Sunday, September 4, 2011
Yaysave: new (to me) program
I've been a member of Swagbucks, Recyclebank and MyCokeRewards for about two years now, Ebates and ShopAtHome for about four years and MyPoints for over twelve years. When I find programs that I like that reward me quickly, I stick with them. collectively, I've recommended literally hundreds of friends and readers to these programs, because I believe in them. Tried and true.
Last week I joined a shopping program called Yaysave. I really like their business model. They offer products at nice discounts over other popular online vendors, like Costco, Walmart, Soap.com, Amazon, EBay, and Drugstore.com. And they prove it with clickthroughs to the competitors' actual item pages. So, for example, if Yaysave offers Neosporin 1 oz. for $5.05 and they claim that this is 25% less than Walmart, there will be an actual link on their page to the identical item on the Walmart site for $6.73 or more. I like apples-to-apples comparisons and I love transparency.
The downside, of course, is that you cannot use manufacturers' coupons on their site, so you need to make sure that the deal you see is better than one you can score with a coupon that you have on hand. But that is generally true of all online shopping.
Yaysave is free to join. They also have a premium program for $19.99/year which entitles you to free shipping with no minimum (otherwise it's a flat rate of $5 per order, so it pays for itself in four orders) and they also throw in 500 Swagbucks. They definitely have some sort of close relationship with Swagbucks. The 500 Swagbucks certainly sweeten the deal, as this is more than enough to redeem for a $5 Amazon gift card, so it effectively lowers the net cost on the premium membership to $14.99.
So, do I recommend Yaysave? The jury is still out, as I've only been a member for all of a week. I think it absolutely pays to sign up for their free membership...you have nothing to lose and just from skimming the site, there are some really nice bargains available. I think I'm going to sit with it for a month or so, see what kind of deals I can snag and then reevaluate jumping over to the paid premium membership. Sometimes it pays to pay to save, and sometimes it doesn't.
Another nice perk of Yaysave is that it's on the list of ShopAtHome.com's vendors. So when you purchase anything at Yaysave, and you click on the ShopAtHome.com link to Yaysave first, you will get 2% cash back on your Yaysave purchases. (Remember, you must be a member of ShopAtHome.com and signed into your account to get your cash back. Not a member of ShopAtHome.com yet? It's free. Click here to join and get $5 cash just for signing up and using their site to make a purchase within 30 days.)
Are you already a paid member of Yaysave? Any Yaysave experiences to share?
Click here to sign up for a free membership to Yaysave.