Making and Saving Extra Money with TopCashback

TopCashBack

I found a new way to save some extra money while on-line shopping and love it! Since I do most of my shopping on-line these days, I like to use cash back sites as an easy way to save money towards my Disney vacations. The problem with some of the sites is that you have to wait for their schedule of pay-out to collect the money you’ve accumulated or have a minimum amount in your pay-out account before collecting. Not with TopCashBack!! This is definitely my new favorite site since you can easily withdraw your accumulated money directly to your bank account, to your Paypal account, or onto an Amazon gift card. No waiting for a particular date every 3 months or a particular cash amount before they will pay-out. Cash out whenever you choose. (NOTE: It may take several days or up to several weeks for the retailer to confirm payment. Once the retailer confirms payment, you may withdraw your funds at any time.)There are over 4,000 retailers on the TopCashBack site so it’s super easy to find one of your favorite shopping spots.

And as an added bonus – I do lots of DisneyStore.com shopping and received 5% -yes, 5% cash back on my most resent purchase. Since we are more than half way to Christmas, 2017 – no better time to join. It only takes a minute and you can start shopping and saving right away. FYI: The other cash back program I belong to, you know that one that starts with “E”, is only offering 3% cash back when shopping at DisneyStore.com. If you do lots of shopping on-line, that extra percentage adds up in cash back!

It’s a super easy process: Head over to TopCashBack.com and create your account and you will be on your way to saving extra money within minutes! The sign-up process is simple and takes a mere few minutes – and they also have a mobile app!

After creating your account, in the search area – type in Disney Store (or the store of your choice):

Click the red “Cashback” button

Click the Get Cashback Now button and you will be taken to DisneyStore.com (or any other store you have chosen)

Shop as you normally would. As you can see, I love deals! My purchase was $99. I had a code for 25% off and a second code for free shipping, which brought my order down to $80.56 – Woot! With tax – $18.44 saved!

After shopping, go back to your TopCashBack account and you will see this:

Within 24 hours I received an e-mail letting me know my rebate was in my account. NOTE: it could take longer based on the retailer you shopped with, but 24 hours was my experience with shopping at the DisneyStore.com.

And there it is! Woot! Another $3.71 saved! Adding coupons or discount codes you may have to your TopCashBack shopping trip is a great way to save lots of extra money towards your next Disney adventure! Total saved $22.15!

Cashback is a way for you to save money every time you shop online. A percentage of the purchase is returned to you as a cash back rebate when you complete your purchase with any one of our 3500+ merchants. It’s just like using a coupon, except all money is earned after the purchase has been successfully tracked.

Cashback websites are designed to receive commissions from the retailers they work with in exchange for directing consumers to their websites. Most cashback sites will give a fraction of this commission back to you, but TopCashback is the ONLY site that returns 100% of the commission. That’s why we claim to be the highest paying cashback site in the US.

To ensure you get the greatest deals every time you go to buy something online, simply sign in to your TopCashback account first and then click through to the store you want to shop at. By doing this, you will earn cashback on every purchase you make – whether you are booking a vacation, hunting for new clothes, shopping for vitamins, or signing up for a new utility or mobile service.

Keep an eye out for exclusive coupon codes on TopCashback, which you can use alongside our cashback offers, giving you double the savings when you buy. Please note, only official coupons listed on TopCashback may be used, otherwise the cashback may not track through the merchant.

When it comes to getting the cashback you’ve earned out of your account, TopCashback offers a number of easy payout methods, including Amazon.com Gift Cards, PayPal, ACH, and American Express® Reward Cards, some of which even give you a bonus up to 3%. So, if you have earned $100 in cashback, you could receive up to $103 when you cash out. Cash out at anytime you choose.

An additional way to boost your cashback earnings is by getting your friends, family & colleagues to sign up with TopCashback using your Tell-a-Friend links. Easily send out invitations and track their signup progress, all from within the dashboard on your account. Our Tell-a-Friend bonus offers have been as high as a record $29.00 per referral!

How To Earn Cashback 101:

Join for free

Earning cashback is simple and can be done in three easy steps.

Browse for a particular retailer from more than 3,500 we have on site, click on specific categories of retailers using the navigation bar or visit our Offers Page for the day’s best cashback deals.

Once you have found the retailer you want, just click on the ‘Get Cashback’ button next to the offer and you will be taken to their website.

Then, simply make your purchase as normal and we will calculate the amount of cashback you are due, which should appear on your account earnings page within seven days. If you are still unsure, or have a further question you need answering, visit our Getting Started page.

What are you waiting for? Join for free and start saving today!

I have been compensated to perform a review of TopCashBack.com, however, all opinions are my own.




