I find myself shopping online more and more these days, especially around the Christmas holidays. Two years ago, around this time of year, my wife and I took advantage of a 30-day free trial and signed up for Amazon Prime. The subscription, which costs $79 per year, gives you unlimited free two-day shipping on everything from books, movies, electronics, and more.

Your orders are shipped free anywhere within Canada, which is great for buying and sending gifts to friends and family across the country, and beats paying the outrageous prices to ship via Canada Post.

I love shopping online because I can avoid large crowds and pushy sales staff, plus I can read helpful reviews from people who actually bought the product I’m interested in, rather than listening to someone who just wants to earn a commission.

So that’s how I use Amazon to save money on shipping costs and save time (and aggravation) by not having to navigate through the busy malls and stores at Christmas.

Great Canadian Rebates

Before I shop anywhere online I always make sure to go to Great Canadian Rebates first so that I can get extra cash back on my purchases. I’ve used GCR for six years now and the online shopping website has gotten better every year. You’ll not only find hundreds of merchants listed who ship to Canada and offer cash back incentives, GCR also lists the merchants who offer free shipping on ALL orders.

You can make your Christmas shopping even more rewarding this holiday season by going through Great Canadian Rebates before you visit Amazon.ca to buy your gifts. By doing so you’ll get:

  • 2.75% Cash Back for purchases in the categories: Electronics, Mobile Electronics, Video Games, Toys, Kitchen, Home, Camera, Watches, and Luggage
  • 0% Cash Back for purchases in the categories : Books, Kindle Devices, Gift Cards
  • 1.3% Cash Back for everything else
  • Free Shipping on orders over $25 (some restrictions apply)

Final thoughts

Christmas shopping used to be a stressful time of year, however I’ve found the process much more enjoyable lately as I’ve moved most of my shopping online. Not only can I get my shopping done from the comfort of my living room, I can ship directly from Amazon to my out-of-town friends and relatives at no extra cost.

Christmas is about giving and your gifts should be as rewarding to give as they are to receive. And since I love collecting rewards, it’s great to combine my online shopping experience on Amazon.ca with a cash back website like Great Canadian Rebates to make my holiday shopping even more rewarding.

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