Monday, October 15, 2007

Online Bargains--Layer the Savings!

  1. One of the ways we helped military families save money overseas was to give them tips to "layer the savings." Here are the steps to save big online:

1. The first step is to go to or which are shopping robots that will search the internet for your item to find the best deal possible.

2. Once you've found the best deal, the second step is to go to a code site such as or to find the codes you need to save even more. Sometimes these codes are for free shipping, gifts, or discounts.

3. The final step is to get a rebate for your shopping, by going to . If you have an account and get your friends to sign up under your account, you can earn $5 per referral. There are hundreds of participating online sites that will give you a rebate off of your purchases and you get a check at the end of each month.

CAUTION: To avoid spam: Be sure you deselect any "offers" made while signing up for a site. I also recommend that you use a "throwaway" email address to sign up and not give your primary email address. For example, I use and check the site once a month or so.

Here's an email from one of our audience members in Europe to encourage you to save money like she does:

Dear Ellie Kay,

I would like to tell you how wonderful it was to have you speak at our Key Spouse meeting at Spangdahlem AB this past week. Your tips were great --I bought a bunch of clothes and with your tips and a $25 gift card I earned from I spent only $14!-- and they really do work and are easy to do. Your military topics touched my heart and made me proud of what I am doing here for my husband as well as other spouses. Thank you for telling our story to the world and for being an inspiration.Thank you so much!

Sincerely,Christina Aiken


Ellie Kay

America's Family Financial Expert (R)