When I think of deals, I think of coupons.
When I think of coupons, I think of those shows featuring frantic shoppers piling up multiple carts with multiple packs of toilet paper.
I think of the “beep, beep” at the checkout scanner. Oh. My. Gosh. Is this actually going to work?!
I avoid watching those shows because it can’t be good for my inevitable gray hairs.
Instead, I’ve learned about this nifty thing called deal-stacking. You still use coupons, but you stack them on top of other sales and promotions to drive a product’s price down. But it’s not nearly as laborious as it sounds.
Plus, most of it can be done online — for all those shopping orders I shouldn’t be making.
4 Ways to Save Money With Online Deal-Stacking Tools
So I’ll admit it: I’m still a newbie to this whole thing.
But I’ve found these easy-to-navigate apps and websites that have awesome deals for my online shopping binges.
(Hey, if I do shop online, at least I’m doing it the frugal way, right?)
1. Share your receipts with Paribus.
With confirmation emails barreling into my inbox way too often, I’ve gotten used to pressing delete. No matter what I buy, I’m going to get emailed a receipt, so this tool is super clutch.
But stop. Don’t delete anything.
Instead, I signed up for Paribus. It’s free and scans your email archives for receipts. It might sound scary, but it’s one of the apps we use here at The Penny Hoarder.
If it detects purchases from Amazon, Target or one of its other 16 retail partners, it tracks the item’s price and issues a refund as soon as the price drops.
After you sign up, you don’t have to do anything! That’s my kind of deal-stackin’ money.
2. Arm yourself with coupons from SlickDeals.
Your next step is to find some coupons.
I downloaded the SlickDeals app onto my phone and signed up with Facebook.
This app is pretty neat in that it aggregates thousands of deals users have submitted. From there, these deals are posted on a forum, where they’re voted on and validated — thumbs up or down.
If it passes these checkpoints, it’ll hit the SlickDeals page. Right now, I’m seeing a sweet deal for a Nikon DSLR camera, a 30% off coupon for Starbucks and a big ole vacuum on sale.
You can set up deal alerts, too. Say you’re looking for any Amazon deals. Just type in Amazon, and wait for the discounts to roll in!
3. Check out with your rewards credit card.
You all might have picked up from other posts I’ve written that credit cards always sorta, kinda intimidated me.
But I recently signed up for a rewards card and pay off my balance each month.
Right now, Fidelity is offering a free cash-back card.
Free is emphasized here because rewards cards sometimes come with sign-up fees. This card doesn’t have one.
You’ll also get unlimited 2% cash back with each purchase. And this isn’t restricted to gas or groceries — it’s for any purchase you make (Read: online shopping purchases).
4. Get cash-back refunds with MyPoints.
Before you even start shopping, sign up for MyPoints, a cash-back site that rewards you for shopping online and printing coupons.
It’s a simple, instant way to save.
For example, you can get up to 5% cash back on purchases in some Amazon categories. Plus, you can get a free $10 Amazon gift card — just for signing up.
- Sign up for MyPoints using your email address.
- Next time you buy something online, use the MyPoints portal. It’s connected to thousands of stores — so chances are the one you desire will be on there.
- If you spend $20 at one of these stores, MyPoints grants you 1,740 bonus points, which you can redeem for that $10 Amazon card.
Anything that pays me to sign up has my heart.
So, no: Deal-stacking doesn’t have to be hard if you have the right tools. And no: Online shopping doesn’t have to break your bank account.
You’ve just got to utilize your resources!
Your Turn: What are your favorite app for deal stacking?
Disclosure: Here’s a toast to the affiliate links in this post. May we all be just a little richer today.
Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.