After hot-footing it around South Florida in the middle of the night during the busiest shopping day of the year on Black Friday, my wallet is happy.
But my feet ache from standing in long lines and my back hurts from being rammed by shopping carts.
On Cyber Monday, I'm looking forward to finding more doorbuster deals while sitting on the couch in my pajamas.
When shopping online, it makes good cents to use websites offering rebates, and coupon codes for free shipping.
It's free money.
Get cash back when making online purchases at hundreds of retailers by using rebate websites Ebates.com, FatWallet.com and Upromise.com. They're free to join.
Shop at stores such as Macy's, Best Buy and Amazon.com by clicking through the cash-back sites and pocketing up to 40 percent back on purchases. Rebates vary by retailer. After savings collect, opt for a check by mail or get funds transferred to a Pay Pal account.
Ebates.com, which says it's saved consumers more than $85 million, offers a free $10 gift card at Macy's, Target or Walmart when you join. It also offers double-cash-back deals during the holidays.
FatWallet.com, similar to Ebates, says it has saved shoppers more than $46 million.
Upromise.com lets you funnel a percentage of purchases into high-yield Sallie Mae savings accounts for college tuition (or cash back) and can be used by multiple family members. Register for a rewards card and swipe at Publix, Winn-Dixie, CVS or others and click through the site's 10,0000 online stores and restaurants and watch college savings grow.
I never pay retail and I rarely pay for shipping when making online purcahses.
RetailMeNot.com is a community of bargain hunters posting coupon codes and free shipping codes for more than 50,000 stores. The site offers retail coupons, too. Search without joining, but some content requires free registration.
If that site doesn't have it, Google the retailer's name and the words "coupon code." That usually will net you percentage off your purchase or free shipping.
What's your deal? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Facebook.com/Doreens Deals.