March 2011 Archives

March 31, 2011

Today's guest blog comes from one of my favorite male bloggers, Zack. Zack heads, and is the authority on why coupon's aren't just for the ladies.

Come on we're MEN. We don't use coupons. We drink beer out of the bottle, and not those little fruity drinks with the umbrellas. We watch action packed, blood and gut movies... not those mushy "chick flicks". We are men. We don't use coupons. We like paying FULL price. Oh wait, do we?

Makes you think doesn't it? I will be the first to tell you that when it comes to money and paying for purchases, I too have an ego. Using coupons is an ego blow and a pride squasher because our ego and pride wants us to prove our selves successful. We can take care of our family with out the help of a measly piece of paper. Besides, what's $.50 right? We are MEN (insert grunts and growls here)!!

What if I told you that I save over $12,000 per year just on groceries using coupons? I'm not talking "extreme couponing" either. Just using a coupon for the groceries I buy. That's not to mention the cash back I earn through sites like Aside from using coupons for food, I also save on things like clothing, entertainment, oil changes, travel, and electronics. Doesn't sound so measly now does it?
So in 5 years with my coupon savings (the average length of an auto loan), I could pay for a BMW 528i with a 3.0L DOHC 24-valve I6 engine. How's that for manly? So in my opinion, using coupons shows not only intelligence, but that you are fiscally responsible too!

Use these money saving websites:Coupon Dad and Ebates.


March 30, 2011

Today's guest blogger is our favorite retailer of Men's fashion, Jos.A.Bank. Read on to learn how you can look your best this Spring while getting cash back from us!

blazerIt's time to begin building your spring wardrobe. Sound complicated? It's not. Simply garner essential pieces like the ones mentioned, and then add fashion items to mix and match your look.

To start with, it's best to work with clothes you may already have in your closet. For example: wear a clean pressed pair of khaki pants with a navy blazer, fashion print dress shirt and a sharp tie. This look is great for work, casual weddings, or a night on the town.

blazer2Navy blazers can easily be dressed up or down. For a casual look wear with a polo, madras pants, and loafers. Check out our Traveler Tailored Fit blazers, they offer a slimmer cut for a modern fit. Natural stretch wool with nanotechnology makes this fabric wrinkle and stain resistant. Traveler blazers are a smart choice for those who want their wardrobe to provide years of classic style.

Layering your clothes helps with unpredictable changes in temperature. Start out with a sport shirt, add a pima cotton v-neck sweater, and top off with a complementary sportcoat. If the weather warms up then take off a layer or two.

sportcoatOne of the best parts of Spring fashion is the ability to play with colors other than Winter's dark hues. Jos.A.Banks' selection of shirts and sweaters in Spring's pastel palette is a perfect match for wardrobe staples like our signature herringbone sportcoat. This coat features a soft and luxurious blend of finely woven silk and camel hair, and may be worn year round making it a great wardrobe addition.

Complete your unique style and build your wardrobe with advice from the expert in Men's apparel, Jos. A. Bank!


March 29, 2011

Man Week
Since it's Man Week at Ebates, it's natural for me to think of the guy in my life. Being that I shop for myself quite a bit, it only seems appropriate to spend this week earning double cash back while getting a few must have items for him. Here are just a few of the items he, and I, can't live without.

1. I love a relaxed button down shirt on a man. They look great with a range of options, and they are the perfect hybrid of rugged/pulled together. J.Crew sells a great selection of shirts for men, including more utility pieces like this Chambray Shirt.

2. Thanks goodness for slim fit! Not all men are husky, nor do they want to dress in tent like clothes. Gap makes a true slim cut pant known as The Tailored Pant. It's much more flattering than wearing loose, oversized clothes.

3. When it comes to tools, there's no shortage of options. Most are unnecessary for those other than Bob Villa, however a Tool Box is a must have for any home. Nothing crazy, just a sampling of screwdrivers, hammer, nuts, bolts, and other things that make D.I.Y's easier.
4. Six months ago I introduced my guy to J.Crew and he's been a follower ever since. These MacAlister Boots have been his go-to shoe, and why not? They match just about everything from dress pants to jeans.

