Since I'm doing this remodel of the girls' room rather stealth-like, I've resorted to shopping online mostly. Plus, it's just much easier than taking two kids with me to stores out of town...only to find that the store doesn't have what I want in stock. Now, I hate paying for shipping but thus far I've gotten around it for the most part with coupon codes.
The other day I found an adorable lamp online and knew that Ella would love it. Not only is it pink, but it has beads and a pull-chain. (She LOVES the pull-chains on the wall lamps in my room!) Since it was reasonably priced, I thought about ordering it right away but didn't since I'm a procrastinator AND agonize over every purchase. But, I'm sooo glad that I didn't buy it then because today it was $10 off the regular price! Then I went to RetailMeNot and found a coupon code for $10 off any purchase. That more than covered the shipping costs AND the tax. I love it when a plan comes together! (Name that show.)
Then, to top it all off, I got 4% back on the purchase from Ebates! If you haven't heard of Ebates, it's a website that links you to other websites where you buy stuff. By linking through your Ebates account, you have access to special coupons and/or a percentage of your purchase in cash back. If you're interested in signing-up, click here -- it only takes seconds and you'll get a $5 signing-up bonus after you make your first purchase by clicking though Ebates. It links to some of my favorite websites -- Children's Place (3%), Shutterfly (10%), Target (4%) and Borders (4%). To see if a store you want to shop at participates in Ebates, just click on STORES on the Ebates homepage and find the alphabetical listing. If you're going to shop online anyway, it's worth clicking through Ebates to see if you can save a little money. Happy Shopping!