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Updated for 2016 - Online Shopping and Saving Guide

Here are some tips we’ve put together to help teachers, their families, and just about anyone save a little green this holiday season.

1. Online Cashback

There are many sites that take advantage of online advertising to provide the consumer with coupons and cashback for major retailers.  They also provide links to some great online coupons from major retailers. They are free and easy to use. Combine this with rewards on a credit card and it starts to add up. Mr. Rebates and Ebates are two great resources for online shopping.

2. Apple

iPad, iPod or Macbook? Apple typically runs the once a year sale on Black Friday online and in store. The MacRumors Site typically has the most updated details about Apple Store Sales

I would recommend visiting the Apple Black Friday Deals from Forbes Online.

3. Android and Chromebooks
Most major online retailers will run a variety of sales throughout the year. I would recommend starting with Amazon Online when looking for the best prices.

Most mobile service providers will include deals on phones when you sign up for a contract, but smart shoppers can often find great deals online. I recommend the Android Authority Site if you are looking for any Android devices outside of a mobile contract.


4. Amazon and eBay

Great places to shop. You will frequently find the best prices here.  Remember that you are not always buying directly Amazon. Like eBay, Amazon has items for sale from other companies and independent sellers.  Both eBay and Amazon have incredible customer support. Mr. Rebates and Ebates also support Cashback for both sites.


Learn more about Amazon Prime Membership to save on shipping.


Learn more about the eBay Bucks to earn cashback on all of your eBay purchases.

5. Union Membership Card

Did you know that both the NEA and AFT posts some excellent deals for teachers? These deals include: merchandise, restaurants, and travel.


6. Deal Websites – Online and in Store

There are a variety of websites that compile information about sales and deals year round. My favorite is  the Wise Bread site. I also love the deals on Offers.com

7. Online Coupon Sites

There are several online sites that collect and share retailer coupons and deals. These coupons are often both digital or printable. RetailMeNot is a current favorite.

Honey - Chrome Extension
Click on the Honey button during checkout and Honey will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart.

8. Protecting Your Credit Card Online

Most online stores / credit card companies do a great job taking care of credit card purchases, but a great way to pay from a lot of online purchases is to use PayPal. It’s free and provides an extra layer of security between your credit card and online shopping. Paypal also supports free returns for many purchases.

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