Monday, June 16, 2008

Smoke Alarms>
Subject: Contactify Message: smoke alarms
To: MelissaNeece
Date: Sunday, June 15, 2008, 9:55 PM
Sender Name: linda
what do you know about smoke alarms? i need new ones and
there are lots to choose from - i have no idea what to do.

Well, Linda, I went ahead and looked up some quick
reviews for you. Consumer Search and
Reports both have great reviews on smoke alarms.
Currently I have First Alert
cheap alarms that I
bought at Costco when I first bought my house,
I didn't really even
think about looking at reviews.
So you definitely had a great idea, and thanks for

asking the question!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

More on Shopping Reward sites

Lots of people have been asking me about the Big Crumbs reward site. I think its fabulous. Its very simple and free to sign up, and you can find out more about the site through the How it Works page or the FAQs page. has been around for over 2 years and eBay members have earned cash back on millions of dollars in purchases, as well as other stores and sites. It also helps Ebay sellers advertise, which is a definite plus.

Click Here to find out more about Big Crumbs.

I've done a little bit more research into the matter (of course!) and I find I am highly impressed with this site. Even if you only use it to get cash back on Ebay purchases, its worth it. This site is totally free to sign up. If you want to just be a Crumbsaver, you get more cash back. If you want to be a Crumbearner, you get a little money from those who you refer. They are just giving you the marketing commission that they get from merchants. Its all really neat - I've looked at several people's profiles as well as several people's blogs, and this is a great way to earn an extra 50 dollars or so a month without too much trouble. I plan to use my savings/earnings for gas money.

Here are all my favorite shopping sites where I get cash back from Big Crumbs. Their cash back is several percentage points higher than most of the other cashback sites. So with a coupon code, and this cashback site, I really save a lot of money - in fact, I often find that it is cheaper to buy things on the internet than to purchase them in the actual stores. These are just some of my personal favorites - they have a whole lot more stores where you can save! As a Crumbsaver, you can save the following amounts:

Vitamin Shoppe -7.8% cash back
Botanic Choice - 16.2% - 9%
1-800 Contacts - 7.2%
Vision Direct -9%

Ebay: - 4.5%
Ebay -36% of seller's fees

Barnes and Noble 4.5%
Borders -5.4%
Discovery Channel store - 9%

DotPhoto -4.5%
Kodak 5.4%
Kodak Gallery 9% 6.3%

Babies R US 2.7%
Baby Center Store 5.4%
Back to Basics toys 8.1%
Childcraft 4.5%
Hearthsong 9%
KB Toys 4.5%
Leaps and Bounds 6.75%
Motherhood Maternity 8.1%
One Step Ahead 6.75%
Oriental Trading Company 4.5%
Preschoolians 18%
Shindigz Party 9%
Toys R Us 2.7%
Target -up to 9%
Walmart 3.6%

Travel: 4.5%
Hotwire 1.8%
Expedia 1.8%
Orbitz - up to $19 1.7% 13.5%
Travelocity up to 4.5%
Southwest Airlines - 4.5%

Clothes and Shoes: 10.8%
Chadwicks 4.5% 7.2%
Kohls 3.6%
Motherhood Maternity 8.1% 15.3% 15.75%
Preschoolians 18%

Office Supplies:
Office Depot up to 5.4%
Office Max 3.6%
Staples up to 6.3%
TigerDirect 1.8%
VistaPrint up to 18%

Miscellaneous: 31.5%
Lillian Vernon 5.4%
ITunes 4.5% - 12.15%
Personalization Mall - 13.5%
Tiger Direct - 1.8%

Click here to find out more about Big Crumbs.

How it works page

Another Shopping Reward site that is Awesome is Mr. Rebates. They'll give you 1% of the purchase price, and not just a percentage of the sellers fees.

Mr. Rebates


Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Shopping Reward Sites

I don't know about you, but every time I shop online, I use a coupon code AND a reward site -preferably a cash-back reward site. The two I mainly use are BigCrumbs and ShopatHome.

BigCrumbs is especially good for Ebay purchases. Its really easy because I have a Quickcrumb bookmark tab in my toolbar window - I click on it - it opens the ebay page - and the bid/purchase is then automatically credited to my account.

BigCrumbs also has a great referral incentive, unlike the other shopping sites. So I highly recommend the BigCrumbs site. Click on the link below to find out more information.

Its wonderful to get a check in the mail from one of these sites. I just got a $25 check the other day - it feels like free money. ;)

Shop at Home is also a great site - and you earn a one-time payment anytime a friend joins. If you click on the link below and sign up, the first time you use the site, you get $5 for free. I use this site all the time to get 6% cash back from Vitamin Shopppe - definitely helps keep my vitamins more affordable.


Another one that I found that I like is Mr. Rebates. It gives you 1% cash back of the actual purchase price on Ebay, instead of a percentage of the seller's fees like most of the others.

Mr. Rebates