Category Archives: Tips/Hints

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 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.


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

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!

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