So, the other day I received an email from Microsoft telling me that my kids' one month trial of Xbox Live Gold is set to expire. I clicked the link to renew the membership just to find out that Microsoft is asking only $49.99 to extend it for 12 months. Seems pretty reasonable, so I reach for my credit card.
Then I remember seeing these Gold memberships sold at retail stores and not just by Microsoft. A quick visit to Google Shopping reveals a low price of $43.49 (no tax and free shipping) from a popular online retailer.
And if that's not enough, I log into my eBates.com account to find that there's a 1% rebate if I click this particular online retailer's link through eBates. Don't forget to check MrRebates.com, too. Sometimes they offer different cash-back percentages!
Let's do the math...
Cost by buying the 12 month membership online (minus a 1% rebate from ebates.com) = $43.49 minus $0.43 rebate = $43.06 compared to $49.99 plus sales tax at Microsoft. While that's not a huge savings, it didn't take much work on your part. Get used to shopping this way.