Ebates – Why you should join NOW

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Have you seen the commercials for Ebates? So have I and I wasn’t convinced. It seems like a scam. Anyone who knows me, knows that I refuse to complete an online purchase if I can’t get a use a promo code to get a good deal. And let’s be honest – I have way too much stuff already – why spend more money on stuff I don’t need.

So how did I end up using Ebates since I thought it was a scam and had no interest in trying?

Well, I was at a birthday party when a family member told me how much money she had been saving on Ebates. She pulled up the app on her phone and showed me how simple it was to use. I love an excuse to shop and search for a good deal so I signed up for Ebates as soon as I got home.

They have a welcome bonus offer where you can earn $10 cash back on your first purchase of $25. (Yes, you have to wait until the quarterly pay out to get any cash back that you earn throughout the quarter). Check out this slightly corny video that will explain how easy it is to use.

In the last 4 months, I have earned over $150 just by buying things I normally would have bought. How did I do it? Every time you refer a friend who signs up and makes a  $25 purchase you get $25! I referred three friends and earned $75 ($25 x 3) and they each got $10 ($25 purchase – $10 cash back = $15 spent). Even if your friend only uses it once you both still earn money.

Out of the three friends I referred, I made the first purchase for two of them. I spent my own money and they earned $10 while I was able to earn $25. Now, all of three of them use it everytime they make a purchase.

But Ebates isn’t just about cash back.

Like I said above, I refuse to make a purchase if I can’t use a coupon code and I HATE paying for shipping. Ebates also provides you with a list of coupon codes and will let you know when your favorite stores are having a sale. Frequently they will double or triple the cash back for stores making it possible to get an even better deal.

Are you the type of person who would forget to log onto Ebates and shop through their website?

Easy! You just need to install the browser add-on that will remind you to activate Ebates any time you shop. Ebates has a link that will provide you will all the information you need to know about installing the browser button.

I love browser buttons. They’re really useful and help us remember when we have a million other things going on. I also have a browser button to ensure that I always use Amazon Smile which donates a very small percentage of all of your purchases to a charity of your choice.

Below are a few screenshots that show how the browser button works. I typed katespade.com into my web browser and the button reminded me that I can activate 3.5% cash back.

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All you have to do is click the Activate button!

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Next, it shows this page.

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Cash back is activated and it shows you a list of coupon codes and deals that the retailer is running.

I don’t know if you’re convinced but I need a new purse and I’m dying to use that coupon code that expires tomorrow. If you’re interested in signing up please use this link to sign up!

Comment below if there are any websites or ways that you save money while shopping!

Target August Beauty Box

Yay! The new Target beauty box is out for August. It’s called the “Back to College” box and it has everything you need to make the transition back to school easier. For $7.00 this box is a $32 value.

Don’t get discouraged if it says “item not buyable” when you try to purchase it. I had to click on and off of the page about five times before I could get it to work. They’re so popular that everyone is trying to buy them at once!

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Here’s what you’ll find inside:

  • up & up™ Women’s 5-Blade Razor $10.39 for a pack of 5
    Combines coated blades and lubricating moisture strips with botanical oils to glide over your skin for a close, smooth shave.

    • I love to keep extra disposable razors around for vacations. I read a few reviews that said these were terrible but when you’re at the beach and really need to shave your legs you’ll be glad you have this free razor stuffed in your bag.


  • Juice Organics Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner – Coconut Full size $9.99 for each
    Achieve hydrated hair that’s less prone to breakage with a repairing blend of coconut, soy protein, borage seed oil, and aloe.

    • A 10oz shampoo or conditioner retails for $9.99 each. I’ve heard that this product smells great and makes your hair really soft.


  • Laneige Water Sleeping Mask 70ml for $24.00
    Recharge dehydrated skin while you sleep with ionized mineral water combined with aromatic Sleepscent to promote deep sleep.

    • I’m not big on “water” lotions, cremes, and masks. But I have very dry skin in the summer so I’m willing to try anything that will hydrate my skin.



  • Olay Make-up Remover Wipes – 25ct for $4.99
    Made for everyday use, these fragrance-free makeup remover wipes clear your face of dirt, oil, and makeup—even waterproof mascara.


  • Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant – Full size $7.39
    With 2 times the sweat protection of regular antiperspirant, it absorbs odor while releasing a scent to keep you smelling clean and feeling dry.

    • I absolutely love this deoderant. No I do not sweat very much but when I do I have to be wearing this. It smells great and I feel confident in it all day.


