Can you believe it, it’s already Thursday? The work week is just about over. Oh, be still my beating heart! The weather has been like a rollercoaster ride. For the last several days, we’ve had nothing but blue skies and warm temperature, then that all changed yesterday as some rackety thunderstorms scooted into our area with some stout winds. This morning it feels like the ride came to a rest and I’m wondering what just happened with these nippy temperatures. It’s completely crazy, but quite normal for this time of the year, though, isn’t it?
Did I say it’s Thursday? I believe I did. With that, it’s time to dash over to Amanda’s for Thursday Two Questions to play today’s routine meme. Be sure to link up and play along.
Yesterday, I climbed onto my soapbox to rant a little in my post, Get Your Hand Out of My Wallet. This would be a good time to merge my rantings with Thursday Two Questions, don’t you think?
The cost of living keeps going up and it boggles my mind to think how anyone can afford to shop at full retail price. I pride myself on squeezing as much savings out of every purchase online. It’s sort of like a game.
1) Do you have any cool tricks for getting a better deal with online purchases? Amazon is one of the best all around one-stop shopping sites for just about anything we want to buy. On the occasion, I have must look elsewhere there are a few things I do to see if I can increase my savings.
First thing I do is check to see if I can go through Ebates shopping portal to take advantage of earning a small percentage back on my purchases at the online store I need to buy from. For example, if I need to make a purchase from Puritan’s Pride or JcPenney or Office Depot, Best Buy, or Wal-Mart. These are just a few of my regular online sites I shop from where I can get some extra savings by going through my Ebates portal. Here’s my portal link if you’d like to check it out… This is something I’ve done for a couple of years now and it’s totally free! You’re not going to get rich doing this, but the savings adds up and before you know it, you’ll get a big fat check of $20 or more. The most I’ve gotten at one time has been about $60. They issue checks every three months.
Another thing I routinely do while using my Ebates portal is, I Google online coupon codes I can apply to my order. Sometimes, I find a promo code for free shipping or 10% off. Small savings, true, but they eventually accumulate over time. And, it makes me feel good about helping my family.
2) How do you feel about this lobbying nonsense to force e-Commerce in collecting sales tax? If you read my post yesterday, then you know, I’m definitely NOT in favor of sales tax being imposed on the consumer for Internet purchases. This is just more government intervention trying to choke the life out of the hard-working American. You may have figured out by now, I’m not a fan of big government.
3. Is there somewhere in the United States that you have never been that you would like to visit? There are a lot of places we haven’t been in the US. We haven’t travelled any further west than St Louis. Just think about all the popular hot spots in National Parks and any one of those would just about do.
Daily memes are always a nice way to unwind. I hope you had fun reading my answers. If you want to make me especially happy today, then don’t forget to leave a comment. Have an awesome day!