Online Shopping - A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude
Good morning. Here's hoping that today finds you as Migraine- and headache-free as possible.
Across the country, the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. It's also the day when anyone in my family who suggests that I go shopping is met with a huge, "Seriously?!"
Crowded spaces, noise, people wearing fragrance, stores with fragrance being sprayed all over the place, bright lights, blinking holiday lights, overheated stores... potential Migraine triggers, each and every one. You're not going to get me to go to a Black Friday sale. Nope. No way. The very thought of it makes me cringe and scream, "Bah humbug!"
None of this means that I don't love shopping for gifts for my family and friends. I love it, and I've found the perfect way to shop AND avoid all of those Migraine triggers... online shopping. Ask Ellen, and she'll tell you that I can find pretty much anything shopping online, and I get great prices.
Let me give you some tips for online shopping:
- Check out Ebates to get cash back for shopping online. It's easy and free. You register for a free account at Ebates.com, then when you want to shop online, go there first. If the site on which you want to shop is listed there, go through their link to that site, and you'll get cash back from Ebates. The percentage back varies, but even the small percentages can add up. You can find everything from clothes to flowers to electronics, including computers. Since 2010, I've received $698.47 from Ebates.
- Register for the mailing lists on sites where you like to shop. Some send email when they're having a sale, which can result in big savings.
- When you see big sales, consider buying gifts early.
- Amazon has SO much more than books. If you buy from them often, check out Amazon Prime. For $79 a year, everything you buy from Amazon (not their third-party sellers) is shipped via their free two-day shipping, even if you have it shipped to someone else. Amazon Prime subscribers also get free instant streaming video of thousands of television shows and movies.
Today, the 29th day of our 30 Days of Gratitude, I'm grateful for being able to shop online and avoid all the potential Migraine triggers in stores. I'm also grateful for how much online shopping lets me stretch gift-buying dollars.
Ellen and I both find that a gratitude journal helps us maintain our emotional equilibrium when it seems that everything in our lives is conspiring to bring us down. We also find that it helps to share with each other. That's one reason we want to share with you, our Migraine and headache family.
Would you like to join us? It's easy to keep a gratitude journal, and you're always welcome to share any of it here in our community. Journals can be handwritten or kept on your computer. To share here, you can create a SharePost of your own, or you can post comments to our posts.
For a listing of all of our 30 Days of Gratitude posts, see A Migraine Patient's 30 Days of Gratitude - Introduction.
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© Teri Robert, 2013
Last updated November 29, 2013.