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Billeater: Ways to Maximize Your Amazon Gift Cards

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by savingtools.com)
at 9:54AM Wednesday March 16, 2011
under Shop Smarter

Are you part of a program that offers Amazon rewards? Maybe you received an Amazon gift card for your birthday. You might be pleased to know that several major retailers also sell their wares at Amazon. This widens the range of prices available to you.

Here's a look at some major retailers on Amazon and a sampling of some things you can buy from them.
Target

The trendy low-cost retailer sells its wares on its own online store and at Amazon.com. The prices are the same, but you can sometimes get free shipping on orders over $50 at Target. Most of the time, though, it's the same Target merchandise at the same price, which happens to also be the lowest you can find anywhere for items like children's bedding. Plus, Amazon has all the same clearance items. It's a great way to get a Target deal with an Amazon gift card.

bebe

Amazon.com makes it a whole lot easier to shop bebe. The retailer's website offers fewer subcategories in the sidebar than Amazon does, making it harder to navigate and find what you want. While bebe charges a low $4.95 shipping on all orders, you get free shipping from Amazon on bebe orders over $25. bebe isn't the type of place you go for bargains, but it is a great place to get super trendy at a not-so-trendy price.

Sears Parts Direct

Mad that the refrigerator broke? If you've got Amazon rewards, there's no need. If Sears Parts Direct sells the part you need, you can order it through Amazon. It's so much nicer to get it with rewards or a gift card than to pay out of pocket.

Starbucks

This one surprised me. I'm a Starbucks nut, and I end up with Amazon rewards often from different programs that I participate in. You can get all their great coffees, plus those cool music CDs and the other media they sell at the store. Surprisingly, there is a wider selection available at Amazon than the Starbucks store. For instance, I can get 36 oz (3 12-oz packs) Italian Roast coffee for $25.24 through Amazon. At Starbucks, the closest thing is 32 oz (2lbs) at $24.95.

Fabric.com

Your crafty side will love getting fabric, yarn, knitting and crochet needles, and anything else you can think of related to crafts at Amazon. Fabric.com sells a whole lot more than just fabric and the prices aren't bad. With free shipping on orders over $35, it's a great way to get your crafty fix with an Amazon gift card.

What I like most about the big retailers selling through Amazon is the variety of stores I can shop at with an Amazon gift card or rewards certificate. And with this kind of payment method, there are no fees like the buyer would pay on a pre-loaded credit card. It's a win-win all around.

Jessica Bosari writes for the money-saving site, Billeater.com. The site is devoted to helping people reduce expenses, save money and find great deals. Pay Billeater a visit for more money-saving tips!