It looked like a click bait ad on Facebook. It said something along the lines of, “What Amazon Prime doesn’t want you to know” followed by a little “sponsored” text from Facebook to let me know it was an ad and that’s why it was showing up in my newsfeed. I didn’t click it – at first.
I’m not sure why it caught my attention. I usually scroll through those things quickly. But when I get curious, and I did, I instead click on the comments to see what others know about it. Several commenters said, “I’ve been using Wikibuy for awhile. It’s great!”
Wikibuy? What is this? So I fell for the click bait and within an hour I bought two Christmas gifts for the about the cost of one.
Wikibuy is a Google Chrome extension. Every time I shop on Amazon Prime, Wikibuy pops up and tells me if there’s a place online to get it cheaper. I was buying my boys gaming chairs, the banana chairs we used as kids but these have speakers and all kinds of gadgets. Wikibuy informed me I could get it cheaper on Jet.com. Lots cheaper. Because on Jet.com, I got a coupon for free shipping, a coupon for being a first time buyer with them, the discount for not being on Amazon, and then Jet gave me a discount for a debit card (which I rarely do online).
After using all of my Wikibuy discounts, my next favorite extension, Honey, then popped up and said it had scanned the web for 40 different coupons and would I like to try them? Of course, I would, Honey!
Then, thanks to my Wikibuy sign up which automatically signs you up for Ebates, Ebates also kicked in with how much cash back I was getting on the purchase. In the end, I paid slightly more than the cost of one media chair, but I got two of them. And now, every time I shop online, including to buy this domain, Ebates lets me know when my purchases qualify for cash back with them.
To top things off, I received an email about two weeks later from my Acorns account saying one of my purchases qualified for a deposit and money was being deposited into my investing account. A few weeks later, after more Christmas shopping, I received a deposit of about $30 into my PayPal account from Ebates. Now, I tend to pick sites that have the largest cash back according to the Chrome extension. In total, I have more than $50 in my Ebates account.
I usually save money on Christmas by shopping for bigger items in July, when prices are at their lowest. But this year, there was too much going on this summer so I’m grateful to still find ways to save money before the holidays!
And here is a link to sign up for Ebates. If you do use this link, you and I may receive a bonus for using it, but you are not obligated to at all!