Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ebates Success: Cheap Paper Cups

I don't do a lot of shopping on the internet. First of all, I hate paying shipping. Furthermore, I rarely feel like I'm getting the kind of deal I could get on a clearance rack at a local retail store. However, I'm starting to see how it can be possible to get good prices for everyday things online.

This week I needed to buy some paper coffee cups. Turns out I was able to get a better deal online than at the local party store. My first step was to go to and type "party" into the search engine. It came back with Giant Party Store. There were no discount codes listed, but I would get 5% cash back on my purchase. That's a good start.

I found what I needed at Giant Party Store for a reasonable price, but I wasn't too excited about having to pay shipping. So I went to my search engine on my Swagbucks toolbar and typed in "Giant Party Store coupon codes". I found a code for free shipping. Success!

If you are going to buy anything online, it pays to do a quick internet search for coupon codes. The codes you find may not always work, but it doesn't hurt to give it a try! It's all based on word of mouth.

Of course, it also pays to go through I earned $1.19 on my purchase of $23.70 (for 150 cups). Plus, I didn't have to pay tax, like I would in the store. Combine that with the fact that the cups were slightly cheaper than they were in the local party store, and I made out pretty good. Plus, I didn't have to load my kids up in the car and drive around town to find them!

By the way, I know 150 disposable cups is not the greenest choice, but I recently learned that you can compost paper cups and plates. Although there are other negatives to disposables, at least paper varieties won't be sitting in a landfill for ages if you compost them.
Ebates Success: Cheap Paper CupsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

70% Coupon for

Enter discount code DINE at to get 70% off restaurant gift certificates. That means you pay $3 and you get a $25 gift certificate! Plus, get a free $10 gift from The Fruit Company with every order. Offer expires November 9.

Visit to see which restaurants are participating in your area. The restrictions vary for each restaurant, so be sure you are okay with them before ordering your gift certificate.

I've used gift certificates twice now with no problem (Restaurant BT and Giordano's).

By the way, purchase through Ebates to earn cash back rewards. Also, use your Discover to earn 5% cash back on charges at restaurants through December.
70% Coupon for Restaurant.comSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

20% Off at Office Depot

Click HERE for a 20% off coupon to Office Depot (expires 12/31/09). Staples has a price-match guarantee, so they should accept the coupon as well.

Thanks to the Rachel Ray Show and Mojo Savings.

20% Off at Office DepotSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Mother Earth News: Free Newsletter & 10% Off Online Store

Mother Earth News is an excellent website packed full of practical information about being healthy, green and frugal. The site offers tons detailed do-it-yourself guides that help you live greener and more self-sufficiently. For example, the site has a detailed article about how to make your own paint. There are also guides to organic gardening. The section on modern homesteading makes me want to pack up and move to the county.

Click HERE to sign up for the free email newsletter.

Mother Earth News also has an online store. Use discount code MMEEM9B4 to get 10% off select items through Sunday, November 8. Items included in the sale are a compost container for your kitchen counter, some beautiful recycled rugs (shown above), and more.
Mother Earth News: Free Newsletter & 10% Off Online StoreSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend