Review: Ebates…yeah that was easy!

So I’m a skeptic.  I usually have no belief in promises of money coming to me that don’t involve hard work — no home sales, no ponzi schemes, no get rich quick ideas.   Money comes to those who put in the sweat equity for it — as in having a job (or in my case like five…..).

So when I stumbled onto the Ebates website — I was myself…meaning I was doubtful.   Lemme get this straight — I search for the store I was going to buy something from anyhow on the Ebates website, and then as long as I click THAT link and shop from there they will send me a small percentage of my purchase price back to me?   That’s it….click, shop, check out, and get a check?  Just like that…no way!

Yes way.    I just got back one of my nice Ebates checks (the great thing is I forget about them until they arrive in the mail — yay funds!).   Sure for me it was just a $10.77 check, but that’s better than getting NOTHING back on something I was already going to buy!  Now I’m not that faithful EBates person who gets hundreds of dollars (plus PhD poverty means I don’t always buy things that are eligible…like my tons of text books and printer ink)– but I’ve been satisfied with my experiences and its so easy when you remember to do it.

Want to sign up?  Just go HERE and you can — plus its double cash back all holiday season long at some retailers 🙂

 

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Southern Wedding Bells: Gift or Not to Gift — that is the Question

I ran across a very interesting article on the Daily Worth: http://www.dailyworth.com/posts/1893-how-much-should-you-spend-on-a-wedding-gift. The article discusses how much one can spend on a wedding gift. The writer lives in New York City — so on average she may provide the Bride and Groom with $200-$400 dollars in CASH. *faints*

Perhaps I’m just too much of a Southerner — but if my fiance and I receive ONE check that large I may faint right then and there. I’ve stocked my gift registries [which is a whole other post] with requests ranging from $5 to $150 (a Shark Steam Mop), and more on the $5 side. The registries constantly yell at me to add more gifts, to add more in the upper price range, so on. I was quite frankly shocked. We also have a registry for home items (I mean we are grown-ass people who not only own a home (it came with my fiance) but own dishes and toasters — what we need is a new fridge and washing machine in reality) and for our honeymoon that splits large ticket items such as the stove I am lusting after [Isn’t it gorgeous?! ] in to much smaller shares (the stove is set up in $10.25 shares). However, we expect most folks will purchase a tangible gift (as is the norm here below the Mason Dixon) and that the average gift cost might be $25-$50.

I also recently read about a bride who sent a nasty letter to a guest because of the price of the gift ($100 in cash) did not cover her per person costs. Am I alone in thinking this is insanity? If you want a $200 per person wedding, then that’s what you expect to pay for with NO recouping of your funds. The wedding dinner, party, cocktail hour, whatever is your “gift” to your invited wedding guests for their attendance at your special day. You, you and your boo-boo, or your parents (or his parents) agree to foot that bill. If you want punch and cake at $15 per person, then go that route — but if you want fancy fancy then expect to pay.

Overall I just simply do not expect to receive an expensive present from everyone at my wedding. Heck, some of them may not bring a present at all (although a card would be nice so I’ll have a remembrance of your attendance!) and that is just fine. We want to eat, drink, and be married in front of our friends and family! No gift required! However, if you do bless us with a present — please please do not buy me a toaster — we have two. Seriously. No toasters allowed!