Moms Saving Money

How I Made $233.86 Just By Doing My Regular Online Shopping: One Simple Tool EVERY Mom Should Be Using

Money making tool Real Mom Recs Ebates

Back in my former life, I think I remember that I used to like going shopping. Whenever I was bored, I used to go out and buy clothes, shoes, and makeup for myself just because. That’s all a distant memory now, and I’m pretty sure I’m wearing underwear I purchased before my wedding. These days, ALL of my shopping activity abides by two principles:

1. I will avoid bringing small children into a store at all costs. This means I pretty much never buy anything for myself. It also means online shopping is my best friend!


2. Every season my kids seem to need an entire new wardrobe. Yeah, when people said kids were expensive, they weren’t kidding. Their clothes are either outgrown or just plain DESTROYED after a matter of months. Even though I have two boys and two girls, I’ve barely had any success at using hand me downs among my kids because the age gap is large and the clothes rarely survive the first owner.

Doing all this online shopping for kids clothes (OK, and occasionally for myself too), I’m always on the lookout for deals and discounts. I’m also a huge skeptic so it takes a lot for me to be convinced to try something.

Eventually, a friend talked me into trying Ebates. Of everything I’ve seen, it is one of the best money saving tools for Moms.

The concept is super simple. When you need to buy something online, go through their site and you get a specified percentage of cash back on your purchase. The stores include just about all of our go-tos: Gap, Carter’s, Old Navy, Land’s End, Macy’s, and more. You can also get cash back on toys and other purchases at other retailers like the Disney Store, Target, and Amazon. Here is just a small selection of the stores that you shop through Ebates:

Ebates money saving online shopping

The EASIEST way to shop with Ebates is to install a little browser button that will light up red anytime it sees you’re about to make a purchase through one of their stores. Then all you need to do is click the Ebates button and your cash back percentage will be applied.

It will automatically apply any coupon codes that are active too!

Once a quarter, all your cash back will be totaled up and they’ll mail you a check. SUPER SIMPLE!

Just in case you think I’m full of what the dogs eat, here is a screen shot of my Ebates account showing my account total of $233.86 in the upper right corner:

Ebates cash back money saving online shopping RealMomRecs

You can also see each purchase I made that quarter and how much cash back it earned me.

Sound interesting? Check it out and sign up here:

Any other Moms using Ebates? How much have you made so far? Any other awesome money saving sites I should know about? Leave a comment!

For more about money saving tools with online shopping, check out my post about how I’m obsessed with Amazon Prime.

Don’t miss out on Amazon Prime Day- even if you don’t have Prime!

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I’m sure you’ve heard about Amazon Prime Day, touted as having more deals than Black Friday. The deals start TONIGHT at 9pm ET (Monday, July 10) and go all day Tuesday, July 11.

Deals to watch for:

There will be deals on all Amazon devices so if you’ve been eyeing something, this will be your time to buy!

Fire tablets

The kids edition of this tablet has everything you need for kids:

-a kid-proof case (pick blue, pink, or yellow)

-8 hour battery life (take it on those long car rides!)

-16 GB of storage

-1 year of FreeTime Unlimited means you don’t have to pay extra for apps! You have access to 15,000 popular apps and games, videos, books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more

Best of all, a 2 year worry-free guarantee! If your kids break it, just return it and they will replace it for free. NO QUESTIONS ASKED!

Amazon Echo

I got this for my husband at Christmastime and I swear it’s the only gift I’ve ever gotten him that he actually uses and likes!

“Alexa, what’s the weather today?”

“Alexa, how is the traffic in Baltimore?”

Or, “Alexa, play Jimmy Buffet.”

He says Alexa is the only girl in his life who always listens and never talks back 😆

We keep ours in the kitchen to play music while we cook. That is also a handy place for her because you can add any ingredients you run out of your shopping list, or just order more off Amazon right from Alexa!

Fire TV / Fire TV Stick

Get the latest streaming device to access Netflix, Amazon video, Hulu, and more. Launch content with the Alexa voice remote!

This looks so cool, I think it will be our next Amazon purchase. It’s a best-seller so I’m expecting a hot deal for Prime Day.

Other deals from last year’s Prime Day included TVs, electronics, home good, school supplies, and computers. Be sure to check the deals throughout the day if you’re in the market for any of these.

Tips and tricks: Make a Wish List

I’m a big believer in not buying things just because they’re on sale. One trick I use to keep me on track with Amazon is to make a wish list ahead of time of items I’m already planning to buy. Then once Prime Day starts, I can check my wish list to see if the price has dropped.

HOT TIP: How to get in on Prime Day without paying for Prime!

Want to take advantage of Prime Day but don’t want to cough up the annual fee to become a Prime member?  Sign up for a 30 day free trial and just use it for Prime Day! Or, use it all 30 days and set a reminder on your phone to cancel it once the 30 days are up.

Why we love being Prime members

Don’t be surprised if you don’t want to cancel after 30 days. Amazon Prime is so convenient, especially for Moms who don’t want to drag all the kids to the store every time you need to pick up a birthday present for your kid’s friend or a mildew-proof shower curtain.

I’m so used to 2-day shipping now I get annoyed when I shop online elsewhere and have to wait a week for it to arrive!

We also do subscribe and save for diapers and wipes so I don’t ever run into that panic of realizing you’re all out!

Other Amazon deals for Moms:

Hope you all score some hot deals this Prime Day July 10-11!

Don't Miss Out on Amazon Prime Day (even if you don't have prime!)