November 2011 Archives

November 30, 2011

I love bundling up in the colder months, and I can't help but love all the rustic+country chic looking pieces that I am seeing. From warm flannel to faux shearling blankets, there are options to fit any budget and earn Cash Back through Ebates.country_decor

1. Heathered Wool Down Vest from Eddie Bauer

2. Pendelton Pillow Cover from Eddie Bauer

3. Lands' End Flannel Shirt

4. Cabela's Faux-Suede Throw

6. Antiqued Tea Light Holder from Lands' End


November 29, 2011

5_stylish_gifts.jpgWhether she's your best friend that loves spotting the latest trends, your sister who loves to throw the most fashionable parties, or your daughter who loves anything with sequins, we all have someone on our list that deserves the most stylish gift. I love that I can shop online with Ebates for all the ladies on my list. Here's what I'll be buying this gift season.

1.  ASOS Vintage Cap Clip On Earrings 
2.  L'Occitane Hand Cream Confections
3.  Timex Originals Easy Reader
4.  CB2 Metallic Vase
5.  Nine West Dressy Sequin Bag


November 27, 2011

Cyber_landing_blogIf Black Friday wasn't enough to get your heart pumping and your wallet cash back earning, then do it again during Ebates Cyber Monday Sale. Enjoy double cash back at over 500 stores!


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November 23, 2011

Homemade Pumpkin Pie 

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love cooking and baking so I look forward to the big feast for months. Planning the big meal isn't very hard. Only a few of the dishes I make change. It is a given that there will be turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie. I've been baking Pumpkin Pie for a long time!

Some of the side dishes may change.  There may be a new dessert or two but those three dishes are guaranteed to be served for Thanksgiving dinner at my house.

Matter of fact even if I was the only one in my family who ate it, pumpkin pie would be there. To me it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie for dessert.

My pumpkin pie recipe is pretty much a standard pumpkin pie recipe except for one ingredient. This ingredient has been my little secret for a long time. I've never seen it used in any other recipe.  I'm not sure how I came to add it to the recipe. It may have been an accident. Or I could have made a mistake when I went grocery shopping and picked it up on accident. It's been so long since I started adding it to my pumpkin pie I honestly can't remember how it came to be. But it adds a depth of flavor to the recipe that turns ordinary pumpkin pie into an amazing pumpkin pie. Don't believe me? Try it yourself and don't tell anyone and see how many compliments you get!

This recipe makes two nine inch deep dish pies. Eat one at Thanksgiving and tightly wrap the other one in plastic wrap and freeze it to get a head start on your Christmas baking. If you don't need two pies you can half the recipe.

Amazing Pumpkin Pie

Makes 2 nine inch deep dish pies

2 unbaked pie shells

1- 29 ounce can of pumpkin or

4 cups of fresh pumpkin

1 ½ cups of sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cloves

4 large eggs, slightly beaten

1 can evaporated milk

1 can sweetened condensed milk

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees

  • Prepare your pie crusts. You can use homemade or store bought, the choice is yours.

  • Add the sugar, spices and salt to a large bowl and whisk until the spices are evenly distributed.

  • Beat the eggs in a small bowl with a fork and set aside.

  • Add the pumpkin, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk to the large bowl with the sugar mixture.

  • Pour the eggs in the bowl.

  • Beat on low speed for 2 to 3 minutes until everything is combined.

  • Evenly divide the mixture between the two pie crusts.

Bake for 15 minutes on 450 degrees. After 15 minutes lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 45 to 55 minutes until the center is solid. A tooth pick inserted into the center should come out clean.

Remove from oven and cool on a rack for 2 hours. Serve after cooling or cover and refrigerate.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Arlene blogs over at Head over and check out all of her gourmet insights!


November 22, 2011

The biggest shopping day of the year is almost here, and Ebates is outdoing itself again. This Friday November 25th you'll enjoy Double Cash Back at hundreds of stores, plus Ebates will be hosting a special 3 Hour Live Chat with $1000 in prizes.

The fun starts at 11am EST and runs until 2pm. Ebates will be dishing out coupons, giving away countless prizes, and talking about events of the day.

Don't miss your chance to earn big and win bigger!


November 21, 2011

This giveaway is CLOSED. Thank you to all our entrants!ghiradellicorrect.jpg

This giveaway will be open through Wednesday November 23rd. Entrants must be over 18 years old and reside in the United States.


