Need Help? The Holiday Cash Back Gift Guide is Here!

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The Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday dust has finally settled. So, did you finish all your shopping?

For most of us, figuring out what gifts to get the people on our list is the toughest part. “Did I give Grandma socks last year? Was it the year before? And how long does it take a person to wear out a pair of socks?”

These are the kinds of complex questions that can quickly arise and leave you yearning for an extended nap.

But with the Holiday Cash Back Gift Guide, those dilemmas are done.

From board games and bootcut jeans to scooters and sports jackets, the all-new, hand-picked guide has everything you need to breeze through your shopping list with brilliant gift ideas.

Every member of the family (and office) is covered at every price point, and naturally, each gift we’ve spotlighted comes with cash back. Very merry, indeed.

So, hypothetically speaking, how much cash back you might see in your stocking? Let’s test it out.

We’ll say our sample shopper in this case is a married man with two kids, a 15-year-old daughter and 7-year-old boy, and a budget of no more than $350. Using nothing but items found in the Gift Guide, here’s how it could shape up:

For the wife:    
Bali Legacy Blue Topaz Octopus Cuff Bracelet
Cost: $77.99  Cash Back: $2.53
Red Wine Soap
Cost: $4.00  Cash Back: $0.11

For the daughter:
Plush Zippered Hoodie
Cost: $19.99  Cash Back: $1.15
2-Piece Glamazon Colors Eye Set
Cost: $50  Cash Back: $0.72
Canvas Lace-Up Bowknot Backpack
Cost: $16.89  Cash Back: $0.82

For the son:
Huffy Star Wars Darth Vader Bike
Cost: $144.99  Cash Back: $4.70
Hot Wheels Slot Car Track Set
Cost: $23.99  Cash Back: $0.46

Total Spent: $337.85
Cash Back: $10.49

That’s seven presents for less than $350, more than $10 back in your pocket, and some elf-powered assistance on your gifting ideas. Joy to the world!

See the Holiday Cash Back Gift Guide

Black Friday 2019: Cash Back Shopping is a Difference-Maker

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The moment of supreme savings has arrived.

This is it. This is the week where retailers nationwide put their best foot forward, offering – sometimes – the biggest price drops of the year in hopes of sparking a frenzied wave of shopping.

But before you dive headfirst into Black Friday and Cyber Monday, remember these three simple words of wisdom: cash back shopping.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend an average of $1,048 over the holiday season, not including the cost of travel. A serious chunk of change in anyone’s book.

That’s what makes cash back shopping so important. It’s the uplifting answer to those dreaded January credit card bills, earning you money while you’re doing something you’re doing anyways—shopping.

Let’s say you do spend that $1,048 over the next month. And let’s say you do your shopping through Save and Earn, earning cash back at more than 1,400 stores, to a tune of, say, 2.5%. And let’s say you use a cash back credit to make those purchases, earning another 2.5% on your gifts. That’s 5% of $1,048, adding up to a cool $52.40 you’ll be getting back in your wallet. A major win.

Our Holiday Shopper Helper is a great place to keep track of all the items on your list and quickly see what kind of cash back comes with it, and the Cash Back Gift Guide has a cornucopia of gift ideas for everyone on your list.

Happy shopping!

The Holiday Shopper Helper is Here

This year, the Black Friday deals started early. Real early. But the biggest bargains are still to be had, and for most of us, trying to keep up with the avalanche of price drops that come during Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the rest of December can be an overwhelming task.

Enter the Holiday Shopper Helper.

We’ve created a free, interactive, bargain-focused shopping tool to help you keep calm and shop on during the sustained frenzy of the holiday shopping season.

Just add your email address to unlock your customization options, including:

  • The item you want
  • The sale price
  • Which store has the item
  • When the deal starts
  • How long the deal lasts for
  • Who it’s for (We won’t tell Santa if most of the items are for you.)
  • How much cash back the store is offering

You can sort the list by priority (high, medium, low), or any other category.

You can also edit or delete the information for any item, and clicking the shopping cart icon conveniently takes you to the store you’re ready to shop at, with cash back locked in when you’re signed into Green Back Street. Just bookmark the page and come back to it any time.

Holiday shopping can be chaotic, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s hoping the Holiday Shopper Helper helps you and your family this year!

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6 Sites to Help You Prep for Back Friday

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So you’re revving up your bargain-finding engines and you’re ready to prep for next week’s frenzy of price drops. Great. Here are 6 sites to familiarize yourself with in the days ahead so you’ll know exactly what will be on sale and when during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

A handful of sites have been around for years now with one main purpose: showcasing the ads from retailers. The main appeal of these sites used to be the secretly “leaked” ad scans, but now nearly every brand is more than happy to put their ads out for the world to see days or weeks in advance. Here are the four best sites for checking out the ads:

Slickdeals.net has been compiling the biggest deals online for 20 years now, driven by a passionate community that posts and rates deals 24/7.

