I am an online shopper. I don’t know how families with multiple children do it but the one we have keeps us BUSY. Too busy to squeeze in a trip to the mall and get more soap from Bath & Body Works that is desperately needed for our home or just to go get the pair of Nike Shox I have been wanting to get. Other times I online shop just because Amazon carries the item at a much lower price than I can find it locally. But like everything else in life, online shopping has some cons that go along with the pros of convenience.
The major negative value in online shopping for me is shipping and handling costs. Mostly because I know from experience that a majority of those costs is from the handling side of it which entails someone pulling it off of a shelf, placing in the box, and sealing it up with tape. I start to weigh out whether it is actually worth the time, gas, and schedule changes to get the item locally. Then I start wondering how can I get the item(s) even cheaper to make up for the shipping and handling cost. This is when I begin googling for online coupon codes to use. (Who hasn’t done this? LOL) Well one lucky day months ago I hit my proverbial jackpot for online shopping:
FatWallet is a site that lists thousands of common shopping websites. It keeps track of all the possible valid coupon codes out there for your use with those stores but that isn’t even the best part. The best part is if you sign up for an account for FatWallet you can earn cash back on all the purchases you make from the stores it has listed on it’s site. The cash back accumulates in your account over time until you decide you want to cash out. When you opt to cash out they will either mail you a physical check to cash or deposit it into your Paypal account if you chose to link it. Its that easy.
So ahead of buying anything I always look to see if this benefits my FatWallet account before purchasing. The other day I was going to make a trip to Home Depot to buy a new hose and hose reel. I went online to FatWallet, logged in, and saw Home Depot was listed as a cash back store at 2%. I clicked the FatWallet link to also use a $5 coupon which brought me to the Home Depot website. I selected my items, used my coupon code, opted to pick up my items from the store later that day to avoid shipping costs to my home, and earned $2.08 in my FatWallet account. It may not seem like much but add that to the $9.00 I earned from Finish Line for my Nike Shox, $2.53 I earned from Shari’s Berries from Mother’s Day, $0.33 from Bath & Body Works, $4.50 from Sonic Electronix for car stereo equipment my sister-in-law asked I secretly help get for her as a gift to my brother, $1.03 from Best Buy, and $0.26 from eBay and now I have $19.73 in my account ready to be cashed out when I choose to.
FatWallet is completely safe to use and an easy way to get some of your money back. They won’t send you junk, add you to lists, or sell your address. I never recommend or sign up for services that use those practices (if I can help it). I would say most of the stores you probably shop at are listed on the site. I added the site on the logo for FatWallet for an easy link to sign up if you should so choose to. If you’re unsure just click the link and select Cash Back Stores at the top left hand side just to peruse through the list. I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you’re anything like me you love to save money and since we are all consumers why not do everything we can to get some of the money we spend back? Hey, I like money.