February 2011 Archives

February 28, 2011

Boden MaternityWith snow starting to melt and winter at our backs, we here at Boden are starting to think Spring; blooming flowers, sunshine, and of course, very cute babies!

Speaking of cute babies, have you seen the new Boden Maternity Line? Available online only, this new line caters to moms-to-be who want to stay chic and on trend. The collection boasts maternity essentials like soft tees in Spring hues, comfy leggings and stretch jeans, as well as pretty dresses that accentuate your baby bump - being pregnant never looked so good! As an added bonus, between now and February 28th you'll save 15% off your order with free shipping and returns. Not expecting? Boden has something for everyone from stylish teens, babies and kids, and of course the gentlemen in your life. Fashionistas will want to check out the Boden Limited Edition Collection, a capsule collection full of Spring must haves.

Can't wait to get started? Shop it and get 3.0% Cash Back!


February 25, 2011

Friday-Sales-Round-UpThis week's sales round up is brought to you by Travel Week, one of my favorite times of the year. Nothing stirs me more than the idea of traveling to distant lands, eating exotic foods, and shopping till I drop in a bazaar. Of course flying to Florida for a long weekend works too. Whatever your travel plans, be sure to purchase your ticket through Ebates. You'll enjoy double cash back at our top travel stores, and find a slew of deals. Speaking of, check out these below.

Save up to 25% on your next rental at Budget off-airport locations at Budget Rent-A-Car. Plus 5.0% Cash Back.

Save up to 30% off hotel room at Hotels.com. Plus 4.5% Cash Back.

Book a Flight + Hotel Vacation Package at participating Orlando Hotels, Save up to 50% on the Hotel at Southwest Airlines Vacations. Plus 5.0% Cash Back.

Celebrity Cruises: Get up to a $100 Onboard Credit on Travelocity. Plus 1.3 - 4.0% Cash Back.

Save up to 70% on Hotels Worldwide at HotelClub. Plus 5.0% Cash Back.

30% off, $200 food and beverage credit and $300 air credit at Wyndham Nassau Resort on Orbitz. Plus 1.0 - 3.0% Cash Back.

Six Deals We Love in Cancun! Flight + 4 Nights from $549 on Expedia. Plus 1.0% Cash Back.

Kids Stay & Eat Free on Vacation on CheapCaribbean.com. Plus 2.5% Cash Back.

Book Early and Save Up To 20% at Holiday Inn and all IHG Hotels. Plus 5.0% Cash Back.

Spring Travel Deals - Lowest Airfare Guarantee & $10 off at CheapOair. Code SPRING10. Plus 1.0% Cash Back.


February 24, 2011

Today's guest blogger is Fab Finds Under $50. With Travel Week in full regalia, we're jumping at the chance to talk about anything travel, including what to pack. Of course, blowing the budget isn't an option, and thanks to these fresh picks under $50, you'll look chic during all your travels.

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow and that means spring is near! It also means it is time to shop for fun new spring fashions. First up, a DKNY look that is the perfect transitional outfit complete with a trench coat and longer pants. This outfit is ideal for a Spring getaway in the city.
Twill Trench Coat from Old Navy $49.50

Madison Shirt from New York & Co $36.95

Mod Square Scarf from New York & Co $19.95

Marisa Drapey Modal Crop Pants from Ann Taylor Loft $69.50

Steve Madden Trinity Heels from 6pm.com $55.97

This next look is from the runway of Tory Burch and is on trend with Spring's neutral look. Lightweight and crisp, this outfit won't take up much space in your suitcase, but will save you from overspending on vacation clothes. This outfit is perfect for a Summer vacation, preferably a tropical one!

Military Style Soft Jacket from Kmart $29.99

Sheer Ruffle Shirt from Aeropostale $42.50

Eyelet Skirt from Old Navy $29.50

Leather Belt from Aeropostale $29.50

Brielle Heels from Shoes.com $59.00

Runway images via Style.com


February 23, 2011

Being that it's Travel Week at Ebates, I can't help but think of taking a vacation for myself. Well, I should say a tropical vacation, since I was able to whisk away to Seattle for a weekend getaway, which as you can imagine is neither sunny or tropical. Although I wasn't basking in the warmth of the sun, I couldn't help but plan my next trip, and more importantly, what to wear. Here's just one of my must have outfits.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses from Shopbop.

Woven Cuff from Tory Burch.

Polka Dot Swimsuit from J.Crew.

Shisheido SPF from Sephora.

Elle Decor from Magazines.com.

Jimmy Choo Tote from Saks Fifth Avenue.

Leather Sandals from J.Crew.

