I'm good, how are you?
|I can't even explain to you how much I love hot chocolate.|
Know this: It's a lot.
Like, however much you think I might love hot chocolate, doubled.
Are you tired? Were you shopping or did you just overdose on tryptophan? I'm feeling pleasantly spry this morning. I've got the Frank Sinatra Holiday Station pumping, and I've been doing some good cleaning and project-finishing-up! Now is my time for some Cheeseburger Soup (I've had 4+ thanksgivings this month, I'm turkey-ed out!), a bit of netflix, and then some more projects ;)
In case you're wondering, I used to be a black friday shopper. In fact, I even tried to be one of the door-buster-at-the-mall people once, which is no easy feat when you're 2+ hours from any mall, anywhere. I didn't make it. I also used to go to VS every year, spend my $50 so I got the free tote, go home, list the tote for sale on Ebay, and make my $50 back. It was rewarding, until the tote bags turned into cheap-o things no one wanted.
But now, I'm an online-browser, pajama-wearer, hot chocolate-sipper. I'm a sleep-in-er, too, which is much nicer than the 3AM wake up call. I've done a bit of shopping today, mostly with left-over gift cards from our baby shower. Spending other people's money makes it ever so nice! I've got some of the deals I hit up today laid out below, but where ever you shop online, I want you to know about Ebates. They're AWE$OME. I accidentally did that with the "$", but it's appropriate so I left it.
Ebates is a website that you shop from. They don't sell anything (that I know of). But you go, for example, to ebates.com. Then you search "Home Depot". They say something to the effect of "Shop at HomeDepot.com and earn 6% cashback!". Then you click "shop now" and boom, done. You see no more of ebates, you only see home depot, and you buy the things you wanted to buy. If you're like me, this consists of an orbital sander that you then pick up 4 hours later at your local store, and thus begins your love affair with mechanized sanding. Seriously people, I could be out there, sanding away, all. day. long.
Anyhow, once a quarter, ebates mails you a check. Like, legit. I don't do a ton of online shopping, but I've gotten little checks in the mail for $12.16 or $17.25 or whatever. It's always a nice surprise. And sometimes, they have coupon codes. If they don't, you can always hit up retailmenot.com for some coupon codes that you can apply, even if you're already using ebates to get cashback. Isn't that wild? I'm pretty psyched. Can't wait to see what my total "back" is.
Honorable mention deals:
- Joann.com - 60% off home decor fabrics *LOVE*
- Maidenform - 30% off store, plus free shipping
- Burt's Bees - Super cool grab bag!
- The Body Shop - Sweet 3 for $30, and a Grab bag!
- Babys R Us - 20% off baby purchase of $125 or more, and something about free shipping
But remember, don't just go to the shops. Hit up Ebates first, sign up (I swear, I've never gotten anything spammy from them, nor have I ever gotten anything in the mail. Except cash. Which is sweet. And by cash, I mean a check, but whatever.). Note: I think there is some sort of referral thing, but I'm not concerned with that. I just wanted you to know how awesome Ebates is. Because it's the season of giving.