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$avings Site

I would consider myself a moderate online shopper. Clothing seems to have better deals in stores ($5 clearance sweater dress pushed into the dark corner, anyone?!), but I buy most of my new textbooks over the internet and order a lot of photo gifts and prints.

Ebates.com just cut me a quarterly check. I spent $222.70 through their site, and will receive a $17.50 check in the mail soon. I’ve been a member since 2006, and gotten back $74.29 since then.  It will never be a huge source of income, but is great if it’s something you’re going to buy anyway (symbolic logic text or rain boots, anyone?!).


I’ve gotten credits from stores like Barnes and Noble, the Gap, Overstock.com, Apple, Magazines.com, Fuji Film, and Gardener’s Supply Co. What I like best about the program is that you don’t have to earn points to then cash out — just get $5 cashback, and a paypal transfer or check will be sent on the next payment date.

The only problem with Ebates is that some purchases are occasionally excluded when using coupons. For instance, I used a $15 off any sized order coupon at Kodak Gallery on Black Friday that wasn’t credited; when complaining, I was told that it was invalid because of the coupon (which was, admittedly an excellent good deal already…) . I’ve successfully used 25% off coupons on orders from AE, Staples, Foot Locker, Gap, etc too. The key, of course, is to only buy what you need — if you’re ordering rain boots online anyway, getting 6% cash back is a nice plus.

If you’re interested, and care to sign up through me by clicking here, there is a $5 referral bonus which I would be absolutely willing to accept ;).  The only payment I received was my “big fat check” from Ebates as a result of my savvy shopping — I thought you might enjoy it, too!


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which is why I always open the oven before the cake is done.

I made Bakerella’s peach cobbler tonight — what could be easier than a can (I used two) of peaches, cake mix, butter and brown sugar?  If it’s half as good as it looks (and smells!) part way through the baking time, I’m sold. Ridiculously easy, indeed.

My spoiling of surprises also means that I know what AT’s getting me for Valentine’s day (business purse/laptop bag). Which is much cooler than what I’m getting him. Red izod pullover… from Macy’s [on sale, of course], but all the same, clothing, which isn’t a man’s dream gift despite being an improvement on his usual wardrobe.  (He has the bad habit of buying huge clothes that look pretty darn sloppy and aren’t encouraging in the personal-fitness department.)

I’m also considering an emergency order of “The Art of Manliness”. I read the reviews on Amazon, and I think it could be interesting;  the question is whether he will 1. be offended, assuming it means that he lacks manliness and/or 2. read it, ever.  If it inspired him, it might help us see eye to eye him agree with me more, which is always a good thing. I started reading the website, and have fallen in love with the idea — so calm, down to earth, nonpartisan, and sensible. I’m tempted to pick up a copy for my dad and a couple of male best friends, too!

What do you buy for the men in your life?

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I Will Teach You to be Rich By Ramit Sethi

Workman Publishing, 266 pgs, $13.95

Losing weight and accumulating more money are probably two of the most frequently pledged New Year Resolutions. Fittingly, the introduction to Ramit Sethi’s hit book, I Will Teach You to be Rich, compares the two goals and outlines two methods of failure, ignoring the problem or obsessing over it. Sethi’s continuous no-nonsense approach can seem a little superficial at times, but overall remains amusing and engaging through the entire book.

Outlined as a six-week plan to financial well-being, Sethi’s book is well-written, with plenty of anecdotes to keep the wealth of financial information he shares interesting. His advice is sound — from explaining the important of conscientious spending to opening a Roth IRA asap, points which which I strongly agree — making this book a valuable read, although including information about other important topics such as taxes would have created a more-complete guide.

(I would offer to give my copy away, but I’m pretty sure the local public library wouldn’t appreciate that.)

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