5. Recently I've purchased a few sweaters for Summer. Sweaters for Summer? Yes, in San Francisco they're needed. This Shawl Collar Sweater from Eddie Bauer has a bit of prep to it, and will keep him warm on foggy days.

6. It's no secret to women that sports memorabilia (posters, framed jerseys, bobble heads) is ugly. Sorry guys, but it is. With that being said, I've found the perfect way to involve your guy's love for his team without destroying decor. Small objects like this Bottle Opener do the trick. Does he insist you hang his vintage MVP poster? Make it more pleasing to the eye with a new frame.

7. Quite possibly the most essentially wardrobe item (besides boxers). This Three Pack of t-shirts will give my guy fresh options when laundry day is far away. Be sure to keep extra on hand, as these can go missing. Presumably to the same place as socks.

8. There are a few pairs of shoes every man should own, one of which is a hiking shoe. This Merrell Hiking Boot is great for hiking, as well as other outdoor activities. I have the women's version and they keep my ankles steady and my feet dry. Of course you'll also want to invest in a good pair of hiking socks too.


March 28, 2011

Man Week 2011
Grr...It's Man Week! No, just kidding, we certainly don't think that just because this week is dedicated to men that we need to bring in mac trucks, muscles, and other masculine stereotypes. What we do need to bring is double cash back, and have we ever. To cater to our male shoppers (we know you're out there), we've increased cash back at stores like Sears, eBay, Home Depot, Jos.A.Bank, and more.

Whether you're shopping for new appliances, clothes, or have a home renovation project in mind, we're making it easy to earn cash back on all the things you love. Ok, maybe that home repair job isn't on your "things I love" list, but at least we'll pay you to do it! 



March 25, 2011

editorssecretWhat could be better than a collection of the hottest sales from your favorite stores? We think nothing is better, so we asked fashion blog Editor's Secret to host today's Friday Sales Round Up. Enjoy!

We are loving Spring Fashion trends for 2011. Whether your favorite trend is color blocking, lace, the 70's look, or neutrals, you can update your wardrobe with coveted brands without breaking the bank! These are the deals that we are putting on our calendar.

Tory Burch.

Tory Burch Private Sale through March 28th. Plus 3.5% Cash Back!

Take 20% off sitewide plus free shipping using code SECRET20 through April 3rd. Plus 8.0% Cash Back.
Ann Taylor.

Take an extra 40% off sale styles using code Extra40 through April 1st. Plus 3.0% Cash Back.
Beyond the Rack.

Use invitation code EBATES10 to join and get a $10 shopping credit through May 31st. Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

New Customers get an extra $30 off $150+ using code AFF30 through March 31st. Plus 3.5% Cash Back.
Steve Madden.

Take 30% off select spring styles through March 27th. Plus 4.0% Cash Back.
Linea Pelle.

Take 10% off all orders $30 or more using code EBATES10 through March 31st. Plus 4.5% Cash Back!
Lord & Taylor.

Take 20% off regular/sale priced items (15% off Home Store) using code SALE through March 28th. Plus 4.0% Cash Back.

Take an extra 20% off sale items using code MARCH20 through March 29th. Plus 6.0% Cash Back.
Nine West.

Take 25% off your favorite pumps plus free shipping through April 5th . No code needed. Plus 3.5% Cash Back.


March 24, 2011

springBy now you've shopped for Spring, or at the very least, you've thought about shopping for Spring. Maybe you purchased one of this season's adorable crossbody bags, or maybe you made a wish list at your favorite retailer. Either way, Spring and all it's fashion glory, is on everyone's mind. On this same note I advise you to not miss the awesomeness that is Spring Fashion Week. Granted, my shopping habits are a bit erratic and indecisive, yet even I was able to put more money in my wallet while shopping the latest trends. If you're a bit more stable than I am when it comes to shopping, you'll really enjoy our set of stores and their doubled cash back.

