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!

Snag admission to the Miami Seaquarium plus their Halloween Monster Splash for only $18.00 – today only!

Monster SplashIf you’re looking for some family fun this Halloween season, now you can check out the Miami Seaquarium and their Monster Splash for only $18.00 for kids, $24.00 for adults – 41% off of their regular prices, courtesy of Groupon.com. But you have to act fast–the deal is only on until midnight tonight! And the passes are good for October 29-31, 2010.

Here are the particulars:

  • For $24, you get one adult admission to Monster Splash(from 5-11pm,) and an all-day Seaquarium pass (a $40.60 value at the door; $38.47 online, including tax).
  • For $18, you get one child admission to Monster Splash (from 5-11pm) and an all-day Seaquarium pass (a $29.90 value at the door; $27.77 online, including tax).

The 38-acre Miami Seaquarium boasts stellar skyline views and a wide assembly of aquatic attractions. This year’s Monster Splash celebration will feature family-friendly activities including trick-or-treating, a pirate skeleton walk, and a monster-themed play area. Pint-sized haunters and diminutive demons can test their courage with a spine-tingling saunter through the Frightening Forest. Older revelers and eccentric Kevin Costner fans can ditch the water world for the Field of Screams, which features two hair-raising haunted houses. Unlimited carnival rides, spooky games, and terrifyingly delicious treats await party-goers. Rhythmic, coordinated zombie shuffling will be encouraged by the beats of an undead DJ.

You need at least three hours to see everything at the Seaquarium, so if you’re planning to stay for the Monster Splash, I’d recommend heading down there around noon, not first thing in the morning–or your crew may end up tired and cranky and not wanting to wait around in between activities (that happened to us one year when we went down for the holiday lights event).

If my daughter were older, I’d take advantage of this awesome deal. But alas, she’s just a wee tyke, and not old enough to go on the rides or partake in any games. She might enjoy watching the shows–she loves animals of all kinds–but not sure it would be worth the money or the schlep down to Miami this time. Hopefully next year…

If you’re interested, don’t wait! Get your Groupon now…

Daily deals have arrived for moms, babies and kids

After discovering Groupon and other daily deal websites a few months ago, I thought to myself–what about daily deals geared toward moms? Because I didn’t see a lot of deals coming through that really targeted things to do for kids, or baby clothes and toys.

Great minds think alike…because I found a few sites out there that offer daily deals on baby/kid stuff. So I thought I’d spread the word and share the savings.

Zulily.com is a site that offers what they call daily deals, but not in the same way that Groupon and LivingSocial do. Instead of a voucher for a local merchant, it’s more like access to “private sales” from various vendors–and they feature a lot of upscale items. Usually the deals run for a few days, and offer up to 70% off different products online.  The only catch? There’s a limited supply of the products, and when they’re gone, that’s it. But I’ve seen some really adorable clothes and toys on there, from stores like Ed Hardy, Bumkins, and Laura Dane.

For me, it’s somewhat time consuming and confusing to try to keep track of all the offers and when they’re expiring, but they do have some really nice items for sale.  And it’s free to sign up with them.

I also discovered BabySteals.com and KidSteals.com (run by the same company). They basically offer one quality baby or maternity product every day on BabySteals.com at 50%- 80% off,  and a single product from one hot brand each day at Kidsteals.com at up to 80% off until it sells out. 

They offer two “steals” per day–one at 9am MDT and another at 9pm MDT until they’re gone, and believe you me–they sell out fast!  Sometimes I’ve checked the website just a few minutes after the deal is on, and they’re gone.

Just like on Zulily.com, unfortunately once they sell out, you lost out. On the weekends though, they give you a second chance on steals they still have, and you might get lucky and find more than one Steal a Day.

I’ve snagged some great stuff on BabySteals.com (like BabyLegs for half price) but you have to make sure the shipping doesn’t add so much on to your order that it defeats the purpose of the discount.  (I always double check prices on Amazon for the items since I get free shipping there).  Also one thing I wish BabySteals would do, is allow customers to create an account. But they don’t, so you have to enter everything in each time you purchase something. They use Google Checkout for processing, so at least the information is saved there, but I prefer having an actual customer account.

In any case, these are some great sites to help you offset some of the costs of being a parent! And to be able to treat your little ones to some goodies, without breaking your bank.

Let me know if you snag any great deals!

Save 50% and support Breast Cancer research with Shoe of the Day at QVC

If you’ve noticed all the pink and breast cancer ribbons abounding lately, here’s why: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a lot of companies are jumping on the bandwagon to help support fundraising. As mentioned in my last post, Aveda Institute of South Florida is holding a Cut-a-Thon on October 10, 2010, and here’s another company to add to the list: QVC.com. Every weekday, they’ll offer name brand shoes at 50% savings, with the net proceeds going to benefit breast cancer research and education.

The featured shoes today are Cape Clogs Patent Leather Open Back Clogs marked down from $95.00 to $47.50, and DKNY Leather Slip-on Flats with Chain Detail marked down from $189.00 to $94.50.  This is a great way for you shoe-a-holics to get your fix at a discounted price, and more importantly–shop for a wonderful cause.

The only tricky thing is, I didn’t see anywhere to sign up for a daily reminder email. So, you have to remember to check back daily for the daily deal. 

Let me know what great deals you’re able to score from this incredible offer!