Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Save Money with Daily Deal Sites

We all love to save money and find good deals, right? Here are some of my favorite daily deal sites. You never know what you might find!

LivingSocial posts a new deal every day. It could be a service, retail gift card, or getaway. Just today I got a $10 Cold Stone Creamery gift card for only $5. Remember to access the LivingSocial deals through your Swag Buck's daily deal link, for 450 swagbucks every time you purchase a LivingSocial deal! That's enough for a $5 Amazon gift card through Swag Bucks!
Invite your friends to LivingSocial and get a $10 credit for each person that signs up and purchases a deal.
Sign up here.

Groupon works much like LivingSocial does. You get a daily deal tailored to your area. Although, you are able to purchase deals from other cities, which could be good online. The other day I bought a $15 eBay gift card for $7. Remember to also access your Groupons through Swag Buck's daily deal page. You earn 160 swagbucks for every Groupon purchased.
For every Groupon you purchase, if you get 3 friends to purchase it also, your Groupon is free! This is very cool because Groupon also offers getaways and services. Go in on a getaway with your friends and one is free! Split the whole thing between the 4 of you for a fair discounted price. :)
Sign up here.

EverSave offers local and online daily deals. Services and retail products. Refer your friends for a $10 credit when they make their first purchase. Also access EverSave through your Swag Buck's daily deal account for 23 swagbucks for ever $4 spent through EverSave.
Sign up here.

DealPulp offers online daily deals that are 50-80% off retail, in the form of promo codes. I purchased a deal for an online socks website, selling unique kids socks. Your promo code is delivered to you within one-two days. You get a $3 credit added to your account when a referral joins, plus 20% of everything they purchase afterward.
Sign up here.

No More Rack is relatively new on the scene, it is a product deal website, they ship items directly to you. They were up and running around the beginning of the new year and have been gaining a large following. I believe it's largely due to the flat $2 shipping per item. You can score some pretty big deals on No More Rack, but be quick. Deals are posted at noon Eastern Standard Time and can sell out in minutes, especially the handbags. Which are a super good deal and they have them very often! Sizes are usually limited, but that's to be expected. They had a few bugs to work out at the beginning, but if customer service is contacted (even via email), it is worked out within hours. Shipping can be slow, some items take up to a few weeks to get, but I've noticed that they are getting better and my last item arrived within a week.
No More Rack offers $10 credits for referrals when they make their first purchase. They also have been known to give $5 credits as holiday gifts.
This is my favorite of the daily product websites. Sign up here.

Totsy is a private sale site for moms...or dads! It features very unique kid products, many eco-friendly items.
The only down side to me is that Totsy charges $7 shipping and I oftentimes don't want to purchase more than one or two items. I'm a shipping stickler. But they do have really nice items for really nice prices. It's worth a shot checking it out. They send you really good promo deals at times and give you $15 for referrals.
Sign up here.

Ideeli offers a wide variety of sales at noon EST every day, up to 80% off designer items. These deals also include travel. I have yet to try them out, but they do offer $25 credits for each referral!
Sign up here.

If you are into couture, here is a deal site for you. Haute Look offers multiple designer items at very reduced prices.
I like to look and drool, but I am a penny pincher. Maybe in the future I will be able to snag some of these 'haute' items at great deals. Haute Look also recently added vacation packages to their deals. Something I'm very interested in taking advantage of in the future! Haute Look offers $10 credits for your referrals.
Sign up here.

Beyond the Rack is another high end deal site. They offer many designer items at reduced prices. Launching tomorrow, they are going to be offering plus sized deals as well!
Beyond the Rack credits $10 per referral.
Sign up here.

Happy savings!

Earn Free Gift Cards

Here are my favorite places to earn some extra spending money, by redeeming point for gift cards.

I have been a member of MyPoints for at least ten years. You earn points many ways. Do surveys, print and redeem coupons, play games, open their bonus mail e-mail offers (get 5 points just for clicking, even if you don't take advantage of offer), click through their site when you shop at online retailers; and get a certain amount of points per dollar sent. For example, I buy stuff on eBay quite a bit. So I first go through MyPoints and open a window up through them. Depending on the monthly promotion, you get 2-4 points per dollar spend. Other places like Target.com gets you more like 7 points per dollar. Take advantage of special offers, like signing up for Netflix, and get over 1,000 points! Just remember to go to MyPoints before you buy anything online, to see if they sponsor your merchant.
Check out MyPoints and start earning points for free gift cards!