Equipment Silk Shirt from Bloomingdales.


February 22, 2011

We're kicking off Travel Week with our favorite travel blogger Shereen from Shereen Travels Cheap. She gives her tips on how to get the vacation you want, without breaking the bank!

Planning a vacation doesn't have to be daunting, and saving money doesn't automatically mean you have to go camping or stay in shady hotels. Here are some ways to stretch your travel dollars and get the most for your money.

offseasonTravel In The Off Season. If you aren't restricted to Summer travel, you can save big by vacationing during the rest of the year. Prices on hotels and airfare drop dramatically after summer months and destinations are notably less crowded. Spring can be a great time to travel to beach destinations, if they are on your wish list. You can find big discounts and the weather isn't too hot to enjoy.

packlightPack Light. With airlines charging for everything from a sandwich to Internet access, it's hard to avoid fees if you're not prepared. One of the biggest is checked bag fees. You could pay $25 or more (each way) for your bag to travel under the plane. There are many stylish and versatile travel clothing brands now that people wouldn't even know were made for travel. With breathable and wrinkle-free fabrics, a few key pieces can be mixed and matched to create a whole week of outfits and take up half the space. Wear a pair of shoes on the plane and pack a pair in your bag. Bring jewelry and other accessories to dress up an outfit for a night out.

bookonlineCheck Prices On Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The new rates for airfare are published on Tuesday/Wednesday and then again on Saturday, for those that wait to book things on the weekend. Tuesday and Wednesday will almost always have the cheapest rates, but if you have some time before you have to book, get up bright and early and check prices on Saturday. Every so often you will find a super cheap rate that was put into the system incorrectly that you can snatch up before the error is caught. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it's a total bargain for you.

citypassBuy A City Pass. Most tourist cities have a card you can buy for attractions they have to offer. You pay one discounted price and then skip the ticket lines everywhere you go on the list of participating attractions. These can include aquariums, museums, theme parks, and more.

publictransportationTake Public Transportation. While it doesn't always seem fun to take the bus or subway, it can be a cheap mode of transportation and a great way to see a city. Taxis and rental cars can really break the bank, so if other reliable options are available, look for them. I find public transit to be much more enjoyable when I don't have to take it to work or be anywhere at a particular time. It gets you out in the fresh air and lets you get some exercise by having to walk more. 

As you can see, saving money can actually allow you to do more on your vacation and see more of the city, while slowing down and being able to enjoy it. Remember to check Ebates for even more savings, because they offer cash back on many of the best Travel Stores online!


February 21, 2011

Isn't Max cute as a President?

Here at Ebates our motto is life, liberty, and the pursuit of cash back. The timing couldn't be better since many of us are busy filing our taxes, and paying (ehem) Uncle Sam.

But let's not focus on tax season. Instead I think it best to focus on the good stuff going on, like sales and coupons. After all, prosperity is patriotic and what better way to prosper than getting paid to shop? This President's Day take advantage of all Ebates has to offer, and shop our Presidents Day Sale. You'll find increased cash back, coupons, and our best deals yet!
Speaking of taxes, Ebates has several ways for you to earn money this tax season.


February 18, 2011

Friday-Sales-Round-UpAnother Friday, another Friday Sales Round Up. This week I bring you sales so good, even I went shopping. Thanks to President's Day Weekend, stores are clearing out their merchandise to make way for Spring. Why should you care? Because this weekend could be your last chance to enjoy savings this big. Oh, and did I mention Ebates is offering double cash back this weekend?

Big Brown Bag Sale - Save 20-40% on select items at Bloomingdales. Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

President's Day Big Weekend Sale! Thousands of Items on sale at Sears. Plus 4.0% Cash Back.

President's Day Sale - Extra 15% off & Free Shipping on $99+ order at Macys. Plus 5.0% Cash Back.

Free Shipping on $150+ order at Saks Fifth Avenue. Code FEBSFA. Plus 5.0% Cash Back!

Biggest Home Sale - Save 30-65% on Bedding, Furniture, Windows, Housewares, Bath, Rugs & Home Decor at JCPenney. Plus 5.0% Cash Back.

Get a free 8-piece Deluxe Gift + free shipping on any $27.50 order with code: LOVEU at Elizabeth Arden. Plus 5.0% Cash Back.

Free Shipping on $35+ orders at DSW with code: SHIPR at checkout! See site for details. Plus 4.0% Cash Back.

Save 10% off any one item at Barnes and Noble. Code 2F5CNUV1P16BS. Plus 4.0% Cash Back


February 17, 2011

popeyedoestaxesToo bad Popeye doesn't know about Ebates.

