this---I was too tired to order my magazines this year!!!! That's how tired and aggravated I was.

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  • disneysteve
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    Originally posted by cypher1 View Post

    I agree overall for the price and convenience. But also torn. Recently I found a very appealing art book for 32.99+tax at a local book store (non-retail chain), but found it on Amazon for 23.99 + free shipping (guessing pay for just sales tax). I haven't ordered it yet (again, clearly a want), but would prefer giving my business to a local small business, vs saving maybe $10 with purchasing online. First world problem, I guess.
    Part of me struggles with a little that but ultimately, if a business wants to earn my patronage, they need to make it worthwhile for me to shop there, regardless of if it's a small business or a national chain.

    One of the bulbs in my daughter's bathroom burned out today. It is a specialty bulb (G9). I looked on Home Depot's website because if they had them, I would have shot over there and picked them up. They do sell them for $2.50 each but don't carry them in the stores and are out of stock online. ACE Hardware has them in stock but at $5.99 each. So I went to Amazon. I got a 10-pack for $8.55, less than the price of 4 at Home Depot or 2 at ACE, and they'll be delivered in a couple of days. The fixture has 4 bulbs and this is the first to burn out so odds are we'll be needing to replace the other three in the not too distant future so buying a multi-pack made sense, especially at that price. And we'll have enough to replace all 4 this time and next time with a couple more to spare.

    Supporting local businesses is great, but not when they are charging 3 to 7 times as much for the same item. No thanks.

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  • cypher1
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    Originally posted by kork13 View Post
    This is an excellent practice, and I do very much the same thing. If I can wait on it, I will. If I still want it a month or so later, I'll consider actually buying it, and do the research to be confident in the purchase.
    Realistically, a month is more likely for waiting as well for me, especially for a want.

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