Before Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the race to get all those holiday gifts, I thought it might be helpful to answer a few commonly asked questions about the SavvySleuth.
Do you sell items directly or buy them for people?No, I don’t sell any items. The items you see posted on SavvySleuth are items that affiliate merchants have allowed me to share with you. I choose which deals to share out of the thousands available each day, and share related promotional information like coupon codes and Daily Deals. No, I won’t buy any item for you. While I share deal information, and sometimes give my opinion on those deals, the purchasing decisions are all yours.
Do you post affiliate links?Yes, I do post affiliate links. They tell a merchant that you just found their site through the SavvySleuth. When you shop through ads and links on the SavvySleuth, you make it financially possible to keep the blog running. If you end up making a purchase at an affiliate merchant through an affiliate link, SavvySleuth gets credit for the sale and a small percentage of your total purchase is credited to the Sleuth’s affiliate account. This does not affect your deal price, nor your total price in any way. AvantLink, Commission Junction, Google Ad Network and LinkShare are the companies I trust for affiliate linking and SellFire for pretty displays.
Why do I sometimes click on a link that takes me to a product that’s either a different price or out of stock? The deals posted and displays shown are accurate when posted, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t occasionally click through something and find it’s not the price you expected. I do my best to keep things up to date, but certain things are out of my control like deal feeds from advertisers which populate the displays. If you find one is problematic, leave a comment in the box below the post so I can check into it.
Will you help me find a specific deal?Yes, I will be happy to help you find deals if you let me know what you’re looking for, but this time of year it’s as time allows. (I’ve got to sleep 4 or 5 hours a night or I just can’t make it through the day!) I will post the deal search, what I find at affiliate and non-affiliate sites, and share affiliate links where applicable in a post in response to your request.
Do you post non-affiliate links just to share information? Yes, I do post non-affiliate links, but I do that on Twitter and Facebook. So ‘Follow’ and ‘Like’ us to see those! (Click the links provided or click on the icons up to your left.)
If you have a question and need an answer, please leave it in the comment box below.
The holidays are almost here, and the pressure is on to find girlfriend gift ideas under $50.
What do you want your gift to say to her?
What does the like to do?
Is she an athlete? A movie buff? Lover of music?
Fun or serious. Thoughtful or whimsical, your holiday gift to your girlfriend should be something that suggests the warm way you feel about her, without being too practical – unless she’s into that!
Here are 5 girlfriend gift ideas under $50, to spark your imagination.
1. Jewelry – Never overated! Rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and watches are all available from fine jewelry stores like Reeds in their Web Only Clearance section.
When picking the right jewelry piece for your girlfriend, try and pay attention to what she wears most often. Don’t get her a necklace when she never wears them. Also think about what colors she likes and metal preferences. Does she wear more gold or silver?
If the relationship is new, you may want to avoid rings, as they still carry a bit more of a serious inference than other pieces.
4. Do-It-Yourself Gift Basket – This is my favorite and probably one of the most budget-friendly options, and it’s easy to personalize it with all kinds of fun items. Gather several inexpensive items like candy, shampoo, lotions, DVDs, sports drinks, microfleece socks, earphones, tea, etc… from a local discount stores, and put them into a fun container like a shower caddy, tote bag, or keepsake box. Consider individually wrapping each item (even if it’s something like a candy bar) so that the opening of the gift is part of the present! You can have fun with this idea, adding free items like local coffee stand stickers and condiments liberated from your favorite fast food restaurant.
5. Gift Cards – This one is never a bad girlfriend gift idea, unless your girlfriend insists that ‘creativitiy’ be part of the gift. In that case, she’ll probably also going to evaluate the face value of the gift card and if that’s so, you should probably move on and skip the girlfriend gift all together!
Most blogs and websites now have Facebook icons (look to the left side of this post to see the Savvy Sleuth’s icons) to allow you to easily check out their pages.
Twitter is much the same way, although some find Twitter confusing. Admittedly I did at first, but rather quickly you get the hang of it and can follow a lot of interesting people, companies and organizations through Twitter follows.
What I find is that each day I share deal information in at least 3 separate places: this blog, Facebook and Twitter.
Occasionally I mix in a Pinterest post or two, but I find if I spend to much time there I get lost in all the photos and don’t come out for hours! Can’t do that and look for deals too.
The deals shared in each place are often different. So if you’re only checking the blog, and haven’t yet liked the Savvy Sleuth’s Facebook page, or aren’t following the Savvy Sleuth on Twitter, you’re missing out on 2/3rds of the Savvy Sleuth’s shared deals every day!
I’ve been trying to figure out the true differences between the Apple iTouch 4th generation and the 5th generation models, and found it somewhat tough to get answers instead of just more hype.
The bottom line for me is always about price.
I know that refurbished iTouch 4th generation models are now available sporatically online at the Apple Store with 1 year warranties, and that those models are $100 cheaper than the new 5th generation iTouch models of the same size (32GB).
I also know that new 4th generation iTouch models are currently being offered at various retailers (and will be through the holiday season) with great gift card bonus promotions.