Don’t know if you’ve started your holiday shopping yet but here are some sites you might like to check out, one, for comparing prices, two, gifts with proceeds going to good causes, and three, ones where I found some interesting products and/or free shipping. I didn’t quite know how to fit them into the Gift Guides so here they are-
Once in a Blue Moon
You might remember me mentioning this online thrift store www.gone-tomorrow.com awhile back. They have some great finds and the owner, Sharon asked me to point out the military survival bracelets that support those people serving our country. Just $5 and made by an army wife.
What’s a Special Deal?
Sometime a price looks good until you do some research. I was sent information about this site and thought I’d pass it along to you-
The holiday shopping season is upon us but deciding what presents to buy friends and family during this heavy spending season can be difficult when there are so many product promotions touting “special deals.” How can consumers wade through the madness and really tell what gifts will be the best investment? Introducing http://www.consumersearch.com/ ConsumerSearch an award-winning website that does the homework for consumers, helping them to make the best, most informed shopping decisions. The site’s team of professional editors analyzes a mix of expert and user-generated product reviews and recommends the best products to purchase based on their findings. Editor-in-Chief Christine Frietchen has many years of experience evaluating product reviews and advising consumers about smart ways to shop. She is a recognized consumer expert and was recently featured on NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128516251.
Price Deals and Budget Calculators
Here’s another site I was sent information about and the best thing is it has a holiday budget calculator and money saving tips-
http://www.offers.com/ provides consumers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada with a one-stop-shop for the best deals on the web sorted by categories ranging from travel to fashion/beauty, home goods, electronics and more. Each year, Offers.com features a special Holiday Savings Center featuring the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. It also has a holiday budget calculator and money-saving tips developed by the Offers.com editorial team. The site compiles coupon codes, free shipping offers, as seen on TV offers, free trial offers and more.
For Some Good Causes-
World Wildlife Fund
WWF’s Gift Center on Facebook allows supporters to make a donation and select a symbolic animal adoption from a list of more than 100 species, ranging from favorites such as tigers, pandas, and polar bears to a new barn owl, brown pelican, and a tub of cubs among many others.
All symbolic adoption donations made through the gift catalog come with a formal adoption certificate, a color photo of the adopted species and a species description card. Adoptions of $50 or more come with a soft animal plush of the adopter’s choosing and are shipped free to anywhere that the United States Postal Service delivers. Symbolic adoption donations levels range from $25 to $250, with gift proceeds directly funding WWF’s on-the-ground conservation work addressing threats such as animal poaching, pollution, climate change and habitat loss http://www.worldwildlife.org/.
Mom’s Best Naturals
A company that’s been a friend of Budget Smart Girl from the beginning sent me this-
It’s the season of giving – and for Mom’s Best Naturals, that means giving back to the community. For the month of November, we’re donating a serving of cereal to Second Harvest for every new “like” on our Facebook page, in honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 14-20.
For just a few seconds of your time and the click of a mouse, we can help fight hunger. We’d love your help in getting the word out, so that our donation can make a bigger impact. http://www.momsbestnaturals.com/
Also, helping to fight hunger and giving you a $5 coupon is Kraft Foods, go to http://www.kraftcheese.com,/ print your coupon for $5 off your next purchase of five Kraft cheese products and when you redeem it Kraft Foods will donate five meals to Feeding America.
Someone sent me a link to this site that has various inventions people have made-
Follow Those Sales
And here’s an interesting site someone set me and they’ve done some work for you, listing on sale items under $100 on this one page- http://www.followsales.com/l/h/100
Check Out Prices at-
Here are three sites I often visit when I compare prices-
http://www.llbean.com/ is offering free shipping, no minimum order and if you spend $50 you get a $10 gift card. I love stores that offer me something too when I buy a gift!
Some Fun Stuff
Every year I receive a catalog from this company, http://www.bitsandpieces.com/ I haven’t bought anything yet, but they have some fun stuff you don’t see in the stores.
I Spy Santa
And finally, someone sent me information about this very cute site. If you have a child who just can’t wait until Christmas Eve to look out for the man in red, check this out-
http://www.ispysanta.com/ launching in mid November, children will explore the North Pole, play reindeer games, write letters to Santa and watch elves makes toys and Mrs. Claus will be reading a story to the children each night. The site is $9.95 for an unlimited membership from launch through Christmas Day, with Santa making his first appearance on Thanksgiving Day. 10% of all proceeds are
donated to charity and if a non-profit uses our business as a fundraiser, they receive 25% of all proceeds directed by them to the site.