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BeFrugal Cash Back: Earn $20 for Referring Friends!

BeFrugal Refer-a-Friend


Last year before the holidays we wrote about 12 Easy Ways to Earn Holiday Shopping Money and I included Ebates, which is one of the largest cash-back shopping sites. I’m going to have to amend that post, however, to include BeFrugal.

BeFrugal is another cash back shopping site. BeFrugal offers shoppers up to 30% cash back at 4,000+ stores. They currently have an amazing promotion going where you will earn a whopping $20 (TWENTY DOLLARS!) for every friend you refer to the site… and your friends will earn a $10 bonus for registering!


To qualify for a bonus, new referrals must click on your unique Refer-a-Friend link and sign up as a member through that click through. New members must also confirm their account and earn $25 in Cash Back (not including bonuses) within 90 days of account creation.

The bonuses for both you and the people you refer will not be accrued automatically based on the rules, but only after new members earn $25 cash back. However, with the holiday shopping season just around the corner, dedicated online shoppers should have absolutely no problem meeting the $25 threshold!

If you get a bunch of people to register, there’s the possibility to earn a heck of a lot of money from this promotion!

Click here to register for BeFrugal and start referring friends!


Checkout 51 Provides New Way to Save on Groceries

Checkout 51

There’s a new site that just launched that will help you save money on groceries! Checkout 51 is unlike any other site I have seen. They don’t offer coupons or ways for you to save at the store. Instead, each week they release a new list of products and if you purchase any of the items on the list you will earn cold hard cash!

Here are some of the offers that are currently available:

Checkout 51 Offers


50 cents back on any gallon of milk? That’s easy to do. 50 cents back on any package of strawberries? Done.

The list of new offers updates every Thursday morning. After you go to the store all you need to do is upload a copy of your receipt to the site and you’ll get a check once you hit $20! The best part? YES, you CAN use coupons on applicable products in addition to receiving cash back!

Here are some tips that will help you make the most of Checkout 51:

  • Offers are available in limited quantities. Please check your offer list before you go shopping to ensure that the offer is still available, and upload the receipt immediately after purchase to avoid disappointment.
  • A quantity of (1) of each offer is eligible for cash back per member.
  • Each receipt can only be used once.
  • We can only give cash back for the exact product listed, so please read carefully.
  • You are permitted to use Checkout 51 cash back offers with any other coupon or discount unless otherwise stated.
  • Products must be purchased in your country of registration. We currently support the United States (excluding Puerto Rico) and Canada (excluding Quebec).
  • Receipts submitted must be in English.
  • Items purchased from online retailers are eligible for cash back. Packing slips are accepted as proof of purchase. Online purchases are subject to the same submission timelines as receipts.

Checkout 51 appears to be fairly easy to use. (I’ve registered for an account but haven’t uploaded a receipt yet.) As for how the site works, my guess is that some brands are fueling this site as an alternative to traditional coupons and whatnot and putting the savings right back in the shopper’s pockets. I am sure eagle eyes will be able to use the site to cut their grocery bills even further, especially as long as generic items like strawberries and milk stay on the list!

Click here to check out Checkout 51!

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Amazon Prime Membership Fee Raised to $99

Amazon Prime Membership

Not a day after I wrote about how buying an Amazon Prime membership for $79 can help you save money over the course of the year does Amazon announce that they’re raising the price of an annual membership from $79 to $99. (An Amazon Prime Student account is increasing from $39 per year to $49.)

Of course, right?

I saw quite a bit of outrage over this move yesterday and I might be in the minority when I say I’m not too bothered by this. There were rumors that Amazon was considering raising the price of a Prime membership by as much as $40… and that would have sucked. In the grand scheme of things, $99 doesn’t bother me all that much, but I don’t know if that’s because I’m an atypical Amazon user.

I probably purchase something from Amazon 1-2 times per week and always take advantage of free two-day shipping. (During the holidays I was ordering something closer to once per day. “Oops… forgot to buy a gift for Aunt Kathy… Amazon to the rescue!”) I don’t know what the average two-day shipping rates are in this country, but let’s say it’s $10. In shipping costs alone, I more than made up for the cost of a membership just during the month of December.

Justified Streaming on Amazon

Then there’s the TV and movie streaming that’s available to Amazon Prime members. My husband recently started watching Justified, which is ONLY available for streaming via Amazon Instant Video. Were we to purchase seasons 1-4 on DVD we would pay $69.96 just to watch this show. (And that’s if we purchased the DVDs through Amazon, which tends to be a little cheaper than other retail video outlets.)

Amazon Prime Members: Make Your March Kindle First Selection


Then there’s my new favorite Amazon Prime Perk: Kindle First. Personally, I don’t watch a ton of TV but I do enjoy reading and getting a FREE pre-release Kindle book download each month is awesome! (I am currently reading Hidden and it is SO good. I stayed up way too late reading it last night.)

