Contest: DrunkHeadDog Cocktail Recipe

To the celebrate the World Bartender Championship, TGI Fridays is giving away $2,012 and gift cards for the best cocktail recipe. Here’s my submission for the perfect FatHeadDog cocktail:

raspberries with Champagne and vodka

1/2 shot of vodka
1/2 shot of Grand Marnier
Lots of ounces of Champagne (or until your arms get tired of holding the bottle)
1 pawful of fresh squeezed lime
A few splashes of Ginger Ale
Garnish with frozen raspberries
*Kibbles optional

Don’t Shop and Fly

FatHeadDog Frugal Tip of the Day: Don’t cave in. You can pay up to 34% more for those airport impulse buys.

Watch Your Wallet While Shopping for Airport Electronics

By , dealnews Features DirectorIn the next few days, airports nationwide will be flooded with travelers en route to see family or friends for the Christmas weekend. And if we’re to believe the New York Times, they might be shopping for electronics while they wait.The Times recently published an article that documented the recent growth of consumer electronics stores and kiosks in the airport, like Brookstone, InMotion, and Best Buy vending machines. Some travelers will buy up headphones and chargers to replace broken or forgotten necessities, while others might be looking for a diversion or “treat” for their travels. It’s also reasonable to think that, right before the holidays, travelers may also be looking for some last-minute gifts for anyone they haven’t yet shopped for.

But how much will it cost you to do your shopping at the airport, instead of in advance? A consultant quoted in the Times article said that most of the items in these stores are available at prices equal to or within 10% of what you can find at other retailers. Considering a bottle of water could cost you around $5 at Newark Liberty, we weren’t so confident in those supposed price points… CLICK HERE to continue reading.

Endorse! That’s with an Exclamation Point.

There’s times where I don’t care how cheesy I sound because I’m really that enthusiastic about a product: Diet Coke (you’ve heard of my addiction). Gold Peak Tea (it’s the only bottled tea that actually tastes like real tea). Hot & Sour Soup (hot AND sour, how can you lose!?).  I have a new one.

Endorse! is a cool brand-new Facebook app that basically pays you to be a brand ambassador for your favorite products. The idea for Endorse is to connect brands to their most loyal and most influential customers. Purchase products, mail in your receipts and receive 10% cashback. If you add “followers” who also buy the same products, they get 10% and you can increase your cashback percentage to 100%.

Here’s how it works:

1. Visit www.endorse.com and login with your Facebook account.

2. Type in your favorite products such as Diet Coke or stores such as CVS or Target as I did, and click Endorse. Just like other referral programs on Groupon and Gilt, it’s good karma to join using your friends’ links. That way they get some credit for simply telling you about the program.

3. Now just save your receipts from your favorite stores and mail them in the free postage-paid envelope. For example, I purchased Diet Cokes at CVS yesterday. Before I shopped, I endorsed both on Endorse, so when I mail in my receipt, I’ll receive 10% back for shopping at CVS and 10% back for purchasing Diet Coke.

Endorse facebook app

Why does it work? With cashback shopping sites, big brands have ways to connect with their most loyal online shoppers, but bricks-and-mortar shoppers are more difficult. Endorse connects those big brands with their most loyal customers and rewards them.

Can I editorialize a little bit here? I really really hope people don’t find a way to take advantage of the system. Currently, there’s no limit to the number of brands you can endorse and no deadline to submit your receipts. I’m sure these and other policies will adjust accordingly. But I’m so impressed by how the CEO, Steven Carpenter, personally signed the welcome card as shown below. And how he went on Deal Seeking Mom’s blog to personally address every reader’s question. I’m impressed that the envelopes are sent to you free and postage-paid, whereas many other companies would find it cost prohibitive. Finally, I’m impressed to the attention to detail that Endorse! provides. I’m so excited to get started!Endorse Facebook app

Here’s a list of the products I endorse. Click to receive 10% cashback for every purchase of these items and more:

Arby’s
Bath & Body Works
Best Buy
Birds Eye Steamfresh Vegetables
Bud Light Chelada (seriously, these things are awesome!)
Campbell’s Soup
Cheerios
CVS
Diet Coke
Target
TJMaxx
Yoplait
Wal-Mart

Daily Deals Pt 2: Name Your Own Price at Modnique

 

Continuing to explore the daily deal sites, get the scoop on MooLaLa, Groupon and Plum District in Pt 1. Now, we’ll explore one particular flash sale site, Modnique.

