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1 Year ShopRunner Membership for $1 – Hurry!

ShopRunner Logo

ShopRunner is offering a one-year membership for just $1 right now, but only for the first 10,000 to sign up!  If you’re not familiar with ShopRunner, it’s a membership program that gives you free two-day shipping with no minimum purchase AND free returns from various online retailers including Toys R Us, American Eagle Outfitters, Newegg, Dominos Pizza, and more.  The normal price for a one-year membership is $79, so you’ll want to snag this while it’s available.  Click here for more information and to sign up for your membership.

100% of the proceeds of this promotion will be donated to Philabundance, a non-profit organization that provides food to those in need.

College Textbooks Meet Online Shopping

When I was a freshman starting out at college registering was quite a different experience from high school. For the first time I was on my own. All those years before mom was there to help and guide me in the process – what classes I’d take and when, purchasing supplies, and buying textbooks. Honestly, I didn’t even pay attention to what she was doing most of the time. That all changed at college.

Figuring out what classes to take and even registering for classes as a freshman was difficult. Being low man on the totem pole meant a lot of classes being full and I took what I could get. After crossing that hurdle the next big ticket item was going to the campus bookstore and buying my textbooks for the semester. Wow. Walking into the bookstore was like walking into a feeding frenzy – a sea of students vying for the least-worn copies of much-needed texts. If you were lucky to get a book that was actually usable you then had the privilege of paying a hefty price for each – sometimes triple digits! For me, the cost of tuition was far less than the bill for my textbooks. Thankfully, students (and parents who subsidize their education) have a new alternative to these high-priced publications – rent them!

Did you know you could now rent textbooks? Companies like are now available where a student can rent their textbooks for much lower rates than buying them new or even used. For example, I found that a student could rent a particular Biology book for one semester (130 days) for just over $26.00, and all books have free shipping and free returns. A student can even highlight in the book and they’ll take it back. If you’re curious about how it works, click here.

Talk about two worlds colliding – a person can do everything they need to get ready for college online. From registering for classes, buying school supplies, and even renting textbooks, all can be done from the comfort of their couch at great prices. Sounds like the end of the campus feeding frenzy as we know it. It’s another great way to shop in your PJ’s!

Online Holiday Shopping Facts & Safety Tips



Get Free 2-Day Shipping, Returns, & Member Deals with 1-Year Membership to Shoprunner $30 – 62% Off

What is Shoprunner? Pay a membership fee and get unlimited free two-day shipping with no minimum order size from major retailers like Toys R Us, NFL Shop, PetSmart, MLB Store, Calvin Klein,, Newegg and many more. With today’s LivingSocial deal, you can get a one-year membership to ShopRunner for only $30 – 62% off the regular price. With the holidays approaching, this is a real time saver! Visit the deal page for all the details and rules.

Online Black Friday Deals Start Now!

Don’t want to stay up late after your Thanksgiving feast to battle the crowds in during the wee hours of the morning or at the crack of dawn on Black Friday?  Many online retailers are starting their Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving Day.  You can shop early and skip the hassle!  Here are some of our favorite deals, we’ll be sharing more throughout Thanksgiving Day.

Amazon Lightning Deals

Click here for the Best Buy Homepage

Best Buy – Free Shipping On Any Order

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Disney Store – 20% off your Order with promo code THANKS

GNC Thanksgiving 25% Off

GNC – Free Shipping + 25% off Sitewide (Thanksgiving Only)

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Kohl’s – 15% off with promo code GOBBLE15, free shipping on orders over $50 and $15 Kohl’s Cash for Every $50 you Spend

Land of Nod – Free Shipping On Your Entire Order

Delivering play, every day at Mattel Shop!

Mattel Shop – Free Shipping On Any Order Plus Early Black Friday Deals

Every Team and Every Style for Everyone on Your List at!