Cirque du Soleil #Ovo at North Charleston Coliseum a Must See!

Cirque du Soleil Ovo

If you are looking for something fun to do this week that will entertain the entire family – look no further! Cirque du Soleil OVO opened last night at the North Charleston (SC) Coliseum and oh boy! What a show! From the minute we walked in, we felt like we were entering a totally different environment. Ovo helps you discover a colorful ecosystem full of amazing ants, flexible fleas, crazy crickets and more! The sounds of crickets and bugs are piped in through the sound system, and when the lights dim you will feel like you have been transformed into bugs living in their world!

Ovo will be playing at the North Charleston Coliseum through Sunday (8/13). Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on 8/10 and 8/11 and there will be two shows each day on the 12th and 13th at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

I knew my granddaughter, who is a gymnastics student, would love this show and I was right! She sat wide-eyed throughout the entire show and chatted endlessly on the 2 hour ride home about various different parts and feats performed. She wants to know when we can see it again!

The show is done in two acts with a 30 minute intermission and runs a total of 2.5 hours. It combines music and amazing acrobatics in a seamless way that keeps you involved and on the edge of your seat throughout the entire show. The performers are powerful, graceful and AMAZING!

From the second you walk into the arena, the sounds of the bug world are being played – crickets and buzzes – in the background to take you into the world of the bugs. The emcees of the show, Ladybug, Foreigner and Master Flipo are a hoot! Although there is no spoken dialogue, their bug interactions – chirping, buzzing and gibberish – with an very occasional English word thrown in, have you understanding their intent within seconds through gestures and expressions. Tip: If you want to take the chance of being dragged on stage – get yourself floor seats – front row center. The young lady brought on stage during the show was a really good sport and did a great job of interacting with the emcees.

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil OVO

I have to admit that the first act moved somewhat slow mainly because of the graceful, slower (but amazing) stunts performed – but Act 2!!!! OH EM GEE! The second act moved so quickly with one phenomenal feat after another that it was disappointing to have it end. I really can’t say what my favorite was but if I had to choose, I would say the trapeze artists that seemed to throw each other back and forth like rag dolls while dressed in ornate bug costumes and trampoline, wall crickets.

Wall Crickets – Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil OVO

 

Oh but wait!!! The Chinese Yo-Yo Juggler too! The best you’ll ever see! I knew I couldn’t pick a favorite!

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil OVO

The finale brings the entire cast out for one last bow and a standing ovation! The show can’t be described in any other way than AMAZING and FABULOUS and is a perfect way to spend some family time.

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The Show

OVO, which means “egg” in Portuguese, is a production of a colorful ecosystem where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. 

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil OVO

When a mysterious egg appears in the midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community, and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual. 

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act in which a group of scarabs soar high above the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform. 

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil OVO

OVO is teeming with life. Insects work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It’s love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual. OVO is overflowing with contrasts. The hidden, secret world at our feet is revealed as tender and torris, noisy and quiet, peaceful and chaotic. And as the sun rises on a bright new day the vibrant cycle of insect life begins anew. The name OVO means “egg” in Portuguese. This timeless symbol of the life cycle and birth of numerious insects represents the underlying thread of the show. Graphically, OVO hides an insect in its name: The two “Os” represent the eyes while the letter “V” forms the nose. 

Photo Credit: Cirque du Soleil OVO

ABOUT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com.

I was provided 4 free tickets for my family to attend Cirque du Soleil-Ovo for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.




3 Tips to Using a Rideshare in College

Rideshare Tips

With kids heading off to college across the country soon, transportation is one of the most important things everyone worries about. College life is one of the most memorable times in one person’s life. It’s the time to make new friends, go to new places and try things that you may have never done before.

While it would be more convenient to own a car, the reality is, not everyone brings a car when they go to college. While mass transportation may be available in their areas, students still need a more reliable and less expensive way to travel.

Good thing that ride-sharing has become more popular nowadays. Using an app downloaded on their mobiles, students can make an arrangement with a private vehicle owner for a price. It is cheaper than getting a cab, and many believe it is much safer than public transportation.

Students also need to know more about the apps they are using in order to take full advantage of the service. For example, many ride-share have levels of service and pricing, so they can do research to know which is available in their area. Knowing when to book is also important as there are times when the surcharge may be high. Some examples of those times may be on Friday night when many students want to go out and party so the demand may be high. In those cases, booking an advance may prove to be the better choice.

Here are other tips for college students so that they can further enjoy the benefits of a ride-share service.