Modnique is a fashion and accessory flash sale site but here’s the unique thing I just discovered. When sales are winding down to their last day and hours, you can “Make an Offer” on remaining inventory. Yeah, like bartering… I’ll show you how.

Modnique Make an Offer

When you sign up for the site, scroll down to the middle of the page, where the various sales have green MAKE AN OFFER banners. Pick a sale, then pick an item. When you open the item, click on the Make An Offer button next to the Add to Bag. A window will popup where you enter your selection and offer amount, and submit it to a live online agent who’ll assist you. Here’s how my offer went:

Modnique Make An Offer

Modnique: Hi, thank you for contacting Modnique customer support. How can I assist your offer today?
FatHeadDog: I’d like to make an offer on this item, please.
Modnique: Sure, I’d be happy to assist. I seem to be getting an unknown error with your offer. Can you please resubmit? For some reason, my screen is showing “2 Bones.”
FatHeadDog: No, that’s correct.
Modnique: 2 Bones.
FatHeadDog: Yes.
Modnique: Please hold while I contact my supervisor.
Idle one minute.
Modnique: Thank you for your patience. I’m sorry but I cannot accept “2 Bones” at this time. I submit a counteroffer of $24.
FatHeadDog: Thank you. I counteroffer $12 and a slightly used leash.
Modnique: I’m sorry but we do not accept goods for trade. The best offer I can give at this time is $22.
FatHeadDog: Thank you for your consideration, but I’ll have to decline at this time. I hear my leash in the hall.
Modnique: The one you offered?
FatHeadDog: No, why?
Idle one minute.
Modnique: Have a good day and thank you for contacting Modnique.

Daily Deals Pt 1: MooLaLa Could Be a Cash Cow

Now that I’ve finished writing my feature on daily deals and flash sale sites, I know more about them than I could ever bore someone long enough to tell all. No one’s willing to indulge me, so I’ll share my wisdom here in this four-part series. (Why four parts? Why not?)

MooLaLa daily deals

MooLaLa.com is the one and only daily deal site that pays cash, instead of credit, for friend referrals. They pay you 2% back for your purchases, 2% of every sale that you refer, and 2% of every sale that they refer. They’ll pay you in milk if you prefer.

Groupon announced this week a new customer loyalty program called Groupon Rewards, which will offer cashback for repeat purchases. They might as well start mockups for the Groupon credit card now.

Plum District is like Groupon and Living Social, but founded by a mom–hence its tagline “For Moms. By Moms.” Or dogs, whatever.

What Coach Bags and Jack-in-the-Box Tacos Have in Common

I’ve always taken offense to the name cheapskate. That implies I’d rather have things cheap than good, which simply isn’t true.

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Cheap is one-ply toilet paper. We know that is not good.

Good is sushi-grade ahi tuna. But that is not cheap.

There is one exception I can think of– Jack in the Box tacos are both good and cheap.

Here are four ways to fight that cheapskate stereotype and shop smarter.

1. Shop insider sample sales for designer handbags up to 70% off. Coach and Kate Spade are just a few retailers that offer once or twice-yearly online sample sales exclusively for email subscribers. I picked up a gorgeous $300 Kate Spade purse for… CLICK HERE to read the entire post on BlogHer.com.

The Wedding Gown Project

Attn writers: Write 500 words or less about your wedding dress for a chance to win up to $250 and documentary spot. Pass along to your writer friends!

www.TheWeddingGownProject.com

We want to hear your wedding gown story…and we’re willing to award you prizes for it. This writing competition is a non-fiction, memoir, blogging, essay-style contest for any person who is currently planning on buying a wedding gown OR has worn a wedding gown.

Good email etiquette tip

Alphabet Soup: EOM NNTR
If your email message can be expressed in half a dozen words, just put it in the subject line, followed by EOM ( = End of Message). This saves the recipient having to actually open the message. Ending a note with “No need to respond” or NNTR, is a wonderful act of generosity. Many acronyms confuse as much as help, but these two are golden and deserve wide adoption.

Source: Spouse’s boss’s email