One of my favorite shopping destinations is J.Crew which just so happens to be at 6.0% Cash Back this week. I love shopping there for essentials like chambray shirts, or classic wedges. Saks Fifth Avenue is a favorite haunt of mine when I need something a bit more on the designer side, and I can be found coveting anything Helmut Lang on a regular basis. Eddie Bauer and Lands End offer on trend clothes for women who want less flash and more comfort. I love these brands because they mix well with other more trendy items, like maxi dresses in bold prints, or gladiator sandals. Whatever your taste, it would be almost criminal to miss Spring Fashion Week at Ebates. By the time May's Big Fat Check rolls around, you'll already have a fashionable wardrobe, and a chunk of cash in your wallet.


March 23, 2011

We received hundreds of entries to our Travel Contest, and to say it was tricky finding a winner is an understatement! There were tales of airline mishaps, lost luggage, honeymoon bloopers, surprise engagements, and so much more. Some of your favorite travel destinations include Cancun, Hawaii, and Disney. Despite so many varying stories, one major theme prevailed: you go on vacation to celebrate life's accomplishments. Whether it's a birthday, relationship, or family reunion, taking time to enjoy life is important to you. On this same note we say congratulations to our winner, Jenny. Below is her travel adventure filled with laughter, a few tears, and most importantly, celebration. Congrats to Jenny and a big thank you to everyone who entered!

My craziest vacation was in 2008 when me and 3 of my buddies went to Jacksonville, Fla for a young survivors of breast cancers conference. You see we were all recently diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and were all under 40 years old. So, we all packed up and headed to the conference together not knowing what we were in for, having never traveled together, for that matter never even spent more than one or two hours together at support groups.

I can tell you honestly that I never laughed so much or cried so much in my life. Half the time I would laugh so hard I would pee myself...TMI..sorry!  We ate well, we drank, we learned, we met other women that were just like us, and we finally felt normal. I rode a mechanical bull, and two of us got tattoos (we are not the tattoo type). I saw other womens' mastectomy scars and it made me feel like I could finally get through what I was dealing with.

All in all, the weather sucked, the hotel was ok, but the camaraderie with my girls made that one of my best vacations.



March 22, 2011

Did you join last night's Twitter Party? If so you enjoyed the latest fashion news and great deals to be found on Ebates. Our special guest eBay's Fashion Vault was a hit, and a few lucky members walked away with goodies. If you weren't able to attend the party, fret not. It's still Spring Fashion Week which means you're in time for double cash back. Speaking of, I've hand picked this season's top trends. Longer hems, 70's wedges, classic silk blouses, you'll look fab this Spring with extra cash on your wallet. Er, I mean clutch.

Spare no detail this Spring and look fab with these key pieces.

The 70's Wedge - Maguerite Suede Wedge. Longer Hemlines - Bella Skirt. Exotic Jewelry - Shark Tooth Cuff. The Silk Blouse - Silk Pocket Blouse. The Crossbody Satchel - Marc By Marc Jacobs Bag. The 50's Cable Cardigan - Cable Knit Cardigan.


March 21, 2011

We're beyond excited for today's guest blogger Andrea Linett. Andrea is the co-founder of Lucky Magazine, and is now influencing the fashion world as the Creative Director for eBay Fashion. When it comes to fashion, there is no better authority. Speaking of, check out her top picks for Spring. Talk about eye candy!

I'm so ready to ditch the parka and snow boots and try out my new spring '70s look -- wide-leg jeans, big shades and a classic little trench. Everything I need to fuel my obsession, I found on eBay!



March 18, 2011

It's Spring Fashion Week at Ebates! This week we're bringing you more than cash back, coupons, and the like. We're hosting a bevy of fashion focused entertainment from a Live Chat on BlogFrog, to a Twitter Party with special guest, eBay's Fashion Vault. As if that weren't enough, we're also excited to be hosting a guest blog from Lucky Magazine's co-founder Andrea Linett. Of course all this excitement will create shopping madness, so without further ado, here's the list of must shop stores and they're cash back. Enjoy!

Bloomingdales       Now 6.0% Cash Back.

