How To Give Gifts Like Santa Clause Without Feeling Robbed By Robinhood

Christmas is just around the corner and aside from frantically looking for gifts for everyone, you are also hoping to find out how to save money on Christmas shopping.

Well, you are in luck because, in this article, I will share with you several browser extensions that will help you save an additional 2 to 10% when you do online shopping!

Unfortunately, this only works if you will be doing online shopping this Christmas. Honestly though, why would you wanna do offline shopping? The hassle of finding a parking spot. The time wasted going through one store to another. The unsureness of whether you are getting the best deal.

Let’s be honest. Offline shopping for Christmas gifts is a think of the past!

Today, people tend to do online shopping because it is convenient and easy. In addition, there are services such as Amazon Prime that will help you get your gifts and packages within 2 days or even same-day delivery!

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How To Save Money On Christmas Shopping?

For frugal people like us, Christmas is probably one of the hardest holidays to celebrate because we both want to be generous but at the same time be responsible with our money. Well today, we can do both thanks to the following browser extensions.

  1. Ebates
  2. Swagbucks
  3. Join Honey

These browser extensions will instantly give you 2 to 10% rebates or points that can be used to redeem a gift card.

In case you are wondering how these companies do it, well. The answer is affiliate marketing. These browsers extensions are like a big affiliate link. When you buy an item through them, they get a commission. They then take a part of it and give you back the rest as thanks.

Save Money On Christmas Shopping with These Browser Extensions and Website


Save Money On Christmas Shopping with ebates


What is it?

Launched in 1999 by two deputy district attorneys who specialized in online fraud and identity, eBates has become one of the best online rebate sites to date. Today, eBates has able to help its 4 million members save over $20 million in cashback.

How to use it?

Using eBates is pretty easy. The steps are as follows:


  1. Create an account at
  2. Log-in to your account before shopping. From your account,
  3. choose the shop you would buy from.
  4. Shop like you would normally do.
  5. eBates process your rebate within 48 hours.
How and When to Get Your Rebate?

There are three ways to get your rebate. You can request eBates to pay you via cheque, PayPal, or you can send your rebate to your favorite charity, organization, or relative.

eBates will pay you once every three months: Feb15, May 15, Aug 15, and Nov. 15. However, if your total rebate is less than $5.01, then the amount you accumulated will be carried forward to your next paycheque.

Why use it?

eBates can help you save 4% to 9%. eBates also gives special promotion where a member can save up to 12% or even get $20.

It is easier for a member to shop online. What I like about eBate’s website is they list all retail stores that have an online store – and there is a lot of them. That means you, as a member, would not have to try to remember all the stores nor would you have to Google your favorite retail store to see if you can buy online from there.

eBates offers a good referral program that can help you earn money. You, as a member, will receive a link. Share that link to your friend and make sure to tell them the benefits of eBates especially during this season. Once your referral uses it to shop for Christmas gifts and spends $25 or more, you will get $25 and they will receive $5 too!

In summary, you may want to use eBates because it will help you save money, for convenience and to potentially earn more money.


Right now, eBates has a promotion.

If you sign up today, you will instantly get $5!

Where to Sign Up?


Save Money On Christmas Shopping with Swagbucks


What is it?

Swagbucks is another rebate site but with a twist.

Swagbucks does not directly give you monetary rebates, instead, they reward you with points known as “Swagbucks”(SB). There are lots of ways you can collect SB. The primary way to do this is by shopping online. Other ways to collect SB is by watching Ads, answering surveys, testing apps, etc. Once you collected enough SB, you can use it to redeem gift cards.

How to use it?


Using Swagbucks is also straight forward and the steps on how to use are as follows.

  1. Register an account with
  2. Log-in to your account
  3. Choose how you would like to earn Swagbucks (survey, trying out an app or service, shopping, etc.)
  4. Collect SB
  5. Redeem gift cards

Other Ways to Use it

Simply download the Swagbucks button (browser extension) and activate it clicking it before shopping and that’s it!

Why use it?

You have many opportunities to earn Swagbucks. Unlike other rebate sites, Swagbucks lets you save money and earn money as well. The main way to earn SB is to buy online but you can also do the following to help you collect Swagbucks.

  • Answer Survey
  • Participate in Featured Ways to Earn
  • Discover Special Offers and Earn
  • Play Games and Earn

You can earn money from using Swagbucks. You can make money by collecting SB then redeeming it, but there is another way to make money and that is by referring your friends to SB.

Their referral program is amazing because you will get 300 SB Bonus when your referral earns 300 SB within their first 30 days then you will get 10% of their SB earnings for life.

