Cyber Monday Deals

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We have almost nothing left on our Christmas gift list this year, but there are a couple of deals I am taking advantage of this year.

My short list:

  1. Flowers for my best friend. Every year I sent flowers to my best friend for Christmas, and Ebates has a fantastic rebate of 50% if you ship through If you haven’t tried Ebates yet, if you sign up and make your first purchase through them now, you will get a bonus $10 cash back. I send flowers a few times per year and I always go through Ebates.
  2. A photo calendar for my in-laws. I make them a custom photo calendar of the grandkids using whatever discount code I can find this time of year. I used CVS this year and got 50% off plus 8% cash back through Ebates. It was about $5 out of pocket and I can pick it up at my local store.
  3. Holiday cards. If you keep an eye out at Groupon you can sometimes snag a great Staples deal, getting $5-10 for 100 cards. I want to get mine done early this year though, so I opted for CVS on Thanksgiving and got them for $30 after coupon code and Ebates. They were ready same day. My friend Angie used the code CYBERPIC at Walgreens to get 60 photo cards for $17 today. Combine with cashback from Ebates or Swagbucks and increase your savings.
  4. A family ornament. I went through Swagbucks to get 1000 Swagbucks back ($10) and bought a personalized family ornament from Swagbucks is how I get Hulu for free all year round. You can read how I earn $25-50/month in gift cards through Swagbucks here.
  5. I bought a few of my favorite stocking stuffers, a few of which are on sale at Amazon today. I read about Poo-Pourri on a blog last year and had to try it. Let’s just say if you live with IBS or inflammatory bowel disease, this is a great product for you. You can go to work, visit friends, travel, and go shopping without worrying about ,um, outing your special problem. A few spritzes in the bowl before you go and leave the bathroom smelling like a garden. I have a spray bottle in every bathroom and I like to give small bottles as stocking stuffers.


Other Deals:

Eye Buy Direct:

Buy one get one free glasses from plus free shipping using code BOGO. Go through Ebates and get an extra 10% cash back.

Equal Exchange:

If you buy fair trade coffee through Equal Exchange, buy one bulk bag and get a 2nd 50% off using code COFFEE17


Amazon has discounted loads of Kindle books to $4.99 or less today only. You can get Game of Thrones for $1.99, Hillbilly Elegy for $4.99, Demelza (the 2nd book in the Poldark series)for $1.99, Newberry award-winning children’s book The Girl Who Drank the Moon for $1.99, and blogger Jen Hatmaker‘s memoir Of Mess and Moxie for $3.99.

Looking for a Vitamix? Those things are usually uber-expensive (original price $549.99!). Get one today for $298.95. That’s 46% off.

Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1 : Yep, still on sale. It was $119.95, now $74.95.  I use my Instant Pot to make a roast in an hour, make perfect hard boiled eggs in a few minutes, make homemade yogurt in bulk, mashed potatoes without boiling, rice and beans from dried without soaking (seriously, only 20-30 minutes!), cheesecake, even forgot to thaw my meat for dinner and cooked dinner without defrosting in 20 minutes!

My immediate family did Ancestry DNA testing last year and found it fascinating. I had no idea you could buy the test kits on Amazon, but apparently you can! They are $54.99 instead of the regular price of $99 just for today. (If you were wondering, you spit into a container and send it in the mail, then they email your results in a few weeks.)


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Black Friday Amazon Deals 2017

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I’m not one to head out to the shops today, so I thought I would share a few of Amazon’s better Black Friday deals.

Amazon Books: Did you know you can use the code GIFTBOOK17 to get $5 off $20 or more on any physical book (sorry no audio or Kindle books).

I have been coveting the illustrated Harry Potter books and they happen to be on sale today! They are normally $39.99 and are on sale from between $18 and $26. We got all three for our son for $60.

