ShinyWant – You Won’t Believe The Deals! AND Zero Waste

I love a good deal. If you found my blog or this post then you probably do too. I have my regular deal sites I visit when I’m in the market for something but I love to learn about new ones. I got an email one day from Shinywant.com.

This is a relatively small deal site, but the deals they offer are amazing, at times even giving stuff away. No joke. So while there’s not a lot of deals the deals they have are worth the site visit. They offer overstock items 75% off or sometimes free. They are an eco-conscious company that believe in zero waste.

They even have name brand items on occasion such as Crayola and Adidas. I was offered a code to order a 50 pack of Crayola colored pencils. You guys I’ve never bought a 50 pack of colored pencils before. I usually go the back-to-school deal route and stock up at back to school time on the 12 packs for $1.99 or whatever it is. But this site opened my eyes to a better deal. A 50 pack of Crayola colored pencils sells or $2.50 on their site (reg $10)! I received my pack and yes they are genuine, authentic Crayola colored pencils.

So what’s the catch? Well, as you might expect, their deals go fast. They only offer so many a day so you gotta grab it when you see it. Also it’s important to read the return policy .While they do take returns in some cases, because of the low cost or free pricing on the products and the fact that they offer FREE shipping, you may be required to return the product at your own cost. I just think it’s important to be aware of these things before making a purchase.

So why is Shinywant.com different from other deal sites? Besides the zero waste idea, and offering free shipping, they also give you the chance to get additional discounts by clicking the “get discount button” on listings.

When I placed my order for the colored pencils I received them in just over a week. When you consider the price, free shipping, and the fact that the pandemic has delayed shipping in general for all shipping companies, I think that’s pretty good.

I feel like we’re always needing colored pencils for something. The kids need them for graphing, for posters for school, coloring contests, etc. I personally prefer to use colored pencils when coloring in my adult coloring book or making something up for work. I just did a quick search to see what other sites were listing Crayola colored pencils 50 ct for. Guess what, the cheapest price I saw elsewhere was $6.25 with some big chain stores listing for $11.99. The Shinywant.com price blows all of those out of the water!

I’m also super excited to let you know I’ll be partnering with Shinywant.com to bring special deals to my readership! I’m so excited. This company really does a good job. I have an ordering coming from them for a burlap make-up case too so I’ll let you know about that item too.

Disclosure: I received a sample at no cost via special code to order from the site and try out the shipping. Any opinions expressed are my own.

FREE 50 Count Box of Crayola Colored Pencils After Cashback

It’s back to school time. Whether you’re doing school online or in-person I feel like we always need colored pencils for projects for school. This huge 50 count box of Crayola colored pencils is free after cash back for new TopCashBack members.

TopCashBack is one of my favorite cashback sites. They consistently offer some of the highest cash back on my favorite merchants like Adidas, JC Penney, Famous Footwear, and more.

Step 1: 
OFFER LINK 

Using my link, signup for a FREE TopCashback account.This offer is for new TopCashback members only.

Step 2:
Follow the directions listed on the offer page to purchase.   You must spend at least $9.99 to receive $10.00 cash back.

Step 3:
Within 7 days of purchase, $10.00 will appear in your TopCashback account. You’ll be able to withdraw this within 14 days of purchase.  You can withdraw the money straight to your checking, PayPal, or claim as gift cards.

Tips:

  • Important: Check your email to confirm your email address. Click on the link in your email to authenticate your new account.
  • Want to purchase more than $9.99?  Make a second transaction instead of adding more to an existing cart to maximize additional cash back.

Terms & Conditions:Note: Transactions must contain at least $9.99 worth of purchases to ensure the $10.00 cash back is credited to TopCashback accounts. Transactions may initially track lower, but within the 14 days after purchase it will be uplifted and turn payable at the amount of $10.00. Transactions may take up to 7 days to appear in your TopCashback account. The deal is open until 11:59pm PST on 8/23/2020 or until supplies run out; whichever happens first; applicable for purchases made directly after clicking through TopCashback. Only one TopCashback account is permitted per member.  Cannot be combined with other TopCashback freebie offers.  Do not close the window, open any new tabs, or use non-TopCashback approved coupons while checking out.

FREE Pack of Sharpies After Cash Back (Limited time)

I love Sharpies. So many uses for them. Kids’ school projects, labeling items, science projects, color coding items, crafts, classroom donations, um I’m sure I’m forgetting stuff. I always keep several different colors of Sharpies on hand for various needs.

TopCashBack is one of my favorite cash back sites. They consistently have some of the highest cash back on the sites I want to shop. They also do contests and bonuses from time to time. I scored 20% cash back and a $2.50 bonus on an ADIDAS outfit for my son just two weeks ago because of a special promotion they had.

If you’ve haven’t signed up for TopCashBack yet you’re in luck. Sign up through this post (link below) and you can get a pack of Sharpies FREE after cash back! This is for new members only that go through this link.

Step 1: 
OFFER LINK 

Using my link, signup for a FREE TopCashback account.This offer is for new TopCashback members only.