November 18, 2011

Boy have the holidays really snuck up on me! I just made my shopping list and am scouring the internet for all the best sales so I can enjoy my savings+Cash Back courtesy of Ebates!
Pea in the Pod is offering $20 off $100+ order. Use code 20PEA. Plus get 2.5% Cash Back!

French Connection is having their Friends and Family sale, which means 30% off any order and Free Shipping on $150+ order. Use code AW11FF. Plus get 2.5% Cash Back!

Lenovo is offering $270 off IdeaPad Y570. Use code USPY52U1117. Plus get 3.0% Cash Back!

New York & Comapny is offering 40% off any order. Use code 3489. Plus get 2.5% Cash Back!

Get 20% off with Kohl's Friends and Family discount. Use code FRIENDS20. Plus get 4.0% Cash Back!

CJ Banks is having their Customer Appreciation Sale: 50% off Entire Site and Free Shipping. Code EBATESCB50. Plus get 6.0% Cash Back!

The Children's Place is offering 20% off $40+ order. Use code G6F2011. Plus get 2.5% Cash Back!

Chronicle Books is offering 35% off and Free Shipping on any order. Use code FRIENDS. Plus get 3.0% Cash Back! is offering 20% off any order. Use code CXM11. Plus get 2.0% Cash Back!

Head over to JCPenny for $10 off $90+ order. Use code 10JCP90. Plus get 3.0% Cash Back!


November 17, 2011


November 17, 2011

Just as the song suggests Christmas is "the most wonderful time of the year."  It is a time for giving and enjoying the company of friends and family.  Whether you are planning an intimate dinner or a party for many, making your get together memorable for your loved ones does not have to break the bank.  Beau-coup offers many choices for you to make your event special and here are a few ideas.  

Designed to look just like a holiday ornament, this place card holder will add a touch of class to your holiday dinner table.  Each glass globe has a silver clip on top, just slip a place card or photo right in! 


Who can resist these tiny temptations.  Fill with your favorite treats and give as party favors or stocking stuffers for a sweet holiday treat!


The official drink of the holidays!  Deliciously creamy and delightfully tasty.  Personalize with a custom printed label and hand out as favors or stocking stuffers, they will warm your heart, soul & tummy!


Your holiday party will be full of "excite-mint" with our personalized mint tins.  Your guests will love these party favors and they will be able to reuse the tin over and over.  


Dazzle your guests with these snowflake wine bottle stoppers.  They are very stylish but inexpensive, which makes them the perfect way to thank your holiday guests.  They come packaged ready to go in an elegant white gift box with gift tag that says "thank you."


Now is the perfect time to order and plan for your holiday event.  Holiday promo's are in full swing, so you can shop and save now at


November 16, 2011

Back by popular demand, it's Ebates Friends and Family Sale! For 3 hours only enjoy Double Cash Back at some of our most popular stores.

Hurry! This event is for a limited time only. Once it gone - so is extra cash back!

This sale is now CLOSED. Hope everyone picked up some great items and earned loads of Cash Back!


November 16, 2011

CowBoom-Thanksgiveaway.jpgCowBoom has teamed up with our friends at Ebates to offer an exciting new promotion. With Thanksgiving around the corner and the holidays quick to follow we couldn't help but think that one lucky CowBoomer deserves a head start on their holiday shopping. That's why we're giving away a $500 Visa Shopping Spree. From 11-16 through 11-28 you can enter by "Liking" CowBoom on Facebook or following CowBoom on Twitter and Re-Tweeting our ThanksGiveaway tweet. It's that simple! What would you do with a $500 Visa Gift Card?


November 16, 2011


November 15, 2011

It is the time of year that sequins are not only expected, but nearly required. Since I am part magpie, it is just one of the reasons that I look forward to these colder months. Now I can enjoy my sequins and earn Cash Back!Sequins

2. Deux Lux Sequin Backpack from Urban Outfitters

3. Sequence of Glory Sweater from ModCloth

4. Enzo Angiolini Slingback Pump from Nordstrom

5. Sequin Swirl Pillow from Urban Outfitters


November 14, 2011

As the weather worsens I find myself reaching for my trusty DVD collection more often. I rely on classics to get me through the colder months and the Cash Back from Ebates to help me save. Lights, camera, action!
1. Ken Burns: The National Parks: America's Best Idea DVD from
2. Harry Potter the Complete Years: 1-7 from DVD Planet
3. The Lion King Diamond Edition from FYE
4. The West Wing Complete Series from Walmart


November 11, 2011

It seems I am never really prepared for the holiday rush like I should be. I am grateful that there are so many sales going on right now so I can keep within budget using all that great Cash Back!