J.Crew                   Now 6.0% Cash Back.

Saks Fifth Avenue  Now 5.0% Cash Back.

Smart Bargains      Now 7.0% Cash Back.

Nordstrom             Now 5.0% Cash Back.

Guess                   Now 6.0% Cash Back.

Eddie Bauer          Now 6.0% Cash Back.

DSW                     Now 8.0% Cash Back.

Land's End           Now 6.0% Cash Back.


March 17, 2011

Happy St.Patrick's Day! Ebates wishes you the luck of the Irish, and if you're not Irish, than we wish you plain luck. Not that you need it per se, being an Ebates member means you enjoy cash back all the time. But still, it's a festive day, and we want to spread cheer. Speaking of spreading cheer, have you shopped our St.Patrick's Day Sale?
greenforcashbackIf not, you're missing out on the benefits of double cash back, exclusive deals, and the best coupons anywhere. Today's your last day to shop everything under the sun from party supplies to office goods, kid's clothing to home decor. We think savvy shopping is one part knowledge and one part good luck. You've got the knowledge, now get lucky with even more cash back!


March 16, 2011

March Must Haves
As Spring rears it head, I find myself daydreaming about chocolate wedges, warm wraps (San Francisco is always chilly) and the right jewelry to make even the rainiest day go away. Here are just a few of my must have items. It's March Madness, only without the basketball.

Denim Bags

Unpretentious Jewelry

Leather Accessories

Classic Frames

The New Silhouette

Playful Flats

Tortoise Shades

Spring Sweaters

Lady Like Totes

Leather Wedges

Michael Kors Watch


March 15, 2011

This Thursday is St.Patrick's Day, and I suspect many of you will be celebrating. Despite not being Irish, I believe it's not why you celebrate (assumed patriotism) but how you celebrate (doing more than getting drunk) that really matters. Growing up in Boston, I am well accustomed to Irish traditions, and with keeping that in mind, I bring you today's How To. I've gathered everything you need to hold a fabulous party, and a well deserved math thu-fhèin*.

The proper St.Patrick's Day Party deserves a better invite method than Facebook. VistaPrint has invitations for every holiday and you'll get 5.0% Cash Back from Ebates. The invitation to the left is a perfect example of what to order. It's elegant, on theme, and is classier than inviting people to drink copious amount of Guinness.

Speaking of Guinness, it's not to say I don't enjoy it, it's just that I'd rather enjoy it in other uses, like Guinness bread, or Guiness Stew. Traditional fare like these can turn a simple gathering into an intimate affair. Of course no party is complete without sweets, so break from tradition with a few can't miss goodies like these Chocolate Dipped Berries from Cherry Moon Farms.

Decorations make the party, and Celebrate Express sells all the decorations you could possibly want. Without going overboard I think balloons, themed dinnerware, misc. chotchkes, and perhaps a banner would be sufficient. Then of course, there's the floral arrangements to think about...


Good holiday movies are typically centered around Christmas or Valentine's Day (I love Sleepless in Seattle), but St.Patrick's Day has it's moment thanks to one horribly terrific movie called The Leprechaun. This is so awesomely bad it should be featured in, and will provide 90 minutes of laughter, and if you're clever, several drinking games. You can purchase this from and get 2.5% Cash Back.

*math thu-fhèin is a Gaelic expression that means Well done, good for you!


March 14, 2011

Between you and me, I think it's safe to shop for Spring.

This Spring I've ditched shopping sale sections (too tempting) and instead I've begun shopping for items that I know will be heavily worn. With that being said I've picked three Spring trends that I know I'll be reaching for again and again. These are: The Silk Shirt, Wooden Wedge, and Maxi Dress. To appease all budgets, I've also chosen examples of these in three price points. Enjoy and here's to looking your best!