Tax season is typically not a joyous occasion, even for those of us getting a return. The hassle of filing can turn even the most responsible of people into slackers, including myself.

taxdealsIf you're having a hard time coping, take comfort in cash back. No, we're not talking about your return, we're talking about filing your taxes online through Ebates stores like H&R Block, or buying the latest in tax software from Staples. Thanks to our Business and Office stores, you'll get cash back even on the not so fun things in life, including tax time.

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Now that you have a game plan for filing your taxes, let's talk about what do do afterwards. Design a dress from tax returns, or grab a beer?


February 16, 2011

Resolutions were made to be broken, or were they? I'd rather not participate in that conversation, but one I'm introducing is what do to after you make unrealistic goals and come short. Hate on yourself? Feel like crap? Or admit, change is an ongoing experience and say "to heck with it"? The latter sounds nice, so let me be the first to congratulate you on making positive changes and not loosing your head. For that, Ebates will pay you cash back. Pretty awesome right? Speaking of resolutions, here are a few of the most commonly made. I've outlined the probably outcome and a solution to stay on track. But without the self loathing and disappointment.

Do these sound familiar?

Resolution: Loose 20 pounds.

Verdict: Impossible without drastic (ie; dangerous) practices.

Solution: Learn to savor. Dean and Deluca carries savory foods like spices, herbs, and sauces that will turn ordinary chicken into a Mediterranean delicacy, or roasted vegetables into a tasty snack.

Resolution: Stop Shopping

Verdict: This is literally impossible as purchasing toilet paper counts.

Solution: If like me you want to trim the amount spent of life's necessities (shoes, perfume, blouses) then head over Last Call for designer labels at markdown prices.

Resolution: Change My Look

Verdict: Great idea! Who doesn't love a makeover? Oh, probably not those on a budget. Fret not, it's still possible.

Solution: Head over to Tory Burch for the Reva Flats. They're chic, a wardrobe staple, and have the ability to transform any outfit. A few key items will change your closet. Believe in the power of transformation!

Resolution: Be Healthy

Verdict: Totally possible and more realistic than wishing to look like a model.

Solution: Did you know dark chocolate is good for your heart? Or that red wine is loaded with anti-oxidants and recommended by doctors? It's true, so instead of denying yourself life's little pleasures, switch to better ways of indulging. Wine Enthusiast offers a massive selection of wine in every shade, varietal, and region. Voseges Chocolate offers chocolate in every flavor, shade, and cocoa intensity. You'll enjoy dark chocolate free of chemical preservatives, additives, and nasty things like red 40, and high fructose corn syrup.


February 15, 2011

Average ParentToday's Guest Blogger is The Average Parent. Although most of the country is under snow and/or freezing temperatures, Spring is around the corner. Join The Average Parent as she gives her tips on how to shop for Spring without breaking the bank.

Here in the Midwest, we've been experiencing a bit of a heat wave. That's right, it's 45 degrees today! While it's still February, this break in temperature has got me thinking about Spring and the beginning of another shopping season for my kids. Although I have two boys, I still put a lot of effort into making sure they look extra cute. But, because they're boys, I understand they must be able to play in their clothes. Below are my favorite tricks to finding the hottest fashions for the best prices.

Online Clearance Racks - I dread the idea of picking through clearance racks for the perfect shirt. Instead, once the boys are in bed, I head online to find the best deals. Ideal places to look include Kohl's, Target, Macy's and JCPenney.

Second Hand - eBay can be a super convenient resource for finding gently-used clothing. The site allows you to sort your search by size, brand, price and more.

Coupons, Coupons, Coupons - Before you shop, check out Ebates for printable coupons and online discount codes. If you can't find a coupon online, many retailers will send you one just for signing up for their email alerts.

Get Cash Back - When shopping online, always start with Ebates. Membership is completely FREE and you can earn anywhere from 1-30% cash back at more than 1,200 stores.

Join a Rewards Program - If you have a favorite retailer, inquire about a free rewards program that will give you store credit for shopping in their store.

Store Credit Cards - A store card can get you free shipping or save you as much as 10% off your purchases. But, it's not worth it if you don't pay it off before interest begins accumulating.


February 14, 2011

happyvalentinesday Here at Ebates, we're celebrating with a bit of this, and a bit of that. Besides the obvious flowers, candies, and things better left unsaid, we're spreading the love with cash back, coupons, and all things sweet. Speaking of, if the above doughnut is making your mouth water, we've got the cure right here.

If you're not looking to indulge but to find the perfect (although very late) gift, then check out our Valentine's Day Sale. I predict you will find several great gifts, so many that you end up inadvertently spotting so and so's birthday gift, your Mother's Day gift, and perhaps an extra "I love you" bonus. 

