April 2012 Archives

April 30, 2012

The British are here! Sartorially speaking, at least :)

One of the UK's hottest spots for fashionable apparel, Topshop, launched on Ebates a few months ago. Making things even better, they have temporarily increased their Cash Back amount to 5.0%! They have a stunning assortment of trendy and affordable pieces. These are the ones that I am eyeing:

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1. This is one rockin' vest that could work all year 'round
2. I am in love with this sheer maxi dress in one of my favorite colors
3. I am lusting after this beautiful tangerine embellished blouse
4. This bag just screams BEACH DAY
5. These shoes are so glamorous that they would look great as I am tripping on account of the high heel



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April 27, 2012

I sure am! If you are unfamiliar with this collaboration, this is the scoop: Target has partnered with a handful of local shops to create curated lines to mimic the tastes of these individual shops. The lucky partners are from across the country and sell a variety of goods, from candy to fashion.

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Based on other Target collaborations like Jason Wu or Zac Posen, these goods are sure to be excellent design for a great price. These lines launch May 6th, so mark your calendars!



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April 26, 2012

I am constantly trying out hair products - always looking for something to tame frizz without weighing my locks down. While picking up some essentials from Drugstore.com I stumbled on a few Argan Oil products from a line called Organix. 
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I impulsively purchased a few options and after a few weeks, I am a total believer in this line of products. The shampoo and conditioner are just $7.99 each and smell divine.


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And if you need a little product, like me, they offer styling products as well. They smell nice, tame frizzies, and don't weigh anything down. Grab some now from Drugstore.com and earn 6.0% Cash Back!



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April 25, 2012

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April 25, 2012

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The secret's out and we're not afraid to admit it: Americans love their pets. And judging by the nearly $51 billion spent on pets in 2011, we don't mind opening our wallets for Fluffy and Fido. 


But as is the case of other areas of life, love comes with the bonus of added expense. Nevertheless, a savvy pet owner can do things to ensure his pet takes only a Chihuahua-size bite out of his wallet...

 

Save on Pet Health Care

 

I was happy she was OK, but my ears burned when I heard the news: "She's going to be just fine; the total, including local anesthetic and surgery, comes up to one thousand, eight hundred, ninety-nine dollars and thirty cents." Like me, you undoubtedly would have forked over the plastic in a split second. 


Nothing hurts a pet owner quite like Fluffy feeling pain and unfortunately, regardless of whether it's simply the flu, a toothache, or something more serious, a few trips to the veterinarian office can take a Rottweiler-size bite out of your wallet. As I swiped my card, my vet sensed my angst and suggested a pet insurance plan for my now-incredibly-expensive bundle of joy. Pet plans are similar to, but more affordable than, their human health plan counterparts -- for a low monthly rate, your pet is covered for accidents and illnesses.


If you choose to forgo pet insurance, consider a wellness plan. For a small yearly fee, a veterinary office near you may offer a wellness program that takes a percentage discount off your vet visit. 

 

Get a Job, Fido!

 

One overlooked or even unknown way to help a pet pay its way is by snapping creative, costume-donning pictures of your little ball of fur and entering them in a pet photo contest. In other words: get a job, Fido!


As a proud pet owner, you can wait for that perfect photo-op moment or even dress up your fur baby in a variety of costumes or outfits. In the past, the Martha Stewart Company, Fresh Step Litter company and Purina have held pet photo contests. The winnings are nothing to sneeze (read: bark or meow) at either.

 

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An Ounce of Prevention Beats a Pound of Cure...

 

Keeping your pet active and trim and maintaining a healthy diet not only potentially adds years to its life, but also cuts down on the possibility of costly vet visits. 


In addition to prevention, keep expenses on a tight leash by buying pet food in bulk. To save money on pet medications, purchase prescriptions for your little fuzzy guy or gal online.

