Frugal Friday: Save Money on Retail Purchases with One Easy Trick

I recently discovered an easy trick to save money on retail purchases with the app Paribus.  I joined up with the service early this January and once enrolled, pretty much forgot about it until I got my first notification that I’d received money back…a mere 10 days after I signed up.  If you shop the stores below and don’t mind forgoing a bit of privacy, signing up for this service could be well worth your time.

Save Money: List of Paribus Retailers

List of retailers that work with Paribus

How It Works:
  • Sign up!  If you use this referral link, both you and I will receive an additional 5% back on all purchases.

NOTE: Paribus keeps 25% of the money it saves for you.  This 25% can be reduced to 0% through the use of referral links.  The 25% finders fee is waived for the first refund they find you!

  • Register the credit card(s) that you use to make purchases.

NOTE: At the time I registered, a Citibank card did not qualify but my Chase card did.

  • Register the email(s) where your purchase receipts are delivered.
  • That’s it!  No more checking back to see if you should request a price adjustment.  Which hardly anyone does anyway.  Just wait until you start getting notifications of savings!
What a Notification Looks Like

Once you’ve registered, Paribus will automatically scan your emails/credit cards for purchases made through the participating companies.  When it finds a product that drops in price within the allotted time (which ranges from 7-90 days depending on the company), you will receive an email like the one below.

These are my actual email notifications from a purchase last week.  I was looking to replace a wardrobe staple – a jean jacket – for spring and came across this Gap one that was at 35% off with promo code.  Later that week, Paribus caught that a more attractive, 40% off promo was running.  They sent an email to the retailer requesting a price adjustment on my behalf and the next thing you know, I’ve got $4 back!  Not a ton, but not bad for one small purchase and even these small wins add up over time.  Imagine the potential for larger purchases or if you are a very frequent shopper!

Save Money: Initial Money Back Email from Paribus
Initial email from Paribus alerting me that they had found a price drop
Save Money: Confirmation of Refund Email from Retailer
Secondary email from Gap confirming that a refund had been applied

Happy shopping everyone!

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