I bid and won a Georgia!

I had wanted to get a blusher for the longest time.  Believe it or not, I had been using those free Clinique blushers that came in their gift packs, and I never finished using them.  Lately, I have gotten lazy and totally omitted the use of blushers completely.

But I recently got myself a new blusher brush from Sonia Kashuk, and I wanted to experiment with it.  It’s probably a good time to do that too, cos I want that hint of color on my cheeks. :)

So when my good friend recommended Benefit’s Georgia, I was intrigued and wanted to try it out immediately.  I knew it was something that I could use because it is supposed to be lightly colored.  I could have very well bought it from the Benefit site for $28, but in a move to inject excitement into my shopping life, I decided to try and get it off ebay.

Photo from Benefit Cosmetics

A quick search on ebay revealed that there were several new ones on sale via auction/bidding.  And I immediately got into the thick of the action.  I had a maximum price set for the item, so I told myself I would not go over that limit.  But bidding on ebay, while exciting as it sounds, can be quite infuriating at times too.  In fact, I lost out on a few chances because I was either not logged in or my decision to NOT bid was not the right one.

Then last week, I saw a brand-new-in-box Benefit Georgia being offered for sale, at the starting bid of $0.99.  I put in my maximum bid a few days later, and prayed that I would win it.  It was important for me to bid on a brand new one though.  I saw a few which were *slightly used* and I didn’t want those!  I had meant to check on the status of my bidding yesterday afternoon, when it was scheduled to end, but I was out the whole day and didn’t manage to.

When I returned home at night, I logged in and lo and behold, I received a message to say that I had won!  In total, I would be paying for a brand new Benefit Georgia at about $10 less than the retail price.  PLUS it will be shipped directly to me.  Oh, and the bidding did not reach the maximum price I had set, so it was a pretty good deal too.

Now, isn’t ebay shopping marvelous? :)

Oh, I know it is probably safer to get it directly from Benefit, but it was really the thrill of bidding and winning that got me going… and it paid off! :)

Now, I’m just waiting for my Georgia to arrive…. *drums fingers on table impatiently*

Finding a Web Host to suit your needs

If you have just ventured into cyberspace and are exploring the experience of setting up your very own website, you will definitely agree with me that there are so many different web hosts out there.  Some will be recommended by word of mouth, while others you can mostly find out details from the internet.  Most of these websites promise the moon and the sky, and it is very easy to get confused and overwhelmed by the choices out there.

So how do you shop for and decide which web host will meet your needs and requirements?

Well, fret not, because now there is a website that lists all the website hosting providers, with their features, bonus features, and even user reviews.  Depending on what you would use your website for, you can even take a look at those web hosts that specialize in that area.  For example, if you are going to use your site primarily for blogging, check out the link that directs you to the Best Blog Web Hosting.

You will be pleased to note that all the web hosting providers listed in this site are professional ones, at remarkably affordable priced rates of under $10 a month.  In addition, all web hosting plans include at least one free domain name and a 30-day money back guarantee.  It just doesn’t get any better than this!

So if you are shopping for a web host, this is the place to look.  You won’t be sorry you did.

KinderKord Giveaway

Sometime back, we bought a child harness for my son, thinking that it would be a great safety device especially when we go out shopping in the crowded malls.  Unfortunately, I am sad to say that we have yet to use it because from the way my son runs around, I figured the harness would do more harm than good, as he might very well trip and fall.

That is why I am so glad to discover the KinderKord.  I haven’t used it myself personally yet, but I do like what I see.  For one thing, it does not impair the movement of the child, because it is attached wrist-to-wrist, and it is retractable.

 

The KinderKord retails at $19.99, but if you would like to put yourself in the running to win one of these, checkout the Mom4Life Weekly Giveaway!  The giveaway ends on December 16th 2008, so hurry on down!

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Ebates – Your perfect online shopping companion

I have been doing a lot of online shopping lately, and true to my nature of being a shopaholic, I would certainly try my best to look for the best deals out there.  Unlike physically going to the stores to shop, where I might need to travel from one end of the city to the other to compare prices, online shopping allows me the convenience of price comparison at my fingertips.

Typically I would browse the net for the lowest possible price for a particular item I am eyeing, and then I would also check out if there are online coupons available to be used.  These coupons are normally free, where all you need to do is to key in a code upon checkout, and depending on what the coupon does, you will either get free shipping or a certain percentage or amount of discount off your purchase price.

One of my recent quests for online coupons led me to register with Ebates.com, which is really a shopping site that connects the online shopper to many other stores online.  Registration as a member is FREE, and when you become one, a whole new shopping world opens before you, where you can get additional savings, exclusive coupons, free shipping offers and limited-time sales at over 1000 stores!

There is one other amazing feature on Ebates.com: you get CASH BACK every time you shop online.  Yup, up to 26% on your total purchases.  All you need to do is to click on the store you want to shop at, which in turn will open up an online tracking ticket.  Then you just perform your usual shopping transaction, and after a few days, you will be informed of your CASH BACK in your account!  I was skeptical about this at first, but after a couple of transactions, I am a believer now :)

For example, if you were to purchase something from ebay.com, this would entitle you to 3% cash back, and at drugstore.com, I just got a 7% cash back on my purchase.  Your cash back will be paid to you either via check or via Paypal; your choice!  And payment is made 4 times a year.  What better deal is there than to get cash back for all your shopping purchases huh?

Purchases Posted Between Big Fat Check Sent
Jan 1-Mar 31 May 15
Apr 1-June 30 Aug 15
July 1-Sept 30 Nov 15
Oct 1-Dec 31 Feb 15

This is truly one gem of a find of my shopping experiences.  Why not sign up with Ebates today, and we’ll each get a $5 bonus when you make your first purchase?  After all, it certainly PAYS to shop online when you shop with Ebates :)

Shopping has never been more fun!  Happy shopping, y’all!