A seasonal favorite, Popcorn Factory, is offering Free Ground Shipping on Christmas and Hanukkah Holiday Towers. Plus get 8.0% Cash Back!

The Gap is having their Friends and Family sale which means 30% off! Use code GAPFRIENDS. Plus get 2.0% Cash Back!

The Children's Place is offering up to 60% off clearance. Plus get 2.5% Cash Back.

Use code DRS10 at Dr. Scholl's Shoes for $10 off $50+ order! Plus get 5.0% Cash Back.

Macys is having a Veterans Day sale! For 15% off use code VET15. Plus get 3.0% Cash Back!

At the Mattell Shop get 15% off $50+ Barbie order! Use code FABDEAL15. Plus get 2.0% Cash Back!

Use code GOLDEN at Yves Saint Laurent Beauty for a free Rouge Pur Couture lipstick mini with any purchase, and Free Shipping! Plus get 4.0% Cash Back!

Get 20% off any order at Carlos Santana Shoes! Use code SANTANA. Plus get 5.0% Cash Back!

Eddie Bauer is having a surprise Friends and Family sale - 3 Days Only get 25% Off Everything Plus Free Shipping on All Orders $49+! Use code SHARE25. Plus get 6.0% Cash Back!

Harry and David is offering 15% off Royal Riviera Pears. Use code PEARSHD. Plus get 5.0% Cash Back!


November 10, 2011

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Black Friday is coming up in just a few short weeks on Friday November 25th followed by Cyber Monday, November 28th.  While Black Friday has been traditionally known as the day that people head into the stores for the best deals, that has definitely been changing in the last year or two. More & more retailers are matching the prices of their in-store Black Friday deals online & some stores are even offering better deals online than you will find in the stores.

If you'd rather avoid the crowds & stay in your comfy pajamas to do your Christmas shopping on Black Friday, then make sure you're prepared with these simple tips for shopping online.

1.  Make a plan  - Write out a list of all the people you need to buy gifts for this Christmas season & then write down possible gift ideas.  Then set a budget for how much you want to spend per person. I keep all of this on a Microsoft Word document so I can easily update it & find it quickly when I'm shopping online. I also keep a copy of my list in my purse, so I have those ideas at all times when I'm out shopping in the stores.

2.  Do your research & scout out the prices - Once you have some ideas of what you're looking for, head to the stores or start comparing prices online to get an idea of the range of prices for that particular item. This really comes in handy for online shopping because deals can go very quickly & you don't want to buy items on impulse & then overspend because it sounded like a great deal at the time. 

Utilize Smartphone Apps - There are a number of great apps for the deal hunter.  Red Laser is an example of an app that is a barcode scanner. Just scan the barcode on a product you're interested in & it will tell you where you can find the best price.

3.  Get in the Know - Sign up for your favorite retailers' email newsletters, "like" their Facebook Fan pages & follow them on Twitter. This is one of the best ways to find out about early shopping passes, special discount codes, free shipping offers & more.

4. Use Gift Cards to Make Purchases Online - Many retailers offer special gift card promotions during the holidays (eg: Spend $20 on gift cards, earn an extra $5).  When you spot a deal like this, you'll get that extra savings that the store is offering plus it's a safer way to shop online & it helps you to stay on track with your spending. 

5. Earn cash-back on your online purchases - My last but favorite tip is to do all your online shopping thru Ebates, where you will automatically be earning cash-back on your purchases.  Head over to Ebates now & make a list of all your favorite retailers & the percentage of cash-back you will earn. Keep that in mind when you are considering the differences in price for gifts, especially on those larger-ticket items, because that cash-back can definitely make a difference in the retailer where you choose to shop. Ebates also offers a number of coupon codes & free shipping offers, so not only you will be getting cash-back when you start your shopping at Ebates, you will also find the best deals available. 

Hopefully these tips will help you to get prepared for the busy rush of online shopping on Black Friday & Cyber Monday.

Please be sure to check out all of Jen's Savvy Shopping tips over on her blog - Thrifty NorthWest Mom!