 

Taking care of your pet is important, but so is managing your wallet. Luckily there's plenty of ways to lower costs and make a buck on your pets.


Kyle Taylor is the editor of The Penny Hoarder, a daily blog with weird & wacky tips on how to make extra money.



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April 24, 2012

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Are you tired of spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on eyeglasses? It's quite a difficult question to answer because most of us actually need our prescription glasses to see. So the real question is: are you ready to stop paying an arm and a leg for something that should cost a fraction of that price?? Buying eyeglasses online is quickly becoming the newest phenomenon to ever hit the optical world. Since glasses have been around, they've generally been sold way over the price of cost, and until recently the optical industry was making upwards in two to three hundred percent profit! The cost to produce quality frames and actual prescription lenses truly isn't that much; so why overcharge the consumers???
  
GlassesUSA.com doesn't!
They guarantee that all of their customers will receive affordable prescription eyeglasses and frames without sparing any of the quality!!

Not convinced yet to buy glasses online because of all of the small and important details - like prescription knowledge, frame size, etc? GlassesUSA.com offers so many helpful tools on their site for all of those concerns! With a helpful FAQ page, and everything broken down to the smallest detail, you'll be able to put through a complicated order all by yourself! If you do have any questions or concerns they're extremely knowledgeable and helpful customer service can be reached at 1-800-917-7083. 

They even offer a Virtual Mirror application that allows you to see what the frames will look like on! This will help you to choose your new pair that fits your face and your style - without a pesky salesman breathing down your neck!

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Honestly, why would you even think about getting eyeglasses elsewhere? Go order glasses today!


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April 23, 2012

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April 20, 2012

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April 19, 2012

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Help create the perfect birthday party for your child with the help of Birthday Express!! To help aide the planning, Birthday Express is giving away $100 one time use coupon codes to three lucky participants.

The contest is simple, to enter just leave a comment about your best birthday party experience! 

Three winners will be chosen at random. This giveaway will be open through Friday April 27th. Entrants must be over 18 years old and reside in the United States.


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April 18, 2012

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April 17, 2012

We are excited to Guest Host the Ebates Blog! Monroe and Main has worked with Ebates for over 10 years. We have always enjoyed the site and the cash back Ebates offers our customers. We currently have a 10% off promo right now! 

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Monroe and Main is dedicated to bringing you flattering fashions, fabulous footwear and the latest accessories. Whether you're heading to the office, out on the town, or off on a fun-filled get-away, we can help you put your look together with mix and match staples. 


From casual to career wear, we offer attainable styles that are on trend but never trendy, with distinctively feminine details. Best of all, you don't have to sacrifice comfort for style. We choose apparel that features ultra-feminine styling with a relaxed fit. 

Besides the products we offer, we also have a lot of fun on the social scene. We'd love to have you like us and follow us to chat about our products. Then you can develop your wish list and come to Ebates and get the best deal! 


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Enter to win our Shoe Tote on our Facebook page! We're giving away 10 them once we reach 10,000 fans! You can every day here! 


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Thanks!

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April 16, 2012

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April 13, 2012

Hopefully you don't need a reminder, but time is almost up: get your taxes done! But don't forget to get your Cash Back!



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April 12, 2012

While it may seem like wearing florals in the Spring is no bold statement, the proliferation of seriously bold floral apparel is definitely a shift in the warmer weather paradigm. From jeans to shoes, floral patterns seem almost unescapable right now. Luckily, there are options galore and Cash Back to be earned!

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1. Grab a pair of floral jeans - super trendy but super fun

2. Bright floral dress mimics the lovely outdoors

3. Printed blouse with ruffles is great for day or night

4. This floral print on such a classic blazer is a bold piece

5. Animal print jeans make a statement - even more so in a bright color


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April 11, 2012

Have you checked out the new sleek design of Sephora? They relaunched the new site this week, and it is a stunner. Even better: they have doubled their Cash Back to 8.0%! Shop now!