And one of our favorite individual bargain hunters is the Cheapskate at Cnet.com/cheapskate. He posts some of the best deals online daily along with common-sense commentary. Good stuff.

And of course, for cash back on all your holiday shopping, it pays to start with Green Back Street.

Black Friday 2019: So, It Started Already? Yep.

Well, somehow, the previously agreed upon date for Black Friday has been changed. It’s now – according to many retailers and manufacturers – pretty much any day in November. Surprise!

In case you missed it, Target, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and many others have not only unveiled their ads, but have been holding “Black Friday” sales, weeks before the actual day (Nov. 28). It’s the earliest jump on post-Thanksgiving shopping period ever. Yep, Black Friday is now a month long. Shoppers, be on guard. The next great deal could strike at any minute.

After combing through hundreds of pages of ads, it’s clear that, while there will be some noteworthy deals on Black Friday itself, by and large the whole concept of “event shopping” has already started.

For example, here are three excellent deals in effect right now (and one, the LG TV, is for today only) that also come with cash back when you shop with Green Back Street.

LG 55” LED Smart 4K TV (55UK6090PUA), $299 (reg. $399), Today Only at Best Buy

Normally $400, this 55” TV won’t wow you with its picture, but it’s a smart TV and comes from one of the top brands.

Vizio 55″ LED Smart 4k Tv (M558-G1), $478 (reg. $528) at Walmart, Shop

Looking for a snazzier picture, here ya go. Right now save $50 on this well-reviewed Vizio.

Fossil Sport Smartwatch – 41mm Light Blue Silicone, $149 (reg. $275) at Fossil, Shop

You’ll have to choose light blue for this current deal, but we think it looks great. Plus, you get lots of tech goodies built in.

Black Friday 2019: You’re Gonna Wanna Sit Down for This

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Remember what Black Friday used to mean?

  • Waiting for parking spots
  • Navigating overcrowded aisles
  • Jostling with shoppers for the last few items on the shelves

Yeah, it wasn’t pretty.

That’s right. Wasn’t. Past tense. Because if you’re somehow still hitting the malls in-person, you’re doing it wrong.

We’re happy to report that in 2019, to find the best deals and truly save the most money, all you need are comfy PJs and reliable internet access.

A sizable first wave of Black Friday week ads have already come in, and the trends continue to focus on earlier deals – like now – and online.  

We’ll go as far as saying the term “doorbuster” will be all but stricken from our shopping lexicon within three years, because the idea of showing up to a darkened storefront, waiting in the cold, looking to bust down a door for a discounted television has quickly become passé. It’s just not smart shopping. And of course, cash back shopping is at its best online too.

In fact, looking back at the top Black Friday deals of 2018, only a handful of noteworthy items were offered in-store only. Target’s 55” Element UHD TV that was only offered in-store for $199 (regularly going for $379) was a microcosm of what these “doorbuster” deals have become: inexpensive  electronics (usually TVs) from lower tier manufacturers sold at an even cheaper price.

We’re seeing way fewer instances of premier products with significant price cuts for Black Friday. Think $500 TV on sale for $250, not $1600 TV on sale for $800. Is a TV for your spare bedroom worth the in-store hassle and losing precious family (and online shopping) time? No way.

That’s not to say retailers and manufacturers aren’t cutting prices on quality gear this time of the year—they are. But those savings are also available now in many cases, and with TVs, similar or even bigger price cuts often come in January.

The bottom line: stay seated this Thanksgiving. Fall asleep on the couch and sleep easy, knowing the best deals and cash back opportunities are online.

Black Friday is Coming: Here’s What to Do Now

And boom, just like that, we’re a month out from Black Friday. For those of us who love scoring breathtaking bargains, the salivating has begun in earnest.

So let’s cut to the chase. How can you make this the year you save so much money you have to find creative ways to play with it?

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Just follow these follow these five steps and you’ll be rewarded with that heavenly glow that only surrounds the smartest shoppers during the holiday season.

1. Define Your Budget

Holiday shopping can get out of hand quickly. Drawing a line in the sand  right now on how much you’ll spend is the best way to make keep the smelling salts away when the bills come in January.

Of course, some wiggle room is necessary given the potential deals that may arise, but a winning shopping strategy needs to have a benchmark number for spending.

2. Make a List

Santa isn’t the only one who should be taking pen to paper these days. Now’s the time to figure out what you’re looking to buy when the avalanche of savings begins. Is it time for a phone upgrade? What’re the hot toys? Would a coffeemaker make mom happy?

Determine what items you’re in the market for, whether as gifts for others or yourself, then proceed to the next step.