The Silk Shirt

ATM - Blythe Shirt from J.Crew $98

Gold - Equipment Silk Shirt from Shopbop $188

Platinum - Akris Silk Blouse from Saks Fifth Avenue $595

The Wooden Wedge

ATM - Studded Wedge from Urban Outfitters $69

Gold - Juicy Couture Sandal from Endless $195

Platinum - Vivian Sandal from Shopbop $215

The Maxi Dress

ATM - Technique Dress from Modcloth $58

Gold - Rominette Maxi Dress from Nordstrom $358

Platinum - Tibi Maxi Dress from Bloomingdales $583


March 11, 2011

Friday-Sales-Round-UpIt's St.Patrick's Day at Ebates and we're feeling the luck of the Irish a bit early this year. So much so, that I feel lucky even bringing you this week's top sales. Enjoy savings on everything from children's clothing, women's shoes, home goods, Wine, and more. Think it's too good to be true? Don't worry, just feel lucky you're with Ebates!

Enjoy 25% off all sale shoes + free shipping with code: 25SALE at Plus 8.0% Cash Back.

Take 20% off any one item at Brylane Home. Code BHWTAKE20. Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Free Overnight Shipping on every order at Yves Saint Laurent Beauty. Code OVERNIGHT. Plus 7.0% Cash Back.

Take 10% off $75+ gift basket order at Code GIFTS1075. Plus 2.5% Cash Back.

Save 10% off $50+ order at Vitalicious. Code WPJQ33YYY. Plus 6.0% Cash Back.

Enjoy $15 off $75+ order at ULTA Beauty. Code SAVE15ON75 (Exclusions Apply) Plus 5.0% Cash Back.

Save 20% off Spring Sandals + Extra 10% off Designer Brands through this link at SmartBargains. Plus 3.5% Cash Back.

Spring Sale - Enjoy savings sitewide at JCPenney. Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Enjoy 25% off $60+ order at The Childrens Place. Code H4D2011. Plus 3.0% Cash Back.

Save $20 off $80+ order at Gap. Code GAP2080 (Some exclusions.) Plus 2.0% Cash Back.


March 10, 2011

I'm sure most of you have watched the infomercial for Insanity, the workout that is, insane. Personally I'm too lucid to do anything that challenging, but thinking of what it takes to make that kind of commitment got me thinking of regimens and challenges in general. For the past few months, my life has lacked any sort of regimen. I exercise sporadically, leave my house at a different time each morning, and my desire to cook is fleeting at best, and usually falls on days when my refrigerator is empty. This is also true for the other aspects in my life, like skincare.

josiemaranSPFWith sunnier days ahead, I think it's a good idea to jump start my SPF routine. A regimen I'm not as strict about in the Winter. Not that this is a good thing. It used to be that SPF 15 was all you needed, but now it's recommended that an SPF of 30 or higher be used. This SPF 40 Moisturizer from Josie Maran is just the thing I need, and will hopefully, hopefully, jump start other healthy habits. Infused with argan oil, this lotion protects skin from damaging rays and helps prevent oil production, so you get the perfect coverage without clogged pores. At $32 this item is a bit steeper than most beauty products, but Sephora has an amazing return policy, and if I'm not completely satisfied I can search for something else. With Spring palettes coming out, the pickings ain't slim.


March 9, 2011

weddingblogIt wasn't too long ago The Knot Wedding Shop wrote a guest blog for the Ebates blog. Fast forward 2 months, and wedding season has kicked into full gear. So much so that I can't help but be swept into a world filled with tulle, ribbon, and invitations that have a hand made appeal. Having spent the better part of yesterday consumed with all things wedding, I'm well equipped to bring you the latest wedding news, inspirations, and ways to make money. Make money off your wedding? Through Ebates you can!

Where To Shop
Perhaps the best thing to happen to weddings, boutique style wedding shops are popping up in your favorite online retailers. Forget department store settings, giant wedding retailers, and clamoring over the last dress. Instead check out wedding collections at J.Crew and coming soon, Shopbop. Both offer cash back and carry dresses for the bride and her maids. J.Crew carries suits for men, and clothing for the younger and more adorable members of the bridal party.

Where To Look For Inspiration
Wedding blogs are rampant these days, with most offering juicy inspiration and plenty of gawk factor. I love looking at other bride's achievements because it gets my own creative process flowing. For this I turn to RuffledBlog and The Pretty Blog.