SINGER 1234 Portable Sewing Machine with Free Online Owner’s Class and Tote Bag Project, White/Teal: Was $99.27, now $61.18







Xbox One S 500GB Console + $25 Gift Card Bundle: Lightning deal, so short time only. Get this bundle for $189, usually $304.99

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6″ High

-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers: Was $119.99, now $89.99

If you are looking for a basic eReader that doesn’t have glare in sunlight, this is a good choice.

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player: Was $39.99, now $24.99

If you were thinking of ditching cable, this is a great time to try.

Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Black: Was $49.99, now $29.99

Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Maker and Warmer: Was $129.95, now $81.99

I got one of these last year and use it frequently. 

ECOVACS DEEBOT N79 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner: Was $299.99, now 149.99

Amazon Prime Day

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Did you know it’s Amazon Prime Day today?

This is basically a mini version of Black Friday for Amazon, and sometimes they have really good deals.

I say sometimes because I’ve found it can be hit or miss. I once got baby wipes for about 1 cent per wipe, which was lower than any other price I have ever been able to get. Many of the deals will be on Amazon-exclusive products, such as their baby registry, a Kindle, or the Echo.

If you’re planning on checking it out, I recommend doing two things first:

  1. Pull out your list. I keep a list of needs and wants, as well as planned birthday and Christmas gifts. If you don’t have one, start one before you click over. This will keep you from impulse purchases. If it ain’t on the list, you don’t need it. For example, we were planning on getting the kids tablets for Christmas, and may purchase those today.
  2. Check out rebate sites before you buy. Swagbucks and Ebates are both offering cash back for certain Amazon purchases today. If you haven’t signed up for them yet, today may be a good day to try.


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Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Here’s a quick rundown of their cashback offerings today:

Swagbucks: 5% cash back in patio furniture, jewelry, women’s, men’s, and kid’s apparel, furniture, and home services.

Ebates: 3% cash back in furniture, patio , home services, women’s, men’s, and kid’s apparel, jewelry, and Amazon video.

Ibotta: 5% cash back on home and kitchen, fashion, pets, luggage, Amazon devices, and home services. Also,if you are new to Prime, sign up and get a $20 Amazon gift card.

Here are a few of their deals and discounts for the day. I also may be posting a few on my Facebook page and Frugal Connections Facebook group today.


Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – Black: $34.99 (was $49.99)

All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, 7″ Display, 16 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case: $69.99 (was $99.99)

Moto G Plus (5th Generation) – Lunar Gray – 64 GB – Unlocked – Prime Exclusive – with Lockscreen Offers & Ads: $179.99 (was $299.99)

Instant Pot DUO80 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, 8 Quart: $89.99 (was $129.99) 

Black Friday Online Deals


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We were up all night last night, but it was with our two year old, who is dealing with both a sinus infection and strep throat, not camping out in front of a store. The day before Thanksgiving, she developed a fever and wouldn’t even drink her milk, so I sat with her at the pediatric urgent care for a few hours. The other kids weren’t feeling that great, and the mister and I were still getting over a virus, so we canceled on Thanksgiving plans and stayed home.

Even if we hadn’t been felled by The Plague, I still would not have willingly stepped foot into a store today. I know some of you may enjoy the thrill of the hunt, but Black Friday has everything I hate: staying up all night, waiting in lines, hanging out in the cold, huge crowds, jostling, and going to malls.

Shopping online, on the other hand, has everything I like: staying in my home, enjoying a cup of tea, the ability to check out reviews first, stacking coupon codes and rebates,  no crowds, no weather, no fights between crazy people who are way too excited about shopping.

A few deals for today


This year, we planned on a big ticket item for the kids. Our almost nine-year-old son has begged for a video game system for years. We decided to go for it this year, and bought an Xbox One S with Minecraft bundle for $249, and  a Kinect for $97.

I have been thinking about buying a sewing machine for over a year, and decided to take advantage of a Black Friday deal to get this cute retro-inspired Singer for 40% off.   Now that my four years of schooling are nearly at an end, and my youngest child is turning three, I am resuming my hobbies. I can knit and crochet, and I have made a couple of quilts before. I’d like to improve upon my skills, and teach my children these skills too.

