The following is a guest blogger for Embassy Georgia:

I almost said no to writing this article, because I like this service so much I feel like a carnival barker - telling everyone and anyone I can about it at every chance I get. But then I thought more about it and decided that it was moral obligation to share this information with other Foreign Service families and not just my own family and friends. We're all in this together, right?

We can all agree that, since the advent of online shopping, life in the Foreign Service has become a very different animal. Whether your post has a DPO/APO or Pouch, you are likely dependent on the regulars: Amazon, Target, Zappos, etc.

You've probably even been at this for so long that you think you know all the secrets. and tricks

You have Amazon Prime, you've set up your subscription orders at Amazon and you probably even have the
Chase Amazon Rewards card for 3% cash back.. You've signed up for a Target Redcard to qualify for free shipping and other benefits. And you LOVE Zappo's friendly customer service and no-questions asked return policy.

I thought I was a pro too - that I had all my bases covered. But did you know you are still leaving money on the table? Money that can go right back into your pocket with little-to-no work?

The founders of
Paribus realized that many online retailers have price match policies that kick in if their price drops within a certain time period of an original purchase. Some stores even have policies that match other stores prices.

But who has time to track all of that information and apply for all of the rebates? 
Paribus. That's who. They've created a fully automated system that looks at your recent purchase history and tracks items looking for price changes. When it finds one, it submits it on your behalf and the refund is credited back to your original payment method. Paribus only gets paid when you get a refund. They take a 25% cut of the refund, which you pay monthly via credit card based on the amount of money they found for you. And that percentage instantly drops to 20% if you use the referral link included in this article. It drops another 5% for each person you refer.

I signed up on a lark 5 days ago. So far, Paribus has found three price drops for me. Here is what their alerts look like:

Sure enough, I had a message from Amazon in my inbox concerning my refund:

And they have an awesome dashboard that tracks your purchases, lists their eligibility for refunds (based on retailer rules) and shows current prices compared to your purchase price. 

These amounts don't seem huge, but I'm pretty optimistic. In July to date, I've made $240 worth or purchases at Amazon and it has already found me $4.80 in refunds. That is exactly 2%. I don't know if these kind of numbers will continue, but I'm thrilled with my new 2% discount at my favorite online retailer.

Here is a full list of supported stores.

  • Amazon
  • Athleta
  • Banana Republic
  • Best Buy
  • Bloomingdale's
  • Bonobos
  • Gap
  • J Crew
  • Macy's
  • Newegg
  • Nordstrom
  • Old Navy
  • Piper Lime
  • Sephora
  • Staples
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Zappos

And here a referral link so you can start being amazed by the money you've been leaving on the table too: PS: Rumor has it that  Paribus is going to be expanding its system to take into account credit card price match policies too. You can be sure I'll provide an update if/when that happens.

Note: Also read our post on

About Author
Marc Zeiger-Guerra is married to a USAID employee and is living in Tbilisi, Georgia with their two sons. This is his family's second post and the first time he has had a yard in over ten years. He celebrated by building a swing-set from scratch. So he's got that going for him.


  1. I am addicted to online shopping. It's so convenient and I love waiting for the postman to deliver a box....but, don't like it when the thing I receive doesn't fit :(


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