My name is Shannon and I launched A Girl’s Gotta Spa! in 2005 back when blogging was basically unheard of. A Girl’s Gotta Spa! is my version of “Calgon Take Me Away!” My team and I focus on real-life reviews of beauty products from skin care to hair care to makeup, and of course, spa treatments too. I honestly believe that taking time for you and pampering yourself is the best preventative medicine to so many things that ail us mentally.


As a single mom to 4 growing boys, there’s no such thing as buying products at full price in this house. In fact, full price is forbidden. I rarely buy anything in-store because that means I would impulse shop and may not get a good deal. I always go online and comparison shop because that nightstand I saw at Target for $85 is usually only $50 at Walmart…(I’m making over my bedroom right now, so I digress…)


The main way that I score discounts is by first logging into and using their web partners to shop from (which are basically all the online stores I use anyway.) If you are not familiar with ebates, the premise is simple–you get cash back every time you shop (you’re paid via PayPal quarterly.) The amount per store vary and many times ebates has promotions where they increase the cash back percentage for certain stores. One way I love to shop through ebates starts when I see a huge discount on an item on Groupon. I’ll log into ebates, click their link for Groupon, then scoop up the sale while getting cash back on my purchase. Pretty cool right? But did you know you could score an even bigger discount?! I ALWAYS use the discount codes from RetailMeNot in addition to ebates. So ebates>online store>enter RetailMeNot discount code at checkout and voila, discount + cash back. I’ve done it with Amazon, Old Navy, Blue Nile, Macy’s….you name it, and I’ve shopped there through ebates. If I remember right, one time I saved $70 on just by using both ebates and a RMN discount code.


Tag: Balinese Medallion Blue Topaz Dangle Earrings, Original Price $95. I bought it for $50 through Living Social plus 2.5% cash back by using ebates plus free shipping with a discount code from RetailMeNot.

I love these earrings and I am a total jewelry geek. So scoring them on the cheap was a major win for me.
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