I also decided to take the plunge on an Instant Pot 7 in One. It’s part pressure cooker and part slow cooker. I use my slow cookers constantly, and often will have both going at the same time. I make rice in them, yogurt, make beans from dried, and cook meals in them. We have limited storage space, and my hope is to retire the slow cookers and just use one Instant Pot. It’s $69 on Amazon today, instead of the usual $129.

There is a huge and lively Instant Pot Facebook group with a lot of great ideas. I hear that you can pull out your freezer meals and get them cooked from frozen within an hour. This is perfect for me, as I am the queen of forgetfulness and often forget to defrost, get the rice in the slow cooker on time, or get things loaded into a slow cooker before noon.

Eye Buy Direct

Use the code BOGO and get one pair of glasses free when you buy one

If you have never shopped with them before, sign up with my link and you’ll get a $10 off coupon code!


If you wanted to start a blog or website, this is a great time to purchase your hosting services. Set up a new 36-month account and it will only cost you $2.65/month.


Ebates is a rebate program, but they have their own Black Friday deals. Most retailers are offering a significantly high amount of cash back this today. Sign up for the first time, and get $10 extra cash back after the fist time you shop.

LL Bean

We like LL Bean because of its quality and its lifetime guarantee. It almost never has the kind of sales you see in department stores. If you use the code THANKS20 you will get 20% off a purchase of $50 or more both in store and online. Pair it with Ebates and today you will get an extra 4% cash back. If you stick to their clearance items, you can get some things at a great price! is a place where you can buy gift cards at a discount. Today only, get an extra 5% off if you use the code RAISEBF. I use discounted gift cards to increase my percentage off at stores by combining the discounted gift card with sales and coupon codes. Today I paired a 1800Flowers gift card I bought on with 10% Ebates cash back and a 1800Flowers sale.


BeFrugal is a cashback program similar to Ebates. They offer differing amounts for the same retailers, so it pays to check both to see who is offering more back. For example, today Ebates is offering 10% cash back for 1800Flowers and BeFrugal is offering 6%, so I opted for Ebates. However, BeFrugal is offering 12.5% cash back for Amazon, so I opted for them. If you haven’t tried them, you can sign up through my link and get $10 bonus cash after your first purchase.


Kohls offers $15 in Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent both in store and online.


TopCashback is yet another cashback site, similar to Ebates and BeFrugal. You now have three places to check for the highest amount of cashback! Like the other two, sign up for the first time and get a $10 bonus after your first $10 or more cashback accrual. They are offering cash back on sites like Verizon,, and Travelocity, along with the usual retailers.


I usually use the Ibotta app to get rebates at the pharmacy or grocery store, but if you are braving the crowds today, don’t forget to check and see if you can get a little extra rebate for your purchases. Best Buy, Gap, OldNavy, Jo-Ann Fabrics, AEO, Game Stop, Hallmark, and Famous Footwear all offer rebates through this app. Sign up today and redeem a rebate within two weeks, and you’ll get a bonus $10 cash back!


If you decided to go out today, this is the perfect day to take advantage of that Shopkick app! Most major stores are offering walk-in kicks, and a day of power shopping could possibly earn you 1000 kicks or more. Every $500 kicks gets a $2 gift card, so you might as well take advantage of it!


This is a great time to take advantage of a local deal through Groupon. Ebates is offering 10% cash back for local deals on Groupon. If you have never used Groupon before, you get to use an extra coupon code (HEYTHERE) to get another 25% off your deal.

I know it sounds complicated, so here is an example if you have never used both Groupon and Ebates before.

Sign up for Groupon but do not add anything to your cart yet.

Sign up for Ebates. Enter Groupon‘s site through Ebates‘ link. This will ensure you get your cash back.

Log in to Groupon. Find your local deal through Groupon, put it in your cart, and pay for it.

Once your purchase is complete, Ebates acknowledges it and shows your cash back accrual. Once every 4 months, you’ll get a check with all the cash back your have accrued.

Have you gotten any great deals today?

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Check out these Prime Day Deals!

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