What is Ebates and how does it work , breaking it down ? Ebates is a web site that partners with online shops to provide coupons, discount codes , as well as a percentage back from your total purchase . You create a personal account that you will then sign into every time you want to online shop . Once signed in you type in the store you are wanting to shop into the search bar or click on one of the stores already on their home page , Ebates will then pull up a variety of discount codes , coupons, etc. and alert you to what percentage that particular store is offering back on your total purchase . On days such as Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday stores often double their percentage of cash back ! With your first Ebates purchase you will automatically receive a bonus gift card of your choice from a selection offered by several companies . After your initial purchase Ebates will keep up with the cash back you earn and after about 6 months you will be mailed a " BIG FAT CHECK " !!!! A real life , actual take to the bank and cash/deposit check . I wouldn't be recommending if I hadn't already used and totally approved of this service . So , as your friend , I promise this is a great idea and there is NO CATCH . I have been using www.ebates.com for well over 3 years . I have friends who have used Ebates for everything from wedding supplies to booking their honeymoon . The list of stores that work in collaboration with Ebates is HUGE . So , do yourself and your wallet a holiday favor and go check it out !
Now , onto my Gift Giving Guide for 2014 . While talking online shopping let me refer you to my post from 2013 , " Get Your Purse , We're Going Shopping ! " . Today was shop local/ shop small business Saturday . This previous post is filled with small business owners that I have shopped with or know personally, trust and recommend as a resource for your Holiday Gift Giving . If you do end up doing some online shopping this year I would like to send you to this previous post " Holiday To Do ~ Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Repurpse " on how to make good use of all those boxes and bags that items are shipped in . I have learned that some companies save the pretty for inside of the box . Over time" flipping " boxes has become one of my favorite " Reduce ~ Reuse ~ Repurpose " items .
A Ticket on the Holiday Express is a previous post from 2012 of a DIY gift that I sent to several of my friends and their children that year . It started with a home made " mix tape " of some Christmas tunes . I then added a packet of microwave popcorn and created a " ticket " that instructed everyone to get in their comfy warm jammies , pop their popcorn , grab a drink and the " mix tap " and pile into the car . Setting the scene for a fun drive of looking at Christmas lights in the comfort of your own warm car while Christmas Carols fill the back ground noise and popcorn fills your tummy . A lot of my friends had their first child or small children that year and I thought this DIY gift could be the beginning of a wonderful family tradition for them all . For all the specifics of that DIY you can click here . I mean , who doesn't LOVE seeing Christmas lights ?! It is so magical and pretty !
|sorry these aren't the best pics , but hopefully|
they will give you a good enough idea
Happy Shopping and Merry Christmas !!