I’ve been using a site called Raise.com to save on some big ticket purchases. We wanted to buy a grass collector for our lawn tractor. Since we’ve recently moved into a new house, we’ve had a lot of extra expenses and I wanted to save as much as I could on this purchase.
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How to Save Money on Large Purchases through Raise.com
My husband found the grass collector he wanted online at Home Depot for $299. I clicked over to Raise.com and found a $300 gift card discounted to $275 (9% off). Raise.com offers a $5 bonus for new customers so that brought my price down to $270 (10% off). Then I ordered the grass collector through Ebates (sign up for Ebates here) and got an extra 2% cash back!
In total, I saved $36 by spending about 3 minutes to get this deal. (If you’re already as excited about this as I am, make sure you scroll down to see how to save even more.)
What I love about Raise
Raise is a site where you can buy and sell discounted gift cards. If you’re buying, there are no fees for you (if you’re selling a card, they take a commission.) They have a 100% purchase protection guarantee which was the essential factor for me.
I know you can buy gift cards on Ebay or Craigslist, but I would worry that there’s be a problem with my gift card and I’d lose the money. Raise takes care of that risk with a 100% money back guarantee and insures every transaction for 60 days.
How it works
You can browse the Raise.com website to see all their available gift cards. When you find a card you want, login and make your purchase. If you’ve picked a voucher or egift, your card will be emailed to you in minutes and you can use it right away. If it’s a physical card, it will be mailed to you.
The prices and selection are changing all the time so if you see something you want, you have to jump on it. Prices and availability are determined by the sellers so the choices fluctuate quite a bit.
When to use Raise
I like to check Raise to save money on large purchases. It’s also a great choice for stores that you shop at regularly (hello, Starbucks at 18% off!). This will also be a great choice for us for birthdays and holidays.
Make sure you check whether a card is a voucher, egift, or physical card.
- Vouchers can be used in store
- Egift cards can only be used online
- Physical cards must be mailed to you and used in store.
You don’t want to purchase a card only to find out that you’ll have to place the order online.
When I ordered the attachment for our lawn tractor, I specifically wanted to order online so I picked an egift card.
You might have to purchase more than 1 card to cover the cost of whatever you’re buying. On the other hand, if you see a great deal for a store that you regularly shop at, you might want to stock up.
Raise currently has cards for a bunch of my favorite stores: Home Depot, iTunes, Amazon, Panera, Michael’s and Redbox. Some of the discounts are fairly low, but if you pair them with an extra 5% plus an extra $5 off (scroll down to see how), you’ll see a decent savings.
Great customer service
Before I made my first purchase, I emailed Raise with a question and got an answer within a half an hour. I was impressed with this level of service.
3 ways to save even more with Raise
- Use coupon code RAISE75AF for an extra $5 off your first purchase of $75 or more!
- Raise regularly runs specials for an extra 5% off. If you sign up for their site, they’ll send you email when these sales are happening.
- Pair your gift cards with Ebates for an even greater savings!
Now I always keep Raise in mind for large purchases to help keep expenses down. It only takes a few seconds to check their site for a great deal.
If you make a purchase through them, would you come back here and tell me about it? I love it when I can help people save money!
Have you ever bought a gift card online?
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