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April 10, 2012

Bridesmaids and groomsmen play such special roles on your wedding day.The closest of your family and friends, you count on them to stand by your side as you enter a new chapter in life. Giving each bridesmaid and groomsman a gift from Ross-Simons is the perfect way to show your appreciation for all the love and support they have given leading up to this day.

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Giving bridesmaids the gift of jewelry is the perfect way to say thanks.If given on or before your wedding day, bridesmaids can don matching jewels for your pictures. And earring sets offer easy coordination. If you'd rather choose one standout piece, gemstone dangles, chandelier earrings, or studs will do the trick. Ross-Simons has a variety of styles - from classic to contemporary - for everyone's taste and price range.

Perhaps you would like to personalize each piece to make a more thoughtful gift? Monogrammed jewelry combines pretty and personal! This way they will never forget the meaning behind the gift. Traveling jewelry boxes are also a chic gift for a lasting memory of your special day.

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You can personalize a variety of gifts for groomsmen as well. Cufflinks are a classic gift that can be worn for many formal occasions afterwards. If you prefer choosing a gift that can be used every day, choose a money clip or keychain. These can also be monogrammed, so that personal touch is still present. Barware is also a great gift that groomsmen and bridesmaids alike will use often.

There are so many ways of saying thanks to each bridesmaid and groomsman.They have gone the distance with you, so take the time to choose a truly thoughtful gift. Shop Ross-Simons for fabulous gifts at great prices.



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April 9, 2012

Hello my fellow Ebates lovers! My name is Jessica and I've been blogging over at The Budget Savvy Bride for about 4 years sharing ways to help brides have a beautiful wedding without breaking the bank! One of my favorite tips is to always be a savvy shopper and of course hit up Ebates before making any purchases online. I discovered this site just before my May 2009 wedding and I've been hooked ever since.

Typically on Fridays over at BSB, I like to share some frugal fashion finds with my readers that could be of use on the wedding day by anyone involved in or attending the wedding- from the bride to the groomsmen to the mother of the bride to the guests! It's a great way to incorporate my love for fashion on a budget into the world of weddings! Today I'm going to share some budget-friendly bridesmaid picks with you from Kohl's- one of my favorite places to score great deals!

So here are my picks- I tried to hit some key trends of the season. Some of these dresses come in a variety of colors to choose from as well! (L to R, Top to bottom)

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Casual Option: Apt. 9 Solid Tiered Dress : $32
Silky number: Apt. 9 Accordian Pleat Dress : $32
Ruffles galore: Apt. 9 Ruffle Surplice Wrap Dress : $29.99
Retro style: LC Lauren Conrad Bow Pleated Ponte Dress : $44.80
Chic and stylish: Dana Buchman Pleated Drapeneck Charmeuse Dress : $46.20
Traditional/classic: AB Studio Solid Sheath Dress : $29.99

Can you even believe these prices? Any of these dresses would be great for a bridesmaid and would be something they could totally wear again. (No, really!) And the best part is, they're totally Ebateable! :)


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April 6, 2012

Ebates can help you earn Cash Back on tax software and accessories. The due date is upon us, so get a move on it!



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April 5, 2012

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April 4, 2012

Follow @Not_A_Cook on Twitter, or at NotACook.com for recipe updates, kitchen tips, and more! To enter to win, simply comment below and tell us - What's your favorite Easter tradition?
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With every new spring season comes new a fresh new beginning. Trees begin to wake up, flowers start to appear, and the daylight lingers a little bit longer each day. As Easter approaches, so does one of my favorite holiday activities: egg decorating! Though I must admit, in the past when I made whimsical displays of colorful eggs, most times they would be looked at, but never eaten. It felt like such a waste to throw them away at the end of the day after my guests had gone home. So this year, I was determined to make eggs that were both festive and inviting to eat. I realized the biggest deterrent was that people didn't want to have to peel the eggs, getting their hands dirty and leaving a trail of crumbled shells in their wake. In this recipe I used a Chinese technique traditionally used to make Tea Eggs (cha ye dan), a common snack found throughout China, in which eggs are steeped in tea to flavor, and as a result, color. Preparing the eggs this way allows them to be presented with the shells already peeled, which makes for easier eating. Enjoy!
 
