How I Can Afford New Things on a Budget
As much as I love a good deal, I love earning a little bit of extra money whenever I can. Cash back websites and apps are one of my favorite ways to conveniently and easily make my purchases work for me! Each time I make a purchase, I'm getting a little bit extra money back and I can use that money for new clothes!
Ebates is your one-stop-shop for finding cash back online. It's simple and easy to use - you simply go to the Ebates website before you make any online purchases. Search for the store you were looking to buy from. If they are a participating partner, they will pop up in Ebates cash back search bar. You simply click through to the site and cash back appears in your account when the merchant reports the transaction. It's that simple! Even better, sometimes Ebates offers unique coupons for your purchases for using their click-through site. And all the big brands are on there, too - Lululemon, Madewell & Sephora!
Checking back frequently on Ebates is the best way to make sure you're getting the most cash back possible. Ebates often does special promotions on websites around the holidays, even doubling the cash back at certain times. And before you assume that this is one of those gimmick sites that promises gift cards and never deliver, that's not true either. You can opt for a direct Paypal deposit quarterly. That's cold hard cash, folks. I hate to admit how much I've actually gotten back this year. If you're interested in checking out Ebates and getting $10 with my code, click here.
Ibotta has a handy in-app mobile shopping feature that is worth checking out, especially if you're purchasing from large online retailers, such as Amazon or Ebay. Before making an online purchase, I frequently check both Ebates and Ibotta to see which is offering the larger bonus. Although the selection of mobile stores is much smaller on Ibotta, the cash back reward is frequently much greater (Can anyone say 20% cash back on Ebay?)
Poshmark is my new favorite online shopping obsession. I've wanted a pair of Tory Burch Miller sandals for longer than I care to admit, but there was no way I was going to spend $198 on a pair of sandals! Poshmark is like a community garage sale, but one where everyone is getting rid of their really nice stuff. Instead of having to dig through piles of useless junk, it's all easily searchable and (usually) in excellent shape! I got my beloved sandals for an absolute steal!
The best part is that, unlike Ebay, it's not an online auction where people wait until the last minute to "snipe" good deals. You send a private offer to the seller and they can choose to accept your offer or counter with a different price. I've had a really great experience with the offer platform, both as a seller and a buyer.
And that's yet another way that I've been affording new workout clothes. I sell on Poshmark! A lot of times, I buy clothes and after a few wears, I might realize I don't like it as much as I thought. A girl can change her mind, right? Or, if something sits in my closet too long, I sell it on Poshmark to make room for new stuff. I used to sell a lot of my old Lululemon on Ebay, but I found that the auctions would always end and I'd be shipping an old pair of Speed Shorts off for $10. Poshmark really helps streamline what I get rid of and I can control how much I sell it for! And then, when something sells, I simply print out the pre-paid USPS label and drop it off at my local post office. It takes all the hassle out of the exchange. I LOVE it.
If you're interested in getting started on Poshmark or interested a free $5, use my code here. Oh... and might I mention, Ibotta offers a 2.5% cashback on all Poshmark purchases. DOUBLE WIN!
Shein- If you're looking for a new favorite discount online boutique, then I have to mention Shein! It's like a more adult version of Forever 21 but with MUCH better quality. And the prices are so low. I know it's easy to be skeptical, but hear me out. I consider it like an online thrift store, except everything is new. Now, just like your thrift store, not everything that you get is going to be good, but at the end of the day, you paid $6. You could also spend the same amount on a cup of coffee at Starbucks.
The way I figure it, it is the perfect place to shop if you're looking to try out a fad style or unsure and want to try without committing to spending a ton of money. I've had good luck shopping with them and most of the clothing fits true to size. I find that the most helpful way to shop through Shein is to read through the reviews. Pretty frequently, purchasers will post a review with a picture, as well as measurements. It also will give you a good idea if something is of good quality or not. Not everything is returnable (keep that in mind), but the return policy is pretty generous if you find something you don't like.
Have another app or website you love to use? Or a tip that you'd like to share? Leave it in the comments below!
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