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Now that the holidays are over it is time to sit back and do for you! We spend so much time making everyone else happy during the holidays that a little “me” time is much deserved.. especially if you have children. These children don’t necessarily need to be young either.

My daughters are 19 and 15 and I think shopping and planning for the Holiday celebrations is more difficult now than ever. They are twice as picky and everything is 4 times more expensive.

In past years I have always gone out to shop for gifts and other essentials. I am not sure if it is my mother rubbing off on me (or my daughter ) but shopping online this year was the way to go. Honestly I am not sure why I did not do this sooner. I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. By the time the week of Christmas rolled around all I had left to do was complete a pair of mittens that I made for my mom. Talk about a wonderful way to spend that week.

Not only is it easier .. just look up websites and shop! but it is so much fun to have your packages delivered to your home, even if they are going to someone else. On top of all of it I began using Ebates. What a shame to myself that I only just started using it. You won’t get cash in the amounts that they advertise on TV ( unless you are a big spender) but you WILL get cash back and during the holiday season many retailers that subscribe to Ebates increase their percentage back to get more traffic to their store. It’s a win / win for all involved.

I can say truthfully that there are far more stores that use Ebates than I ever thought possible. Even smaller website retailers that you may say… “they won’t have Ebates” may likely use it. I found a fantastic link for Google Chrome, it’s the Ebates Cash Back Button. If you use Chrome I encourage you to add the button. I did and when I shop the button tells me if the store uses Ebates, what the % cash back is and it keeps all of your earnings in one place so you know how much you have accrued.

You can also refer friends and earn $75!

Sign up for Ebates

This is my link.

I wanted to mention all of this so you can take advantage of the same thing I did and get paid to shop. Best of all you don’t have to pay anything to sign up .. no credit card or anything. Just an address so they know where to send the check!

Saving money, saving gas and getting money back are the way to go whenever you shop no matter what the occassion!

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