Lisa emailed in the following tip:
I’m really lazy when it comes to couponing, but I’m always looking for ways to save money when I can. One way I’ve learned to easily save money is by purchasing discounted gift cards from Raise.com, using cash back websites for purchases, and using the “store pickup” feature.
The idea is really simple. When I know what store I’d like to shop at, I head over to Raise.com to see what gift cards I can purchase with the highest discount. When I checkout, I then choose to have the gift card e-mailed to me vs having it sent by mail. That way, I receive my gift card in minutes and can use it instantly online or print it off to use at the store.
After I receive the e-mail, I then head over to Rakuten.com (formerly Ebates) to see if the store I’m shopping at offers cashback for purchases made online. After finding my store through Rakuten, I then go about adding the items to my shopping cart and I make sure to choose the “store pickup” option.
When I’m shopping, I also try to find items that are already on sale or already discounted so I save even more money. If the store I’m shopping at also has a rewards program, then it makes this even better because I’m able to accumulate cash back rewards for future purchases.