If we’re being honest…I may be slightly addicted to online clothes shopping. There’s just something about being able to visit all my favorite store’s websites in the comfort of my own bed that I love. And receiving the package full of fun, new clothes a week later is also amazing. However, I know that shopping online can sometimes be frustrating and expensive. No one likes spending their time + money on new clothes, waiting for them to arrive, only to be disappointed by something that doesn’t fit or look good on your body.

I’ve learned a few different hacks during my time of shopping online and am going to share them with you all today. These tips will make your online shopping experience a TON easier, and you’ll kick yourself in the butt for not knowing about them sooner.

3 Hacks for Online Clothes Shopping on a BudgetOnline Clothes Shopping Hacks

1. Cash Back Rebates

This online clothes shopping hack literally changed my life. I was so shocked to find out that some of my most favorite retailers like Ulta, Bath & Body Works, Sephora, and Forever 21 offered cash back on online purchases. (If you’re still not understanding: you can get MONEY BACK on purchases you make online at your favorite stores. Score!)

My favorite site to get cash back at is Ebates, and I’ve been using it for almost a year now. Ebates gets a commission from stores whenever they make a sale, and instead of keeping the commission, they give it back to you, the consumer!

Ebates easily installs into your web browser and displays itself as an icon. Whenever you see the Ebates icon light up in your browser tab, you know that you are on a retailer’s website that partners with Ebates, which means you can earn cash back on whatever purchase you are about to make. All you have to do after seeing the Ebates icon light up is click on it, and click the big button that says “Activate Cash Back.” That’s it!

Any purchases you make while Ebates is activated will translate into cash back into your Ebates account. You can log into your Ebates account at any time and see what your cash back balance is. Then, Ebates will send you your cash back as a check or directly via PayPal. Ebates also has certain “double cash back” stores that offer a higher percentage of money back.

Online Clothes Shopping

Another amazing thing about Ebates is that it constantly keeps you updated on all the best deals + sales happening at your favorite stores. I’ve saved so much money by just checking Ebates for free shipping + coupon codes alone.

Want to sign up for Ebates? Just click here or on the little green button below and start earning cash back!

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

2. Like to Know It

Ready for your mind to be blown AGAIN? Prepare to meet your new best friend: Like to Know It.

If there are any bells going off in your head, it’s probably because you’ve seen the words Like to Know It a million times before. Most of the biggest bloggers on social media these days use Like to Know It, and mention it regularly on their own blog + social media.

So what’s the big deal? And why is everyone always linking to Like to Know It anyways?!

Like to Know It is an innovative application that allows people to easily shop pieces that their favorite fashion bloggers/influencers post. Have you ever gone to a famous Instagrammers page and seen the hundreds of comments from people asking where a particular dress/top/bag is from? Well, Like to Know It fixes all of that.

After downloading the Like to Know It application, you can screenshot photos from any of your favorite bloggers/Instagrammers to shop. Once you screenshot someone’s photo who is using Like to Know It, you will get a notification from the Like to Know It app that you can now shop this outfit. When opening the app, you will be able to see the exact pieces/clothing that the blogger was wearing, with everything easily linked in order to visit the online shop + purchase. How COOL is that?!

Online Clothes Shopping

My online shopping has changed so much after discovering Like to Know It. I never have to lust after another fashion blogger’s outfit now, because I can find out exactly where they bought everything and see if I want it for myself. The confusion is completely taken away and it’s GREAT.

I personally use Like to Know It for my blog + social media, so if you’re ever wondering where I got something I’m wearing in an Instagram post, just screenshot it and open the Like to Know It app!

3. Find Hidden Discounts

Brands are very strategic about the discounts and coupon codes they distribute. Sure, there are some sales that are widely advertised, and you probably find out about them through an email newsletter. But there are often coupon codes and deals going on all the time, they are just somewhat hidden.

Coupon codes can be hidden in different ways. One way to find them is to check the brand/retailer’s social media platforms for any promotions. A lot of times, brands will run promotions exclusively for their social media followers to show their gratitude/thanks to those that loyally follow them.

Online Clothes Shopping

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Another way to find hidden coupon codes is to Google and see whether the store offers any special discounts for students. Did you know that Topshop, J. Crew, and ASOS all offer student discounts?! It’s true. Topshop is actually offering a 20% discount for students right now (limited time.)


Have any of your own online clothes shopping hacks? Share them with me in the comments 🙂

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If you’ve been around my blog for some time now, you’ve probably heard me talk about Opinion Outpost or at least mention it. I’m a big fan of Opinion Outpost and have been using it for years now. However, I understand that some people are not familiar with the website and want me to explain the concept further and give my own Opinion Outpost review.

