My mom, for as long as I have known her (quite some time now), has always read People magazine. Every Friday either she or my well-trained father will pick the newest edition up from the store. For years, I’ve been trying to tell her that she would save a lot of dough by just subscribing already since she reads it with such devotion.
Alas, my mother never listens to me. So for her birthday this year, the big 5-0, I decided to gift her a subscription in the hopes that she will share the magazine with me a little more readily because I am a nice daughter.
However, as anyone who reads it is well aware, People is not cheap. It’s something like $4 an issue at the newsstand, for 53 issues. Meaning my mother has been spending about $212 yearly for the magazine. On their website, they offer the low price of $116.07 for the year. I love my mother, but I also love my bank account, so I decided to shop around a bit. Unfortunately, $116.07 seems to be the going rate. Undeterred, I tried to see about coupons at retailmenot.com — although they came through on my last airfare purchase, they were of no help this time. Still undeterred, I surfed on over to another great site–Ebates.
Ebates basically works by offering money back on your purchases when you click through to shopping sites on their portal. In this case, I happily discovered that the store Magazines.com was offering 26% back on Ebates purchases. This was exciting! After a quick transaction, my mom now will be receiving People for a year, and I received $30 in my Ebates account (the money back goes to my Paypal account quarterly).
A caveat, however. I’ve used Ebates with great success except for one occasion, which of course was my most expensive purchase. I’m still hoping that their customer service will fix that, but I’m no longer holding my breath. I use the service for things that I am going to purchase anyway, so when it works, great! Cash back! When it doesn’t . . . as in the one major purchase I made . . . well I’m not out anything.
What are some of your favorite sites for finding good deals online?