  • CoverGirl Katy Kat Eye Mascara – Black – Full size $6.99
    Create a 360° cat eye with a sculpting brush that sweeps lashes up and out for lush voluminous lashes that won’t smudge or smear.

    • I’m currently collecting all of the mascara that I can in search of the perfect one. This adds one more to my collection!


  • Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips – $35.99 for 20 treatments
    Delivering professional-level results, these teeth-whitening strips remove 14 years of teeth stains to give you a whiter smile.

    • Forget what you know about whitening strips because when Crest created these they got rid of all of the frustration. I ordered these back in April and while they don’t exactly whiten evenly they will whiten your teeth. Better yet when you put them on your teeth they will stay put! Unlike the original white strips which moved around constantly.

Target Cartwheel — How-to

As some of you may already know Target is my favorite place ever. I would literally go to Target everyday to browse the deals and clearance sections if I had the time.

This post is about how to use the Target Cartwheel app. It’s an easy app that you can download directly from the app store and onto your phone.

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Once you’ve downloaded the app onto your phone you will need to create an account. I prefer to link everything directly through my Facebook (I always toggle the settings so that apps do not post on my behalf) because it is one less username and password to remember.

When you’re signed in the first thing you will see is your personal barcode. If you click the three lines on the top left it will bring you to the menu screen.

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Click on Offers –> to begin browsing current offers by category or simply look at all offers. You can choose to look at offers based on “Newest”, “Discount”, “Trending”, or “Expiring”. Each header is self explanatory.

  • Newest – includes newest offers
  • Discount – shows offers with highest discount first
  • Trending – offers trending within the app
  • Expiring – this offers are usually expiring today

Once you have clicked into a category or chosen all offers you can begin to add things to your barcode. Tap an item that you like once and click “add” to add it to your barcode. If you add an item by accident you can remove it by clicking “remove”.









Click on My Cartwheel –> to see your own personal dashboard. It includes how many offers you have redeemed, friends using the app, and your total savings. There are three categories within this screen: “Activity”, “For You”, and “Friends”

  • Activity – shows basic advertisments for products expiring soon and gives you updates on your friends: what they have added to their barcode, purchased, and badges they have earned
  • For You – displays offers that are supposed to be geared towards things you are interested in. These offers do not usually relate to anything that I would like to buy. But that may be because I add anything to my barcode that looks like a good deal.
  • Friends – shows all of your friends who are using the app (I believe this only shows up if you are linked to Facebook). This allows you to see all of your friends ranked based on their total savings. If you click on an individual person you are brought to their dashboard that allows you too see: number of offers redeemed, friends, and total savings. As well as everything they currently have added to their barcode.

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Click on Collections –> to see offers split into categories. Some of the offers showing on my screen currently are “Yard Line Dining”, “Hot Deals”, & “Weekly Ad”.


Click on Badges –> Badges allow you to earn more offer spots if you complete certain activities. If you click on each badge it will tell you what you have to do to earn it and how many offer spots it will open. The app is a little annoying when you first begin using it because you can not add that many items. As you complete these easy tasks you will open more offer spots. The picture below shows the first four Badges available:

  • Whiz Kid – add your first offer, get +1 offer spot
  • Shopping Buddy – have a friend that is using cartwheel too, get +1 offer spot
  • Social Saver – add an offer from your friends dashboard, get +1 offer spot
  • Star Collector – add an offer from a collection, get +1 offer spot


Click on Scan Product –> This prompts a barcode reader to pop up. I would suggest that you scan each product that you think applies to a Cartwheel offer (every item you pick up if you want to make sure that you are not missing any deals). This ensures that you are picking up an item that actually corresponds to a Cartwheel offer. Just like using coupons sometimes the terms are unclear and it is difficult to know if you will be saving money on the product you have picked up.

When you’re ready to head to the register

Click on My Barcode –> This is your personal barcode that compiles all of the offers that you had added. You will need to have the cashier scan it in order to redeem your offers and save money.

One thing that is really awesome about this app is that it is stackable. You can use a Cartwheel Offer, Target Coupon, Manufacturers Coupon, and Red Card savings (if you have a Red Card). This info graphic that I found on thekrazycouponlady.com is a great explanation of how your savings can stack up on a single product.


**If you have any questions please do not hesitate to comment below. I would be glad to come back and edit this post if anything is unclear or if you all would like more information on a certain area.**