Entries from November 24, 2013 - November 30, 2013


9 Helpful Holiday Gift Shipping Tips

Shipping out gifts this holiday season? Here are some helpful shipping tips!

1. Never guess a ZIP code: “NO ZIP is better than a WRONG ZIP,” the USPS says. Or just type the address into any search engine and find out what it really is.

2. Being sloppy won’t help: Make sure addresses are printed clearly and include all the right information. If Cousin Betsy lives in an apartment building, don’t leave that out. If she’s on Pine Lane, make sure you don’t write street. Common sense, yes, but this must happen or otherwise the USPS wouldn’t be telling us about it.

3. No one wants an unexplained noise/drained toy: Wrap batteries separate from toys instead of leaving them in, if they’re included. We can just imagine the hilarious annoyance of an unremitting bleep bloop beep bop at the post office. Or on the other hand, the sad face of a child who has to be told the toy is out of juice and Dad forgot to buy more AA batteries.

4. Leave tracks: Put a card in the package that includes not only where the package is supposed to go, but where it’s come from. That way if the mailing label gets mucked up or falls off, or the box splits apart, the package can be returned or delivered.

5. Be up front: On that note, make sure both the “to” and “from” information is on the front of the package only. Splitting them up can lead to confusion, as I learned when I received a card from myself after putting the return address on the back of an envelope.

6. This is one time to not recycle: We know, the environment loves a recycler. But the USPS says by reusing mailing boxes you’ve shipped things in in the past, your package could be in danger — the boxes weaken in the shipping process. And a weak box equals a present gone missing.

7. Speaking of boxes, strong is better: Mailing something heavy? Pick a box that’s strong enough to protect what you’ve got inside. The USPS helpfully points out that its Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express boxes are free at the post office.

8. Leave space for cushioning inside: Enough said.

9. Fragile things are best intact: “Stuff glass and fragile, hollow items, like vases, with newspaper or packing material to avoid damage,” suggests the USPS. If you’re including a framed photograph, remove the glass and wrap it separately. No one wants a box full of shattered glass.

Source: Consumerist


Shopping Online? Double Cash Back From Ebates

Take the stress out of holiday shopping! Open a free Ebates account to earn double cash back and a $10.00 gift card when you make your first purchase!

What’s Ebates?

Ebates is a cash back rewards program that’s paid out over $85,000,000 to members so far. Starting an account only takes 30 seconds and an email address—no sensitive information required. Just sign up and shop as normal at over 1,600 partner stores. Rewards average 4%-12%, and are often as high as 25%.

I use Ebates on a regular basis and love it! Double cash back, how can you beat that? I especially do a lot of online shopping for the holidays, so it will be nice to get a cash bonus later!

Right now, you can get Double cash back from:

Bloomingdale's 6%
Home Depot 6%
HP Home 6%
J.Crew 6%
Lancome 10%
Macy's 6%
ULTA Beauty 8%
jcpenney 6%
Kohl's 6%
Lands' End Up to 6.0%
LivingSocial 4%
Lowe's 4%
UGG Australia 9%
Walgreens 8%
Magazines 40%
Walmart 3%
Nordstrom 5%
Sephora 8%
Sears 6%
Gap 5%
Old Navy 5%
eBags 12%
Kmart 6%
Dell Consumer 4%
Amazon Up to 8%


Match this up with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales and you have an even BETTER deal!

Get started here. Happy shopping!


Shutterfly: Free Photo Calendar

Get a FREE 12-month wall calendar (8x11 size) by using promo code FREECAL, 11/26 – 11/29! This would make a nice holiday gift-

Free 12-month wall calendar from Shutterfly.com with promo code FREECAL. Offer valid 11/26-11/29


Amazon Toy Lightning Deals

Amazon is offering awesome lightning deals on toys! Click below-


Yankee Candle Black Friday Sale



Stop by Yankee Candle on Black Friday and receive a $100 gift to tote for only $25, w/ $50 purchase!

Plus here are printable coupons to save more!


Chili's: Free Meals for Kids on Black Friday


Stop by Chili's on Black Friday and a FREE meal for kids, with purchase of an adult entree. Print your coupon here.


Michael's: High Value Printable Coupons

Michael's has released several high-value coupons including 30% Off Entire Purchase including Sale Items, 40% Off Entire Regular Price Purchase, 50% Off Any One Regular Price Item, and more!


Meijer: Black Friday Santa Bucks

Meijer has released a new Meijer Santa Bucks mPerks coupon. This coupon is good for $3 off when you spend $14.99+, $5 off when you spend $24.99+, $10 off when you spend $49.99+, or $20 off when you spend $99.99+. This Meijer Santa Bucks mPerks coupon is good on any one general merchandise, apparel, or health and beauty item! Coupon valid November 30, 2013 starting at 6am.