Where To Register
Registering for a wedding has old roots, and was commonplace when newlyweds were younger and starting out in life. Today most couples have accumulated their own housewares prior to marriage, so registries have become about what the couple aspires to get. Stores like Crate and Barrel and Bloomingdales offer items for the home that are a step above. You can also add a gift card to the registry and save it for future purchases (like a crib). Side Note: If registering at Crate and Barrel be sure to enter their $100,000 Wedding Giveaway. It's any bride's dream.

Where To Find Everything Else
Each wedding is unique, as is each wedding party. Some weddings are informal and others are not, yet they all involve those closest to the couple. The Knot Wedding Shop offers everything from favors to gifts for the bridal party, and you'll get 6.5% Cash Back.

Where To Find The Venue
While I did my (throat clearing) research I kept stumbling across Here Comes The Guide. Beyond the clever name, this site allows you to search venue by state, region, and even theme. Want a barnyard wedding? How about a forest adventure in your nearest state park? You'll find it all here.

Where To Order Invitations
The latest trend in paper goods involves handmade techniques like stamping, calligraphy, and delicate details like hand sewn edges. Fairly new to Ebates, carries wedding invitations, baby announcements, and just about everything you could probably need. With thousands of idea, every bride can find what suites her best.


March 8, 2011

Now that it's St.Patrick's Day at Ebates, we thought everyone could use the luck of the Irish, or at the very least a fun craft inspired by St. Patrick's Day. That's why we asked today's guest blogger Angie from The Country Chic Cottage to share one of her favorite crafts. Enjoy!

countrychiccottageHello everyone, I'm Angie. My love for sprucing up my home on a budget gave birth to The Country Chic Cottage, a blog dedicated to thrifty decor and crafting ideas. Today I'm excited to blog for Ebates and share one of my newest crafts dedicated to St.Patrick's Day. First let me preface by saying I am not a huge Saint Patrick's Day person, and kelly green (the green of St.Patrick's Day) isn't really my color. Despite this, I challenged myself to come up with an idea that was Irish themed, but saved me from excessive green.


stpattysdayThis craft is super easy, even your kids can help! Here's what you need

Freezer Paper (find it near aluminum foil in your grocery store)

Exacto Knife

Scissors or Craft Cutter


Fabric Paint

Simply cut out your pattern using an exacto knife, scissors, or a craft cutter. Next you'll need to iron your stencil, including those little center pieces that fall out when you cut them. After that paint over your stencils, peel the freezer paper off, and let dry. My daughter is very into peace signs and this seemed like the perfect St.Patty's Day t-shirt for her. All it took was a few supplies, and a bit of imagination.

I hope you will stop by The Country Chic Cottage for a visit and even more great tutorials!  Thanks so much for having me here on ebates!



March 7, 2011

What did you do this weekend? If you entered the Ebates Vacation contest then I'll tip my hat to you and say congratulations, you are in the running for a 7 Day All Inclusive Vacation from Club Med. If you haven't entered the contest then I assume you either 1. Did not know or 2.don't need a vacation. The second part which I can't really believe. So, for those who haven't entered I'll make it easy, here's what you have to do.

Submit your vacation story by clicking here (or on the image).

That's it!

Easy right? Enter your story now!


March 4, 2011

Friday-Sales-Round-UpHard to believe it's March already, and even harder to believe it's the weekend. As Spring draws closer and closer, many of you will be prompted to shop for new clothes, home decor, sporting goods, and more. Sounds great, and to help you further save, I've collected another batch of can't miss sales. Enjoy!

Choose 7 Free Beauty Favorites with your Chic Bag (up to a $160 value) with any $39.50+ Lancome purchase at Bloomingdales Plus 3.0% Cash Back!

10% off any purchase at JCPenney with Code EBATES10 (Exclusions Apply) Plus 3.0% Cash Back!

Free Shipping on $100+ order at Cost Plus World Market. Code SPRINGSHIP. Plus 4.0% Cash Back!

