Frugal tip: Use ecode Gift Cards for big purchases
If you’re making a big purchase online, you can purchase an online “ecode” gift card for that retailer to save up to 10%. These gift cards are usually discounted about 6-10% off the purchase price. So buy enough gift cards that sum up to almost your purchase price (including sales tax!), and you’ll basically be saving almost 6-9% off your purchase price.
For example, I just bought a Dishwasher for about $600 from Lowe’s. Lowe’s cards were selling at 8.1% off at GiftCardZen.com (which does have as awesome support as they claim!), so I basically saved $50!
eCodes can be purchased off Gift Card sites like Plastic Jungle or CardPool. A nice comparison site that lists the most common gift card sites is Gift Card Granny (altho’ they don’t always have the most updated availability)
Note that eCodes may take a few hours to maybe a day to arrive, even though they are delivered electronically. Not sure why they do this, but it’s probably some fraud prevention measure. Some sites deliver faster for repeat users.