In this post, you will get my honest review of the website, coming from someone who actually uses the site. You can also learn more about the process for getting paid through Opinion Outpost/how it really works.

Want to read my other posts that mention Opinion Outpost? Check out these:

Already convinced of how awesome this is? Click here, or on the banner you see below to sign up + start earning cash for giving your own opinions!

Opinion Outpost Review

My Honest Opinion Outpost Review

Opinion Outpost Review

Make money for giving your opinions online sounds too good to be true…right? Wrong.

I can honestly say, from personal experience, that Opinion Outpost is a legitimate thing, and that if you take the opportunity to sign up and take surveys, you will eventually make money. I’ve recommended this website to my own personal friends and family. I started using the website when I was still in high school and wanting to make some extra money online for spending on the weekends. I liked the website so much because it allowed me to fill out the surveys in my free time, and I could do it from my bed since it’s all online 🙂 The following Opinion Outpost review + FAQ is written from my view only.

How much does it cost?

Joining Opinion Outpost is completely free for users to join, and sign up is easy! Once you join, you will be asked to take a “Welcome Survey” that asks questions about you in order for the website to help you be perfectly matched up to surveys.

Tip: Make sure to check your email’s spam folder after signing up in case the confirmation email is sent there

How much money can I earn from Opinion Outpost?

The amount of money that you end up earning is completely up to you and how much time you want to dedicate to it. The minimum cash out to PayPal from Opinion Outpost is $10, which equates to 100 points. I would usually complete 10-15 surveys a week and have enough points to cash out to PayPal by the end of the week.

Another thing to consider is that you will not always qualify for surveys. This can be frustrating, but Opinion Outpost is looking for a very “certain” type of person for some of their surveys. For example, they may be looking for females, over the age of 35, looking to buy a house in the next 6-12 months. If that doesn’t sound like you, you aren’t going to be recruited for surveys. Some people may get more chances and opportunities to complete surveys, simply because of their demographic.

What kind of payout can I get?

You can be paid out in a variety of different ways, including PayPal, Visa cards, Amazon and iTunes gift cards, and more. My favorite way to get paid out is with PayyPal because I can get the money transferred into my bank account to spend on anything within just a few days.

How does it work?

Businesses all over the world are constantly looking for opinions and pain-points in their product/services in order to improve the experience and brand image. They need consumers, like you and me, in order to get helpful and genuine feedback. That’s where Opinion Outpost comes in.

When you complete surveys about different product/services, businesses take the feedback and data they collected and use it to develop future marketing campaigns and more. Taking surveys gives you an opportunity to voice your opinions and feelings towards different brands, while also giving you an opportunity to make money. If you’ve ever heard of a focus group, this is the same type of concept.


What other questions do you have about Opinion Outpost? What is your Opinion Outpost review? Let me know. I would love to help!

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This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit a Chicago hair salon called George the Salon in order to try out a new service they offer. The service is called the Digital Detox and I’m here to review the service and go more into detail about my experience!

George the Salon: My Digital Detox Experience

I got to visit the salon on a Saturday morning, and let me tell you…it’s beautiful. George the Salon is located in the Gold Coast, (which is already gorgeous), and I felt like a queen even just being at the salon.

Chicago Hair Salon
Chicago Hair Salon

Everyone who worked at the salon seemed super nice and friendly, offering me coffee/tea/water and were making sure I was comfortable and well taken care of. I waited for my appointment in the little waiting area, and then when it was time, Jodi came and got me!

Jodi is the woman who gave me my massage, and she was also friendly and delightful to be around. She always made sure I was comfortable, before, during and even after the massage. She really made my experience amazing and the massage itself was to die for.

While the salon offers different types of massages, I was there specifically to try out The Digital Detox massage. The Digital Detox massage concentrates on the upper body for 25 or 55-minute sessions, working out the tension in your scalp, jaw, temples, face, neck, and shoulders, while moving out to arms, hands, and fingers. 

This massage was perfect for me because of how Internet and tech-based my life is. Since I work from my laptop as a freelancer, I am constantly online and hunched over my work. Jodi helped work on trouble spots and muscles that get overworked and overused when we use our laptops/phones/etc. I was so relaxed and zen during the massage that I probably could’ve fallen asleep!

Chicago Hair Salon

I felt amazing after the massage and my shoulders/neck felt a lot less tense. Jodi gave me some tips and tricks I can use at home to help relieve tension in my upper body from always being online, which I really appreciated it.

