Swagbucks update, part 3

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I have now been a Swagbucks member since November, 2009. I've cashed in my swagbucks for one $5 Amazon gift card, thus far, and am working my way toward a second one. As of 1/20/10, I had 29 more Swagbucks, and today (1/27/10) I have 40. This second round of points has seemed to go quite a bit faster than the first round. Now, keep in mind, there are many, many, many ways to use your points, but I have personally been working toward some Amazon gift codes. It's been relatively easy to just use the Swagbucks toolbar and search engine. That's how I've earned most of my points, and it's been pretty easy. And if it earns me some $$ toward my online purchases, I'm all about it. So, I would say that my Swagbucks experience has been pretty good so far! I think I'll keep using it, for now.

"7 Rules for the Thrifting Maven"

I just stumbled across a great article called "7 Rules for the Thrifting Maven" over at Smile and Wave. It's a great read, and offers some really great tips for making the most of your trip to your local thrift store. Check it out!

DEAL ALERT: 80% off at Restaurant.com (thru Sunday, Jan. 31)

Restaurant.com is offering 80% off through this coming Sunday. Get $25 gift certificates for $2 by entering discount code "BONUS" at checkout and hit "apply." The offer ends on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

Join Ebates (or visit the site, if you're a member), and visit their page for Restaurant.com (be sure to click the "Shop now" button), and get an astronomical 15% cash back on your purchase, plus the 80% discount with the "BONUS" code!


My Latest, Greatest Deal: Winter Clearance @ Re-Kid (local Lexington, only)

It's winter clearance time for many retailers, and a savvy bargain shopper's opportunity to clean-up on some fabulous deals! And, it's an even better opportunity to take advantage of winter clearance deals at second-hand/thrift stores, too. Talk about saving some money!

I was notified late last week that our local Re-Kid consignment shops are not only having their winter clearance sales, but are also doing a winter clearance $16-fill-a-bag promotion! My inner-bargain-hunter let out a squeal of delight when I read the e-mail, and I made a goal to get there as soon as possible. The sale works like this—you go into the store and they give you a bag to fill. Whatever winter clothing you are able to fit into the bag is yours for $16! According to the e-mail, "Sale is not on any summer clothing or items that are put out year round. For example, jeans, dress pants, sport coats, rain jackets and long sleeve dress shirts. Not valid with any other promotion or offer. Top of bag must be able to touch." That's it! So, I was chomping at the bit to get over there, and I finally made it last night. They still have quite a selection, and boy did I fill my bag! My goal was to stock up on some next year's winter items for my daughter. Here's what I found:

  1. next year's Christmas dress (Gymboree)
  2. two pairs of corduroy pants (Gap)
  3. one pair of corduroy overalls (Gymboree)
  4. three sweaters (Gap, Hartstrings, and Laura Ashley)
  5. one turtleneck onesie (Old Navy)
  6. one long-sleeved t-shirt (Kid Connection)
  7. an Old Navy zip-up fleece
I SHOULD have paid $48.90 for all of this, but since I was able to fit it all in a $16 bag, I only paid $16! That's almost 68% off . . . a discount of $32.90! That's like paying $1.60 for each item! For those who are wondering, I believe the sale ends this coming Friday, the 29th, so hurry on over.

These are my latest, greatest bargain shopping deals. Happy shopping!


DEAL ALERT: Last day for an extra 20% off sale items at Gap.com

This is the last day to get an extra 20% off sale items Gap.com. Use coupon code GAPEXTRA20 at checkout to get your discount.

Don't forget! Visit Gap through Ebates first, and get an extra 10% cash back on your purchase!

DEAL ALERT: Extra 15% off your purchase at Kohls or Kohls.com (through 1/24)

Kohls is offering an extra 15% off EVERYTHING during their Power Shopping Sale through January 24. To get the discount with your online purchase, enter coupon code  MYJAN15 at checkout. To get the discount off your in-store purchase, print your in-store shopping pass.

AND . . . don't forget to visit the Kohls Ebates store first, to get your additional 2% cash back from your purchase at Kohls.com.


Swagbucks update, part 2

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Well, I've been a Swagbucks member since November 30, 2009, and I finally worked my way to 45 points and purchased a $5 Amazon gift card. I had 36 points within my first month, and it took me a bit longer to reach the 45 point mark. But, I finally made it. I'm excited to use my gift card, but I'm thinking I might save it until I have another one, so that I have $10 toward my purchase.

Right now, I already have another 29 points. So, I'm hoping the next 16 points will come a bit faster.

The way I've been earning most of my points is by using Swagbucks as my search engine of choice. Sometimes a search will earn me 1 point, but sometimes it will earn me 2 or 3 points. I've also installed the Swagbucks toolbar, which sometimes has notifications of points earning possibilites. This strategy seems to be working ok . . . especially since it results in $$ toward other purchases.


DEAL ALERT: 80% off at Restaurant.com (Ends 1/19/10)

Get 80% off at Restaurant.com right now, when you use discount code INDULGE at checkout. This offer ends Tuesday, January 19, 2010.

PLUS . . . if you're an Ebates member, visit them first and get an extra whopping 15% cash back from your Restaurant.com purchase! If you're not a member yet, join Ebates now and start saving!


Hobby Lobby specials, Jan. 11-16 + 30% off coupon!

View this week's specials at Hobby Lobby, including a 30% off printable coupon for their unfinished wood crafts. Shop their new Web site, and get FREE SHIPPING on orders of $25 or more.

DEAL ALERT: 33% off your Walgreens.com photo order of $15 or more

Use coupon code SMILE33 through Walgreens Photo and get 33% off your photo order of $15 or more! The offer ends Saturday, January 16, so hurry!

And don't forget that you can get 4% cash back from Walgreens through Ebates! If you're not a member, sign up now, and get some extra cash back with your photo purchase! Who doesn't love even MORE savings?


Free breakfast at IKEA, 1/9-1/10!

Courtesy of TheFreebieBlogger.com, IKEA will be giving away a free small breakfast this coming weekend (1/9-1/10), through 11:00 AM (local time). The offer is limited to one per person. The "IKEA Sale" also ends this weekend. Click here to find a location near you!

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