  1. Save more money by splitting the fare – college students know the importance of saving money. While ride-sharing is cheaper than a cab, it will still cost more than taking the train or bus. But that can be remedied when you share the fare when you travel with friends. Many apps have included a feature where you can split the fare with as many as five people.
  2. Share your destination – There may be times when you will not have any person with you as you travel. If you want someone to know where you are going and what time you are arriving, you can share your expected time of arrival with any person on your contact list. Along with your ETA, they will also receive your driver’s name and the map of your location.  If this is something that you would like to do often, you can pre-select emergency contacts that you can send your status to when you travel.
  3. Take advantage of the promo codes being offered – the great thing about ride-sharing apps is that if you are a first time user, they offer unbelievable promos that you can use. You can get discounts on your rides and some may even enjoy a free ride. While most of these promo codes are no longer available for existing users, there are still ways to get some discounts on your next ride. Check out this site https://rideshareapps.com/. They have listed down ways to get promo codes for the most popular ride-sharing apps being used today.



Jet Lag – The Part of Travel I Hate the Most

People with jet lag have their sleep-wake patterns disturbed. They may feel drowsy, tired, irritable, lethargic, and slightly disoriented. The more time zones that are crossed rapidly, the more severe jet lag symptoms are likely to be. The older a person is, the more severe their jet lag symptoms generally are and the longer they will take to get their body clocks back into sync. A child’s symptoms will usually be much milder, and they will recover faster.

Jet Lag Prevention Tips

Whether you’re a “Road Warrior” who has piled up thousands of Frequent Flier Miles, or someone who is planning a vacation to a distant location, you are likely to experience the phenomenon of “jet lag,” which can have a profound effect on your sleep and alertness. Every day, millions of travelers struggle against one of the most common sleep disorders — jet lag.

If you’re planning your next family vacation, there’s a good chance you’ll be faced with the same decision as millions of other people: to drive or to fly? The longer the distance, the more likely you are to choose a flight over endless hours in the car.

If you’ve chosen to fly to your next adventure, beware the jet lag monster! Known to cause sleeplessness at night and heavy eyelids during the day, jet lag can ruin (or at least make hard!) even the best-planned, most fun-filled trips with your family.

So what’s the deal? Find out what it is about flying that really throws off your sleep cycle with this article. Keep reading to learn all about how to help prevent the jet lag monster from ever making an appearance, as well as how to put him back in his cage when he does show up. Don’t let this seemingly unavoidable downside to faster travel get the best of you and your family ever again!

Prevent jet lag from annihilating your lifePrevent jet lag from annihilating your lifeInfographic by Quill



5 Tips to Traveling in Style on a Budget

Travel Style BudgetGoing on vacation is a very exciting opportunity and one that many take for granted. Often times people want to make the most of their getaway and choose to save money for a long period of time in order to be able to travel in style. If you are a Travel Freak, you understand that you don’t have to have a million dollars to explore the world and have a great time. But if you are interested in traveling in style, we have some tips for you for your next adventure.

Designer Luggage

If you are a style maven and strive to look the part at all times, be on the lookout for designer luggage that will go on sale from time to time at major department stores. For example, Macy’s often has great designer luggage marked down during various times of the year. Coupled with a coupon, you can save big money and have a luggage set that will surely make you feel great as you walk through the airport.

Take a Limo

Take a limo to and from the airport. While this may sound expensive, it may actually be cheaper than parking your car at the airport for the week while you are away. Look for deals on travel websites that often offer sales for transportation services. If you begin looking ahead, you will be able to find a good deal on limo service to and from the airport which may even save you money in parking, tolls, and gas. Not to mention, taking a limo to the airport is sure to turn heads.

Get Pretty

Book a hair appointment and makeover before going out on the town. Most cities can offer a great salon experience while you are away from your home stylist. Check cities for blowout bars or head to a local mall to get a beauty makeover. In fact, many department stores will provide a free makeover if you purchase a couple of beauty products. After a day of beauty, you will surely feel like a night out on the town with your friends or sweetheart.

Coupon Codes

Look for coupon codes for activities. There are certainly many things you will do before you set off to your vacation destination. Be sure to keep an eye out for coupons or promotions for the city you will be vacationing. You can find great deals on food, excursions, and other activities weeks in advance. By planning ahead you can save over 25% off of regular prices!

When to Shop

Shop all year round for your vacation clothes. If you are planning a great vacation a year in advance, you can begin to shop for your vacation clothes early on in the planning process. The best time to shop for stylish, designer threads is after the season. If you are traveling next summer, be sure to check the sale and clearance racks at the end of this summer. You will likely be able to find a great swimsuit, cover-up, and sandals for up to 75% off! That is a huge savings!

What are your best tips for heading out in style?