FACT: Asians love a discount.
For this reason, it used to embarrass the hell outta me when I was a kid to go shopping with my Hardass Asian Mom, who never paid full price for anything and always found a way to get what she wanted on sale even if it wasn’t. Like, she’d find a loose thread on a pair of pants and argue for ten percent off. Or she’d see some microscopic flaw in the weaving of the fabric of some blouse and argue for twenty-five off, while I quietly died of humiliation next to the cash register.
BUT. Now that I’m a grown-up, and the money I spend is the money I have to earn, I’m a bit more like my mom than I’d like to admit. (And, really, it’s futile trying to shake the lessons your Hardass Asian Mom’s drilled into you anyway, whether it’s about staying out of the sun so you can look young forever or knowing how to tie the perfect knot on a plastic leftovers bag to avoid spillage of said bag’s contents or never walking around the house–or anywhere for that matter–barefoot.)
So I was pretty stoked when Ebates.com decided to sponsor us to use their site and blog about it. Because as bloggers, we rarely get paid to blog. And as shoppers, we NEVER get paid to shop. Actually, as bloggers, we kinda never get paid to blog, either. Sigh. But I digress.
What the hell is Ebates, you ask? Basically it’s a site that gives out discounts on stuff you buy from its participating stores. What seems to set the site apart from similar coupon sites is that Ebates also gives you cash back every time you shop, and the cash is paid to you quarterly, either by check or Paypal. The cash back is some percentage of your purchase total, and while some of the percentages seem small–1.0% off at Apple, 1.5% off at Virgin Atlantic Airways–who’s going to look down their nose at FREE MONEY?! Refusing free money is not only not Asian, it’s straight-up DISGRASIAN, y’all.
Sign-up is easy. First of all, it’s free. Second, it only involves putting in your email and a password, then you’re good to go. Normally, they give you $5 back just for signing up, but if you click the Ebates banner at the top of our blog, you’ll get $8.88 back. (Plus that will help convince them to keep advertising with us, which will make us less broke, which will enable us to blog more, which will make us happy, which, in turn, will make you happy? Yes?)
Okay, now that this infomercialog (pronounced info-mersh-log) is almost out of the way and the shopping can commence, I’m going to list the top 5 sites participating in Ebates that I’m most likely to shop from:
1) Apple (1.0% cash back), cuz y’all know how much we love Apple products
2) Tobi (2.5% cash back), cuz its founders are Babes
3) Sephora, (4.0% cash back), cuz y’all know how much we love makeup
4) 1-800 CONTACTS (coupon), cuz I’m fucking blind from staring at this computer screen all the time
5) Bigger Bras (4.5% cash back), cuz, well, I mean, isn’t it OBVIOUS???
And since I owe my love of discounts to my Hardass Asian Mama, who I know will be reading this–and passing it on to her Hardass Asian Friends, I hope, since you do want me to be succesful, don’t you, Mom (that is a rhetorical question, btw)?–I’m also listing the top 5 sites she’s most likely to shop from:
1) Microsoft Store (3.5% cash back), cuz, sadly, she’s a PC
2) Old Navy (2.0% cash back), cuz she thinks the Gap is too expensive
3) Expedia (1.0% cash back), for when she comes to visit me
4) TOMS shoes (5.0% cash back), cuz Diana got us both hooked on wearing these around the house instead of slippers
5) Circuit City (2.5% cash back), since she and my dad broke their old DVD player watching so many Korean dramas
I can’t wait to see Diana’s top 5. I predict they will be Martha Stewart-ish, seeing as how beneath that brown-liquor bravado and indie twentysomething sassafras, there’s secretly lurking a hardcore Holly Homemaker.
So what are your top 5? Click on our Ebates banner above and find out (please, pretty please?)!
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