3. Check the Ads

The days of needing to wait till Thanksgiving to see the Black Friday ads are long gone. Most retailers are more than happy to “leak” their fliers a week or more before the big day now. Track down these ads via sites like blackfriday.com and bfads.net and study them. Compare. Contrast. Conquer.

4. Get Cash Back

With all the money you’ll be spending over the next two months, it’d be crazy to not get cash back on your purchases when you can.

Green Back Street is your go-to destination for cash back online shopping. Just in to your free account, find your favorite stores, and shop as you normally would. Come late-January or so that money will appear in your account ready for you to receive a check or PayPal transfer.

Use a cash back credit card to do your shopping and you’ll be sitting pretty.

5. Craft a Game Plan

This is the last but perhaps most important step, because waking up in a tryptophan-induced stupor on Black Friday and assuming you’ll quickly find the best price on a new TV just isn’t gonna cut it.

With Thanksgiving falling on November 28 this year, you have plenty of time to form a comprehensive shopping strategy. Be sure to include:

  • A priority list of items to buy and for whom
  • A timeline of when certain deals start and stop
  • Links to the product and cash back store pages for fast navigation

That’s five steps, just five, standing between another typical holiday shopping season and the kind of savings Ebenezer Scrooge dreams of. Good luck.

Mmmm: Peet’s Coffee Now Comes with Cash Back

Since 1966, Peet’s Coffee has offered superior coffees and teas by sourcing the best quality coffee beans and tea leaves in the world and adhering to strict high-quality and taste standards.

And since, well, yesterday, your Peet’s purchases come with cash back!

Just sign into Green Back Street first, bring up Peet’s page, and voila! You’re in the express lane to espresso with dinero, K-Cups with coins, and light roasts with legal tender.

The great thing about Peet’s is they roast a single bean until you’ve placed your order. Once you make a purchase (did we mention with cash back?), the Peet’s team gets busy hand-roasting, packing, and shipping your beans to you all within the same day.

And we don’t mean to rush you, but right now and through tomorrow (October 22), Peet’s is having its biggest sitewide sale of the year: 20% off everything.

Use Code FRIENDS to stack even more savings on your coffee, tea,  premium brewing equipment, and more. Salut!

7 Cool Halloween Costumes That Come with Cash Back

17 days till Halloween—got your costume yet? Or better yet, do your kids know what they’re going to be?

Dressing up is fun, but figuring out what to be? That’s kind of stressful. There are so many questions to answer, like:

  • Is Batman passé? (never)  
  • Will I be the only “Baby Shark” at the party? (no)
  • If dress up as Pennywise the clown, will I emotionally scar my children forever?  (yes)

All reasonable concerns, but if you’re doing your shopping after signing in at Green Back Street first, one thing you won’t have to worry about is getting cash back for your costumes. From Target & Walmart to Spirit Halloween & Halloween Express, we’re partners with all the best places to find your candy, decorations, and costumes.

Here are 7 costumes that we’re liking for Halloween ’19:

Adult Alien Pick Me Up Inflatable Costume, $60 at spirithalloween.com
Kids Shazam Costume Deluxe – DC Comics, $35 at spirithalloween.com
Kids Leopard Costume, $27 at spirithalloween.com
Adult Buzz Lightyear Jumpsuit Costume – Toy Story 4, $60 at spirithalloween.com
Adult Peanut Butter and Jelly Couples Costume, $40 at spirithalloween.com
Baby Plush Avocado Costume, $30 at spirithalloween.com
Toddler Faux Fur Nala Costume – The Lion King, $50 at spirithalloween.com

Just remember to sign in at Green Back Street, then find your favorite stores and shop with cash back! Happy Halloween!

Cash Back Halloween Shopping: All Treats, No Tricks

It’s heeeeere.

No longer just for kids, Halloween is now a multi-billion-dollar event in America. According to the National Retail Federation, U.S. shoppers plan to spend an average of $86.27 on Halloween-related items this year.

We’re talking:

$3.2 billion on costumes
$2.7 billion on decorations
$2.6 billion on candy

Great pumpkins, that’s a lot of dough!

And while many of us enjoy a good scare, one place no one likes to be frightened at is on their monthly credit card statement. *shiver*

That’s what makes Halloween shopping with Green Back Street so smart. Whether it’s a few bags of candy or matching Baby, Mommy, and Daddy Shark costumes for the whole family, you’ll get cash back on all your purchases.

Sorry if this just put the song in your head for the day.

Some of the perfect-for-Halloween stores we partner with include:

Spirit Halloween
Wholesale Halloween Costumes
Halloween Express
Target
Walmart
Marvel

Cash back online shopping means you might spend $86.27, but then get back $2, $5, or more (each store pays different percentages) a few weeks later—just in time for that holiday spending, when it’s all hands on deck!

Here’s hoping your Halloween is a happy one!