I try not to pay full price for anything.  One of the ways I’ve found to save money over the years includes using on-line rebate sites like Upromise and Ebates.   Each has its own advantages.  Upon signing up with Ebates, you automatically earn either a $5-10 gift certificate from one of many vendors (iTunes, etc.) or $5 to your cashback.  You’re rewarded an additional $5 for every person you refer that signs up.  From thence onward, when you shop with any number of big name retailers using links from Ebates, you get varying percentages of your purchase in cashback.  Cashback checks are sent out several times a year (2-4, I can’t remember which), and best of all THERE IS NO FEE to use the service.  I’ve saved over $45 dollars in the past year through their program.

Occasionally, certain stores will offer double the normal percentage of cashback.  Some tips:

1.  I like buying Entertainment Books through them.  They give 25% back, and if you wait until February or March, can snag a book for as little as $12.50 each (since they have five $5 off Shop N Save coupons–among thousands of others–it quickly pays for itself).

2.  Buy through Borders and Barnes and Noble when they offer double cashback bonuses (8%).  These stack with the normal coupons offered by those stores, allowing up to 49% off (40% off Borders coupon+8% Ebates+1% Credit Card).

3.  They have arguable the best discount on Popcorn Factory and some of the Flower delivery services, and several of the Shoe stores (8-12% cashback–just make sure you have the right brand and size, or you’ll lose money exchanging/returning them).

You can click through to eBates and get started with the link below (yes, you’d be giving me a referral bonus, which I’d appreciate).


The Menagerie of Weird…

I know the title’s not grammatically “proper”.  Call it a deliberate aesthetic choice to convey mood…like the punctuation of ee cummings.

From time to time, study hall in the dorm impels me to take great treks across the unknown vastness of the internet.  Sometimes these are inspired by students themselves, as they send me progressively dumber youtube videos (like “Party in My Tummy”, which a junior requested we play prior to class).  On other occasions, I delve into the paranormal, an area of childhood fascination that generally succeeds in staving off soul-crushing boredom.

It was during a paranormal foray that I stumbled across the hilarious blog “Ask Doc Paranormal”.   Doc Paranormal brings a refreshing blend of wit and humor to a field that often takes itself far too seriously.  The latest post:

“Crop Circles” Turn Up On Hairy Guy’s Back.

I’m also particularly fond of his series on “HypnoCrime”, which includes the article “A**hole Hypnotizes Dumpy Girl With Trigger Phrase “You’re Beautiful.”

Other recent articles?

Dreaming Of Butts: What It Means.”

“The Theology Of NASCAR.”

“Michael Jackson Is Being Harassed In Heaven”

“Are Modern Witches Hotter Than Old School Brand?”

Check it out if you hanker a laugh.