You can save a ton of money. Swagbucks offers discounted gift cards. That means when you have enough SB and ready to exchange it, you can choose a discounted gift cards for more cashback!

Sign Up Here:


Save Money On Christmas Shopping with JoinHoney


What is it?

Joinhoney is the most unique of the three. It used to be browser extension only but now started to have a website as well.

Unlike their competitors where they showcase partner stores on their website, JoinHoney shows products that have the biggest discount.

Another difference is Joinhoney is not a rebate site rather it scours the internet to find the best discount codes for you. That means you will be able to save 50% – 60% and sometimes even 70%

How to use it?

Using Joinhoney is easy.

  1. Sign up and create an account at
  2. Download browser extension
  3. Go to your favorite online store
  4. Check browser extension for coupon codes
  5. Check out your item
  6. Enter the coupon code

Other Ways to Use It

  1. Go to
  2. Type the product name on the search bar
  3. Browse for discounted items

Why use it?

Save on huge discounts. Since this is not just your typical rebate site, you can save a lot by typing the promo codes

Buy at the lowest price. JoinHoney provides you the price history of the product you wish to buy. This tells you how much is the lowest price of the product so you can buy it at the best deal.

Set a reminder when the price drops. Prices always fluctuate. Luckily, JoinHoney will allow you to add items on your JoinHoney Droplist and it will automatically notify you when the price of the item drops!

Sign Up Here:

What Other You Know That Will Help Others Save Money On Christmas Shopping?

Those are three of the many sites that will help you save when shopping online?
What about you? Do you have an online shopping trick that helps you save? Since it is a season of sharing, do you mind sharing it down in the comment section?! 🙂

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9 thoughts on “How To Give Gifts Like Santa Clause Without Feeling Robbed By Robinhood”

  1. Hi John,

    What an absolutely amazing post you have created here.

    I have not even heard of the 3 sites that you discuss, but I am certainly going to take a look at them.

    I haven’t even started Christmas shopping yet (I know…!) but these look like an excellent place to start.

    Are all 3 international or US based only?

    I live in Asia so it would be great to know if we can use them globally.

    Thanks a lot for sparking my interest in this kind of online shopping.

    Excellent job!


  2. Hello,

         Thanks for this post.  I actually use Joinhoney today.  It’s saved me a bit of money.

    I’ve heard of Swagbucks and I’ve seen the Ebates commercials.  Here’s my question.  Is there a spreadsheet or matrix that lists what merchants participate in each program, kind of like a master list?

    I’ll have to check them both out and see which one(s) I’ll use.

    Thanks again,


    • Hi Scott,

      Im going, to be honest with you and let you know that I have no idea if there is a spreadsheet or matrix that lists all the participating merchant for each platform, but I believe that you do not need that. eBates and Swagbucks have a search button. Simply type your favorite retail store and hit search to see if they provide the service on that particular store.

      John Greg

  3. Dear John,

    Thanks a lot for the informative and much needed post on the right time.

    As we all buy gifts on this Christmas season to share our love, your post gave me great insights.

    I am keen and interested with Swagbucks and I do have an account and some balance with them but I am not using it. Your post came as an eye opener. We can cash it out via paypal with them is a great news. With Ebates you mentioned they only pay every three months which I don’t like.

    As I mentioned although I have an account with Swagbucks I am unaware of the benefits via your post I learned the different ways to utilize the platform.

    Thanks a lot for saving people money via your post.

    Wishing you much Success!


    • Hi Paul,

      Glad to help. Another great new about Swagbucks that I have not mentioned is they do have an app as well which makes it easier to for you to enjoy all Swagbucks features in the palm of your hands.

      John Greg

  4. I don’t really know about any of these and upon reading them I know why my wife swears by eBates.

    I’m not interested in getting swagbucks, just good deals.

    I’m sure Joinhoney is pretty good although I’ve never heard of it, just read what you said so I will bring it to my wife’s attention.

    • Hi, 

      Thanks for reading it. In terms of online rebates, eBates is the best. 

      I understand your take on Swagbucks. I think Swagbucks is good for those who are willing to spend extra time on the internet to earn a bit of cash, but in terms of rebates, they do give less than eBates. 

      Please do let your wife know about Joinhoney, I thing she will like it. 

      John Greg

  5. You did really add value to my life today through your article.

    I’ve actually heard of two of the sites you mentioned except joinhoney. Although I never bothered to find out how they operate and what I stood to gain from using them. Now I’m more informed.

    Are these sites open to international buyers and do they ship to other countries? I’ll appreciate your reply.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Hi, 

      I am glad I am able to help. The sites that I provided is open to different countries, but as for the shipping, it depends on the individual online stores. Some of them do ship internationally, while others only ship withing the country. 


      John Greg 


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