Tuesday, June 21, 2011

i'm going to give you $5...

Seriously.  Well, kind of...

It takes a lot for me to promote a site/service/etc., but my boyfriend got me started on Ebates, and I'm dangerously addicted.  It's an online shopping center that offers cash back on purchases from over 1000 online retailers - Sephora, Shutterfly, Urban Outfitters, Groupon and Target are a few that I've been shopping at lately.

I was skeptical at first.  Why would this company give me money just to link through their site when I'm shopping?  I read how they were making money off commissions from the retailers, blah blah blah, but I still wasn't 100% convinced.  I figured I'd give it a try.  I have nothing to lose and, if anything, possibly something to gain.

I got $5 for signing up and I could only get it after I made my first purchase, so I bought a wedding gift for a friend - something I was already planning on doing.  A few weeks later, I got this in the mail:

My first "Big Fat Check" from Ebates for $6.54, most of which was actually the $5.00 bonus I received for signing up.  It may have been small, but at least it was something.

After getting the check I started doing even more shopping online.  Why go to Duane Reade when I can go to Soap.com and get it for a better price and get cash back?

The only downfall is that they send checks quarterly.  But that gives you a lot of time to build up a big rebate...

If you already shop online at these stores, why not get a little back for it?  Something is better than nothing.

Click here to sign up and we'll both get $5!

Friday, April 8, 2011

quote of the day

"If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me."

- Alice Roosevelt Longworth's motto appeared in an interesting article in New York Mag about how people bond over shared dislikes.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

an elevated situation

You know that moment when the elevator doors begin to close, and you look up from your phone just in time to make direct eye contact with the person scrambling to make it?

Since elevators are part of my everyday New York life, I find myself in this situation all too often.  

I work in a huge office building with eight elevator banks.  Mornings are usually busy, I'm rarely waiting on an elevator alone.  But today I was.  I get on, look at my Blackberry and think, "I never get an elevator to myself in the morning..." 

Cue closing doors and slightly chubby 40something year old man running to the elevator, briefcase in tow.  The look on his face says he's determined to make it.  He's desperate, he's definitely too far.... he's yelling - "Hold it please!"

I panic.

The doors are about half way open (I wonder if he'd say they're half closed?), I decide to go for the buttons.  There are 30something floors in this building.  I'm not ready for this kind of pressure at 9am. 

He's just a few feet away now.  The doors are about 6 inches away from closing...

FOUND IT!!!  I start pushing the button like crazy.   

He finally gets to the elevator, the doors are still closing.  This button is NOT working, all I could do now was yell...


I tried, I really did.  

I looked down, I still had my finger on the button...  


Friday, April 1, 2011

quote of the day

"We take fun very seriously. After all, fun is a very serious business."

Friday, March 25, 2011

quote of the day

"It's a big, bad world full of twists and turns… and people have a way of blinking and missing the moment. The moment that could have changed everything…"

- David Duchovny as Hank Moody on Showtime's Californication

Thursday, February 24, 2011

down i tumblr

I recently created a Tumblr account just to check things out.  I'm kind of a fan.


I'm going back and forth on whether or not I want to keep it, use it instead of this blog, or just get rid of it. It's so quick and simple, which is what I really like.  But I also love this blog!  (Even though it's been almost a year since my last post.)

Well for now, I'm going to do both and see which one I like best.  Or maybe two will somehow work...

Check it out!