Who needs a therapist? It's amazing what a little retail therapy can do to soothe the soul!

So, it's one of those rainy days in sunny San Diego.  I'm holed up in the house with two little girls and bored out of my mind.  What do I do?  Well while my two daughters partake in a PBS-feast, I log on to the Internet and start checking out some "sales."  Dangerous?  Yup.  Especially when you can find some great deals, i.e., no added costs (taxes) and free shipping.  But what else?  How about finding even more discounts?

If you're like me, you love a deal.  And I always feel better about a purchase if I feel like I'm getting additional money off.  So whenever I'm shopping online I always make sure I do it via MyPoints (https://www.mypoints.com/emp/u/refSignup.do?refCode=Pv6Th0rWLb8IK---v&arr=s10&afsrc=1&src=EXTERNAL_PUBLICATION).  Never heard of it?  Simply put, you earn "points" for doing what you already do online: shopping, reading emails, playing games, searching the web, taking surveys, and more.  The more you do, the more "points" you'll earn.  And I have to tell you, I've redeemed by "points" and have received well over $200 in free gifts cards from this site.  It's easy and FREE!


Another great way to "earn" while shopping is by registering with Upromise by Sallie Mae (http://www.upromise.com/welcome/home).  Never heard of it?  Well, Upromise helps its members get money back for college from their everyday spending. It's free and easy and you can even have grandparents register their credit cards to gain additional saving for your child's college and/or private school funding.  So far I've saved $300+ for my three year old which can easily be rolled over into a 529 Savings Plan -- simply by shopping and using your existing credit cards and reward cards -- just don't forget to register them with the site!

Ever heard of Retail Me Not (http://www.retailmenot.com/).  Simply input the url for the site you're shopping and if there is a coupon or discount code, chances are you'll find it on this site.  I love this site.  Granted I typically only save 10 - 15 percent or even better get a free shipping code but it all adds up in the long run, right?

Lastly, Amazon Moms (http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_353920162_1?ie=UTF8&docId=1000535321&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=1J9VMK84FAGNJJFAKGZF&pf_rd_t=9401&pf_rd_p=1278700242&pf_rd_i=amazon-mom-landing) is another great resource.  It's FREE to sign up and Amazon Mom members receive benefits such as 30 percent off diapers and wipes, FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, as well as exclusive offers via e-mail.  What a deal...especially if you're an online power shopper like me....Amazon.com is a staple and one of my top Favorites.

Well, hope these sites help you.  We could all use some extra $$ in our wallets these days and as a stay at home mom (SAHM) it's more of a necessity to save, save, save!  That being said, a little retail therapy can go a long way...especially on a rainy day!

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