Another place I started earning in the past few months, is with Swag Bucks. I quickly grew to love this program! So far, without being very diligent, I have earned about $35 in Amazon.com gift cards for free! You can redeem sawgbucks for gift cards at many places, but you get the most bang for your bucks with Amazon gift cards.
Set Swag Bucks as your homepage and use their search engine. You randomly win swagbucks for searches. You may also print and redeem coupons and participate in games they sponsor for extra swagbucks. Although I don't participate in these games, I do follow them on Facebook, and sometimes I score codes for free swagbucks posted in my feed.

I decided to explore Swag Bucks even more. They have a task page where you can do data entry and earn swagbucks. It's worth it to me. I did one task worth over 100 swagbucks, 450 swagbucks is enough for an Amazon.com $5 gift card.

There is also a daily deal page. This links up with daily deal sites (a list of my favorite deal sites here) and you gain swagbucks by clicking and buying these deals through Swag Bucks. Just today I clicked through the link on Swag Bucks to purchase a deal from LivingSocial. You earn 450 swagbucks for each deal you buy on LivingSocial (enough for a $5 Amazon gift card!) and today I bought a Cold Stone Creamery $10 gift card for $5. How 'sweet' is that? :)
Head over to Swag Bucks and sign up!

Have fun earning your free gift cards!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Best Natural Mascara - Ecco Bella Review

A few years ago I decided to switch to as many natural products as I possible could. Reducing chemicals in my home became more of a desire after my daughter was born. I set out to find some good natural cosmetics/makeup, not an easy thing to do. While my eyes do not seem sensitive to make up, I did notice a burning sensation at times with my non-natural mascara. 

I first tried Honeybee Garden's mascara. It did not live up to my expectations. Then I tried Ecco Bella's natural mascara. It comes in brown and black, I tried black. It is not waterproof, but is very water resistant compared to other mascaras. It goes on smoothly and is fluid. You can use a few layers to add volume. If you do end up crying with it on, wipe around your eyelashes, but do not touch them. In my experience, it will not run the mascara, unless you touch it. Then it will come off onto your hands and make a mess.

This mascara is my go-to daily use. It lasts a really long time and fits into my budget. I purchase it through a wholesale co-op for about $9 and you can find it online for around the same price. Very doable!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Flexsteel Latitudes Crosstown Furniture Review

Buying our first living room set was exciting and daunting. After we got over the initial shock of the prices of 'cheap' furniture, we were even more set on buying 'the one' set that will last us for a long while.
We packed up and drove into the city to go to large furniture stores. Our two-year-old began to think we were "going to look at couches" every time we went into the car. 

I looked at every option of buying used furniture locally, but nothing was worth the hauling ourselves part.
At one very, very large furniture store we found something we liked. My husband likes couches you can be enveloped and sink into; while I do not like being swallowed whole by a furniture monster.

We sat on the Flexsteel Latitude Grandview Leather Reclining Sofa Couch. It was almost right for me, but  not quite, and the price was more than we wanted to pay. However, we had an inkling we found our brand.
Brands are so subjective to who you talk to. You can walk in and be told something is the best or the worst.
I was skeptical since I had already done some homework. My understanding from the internet (which did not have much information) that the Flexsteel Latitudes Collection is a lower priced collection that is partly made overseas. The leather is a leather/vinyl, which means that the places that you won't be touching (back, sides) are vinyl to cut down the cost for the consumer. After much research, I decided that unless you were in the market for a 3-5,000 dollar sofa, this was a good choice. I found only one negative review, same person posting in a few places, but after some research I found out that this person had left their leather couch in direct sunlight. Which had worn a spot in the leather.

Over the next few weeks we hit up more furniture stores. We found one we liked even better than the Grandview. The Grandview leaned back too far for me. I like to sit up when I'm not reclining. We decided on the Crosstown Group reclining sofa and glider/recliner chair.  

We returned home without purchasing, as the store was closing, and I decided to check smaller Flexsteel dealers around the area. After pricing out the second store, we found they were much cheaper, as they were a small store without a display. We had to wait a few weeks, but it was worth saving $340.
FYI, the Flexsteel Leather Reclining Sofa Couches we looked at were all in the range of $1100-$1400.

They are beautiful to look at, with the brass tacking and dark, rich, soft leather; and the most comfortable thing I have ever been upon! The glider/recliner is really large. Perfect for cuddling with my toddler and rocking future babies. The smell of the leather was a bit strong for the first few days, but it subsided after that. We have had the set for just over a week now and we love it so much. Time will tell how well it holds up. I will post updates in the future.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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