Friday, March 18, 2011

Camera Issues and Ebates

I have a ton of stuff I need to post on the blog but I have a small problem...my camera has been dead for about a month. I have looked EVERYWHERE but I can't find the charger! I really really didn't want to buy a new charger because they are rather expensive, but I finally sucked it up and bought one yesterday. I found one on Overstock.com for $4 (including shipping)!! I love a good bargain! It's not a Canon brand charger, but whatever, it'll do.

One thing I've been meaning to write about is ebates.com. It's one of my favorite websites and I use it ALL the time. If you shop online a lot, you need to be using this website. All you have to do is create an ebates account and whenever you want to buy something online, find the store on ebate's website and click "Shop Now" and it will take you to the retailer's website. Ebates tracks what you buy through the retailer's website and they give you a percentage back on your purchase. You can get anywhere from 1% to 20% back on a purchase. For example, I wanted to buy my wedding save the dates from Shutterfly.com. Ebates was offering 8% cash back if you went through them first, so I went to ebates.com, found Shutterfly's store page, clicked "Shop Now" and then created my save the dates and bought them. They cost about $150, but since I went through ebates, I got 8% cash back which equaled about $12. Every two or three months, ebates transfers whatever money is in your cash back account to your checking account or they will write you a check.


Find your store and click Shop Now.


You're taken to this page where it shows that it's tracking you and then you're taken to whatever website you plan to purchase something from.

It doesn't sound like that much, but if you get in the habit of always going through ebates, it will definitely add up. Most of the time I will go to a store, find what I want, then order it online through ebates. I found a washer and dryer at Home Depot that I wanted so I ordered it online and Home Depot had 5% cash back if you went through ebates, so of course I did and I ended up getting about $60 back. Gap just had a big sale with ebates where you could get 20% cash back! They also have free shipping codes or sale promo codes. Needless to say, I love this website and hundreds of stores partner with ebates so you can get cash back for just about anything you buy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My lightbulb moment!

Swinging from the chandelier...that's what I wanted to do when we finally replaced our old, stupid, small light fixture in the dining room. As mentioned in previous posts, we bought a foreclosure and the old owners took everything, including all the light fixtures, so the bank replaced all the fixtures with these little crappy ones. The fixture wouldn't be that bad for a hallway, but definitely not for almost every room in the house.

We started the chandelier search at our favorite store, Home Depot, but didn't have much luck. So we ventured over to Progressive Lighting and holy cow that place is overwhelming. They have light fixtures ranging from $10 to $30,000. We walked around for so long looking up at the ceiling that it made me dizzy. I'm going for a navy/silver/white look in the dining room so we decided on a brushed nickel chandelier...and we had a 15% off coupon!

And now for the good stuff...before and after pictures:

Here's the puny little light and our red walls (don't miss those).


And here is the after! We also bought a medallion at Progressive Lighting (below).





We put the table and chairs in the dining room but we'll also be adding the china cabinet that is currently sitting in our garage. I'd also like to eventually add some kind of rug and a table that will sit against one of the walls. But here are the room before and afters with what we have so far...


Before

After
I'm not quite sure why I didn't take a picture with the lights on, guess I forgot!


We have a bunch of other things we're working on right now...yard, refinishing furniture, painting (of course)...I just have to find more time to write blog posts and take pictures!

On a side note, I'm getting married in less than 6 months! Craaaazy! My "resolution" was that when I hit the 6 month mark, I was going to start working out/eating better, but to be honest, I haven't really done anything. This house and wedding planning takes up so much time, I don't have a lot left over for working out. I'm hoping that if I write this down it will help motivate me. I'm going to try and start doing P90X or other workouts in the morning...because it's just not happening for me after work. So, here's to hoping this blog post will give me some motivation!