Or not, but at the very least, you can expect cash back from Ebates. It's a win-win!


February 11, 2011

Friday-Sales-Round-UpWith Valentine's Day just days away, today's sales round-up is full of lovely savings. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Ends Today - Valentine Gift Store - Extra 12% off Men's Watches & Women's Watches or 15% off a Set of His & Hers Watches at Ashford with code LOVE2011. Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Take 25% off these select Valentine's Day Gifts at Chocolate.com. Code LIKEVDAY. Plus 5.0% Cash Back.

20% off What to Wear for Valentine's Day at eDressMe. Code valentine11. Plus 4.0% Cash Back.

Save $25 on any Romantic Getaway when you reserve online BedandBreakfast.com. Code BBROMANCE25. Plus 5.0% Cash Back.

Take up to 50% off everything they'll love for Valentine's Day at drugstore.com. Plus 12.0% Cash Back.

Valentine's Day Sale! Save up to 45% off Boots & more Plus Free Shipping at Endless. Plus 7.5% Cash Back.

Sweet Deals - $29.99 on select Valentine's Day Packages at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Code 95878. Plus 4.5% Cash Back.

Save 15% off all Valentine's Day Gifts at Aspinal of London. Code 15VDAY. Plus 4.0% Cash Back.

25% off $50+ Lingerie order at Flirt Catalog. Code LOVE25. Plus 5.0% Cash Back.

Valentine's Day Special! Save 15% on all orders at BedHead Pajamas. Code SWEET15. Plus 5.0% Cash Back.


February 10, 2011

Today's guest blogger is Organic Bouquet, a mission-based company focusing on environmental, social and economic sustainability. Organic Bouquet is the largest online provider of sustainable flowers and eco-elegant gifts.

Valentine's Day is only a week away, and we all know finding the right gift for that special someone can be difficult. Organic Bouquet offers a variety of eco-elegant gifts perfect for your Valentine, and they start at $19.95. Below are just a few of the great selections for your loved one. 

For the flower lover, check out our collection of eco-certified roses and mixed bouquets.

For the sweet tooth, you can satisfy those sweet cravings with gourmet baskets, chocolates and cookies.

If you're shopping for the office, try a Gift Box filled with yummy treats like Lindt truffles, Ghirardelli chocolates, and English Rose Spa products.

If you are looking for something a little more personable, visit our collection of Heart Earrings jewelry, hand bags, and spa kits.

A Rustic Wreath is the perfect gift for the country girl, and adds warmth to any house.

Need more ideas? Check out our latest inspirations here.


February 9, 2011

VdaytwitterpartyWe're in the mood for love and who better to share it with than the Frugal Living Community! Join Ebates and the Frugal Living Community this Wednesday February 9th from 7-8pm EST (4-5pm PST) as we host a one hour live chat dedicated to everything Valentine. Bring your chatty self and join your Frugal Community Leaders for fun topics like

What do you want for Valentine's Day?

How do you love yourself?

What are your Valentine's Day family traditions?

Favorite memories?

We'll talk frugal gifts, lovey dovey stories (the good stuff!) and share tips on how to make this the best Valentine's Day yet. Mark your calendars and get ready to share the love!


February 8, 2011

Valentine's Day is in less than one week, but wait...don't panic! Use your overcharged adrenal system to make a quick and smart decision, or six as we have here. Above are just a few of the thousands (possibly millions) of options available through Ebates. All with cash back, and all in time for V-day!

Personalized Mug and Teddy Bear from Snapfish.

Burberry Brit $47 from Fragrance Net.

Bride and Groom Cookbook $35 from Nordstrom.

Chocolate Lover Savory Gift Set $25 from HSN.

Lace Bralette $48 from Shopbop.

Sterling Silver CZ Studs $19.99 from drugstore.com.


February 7, 2011

Today's guest blogger is Sell Your Gold. As Ebates continues to expand, we say hello to new stores, and new ways to save you money. Here's one more example of how you can earn cash back on everything!

Sell Your GoldWe all have it; a jewelry box filled with mismatched earrings, broken watch links, out of style pendants, and the like. With Valentine's Day around the corner, many of us will add to our jewelry collection, and continue to overlook these items. Seems like no big deal, but did you know you have a gold mine in your jewelry box?

Thanks to the price of gold near an all time high, many of us have begun to rethink our jewelry collection. In fact the trend is so popular The Today Show recently did a cash for gold undercover investigation comparing several companies, including Sell Your Gold which was ranked #1.