November 9, 2011

While I can't call it the bag of the season, it would be safe to call it the shape of the season - the Satchel. I am seeing these retro-looking bags left and right, in predominantly neutral shades. I am closely eyeing that studded one and dreaming of the Cash Back I could earn!Satchel

1. Milla Bag by BCBGeneration from Piperlime

2. Emory North South Flap by Fossil from Piperlime

3. Martine Satchel Black from Vince Camuto

4. Sydney Crossbody Bag from Vince Camuto

5. Ecote Studded Professor Satchel from Urban Outfitters


November 8, 2011

When the temperatures drop one of my favorite things to do is curl up with a good book. Despite the rise of eBooks, I firmly believe there are few things fulfilling as a wonderful book. Even better? They make great gifts AND you can earn Cash Back through Ebates!

1. Michael Lewis has a way of taking a complex topic and explaining it in an incredibly accessible way. 

2. I am not so secretly hoping that someone gifts me this book on Boo, the cutest dog in the world.

3. This in-depth chronicle of the Manson murders is not for the faint of heart, however it is very well written and rather engrossing.

4. This is one of the most beautiful books I own. It is a must buy for any fans of Alexander McQueen's work.

5. Ina Garten has never let me down. Her recipes are simple and delicious.

6. This one is on my To Read list. Summit Entertainment has already purchased the movie writes to this magical story!


November 7, 2011

Join Melissa from Stockpiling Moms and Ebates as we prep for the holidays. We're giving away $850 in prizes including daily giveaways or "Stocking Stuffers" as we call them, and a grand prize of $500. 

Stay tuned to Ebates on Facebook for daily giveaways, and be sure to check Stockpiling Moms for your chance to win!


November 4, 2011

holidaytravel_1Summer has barely ended and you're probably still getting over your last family vacation, but it's never too early to start looking ahead to your next trip, especially if you want to keep costs within a budget. Fall is the perfect time to start thinking about the holidays and planning a trip to visit family or have an excuse for why you can't make it this year. Why not take the kids to Disneyland on Christmas or arrange a low-key Hawaiian holiday? With a few handy tips and the use of participating Ebates Travel Stores, you can save more than you spend. 

Book as soon as possible - When traveling around the holidays, the further out you can book, the better. The closer it gets to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve the higher the prices for everything will creep, even if you aren't flying until February.

Visit Busy Summer Destinations - By doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing, you can get fantastic deals. While most people are visiting relatives, you can fly and stay cheaply in destinations like Cairo, Rome, San Francisco or even the Bahamas.

Go South - It may be cold here in North America, but countries in the Southern Hemisphere are having spring and summer. This makes them ideal locales to get away from it all. Just remember to pack your sunscreen!

Travel on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday - These tend to be the days that are the most affordable to fly on, because fewer people travel mid-week or at the start of the weekend. This means that airfare is lower and the airports (and flights) are usually less crowded. Even flying on a holiday can save you money.

Follow the Shereen Travels Cheap blog for even more great travel tips and product suggestions or join the Facebook page for current travel deals and more.


November 3, 2011

There are many wonderful things about the Fall, but one of my favorites has to be the seasonal snacks. They seem to fill you and and warm you up all at once. Now you can indulge in these tasty treats and earn great Cash Back!


1. Cherry Moon Farms' Caramel Corn Sampler

2.'s Autumn Leaf Bark

3. Stonewall Kitchen's Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookie Mix

4. Stonewall Kitchen's Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix

5. Taj Masala Chai Black Tea from Teavana


November 2, 2011

On November 2, 2011 something very special happens. No, it isn't the beginning of Fall, or Daylight Savings Time. It is Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale.

Why is this special?

Because as a budget fashionista it is the perfect time to snag late Summer and early Fall fashion for less. To celebrate this, I've teamed up with Ebates to host a $250 giveaway. Consider it $250 to spend as you please, but if you're like me, it will be at Nordstrom.

I love shopping at Nordstrom. I love the quality, customer service, and selection. Shopping their Half-Yearly Sale is my chance to get quality designer pieces for at least 50% off retail value. Did I mention that Nordstrom has FREE shipping and FREE returns? So if the killer red sweater I purchased looks better on the model, it can be returned guilt free.

If you're a regular to Nordstrom, I suggest signing up for the Nordstrom Credit Card. You'll earn double reward points which add up to a $20 Nordstrom Cash Reward. Of course when I shop through Ebates I will get an additional 3.0% Cash Back.

For more info on this can't-miss giveaway, join me over at Kansas City Mamas.


November 1, 2011

Some of our special deals include 10.0% Cash Back at both Piperlime and Banana Republic, 2.0% Cash Back at Walmart, 14.0% Cash Back at Lancome, 5.0% Cash Back at Lenovo, and loads more. Check out all the participating stores!



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