New To Ebates! Shop new Sale Items at Free People. Plus 2.5% Cash Back!

Enjoy 20% off all Women's sweaters at JCrew. Prices as marked. Online only. Plus 1.5% Cash Back!

Step into Spring with these styles at 25% off + Free Shipping at Nine West. Plus 3.5% Cash Back!

Free Shipping on $75+ order at Patagonia. Plus 4.0% Cash Back!

Save now on airfare to Europe on Air France. Fares as low as $190. Plus 1.0% Cash Back!

Take 15% off any order at OfficeMax. Code FEBSAVE15 (Exclusions Apply) Plus 3.0% Cash Back!

20% off entire order at Gap. Code GAPSAVE (some exclusions) Plus 2.0% Cash Back!


March 3, 2011

#ebatestravel twitter party
Did you join us for our Travel Week Live Chat? If so, then you know how informative and fun it can be to chat with savvy minded bloggers and Ebates. If you missed Tuesday's Live Chat, fret not, there's still time to boogey on down and share in some amazing deals. The #ebatestravel Twitter Party is tonight and you can't miss it!

Who: Ebates and you!

What: #ebatestravel Twitter Party

Where: Follow hashtag #ebatestravel to join

When: Join the party tonight from 4-5pm PST

Join Ebates, Frugal Living Leaders, and other savvy folk in our hour long party dedicated to all things travel. Speaking of travel, have you entered our Travel Week Contest? If so then you're in the running to win an all inclusive 7 day vacation from Club Med. Enter Now


March 2, 2011

The retail world is a buzz with Spring; fashion houses have been stocked with Spring essentials for weeks, home decor sites are proudly displaying the latest fabrics in lighter shades, and the beauty world is going overboard with the word fresh.

Yes, Spring is on it's way.

I know this, yet I can't bring myself to believe it, let along shop for it. The reasons behind this I do not know, but what I do know is my wardrobe is need of a serious overhaul. Having not been consumed with fashion (I know, shocker), I've had time to think about what I own, need, and should never buy again. If like me you need to freshen up for Spring, these items will perk up your wardrobe, keep you in style, and add a bit of cha-ching to your Ebates account.

Frye HeelsShoes
1970's platforms are everywhere right now. I haven't decided if this is a good or terribly bad thing, but I have set on these T-Strap Platform Heels from Urban Outfitters. A t-strap heel is classic (think 1940's) and will go with everything from rolled jeans, flower sundress, and even work pants, cropped of course.

Blythe BlouseClothes
Have you noticed that fashion can't make up it's mind? Should we wear 80's zebra prints, or 70's paisley prints? Skinny jeans or bell bottoms? Mini's or maxi dresses? It's a hodgepodge for sure, so I'm going for basics that I'll be able to mix and match with anything. Take this Silk Blythe Blouse from J.Crew. This menswear inspired blouse first made it's debut from the line Equipment last Spring, but continues to make a strong presence with other fashion lines knocking it off. What I love about this piece is how feminine and versatile it is. Go ahead, try to find something that doesn't look great with it. Exactly.

Michael Kors WatchAccessories
Again, what is going on? Should I accessorize myself to the point of looking like an extra from Mad Max or Dances with Wolves? Neither is appropriate for day to day, so I'm sticking to simplicity and buying myself this Michael Kors Watch from Shopbop. For those who think boooring, let's reconvene in 3 months, when you're wondering how it's possible to own so much and wear so little. I'll still have my watch, and still have something to wear.



March 1, 2011

By now you know all about Travel Week at Ebates. You know about the increased (even double) cash back, the coupons to sweeten the pot, and the travel buzz happening over at the Frugal Living Community.

It can't get much better than this. Or can it?

We think it can, so we teamed up with Club Med to bring you our biggest contest yet. In the spirit of travel, we want to know what is your best vacation story? Tell us and you could win a 7 Day All Inclusive Vacation For Two. Got a story that's too good not to tell? Then enter our Travel Contest and who knows what could happen. You may just win a vacation from Ebates.

Now how's that for a story?


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