In addition to one free pre-release book, Amazon Prime members also get access to the Kindle Lending Library where they  can rent one free Kindle book per month for free.

Since my husband and I take continuous advantage of nearly every opportunity that an Amazon Prime membership has to offer, the $20 increase isn’t that big of a deal to us.

If you’re not yet a current Amazon Prime subscriber, you have until March 20, 2014 to subscribe and lock in the $79 rate for the next year.

If you’re already a Prime subscriber but aren’t keen on paying the extra $20, Slickdeals is sharing this way to get around the fee increase:

1.       Look up your prime expiration date.

2.       Purchase a Prime gift membership and have it send to your own email address after your membership is expected to expire.

3.       Place your order.

4.       Turn off your Prime subscription auto-renew.

5.       On or after the date your Prime expires, you should receive an email from Amazon with a year of Prime membership at the $79 rate.

I can’t personally attest that this option will work, but I wanted to share it for any of you who may be interested.

Do Tell: What do you think about the Amazon Prime price increase? Are you OK with it or will you be canceling your subscription?

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Shopping the Sale Racks: Save up to 85% at The Outnet Clearance Sale

Shopping the Sale Racks


The Clearance Sale at The Outnet just launched and for the next week – or while supplies last – you can save up to 85% on 250+ designer labels (1,500+ items)!!

No coupon is necessary as all prices have been marked to reflect this hefty discount. Please note that you may have to sign up for an account at The Outnet to access the sale. (It’s free!) I had to sign into my account before I could see the sale items.

This is a super popular sale so I highly recommend shopping early for the best selection! Items will begin selling out long before the sale comes to an end!

I took a peek, and here are just a few of the items you can grab now from The Outnet Clearance Sale for less than $50 (aka way below retail):

Hanky Panky Original Leopard Print Thong Love is Love Tee

Hanky Panky Original Leopard Print High-Rise Thong – originally $23, now $6.90 // Zoe Karssen Love is Love Tee – available in size L – originally $85, now $21.25

Kevia Chevron Earrings Milly Bikini

Kevia Chevron Earrings – originally $95, now $23.75 // Milly Bandeau Bikini Top – available in size XS – originally $100, now $25 & Milly Bikini Briefs – available in size XS – originally $100, now $25

Nixon Stainless Steel & Leather watch Adidas by Stella McCartney Yoga Top

Nixon The Shutter Stainless Steel & Leather Watch – originally $100, now $25 // Adidas by Stella McCartney Yoga Cotton-Blend Jersey Top – available in size XS – originally $110, now $27.50

Acne Studios mid-rise straight-leg jeans McQ Alexander McQueen iPad Case

Acne Studios Hep 5 Pocket Mid-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans – available in sizes 24W 32L, 25W 32L, 25W 34L, 26W 34L, 27W 34L, 28W 34L – originally $200, now $30 // McQ Alexander McQueen Tartan iPad Case – originally $150, now $37.50

LNA Croatia Ruched jersey Dress T by Alexander Wang Two Tone Mini Dress

LNA Croatia Ruched Jersey Dress – available in sizes M, L – originally $165, now $41.25 // T by Alexander Wang Two Tone Knitted Mini-Dress – available in sizes M, L – originally $170, now $42.50

Just a heads up that in the time it took me to write this post, 75+ items sold out! (based on the number of items available in the sale). Shop early!

Click here to check out The Outnet Clearance Sale!

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Grab a Box of Checks for $5.50 + Free Shipping from Checks Unlimited

Pretty in Pink Checks

I know that checks are slowly (quickly?) becoming a thing of the past, but my husband and I hold on to them – and reorder them – for things like paying our rent each month, or repaying people whenever the situation arises. This time of year, however, we frequently use checks to send people wedding and graduation gifts.

Until the entire world goes completely digital I figure a few of you are still using checks as well and it is worth posting this deal I just spotted at Checks Unlimited.

Right now Checks Unlimited is having a really amazing sale! You can get your first box of checks for $5.50 ($6.50 for duplicates), two boxes for $11 ($13 for duplicates), or for $16.50 ($19.50 for duplicates) you can get four boxes of checks, which is the equivalent of getting your fourth box for free! As an added bonus, all orders ship for free!

The price is the same whether you want checks with a fun pattern like the pretty in pink pattern above, or looking for something a little more austere.

Checks Unlimited Coupon: Use code “F4NB” at checkout to take advantage of this offer and get a box or two or four of checks for way below what you’d normally pay. Without this coupon the checks normally cost $18.99 per box for singles and $22.99 per box for duplicates!

Click here to check out the check sale at Checks Unlimited!

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