You will need:
1 dozen eggs
food coloring, various colors
6 tall drinking glasses
water
a spoon
9 x 13 inch baking dish
 
Cooking the eggs
1.  Place the eggs in a medium saucepan and fill with cold water enough to cover the eggs.
2.  Cover the pan and bring the eggs to a boil. Once the water reaches a boil, immediately turn off the heat and remove the saucepan from the hot burner.
3.  Allow the eggs to remain in the hot water for 13 minutes, then place them in an ice-water bath, or rinse under cold water to cool.
 
Preparing the eggs
When the eggs are cool, crack the shells by lightly striking with the back of a spoon. 
 
Coloring the eggs
1.  Fill each glass to about 2/3 full with water, then place into the baking dish. Add 10-15 drops of food coloring to each glass. Add more or less dye depending on how vibrant you want the finished colors to be. Feel free to mix colors!
2.  Place two eggs into each glass of colored water. Top off with more water if needed so that the eggs are fully submerged.
3.  Transfer the entire dish to the refrigerator and allow the eggs to soak at least 6 hours or overnight.  The longer they soak, the brighter the colors will be.
 
 
After soaking, drain the eggs and peel to reveal the patterns formed from the cracked shell. 
 
Peel the rest of the eggs and they are ready to be marveled at and then eaten!
 
For a more traditional approach: after draining the eggs, place them on a paper towel and allow to dry, then arrange them in a bowl filled with a moss to create a nest.  It is fun to let your guests peel their own egg, the soft pastel shell hides the bright surprise underneath!



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April 3, 2012

Hey there budget travelers! It's Shereen from Shereen Travels Cheap. Summer is creeping up on us and before you know it, it'll be sunny and the kids will be out of school and you'll realize you haven't starting planning a summer getaway yet. Don't wait until the last minute: Airfare alone can jump as much as 40% during the summer months, so here are some tips to help keep you in the black this year and have an amazing time:

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Shop for airfare on Tuesday and Wednesday and look for flights that depart on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday for the lowest fares. New fares are posted every Tuesday and Wednesday are the perfect time to get the best deals, and when you fly on less popular days, you can pay less and have a better chance of not getting bumped off your flight due to overbooking.

Go early. If your kids get out of school sooner the rest of the country, take advantage of your good fortune and vacation before the second week in June. The middle of June through the middle of August is going to be the most expensive time to travel almost anywhere, and the most crowded.

Go somewhere different. Your kids are always going to want to go to theme parks or the beach during the summer, but by changing up your destination, you can actually save a little or a lot of money. If they insist on going to the beach, look for lakeside resorts near where you live. Most still have a beach and everything that goes along with it, unless surfing is on the agenda. 

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Drive. Airfare can become a costly burden if there are many of you traveling. If you can spare the extra travel time, take a good old fashioned road trip to get to your destination. Make sure to plan fun stops along the way, like to see the world's biggest ball of yarn, ghost towns or museums. 

Plan a staycation. If everything just seems too far out of budget this time of year, opt to do things around your own town and take your vacation over holiday break. Prices will be lower, most destinations will be less crowded and you will be able to see and do more than in the summer.

Don't forget your cash back! Help keep a little money in your pocket or stretch the dollars you have by using Ebates to book your flights, hotel rooms and rental cars. You can even get cash back for buying essentials like sunscreen and shorts!

For more ways to plan an affordable trip, check out my blog, Shereen Travels Cheap, or download my Secrets to Summer Savings eBook for money saving tips you can easily incorporate into any travel preparation.

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