How does it work?

Sell Your Gold pays up to 90% for old gold, platinum, luxury watches, fine jewelry, and diamonds over 1 carat. Simply order a free appraisal kit and mail your old jewelry. You'll receive a check in the mail.

In addition to that, you're able to track the process from the moment FedEx picks up your items until the moment you are paid. If you are unhappy for any reason, all you have to do is call or e-mail us and we will return the items via FedEx at our expense. In addition to that, you'll receive 3.0% Cash Back when you use Ebates to order your free kit.

This Valentine's Day, while you're shopping for jewelry for your loved ones, take a second to think about what's currently in your jewelry collection. If you have unworn or undesirable items, why sit on them when you can get paid cash?


February 4, 2011

Friday-Sales-Round-UpT.G.I.F. everyone, tgif. I mention it so often I can't help but think of either chain restaurants, or the tv lineup I watched as a teenager. Who can forget Family Matters on Friday night?

Before I start wandering down memory lane, (oops too late) here's this week's top sales. Enjoy and happy shopping!

Mega Savings - Save an additional 60% off all Sale Styles at Ann Taylor Loft. Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

New Customers - 20% off your first order through this link at drugstore.com. Plus 6.0% Cash Back.

Save 20% off any order at Linens 'n Things. Code LOVE20. Plus 2.5% Cash Back.

Valentine's Day Sale at Perfumania! Enjoy 20% off with code: LOVE at checkout + free shipping, no minimum purchase. Plus 7.0% Cash Back.

Take an additional 30% off Clearance at Aerie. Code 53467511. Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Save 20% off any order at SkinStore. Code 20LUV. Plus 6.0% Cash Back.

Myrtle Beach: Stay 2 nights, Save 20% on Cheap Tickets. Plus $1.50 Cash Back.

Take 20% off any order at Burke Decor. Code MYLOVES. Plus 4.0% Cash Back.


February 3, 2011

Round 2 of our Valentine's Day Gift Guide is centered around the ladies in our lives. Whether shopping for your mom, best friend, or lover, shop with Ebates and get the gift of cash back. Happy Shopping!

Lancome Tresor Gift Set $56 from Lancome.

Forever Love Rose and Chocolate Set $39.99 from FTD.

Sterling Silver Heart Bracelet $100 from Sears.

Elle Macpherson Lingerie from Bare Necessities.

Fresh Sugar Lover Gift Set $45 from Sephora.

Platinum Engagement Rings from Blue Nile.


February 2, 2011

Resolutions don't have to be dramatic. They don't even have to be made January 1st. What's important is a commitment to a better you, and today's guest blogger Gaiam gives us 4 easy ways to achieving just that. A better you. By shopping at Gaiam you'll receive 7.5% Cash Back and get 0.99 cent shipping until the end of this month. Get started with these easy steps.

Yoga can introduce many positive benefits to support a healthy mind and body. Discovering yoga is easy and affordable with Gaiam's yoga props, DVDs and accessories. 2011 will bring more innovations in yoga forms and gear, including the integration of digital technology, from online yoga clubs, to yoga mats with built in mp3 players.
Strength Training
Strength training will continue as a key component of any complete fitness regimen. Strength training programs use various tools to improve muscle strength and endurance, including dumbbells, kettle bells, bands, cords, balls, and even one's own body weight.
Core Training
Core training focuses on working the abs, back, pelvic and hip muscles to strengthen the stabilizing muscles of the spine, not to mention giving you smoking hot abs. Check out Gaiam's top recommended core strengthening workouts.
Boot Camp
Boot camps are a dynamic blend of cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and endurance. Boot camp-style programs can be done at home with the help of these motivating Boot Camp routines.


February 1, 2011

Shopping for Valentine's Day is hard. Never before have so many expectations and stipulations been placed on chocolate. Or teddy bears for that matter. Shopping for loved ones seems to bring up a myriad of questions; If I buy her jewelry does it mean I'm serious, or thoughtful? Does showering a man with flowers seem too feminine, or is it a modern gesture? When do you go from 'Be Mine" to "I Love You? Things can get complicated fast. To help simplify the task at hand I've provided 6 of my favorite gifts, all under $100. And to answer those questions 1) both 2) flowers are appropriate for everyone 3) take the plunge!

Sweetheart Locket from Blue Nile $60.

Lover's Delight Gift Set from Godiva $53.

Vinyl to MP3 Convertible Turntable from HSN $99.

Black Diamond Cufflinks from Ice.com $95.

Hershey's Hugs Bouquet from Teleflora $59.95.

White Musk Luxury Gift Set from The Body Shop $48.


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