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I love Airbnb.  It is such a great way to experience the area you are visiting.  There is definitely a time and place for hotel stays, but Airbnb’s can offer a truly unique experience.  The great thing is that you can find pretty much whatever you need.  If you want kitchen access, you got it!  If you don’t need kitchen access, you got it!  I have found that you can stay near attractions for a pretty good price versus staying in a hotel.  If you are staying for a few days, it really does help to have kitchen access so that you can save money on food!

My most recent stay in  Santa Monica, CA  included a short stay at an Airbnb.  All we really needed was a bed for the night and a bathroom.  I don’t even remember if we had access to the kitchen!  We were so tired after being at the beach all day!  I LOVED getting to know our host a bit.  She was an awesome lady with a super cute baby and a really cool cookie company called Bites of Luv!  Check her out on Instagram @bitesofluv.

Have you tried Airbnb?  If not, check it out!  I have a great discount for you to use on your first stay!  You can save $40 off your first stay of $75 or more!  Use this link  $40 discount on Airbnb.



Have you used Ebates before?  If you shop online at all…I mean AT ALL…then you should be using Ebates.  You get automatic cash back when shopping at your favorite online stores.  We just bought an international plane ticket and got $45 back!  How great is that?

Here are just some of the stores where you can get cash back:

Double cash back stores – Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, Carters, Pier 1, Forever 21, etc.

In-store cashback – Macy’s, Office Max/Depot, Puma, Gap, Sally Beauty, etc.

Travel – Expedia (up to 8% back!), Choice hotels, Hilton, Intercontinental (10% back!)

This is just a sample of the online stores that you can get cash back from.  Not using Ebates is like leaving money on the table people!  Plus, when you sign up through my link you will receive a free $10 cash back!


Earn points for doing things online such as shopping, answering surveys, searching the web, watching videos, etc.  Then cash these points in for awesome gift cards or cash back from Paypal.  What a great idea!  Swagbucks has been around forever but for some reason, I just recently signed up!  Between this and Ebates, you could get some serious cash back!  Sign up for Swagbucks here.