The Money Saving Triple Dip

The recession has turned us into a nation of coupon clippers and deal seekers. Today, there are so many deals to be had it’s hard to think of anything that can’t be purchased at a discount.  And with relatively little effort, you can even score multiple discounts on what you buy.

My favorite way to double dip on deals is to use RetailMeNot in conjunction with Ebates.  RetailMeNot is a deal aggregator.  It searches the Internet for all of the coupon codes available for a specific merchant and pulls them together in one place.  Ebates gives rebates valued at a percentage of what you pay for items at over one thousand merchants.

But you can do even better.  Very often, you can triple dip.

Since we have just one vehicle in our household, I sometimes rent vehicles from Enterprise.  In fact, just last weekend I rented a car to get to a speaking engagement.  First I found a coupon code on RetailMeNot and copied it.  Then I entered the Enterprise site through Ebates.  I got a discounted price via my coupon code, and I got a rebate from Ebates.  But the savings didn’t stop there.  Using the Entertainment Book our four-year-old’s preschool forced encouraged us to buy, I saved another 30 percent.

I also triple dipped recently when buying tires for our vehicle. I researched the type of tires I wanted to buy, discovered that Sears was offering a $70 rebate, found an additional $5 off coupon code, and made the purchase online (while setting up an appointment for installation) after entering the Sears site through Ebates, which generated an additional $20 rebate.

How many discounts do you typically score?  What are some of your favorite money-saving secrets?


2 Responses to The Money Saving Triple Dip

  1. Martha April 28, 2010 at 10:23 PM #

    I just found a coupon for 50% off glasses. YES!

  2. Cindy Houpt April 27, 2010 at 12:50 PM #

    I do coupons and also look for savings as much as possible. One thing I have found, at least in our area, is to earn gift cards for getting prescriptions filled. Unfortunately my husband and I both take monthly medications. They range from $4 to $25 per month. Normally when I get a prescription filled I use a coupon that gives me a $10, $20 or $25 gift card at the particular store. It takes a lot of juggling to know where to go each month, but I love the savings. I try to use the money I earn for our family to eat out, which is a special treat for us. I only use the savings for “extras” so I am not dependent on it.

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