Online shopping can really help you to score some deals and save some money. One way to do this is buying gift cards for less than face value.
Head over to Plasticjungle.com to buy a gift card for a discount. They have a huge selection of merchants to choose from. The Gap, Best Buy, H&M, Home Depot and PetSmart and the list goes on. You can get from 2% up to 35% off their gift cards for sale.
Also check out Cardpool.com ,they offer a similar service as Plasticjungle.com. When I need to buy something, I will check out both sites to see which one has better deals or which site may have the card I want buy in stock.
Both sites offer traditional gift cards and they will mail them to you for free or you can get electronic gift cards. It depends on what they have to offer, and if you want to shop online or at the store. With an electronic gift card, if you are planning on shopping online, you can use it much faster since you will receive it in the form of a coupon code via your email address.
Before you go to Plasticjungle.com or Cardpool.com, head over to Topcashback.com . You can get money back just for going from the Topcashback.com website to the merchants you want to shop at website. Of course they have to be listed on Topcashback.com as a merchant. How much cash you get back depends on what they are offering.
For example, both Plasticjungle.com and Cardpool.com are merchants that you can get cash back from your purchases. I went to Topcashback.com, searched for Cardpool.com and they were a merchant on Topcashback.com, offering me 2% back on all purchases made on Cardpool.com from Topcashback.com.
I clicked on the link from Topcashback.com and was directed to the Cardpool.com website to make my gift card purchase. Just by doing that, I will get back 2% on any purchases I make from Cardpool.com.
Of course that 2% does not come off my purchase. Usually you have to wait. On my last purchase, it took two months for everything to go through before I could access my money from Topcashback.com. Once you see the credit you can choose to leave it in your Topcashback.com account and let it accumulate, or have them pay you by mailing a check you deposit into your PayPal account. Read all the fine print on their site so you can get the full details.
Here is an example of how I use these gift cards to save.
Recently I made an online purchase at The Gap. I checked both Cardpool.com and Plasticjungle.com for a Gap gift card. I purchased a Gap electronic gift card from Cardpool.com which offered 11% off the value of the card. I purchased a $25 electronic gift card for The Gap for $22.25.
I received the electronic gift card via email within a few hours of my purchase. It was sent in a form of a code so I could use it right away to make my online purchase from The Gap. It is not a huge savings but over time it really could add up. By using The Gap gift card that I purchased from Cardpool.com and Topcashback.com I ended up saving myself $3.20 on an order of $62.18.
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