I truly didn’t want my experience and time at George the Salon to end, and I can’t wait to go back sometime soon to see the staff and especially Jodi. I would like to personally thank George the Salon for allowing me to try out the Digital Detox and for being so hospitable!

If you are interested in the massage I got, or even just George the Salon, click here to be taken to their website and learn more.  Click here to read all of George the Salon’s Yelp reviews. Appointments are available for the massage and I would DEFINITELY recommend this Chicago hair salon.

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If you ever want to see a college student at their most stressed out, visit them during finals week. Although finals are made to truly test your knowledge and learning in a course, they have somehow turned into an all-out stress inducer for college kids across the nation. However terrifying college finals may seem, you do seem to always get through them, and the sun rises the next day. But do you know how to study effectively for a final?

Knowing how to study effectively is important as you can spend less time studying, but get more from your sessions, which will help you perform better on the test. Below you will find some of my best tips for killing it on your next exam. These are my tried and true tips that I personally use myself during finals!

Psst! I have another post about more general study tips for college. Click here to read that post about 25 study tips for college.

How to Study Effectively for Your Final Exams

How to Study for Finals

Get a Study Buddy

Be sure to take advantage of the other peers in your class when approaching a final. Chances are, they are just as freaked out about the final as you are. Because of this, you have the opportunity to possibly study with someone from the class.

A practical way to find a new study buddy in your class is to just simply ask someone in person after class! Perhaps there is a person you sat next to all semester long or even a new friend you might have made. If you are too shy to ask in person, think of emailing them (check the class roster) or shooting them a Facebook message.

Having another person from your same class to study with is so beneficial, as you can help quiz each other on course topics, and also clear up any misunderstandings about the content of the course. While you could just study on your own or with another friend, having someone who sat alongside you in the class will prove to be more helpful as you know they are in the same boat as you! Strength in numbers, right?!

Revisit Course Content

Let’s imagine that in an ideal world you have been staying on top of your course-work all semester long, and have been reading your textbook every night. Wow! That’s great.

Now, let’s take a look at reality and realize that you probably missed an assignment or two, and haven’t been hitting up that textbook as much as you’ve been hitting up that new season of Scandal on Netflix.

The great part about finals week is that you have time to revisit old course content that you may not have fully understood when first learning it, or might not have even read/studied it the first time around. Professors are looking to check your comprehension of the course in final exams, and will probably be pulling questions and content for the final from the entirety of the course.

Make sure to flip through your textbook and familiarize yourself with all of the course terms, theories, and concepts. You don’t want to be kicking yourself the day of the final when you realize the answer to a question was straight from the textbook! Also, ask to meet with your professor during their office hours to ask any questions or for further clarification on the course.

Prioritize Studying

I’ve heard people in my classes complain before that they were “too busy to study” or “wish they could’ve studied more.” While yes, there are sometimes physical and immovable limitations on our schedules, studying should really become a priority for you during finals week if you want to perform well.

A favorite way of mine to prioritize studying is to physically plan out and write in my planner the times that I will be studying for my test throughout the week. Having a set time written out and blocked off from the rest of your activities will protect your precious free time, and prepare you for when it’s time to take the test. Don’t be the whiney girl that’s upset with herself when final grades are returned!

Find Your Study Spot

Having somewhere sacred on campus (or in the surrounding areas) for you to study is key during finals week. Whether it is in the campus library or the nearby Starbucks, having somewhere to go where you can clear your head can really help you get into the studying “zone.”

It’s imperative to have a quiet place to study at where you feel comfortable and free from distractions. Sure, your bed might be comfy, but will you be tempted to doze off during studying or pull out your computer to Netflix + chill by yourself? Take an honest look at where you normally study (and with who!) before you go to study for your next final. Personally, I like to go to a coffee shop that is off-campus so that I am in a quiet environment, surrounded by other people that are usually doing work or something of the sort. Studying in the library on my college campus personally stresses me out and makes me feel more overwhelmed, but every person’s preference is different! 

Give Yourself a Break

I know, this may sound like a paradox. Give yourself a break?! On finals week? No way.

Yes way. I believe that you should study and prepare for tests as best as you possibly can, but also realize at the end of the day that exams are somewhat out of your hands and there is only so much you can do leading up to them. Give yourself a study break every now and again, and remind yourself that the result of this final will not alter the rest of your life significantly. If you follow the tips in this post on how to study effectively and try your best, you really can’t be too mad at yourself 😉


How do you prepare for finals and finals week? Share any of your study tips in the comments!

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