Step 2:
Follow the directions listed on the offer page to purchase.   You must spend at least $13.99 to receive $13.99 cash back.

Step 3:
Within 7 days of purchase, $13.99 will appear in your TopCashback account. You’ll be able to withdraw this within 14 days of purchase.  You can withdraw the money straight to your checking, PayPal, or claim as gift cards.

Tips:

  • Important: Check your email to confirm your email address. Click on the link in your email to authenticate your new account.
  • Want to purchase more than $13.99?  Make a second transaction instead of adding more to an existing cart to maximize additional cash back.

Terms & Conditions:Note: Transactions must contain at least $13.99 worth of purchases to ensure the $13.99 cash back is credited to TopCashback accounts. Transactions may initially track lower, but within the 14 days after purchase it will be uplifted and turn payable at the amount of $13.99. Transactions may take up to 7 days to appear in your TopCashback account. The deal is open until 11:59pm PST on 8/16/2020 or until supplies run out; whichever happens first; applicable for purchases made directly after clicking through TopCashback. Only one TopCashback account is permitted per member.  Cannot be combined with other TopCashback freebie offers.  Do not close the window, open any new tabs, or use non-TopCashback approved coupons while checking out.

I want to know, what do you use Sharpies for? Are there uses I didn’t name? If you have your own blog and have crafts/science project ideas, etc feel free to leave a link to your Sharpie related how-to in the comments. I’d love to check it out.

Steps To Take When Looking for Scholarships for College

I have 4 kids. My oldest of which is heading to college in the fall. It’s been a whirlwind experience trying to navigate the whole application process for college and for scholarships. Even though he’s already been accepted and we put money down already we’re still having to take more steps that need completed before he actually starts. Guys he has new student orientation on the 19th! He still has to do some kinds of counseling session in regard to his student loans he qualified for. The whole pandemic thing made this process a little weirder too.

When I thought of the whole scholarship process I thought of it as filling out scholarship application after scholarship application hoping to get just one. Don’t get me wrong, there still plenty you can apply for on your own but the one he got was already applied for when we filled out the FAFSA. Let me explain.

Every year before starting college until college is finished you need to fill out the FAFSA. It’s important to fill it out completely and honestly. This helps schools make decisions on awarding scholarships and financial aid (among other things).

My son actually got a decent yearly scholarship from his college thanks to the FAFSA. As long as he keeps his GPA decent he’ll have the scholarship all 4 years.

My son’s high school also had their own form to fill out for scholarships specific to his school and the area. Colleges will sometimes offers scholarship awards to high school graduates for specific majors too. This was one form to fill out to determine scholarships for many.

In both of these scenarios only one form was needed to throw his name in the hat for many scholarship opportunities. These are the two major things to do . But, it doesn’t have to stop there. You can seek out and apply for individual scholarships as well. There are scholarship specific to majors, hobbies, religion, heritage, geographic area and more.

The David Ebrahimzadeh scholarship, for example, is a scholarship to recognize students seeking a degree in real estate! They’re accepting applications now. So don’t discount your career path in regard to scholarship opportunities.

Also local businesses, clubs, and even your own workplace may offer scholarships. My son applied for a scholarship through my husband’s place of work.

This post is sponsored by Diamond Links. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Extended Stay America: An Off-Campus Living Option? Yes

So I’m signed up for the Extended Stay America newsletter ok. They have good deals, it’s been an option for us with vacations, who knows when we’ll need them. I get info about deals and coupon codes. I don’t hate getting the newsletters. In fact, sometimes they’re even enlightening.

The latest email I got from them blew my mind. It was one of those things that made me thing “Wow, that’s true! Why didn’t I think of that”

Extended Stay America offers short term and long term stay options. Even offering bigger discounts for stays of 30+ days or more. The rooms have kitchenettes complete with microwave refrigerator, coffee maker, and counter space. I’m thinking, most the time parents have to buy mini fridges, microwaves, coffee makers, linens, etc. You wouldn’t have to buy any of that stuff.

Most of the complaints about dorms are things like: community showers, small living space, noisy, cleanliness,or being stuck with a roommate you just don’t get along with. This alleviates all those.

Another bonus, Extended Stay America has laundry facilities and offers free breakfasts. Some Extended Stay America sites even offer amenities like gyms, swimming pools, and business areas that would be great for typing up reports.

Extended Stay America also offers free wi-fi (uber important for college) and include all utilities! Be sure to check Extended Plus Program for 60+ days or longer for lowest rates.

This could be a great temporary option too for those colleges with limited dorm availability or for those that just like their personal space. Go together with a friend and get a room at Extended Stay America and split the cost.

Oh and one more thing, Extended Stay America offers pet friendly rooms. So if your college bound student just can’t part with Fido, he may be able to take him along! Some Extended Stay America sites offer shuttle services to local restaurants and stores. A ride to the grocery store? Awesome!

I understand this option may not be appealing to everyone but I thought it would be a great idea in several circumstances. If you deduct the price you’d pay for furnishing a dorm room, paying for laundry, paying for breakfasts, paying for any utilities the price could even out.

This post does contain affiliate links. I will get a small commission from bookings made through this post.