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It’s the season for shopping. Lots of it. And, if you’re like my family, your shopping will happen primarily online to avoid the (ho ho ho) holiday lines.

ebates collage

This is where comes in handy.  If you go to your vendor’s website through Ebates, you get cash back. The percent varies depending on promotions — some this week include 6% back at Kohls and Kmart, 8% at Ulta, and up to 8% at There is a huge selection of vendors and it will cover basically all of your holiday shopping needs. We use it all year ’round.

All you have to do is set up an account for no-charge, shop and then a check arrives in the mail.  If there was such thing as “free money,” this it is. It makes me feel like I’m getting paid to shop.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.