Welcome to the place where I go over every Birchbox deal, sale, discount, promo code, GWP, etc worth mentioning. If you are considering a Birchbox subscription, see Birchbox Start-Up Offers. Those still on the fence can read my comparison of all my 2018 Sephora Play Boxes against all my 2018 Birchboxes. Anyone looking for deals on shop purchases should keep reading. Birchbox releases a lot of promotions each year, and I usually only add ones that stick around for a while to my Birchbox Deals Page. Check my Deals Page for older offers that are still technically valid, because some of the older discount codes never really go away. I also go over the mystery sample pack options there, which never go away.
Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 when Grover Cleveland (some dispute giving him credit) declared we needed an annual celebration of workers and their achievements. This was during the height of the Industrial Revolution, so employees were really making an impact on the economy. It was not uncommon for workers to endure 12 hour shifts, seven days a week. No one was immune, not even children. Since weekends did not exist for these workers, Labor Day was a welcome and extremely brief reprieve for our ancestors who brought us into a new millennium. Though must of us do not have the work ethic of our forefathers, and thank goodness for that because there is more to life than earning money, Labor Day is still an important part of our society.
When it comes to the drugstore, Physicians Formula is on the higher end of the price spectrum. It surprised me to learn that they produce a lot of value sets. These value sets include full-sized products. There are times when the set featuring 2-4 products is cheaper than the cost of a single item inside the set. Even more surprising is many people do not seem to notice the sets or assume the sets have sample-sized products. Over the past five months, I’ve noticed that these sets were often lower in the best-selling line-up than the highest priced item inside the kit. This means there are some people who go in and look specifically for the item they want. By grabbing the item they want without looking at the set, they are sometimes paying more for the item and not getting freebies they could receive. My goal is to have anyone shopping for Physicians Formula look through all the items available at the retailer of their choice to see if their item is inside a set. Sure, it takes a few extra minutes but paying less for more is worth the effort.
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Happy Birthday, Birchbox. Birchbox turns six this month. It started customer appreciation day in 2014 to celebrate its fourth anniversary. The celebration for the fifth anniversary in 2015 was even bigger. On September 15th, customer appreciation returned. Now that I’ve seen what they offered in 2016, I feel it was a downgrade from 2015.
How do I condense the article on tips for getting the best deal when shopping at Ulta when it has all the best offers? I won’t. Ulta encourages deal stacking, so there are a lot of things to cover. Some deals are a little harder to find, because it rewards our digging efforts with a larger bounty. I’m half-joking. Most people will place orders without putting too much effort into finding a deal, and Ulta knows this. For those willing to do the research and put in the time, Ulta gives us the deals we need to place an order. If you’ve mastered the art of deal (like Tony Schwartz), I’d love if you can think of anything else. There are always new things to learn, so I will edit this if I discover something new. I’ve seen guides to getting the best deal at Ulta before, but they’re not usually comprehensive and miss many important tips. Details scare some people. If you’re scared of detail, click that little X and back out now. Do not say I did not warn you!
Happy Leap Day. It will be four years before this day repeats. Many retailers take note of this special day and put on special deals. Here are my favorite Leap Day Deals that are only valid today.
A year ago today I decided to create a space where I could share: my thoughts, endless tips (if you’ve read my articles from start to finish, you know what I mean), and most importantly the deals we all strive for. There were ups and downs, and it almost ended as soon as it started. I learned that blogs are a lot of work, so you have to unplug completely during a tragedy. Through all the work I put into each article and page, I wondered if anyone would find it helpful. When I received a comment or email through contact, I learned that some people did find it helpful and others were happy to help me. Some have my passion for deal sharing, most share my passion for deal hunting, and all share my passion for beauty products.
Pay-to-Shop programs allow us to get paid to shop online. We are already spending our money, so we might as well get some of it back, right? Online shopping makes finding the best deal very easy. No driving all over town to compare prices. The cost of gas will eat into or completely erase your savings anyway. If you’re not getting paid to shop online, you are not getting the best deal. Many pay-to-shop programs exist. They affiliate with the retailers and get paid a percentage your subtotal for the “referral.” They are easy to use and completely legit. Getting paid to shop online is not a scam. Ready to get the best deal in every way possible?
Welcome to Black Friday, the biggest shopping Day of the Year. By now, I am sure you’ve probably already shopped a bit or are about to get started. My Black Friday Deals post went over some great offers. This article on Cyber Monday offers will have no repeat deals, so I hope you find something great inside.
I’ve often wondered why some people choose to pay full price on items without any promos, perks, samples or anything. We all do it from time to time, because deal hunting can be a lot of work. Sometimes items are excellent and stand on their own without a deal. Other times, there are no deals to be had. Even when we’ve done our research, we can feel downright discouraged later when we find out we did not get the best deal after all. The love of the deal and the hunt is half the fun for me.
When it comes to television, I have two guilty pleasures. One is Days of Our Lives. I have watched it on and off since I was 13. It is the only soap opera I’ve ever really watched. Years ago when Passions came on after DoOL, I would watch some episodes. That really was soapy even for a soap opera, so I never really got into it. I do remember the current Rafe and Brady were also on Passions, but I cannot remember their character names.
How do I get the best deal? This is a question I see often. Sometimes it is directed toward specific retailers. Other times it is more of a general probing. Let’s face it. Getting the best deal can be a lot of work. Have you ever been so proud of yourself for doing your research and locking down an incredible deal only to find out you did not get the best deal available? You are not alone. This has happened to me, too. We live and we learn from overpaying. Then, we get more savvy in the future. There are the tricks everyone knows. Subscribe to the retailer’s updates. Do Google searches for promo codes. Use Rakuten, ShopatHome, Mrrebates, or TopCashBack to get a percentage back on what you order. Of course, you can always visit sites like this one that try to list all known deals in one place. What are you missing though? Can you do anything else?