Groupon and eBay join forces to offer even more discounts!

For all you ebay users out there who take advantage of eBay Bucks, and all you Groupon lovers (like me!) here’s another way to earn eBay Bucks. If you buy your local Groupon’s via eBay’s new Groupon area, you’ll earn 5% in eBay Bucks. I’m not a heavy eBay user, but I do buy things there from time to time, so why not earn some credits for simply purchasing through their site?

Here’s what eBay has to say about this:

eBay has teamed up with Groupon to bring you even more ways to earn eBay Bucks. Members of the eBay Bucks Rewards Program can earn eBay Bucks with Groupon by (i) signing into your eBay account, (ii) accessing a Groupon offer from an eBay site page and (iii) successfully completing the transaction.

Learn more about this promotion at http://pages.ebay.com/rewards/grouponfaq.html

Another advantage to this, is that you can view deals in other cities more easily than just going to the Groupon website. You don’t even have to log in to eBay in order to do that. Simply go to http://groupon.ebay.com/ link and click on “Visit More Cities” to see the daily deal in that area.

In order to get the eBay Bucks credit, you must make your Groupon purchase from eBay, and be sure to login to your eBay account first. They offer two options–one to Login and buy to get the Bucks, and one to Buy Now without the Bucks (not sure why anyone would want that option, but okay.)  

That’s the only part that might take some remembering–since usually I look at my daily Groupon based on the email they send.  In fact, I bought one the other day and completely forgot to do it via eBay. I think Groupon needs to just somehow allow you to enter your eBay login in your account with them to earn the Bucks that way.

I’ll let you know how many eBay Bucks I rack up in the next few months, and whether it’s worth it. I’m betting it will be!

Black Friday deals come early this year at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and more…

We’re only a few days into November, and the frenzy has begun! Sales are on early this year, with stores like Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon.com opening up “Black Friday” deals weeks in advance. 

Yesterday, Walmart brought back their “Amazing Online Specials”  for the 2010 season. The sale currently has 172 items–significantly more than last year.

They also offer free shipping “site to store”, meaning you can save on the shipping costs by picking up at your local store. I’ve used this option before and it’s great for items that you can’t get in the store, or to save you time of having to actually shop for the item.

In other sale news, Amazon.com is having a “Buy Three for the Price of Twovideo game sale with over 800 Playstation 3, XBox 360, and Nintendo Wii games to choose from.  They also just announced that they’ll be matching Walmart’s early Black Friday sale in their Gold Box section. All deals will be available during a limited time window, and the featured Deal of the Day will be available all day or until it sells out.

Today’s theme at Amazon is “Play”. The deal of the day is Medal of Honor (XBox 360, Playstation 3, PC) for $39.99.

Some of the lightning deals include:

  • Compaq Presario 15.6″ CQ62-210US Laptop w/2GB Memory, 250GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium for $279.99
  • a VIZIO M260VA 26″ RazorLED 720p LCD HDTV for $198.99, a VIZIO E420VO 42″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $498.99
  • Sony PlayStation 3 320GB Console w/Move Bundle (includes Move Motion Controller, Eye Camera, Sports Champions Game) and $50 Video Games Promo Credit for $399.99

Best Buy announced their early Black Friday sale for the year and they are calling it the “Shop Early Save Big Event”. It will take place Friday, November 5th through Saturday, November 6th with the featured product being an eMachines 15.6″ Laptop w/AMD V-Series Processor, 2GB Memory, 250GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium (Model # eME442-V133) for $279.99. They also are offering deals on other electronics and video games.

A note about Best Buy: sometimes when a product “sells out” at BestBuy.com that it can magically come back hours later as in-stock and ready to purchase. If you notice one of the deals you are interested in is sold out, keep checking Best Buy’s website, as you might find it becomes available again.

You can view the full Best Buy early Black Friday sale info here.

Also, Newegg.com is having a “Black November” sale, where each day they’ll release new product deals and coupon codes leading right up to Black Friday.

Last but not least, Target’s Great Holiday Toy Sale begins today and features deals that you can find in the Target Toy Book.

So you can start your holiday shopping now, and grab some early savings at the same time!

I don’t have any big ticket items to purchase this year, but I’ll definitely be checking out the toy sale at Target for my little one. It’s also a good time to pick up discounts on toys to donate to those less fortunate, via your local holiday toy drive. Not to mention, you can avoid having to go to the mall (something I rarely do these days) and have everything delivered to your doorstep.

Buy 1 Photobook, Get 2 free at Snapfish.com – GREAT personalized holiday gift idea!

I just came across this deal on Snapfish.com, and I’m going to try my darnedest to take advantage of it, since I plan to give at least four photo memory books as gifts this holiday season.  It’s a wonderful gift idea for grandparents (which is definitely on my list for the in-laws and my mom), friends or anyone special in your life. And basically you’ll be getting 3 for the price of 1, which brings the pricing to about $10.00 each (plus shipping).

Here’s the deal:

 Buy one 8″ x 11″ Personalized Cover Book,get two 8″ x 11″ Personalized Cover Books FREE, up to 20 pages each! 

This amazing deal is good for four days only, so order your photo books by November 8. Use coupon 1BOOK2FREE at checkout and save BIG today!* 

 * U.S. customers only. Must use coupon code 1BOOK2FREE at checkout with the purchase of one 8″ x 11″ Personalized Cover Book to receive two 8″ x 11″ Personalized Cover Books free. Must have three 8″ x 11″ Personalized Cover Books in cart to receive the discount. Discount on photo books do not apply to additional pages. Pictures and style may differ but all photo book values must be equal. Offer applies to mail-order purchases only and cannot be used for in-store pick-up. Taxes, shipping and handling charges apply. Offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. Coupon may be used one time only. Coupon expires 11/08/10.

The only caveat is making sure you have the time to put a photo book together by November 8, because you have to purchase all books at the same time. Easy peasy if you’re just duplicating one book for several people, but in my case, I have four separate people, separate photos and I like to take the time to do very specific background pages and captions. That will take me a few hours.

But it’s still a great deal, and hopefully some of you can make use of it! Now snap to it…

Get a $100 Spa Week gift card for only $79, now through the end of the year

If you haven’t heard of Spa Week® yet, it’s a bi-annual event that allows you to enjoy luxurious full-service spa treatments at the finest spas across North America for just $50 each.  And now, to help stretch your dollars even further, you can purchase a $100 Spa Week gift card for just $79, from now until the end of the year.

SpaWeek.com, which is an online directory of thousands of spas in the United States and Canada, partners with the spas to offer deals and discounts for  across the country.

From their website:

Plan the ultimate spa vacation at world-class resorts, or make your wedding day even more memorable with bridal getaways at spas featuring things to do for the entire wedding party. No matter what kind of spa retreat you’re planning, Spa Week have the spa directory to help you find the perfect spa for you!

I was unfortunately unable to find any Spas offering the $50.00 spa week deals in South Florida, but supposedly there are hundreds who are still accepting reservations for Spa Week in April 2011.

At the very least, you can also get 20% off a gift card purchase  for participating spas (other than a $100 denomination) if you want to give someone the gift of relaxation this holiday season. I know I’d love to receive that in my stocking this year!

If you try any spas out here in South Florida, let me know how they are…maybe I’ll get to splurge in the New Year!  (Note to Santa, are you listening? I’ve been a pretty good girl this year, lol).