NFLShop – Free Shipping Plus 10% off with promo code GIFT


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Plum District – Extra 40% All Deals with promo code cyber40

Fun Facts about Holiday Shopping Online

Did you know that last year was the first year that Cyber Monday was the biggest day for online sales during the shopping season?  Traditionally the big day was in December.  Are people shopping earlier or is the promotion of Cyber Monday working?  Here are some interesting facts about online shopping during the holidays.



Amazon Lightning Deals 101









Black Friday means something special to us here at Shopping In Your PJ’s – Amazon Lightning Deals. These limited-time, deep-discount offers can be both exciting and a bit frustrating. In preparation for this wild ride of good deals, here is a quick primer so that when the time comes you’ll be prepared for battle. If you’d like to read more about Lightning Deals, Amazon has an overview page here.

What is a Lightning Deal?

A Lightning Deal is a promotion in which a limited number of discounts are offered on an item for a short period of time. Lightning Deals can be found throughout, including the Gold Box page and the Black Friday Deals Week page, and are available, one per customer, until either the promotion period for the deal expires or all the available promotional discounts are claimed.

How do I claim a Lightning Deal?

Once it is time for a deal to appear, click on the Add To Cart button that pops up. We recommend doing this the instant it comes on the screen – even if you aren’t sure you want the item. If it is in your cart you’ll then have a limited amount of time to complete your purchase or it will be removed it from your cart.

Why does it say “Join a Waitlist?”

The deal you wanted sold out. However, it is possible someone will not complete their purchase in time or remove the item from their cart which means it goes to the people on the waitlist. Should you join? Yes, always, although this is no guarantee you’ll get one. Note: if you put yourself on the waitlist don’t wander too far from your computer! If the item becomes available Amazon will send an alert on your screen and you’ll have a limited time to complete your purchase.

Why does it say “Checking Deal Status?”

For all Lightning Deals, Amazon verifies eligibility on a first-come first-served basis before applying the promotional discount to an account. Please don’t reload or refresh the page in your browser while this status appears. If promotional discounts are still available for the item when Amazon gets to your request, you’ll see the status change to “in your cart” and the item will appear in your cart. If all promotional discounts are claimed before that, you won’t be eligible to receive the promotional discount.

These deals go quickly – do you have any tricks?

There are no real tricks, except to say click as fast as possible. Sometimes if you click in the space where the Add to Cart button will appear – but a split second before it actually appears – you can get lucky and claim an item, but there’s no guarantee.

We look at Lightning Deals as a challenge! While it can be frustrating when something sells out almost immediately, there’s also nothing more exhilarating than getting that Kindle Fire in your cart for $100. Whether this is your first time conquering Lightning Deals or you’re an old pro, we wish all of you good luck and enjoy the ride!



Holiday Shopping Trends

Recent studies show that more and more people are turning to online shopping to help them save on holiday purchases. This has definitely been the case in our household! Are you doing more of your shopping online this year than you have in the past?

This infographic highlights some interesting holiday shopping trends.



UPS My Choice – Free Delivery Alerts and More

UPS My Choice
If you do a lot of shopping online, chances are you have that big brown truck pulling up at your curb on a regular basis. Don’t you hate waiting around for your delivery to arrive, or the missed delivery notices on your door when you get home? We’ve just discovered something new from UPS that might help alleviate delivery stress, UPS My Choice.

It’s free to sign-up for basic membership and here are the benefits:

  • Delivery Alerts – Get proactive notifications via text, phone or e-mail the day before a delivery.
  • Approximate Delivery Time – When possible, UPS will provide an estimated delivery time frame.
  • Authorize Shipment Release – Give authorization online for UPS to deliver packages without a signature for drop-off when you’re not going to be home to sign in person.

I have a feeling this is going to be a big help to me this holiday season.  To sign up for your free membership, click HERE.


Amazon Free Shipping – How To Get It

We love Amazon for it’s low prices and vast array of products to purchase. It seems like if someone sells it, you can buy it at Amazon. The other big reason why we love Amazon is all the ways you can have items shipped to you free of charge – no free shipping codes required. Scroll down for a list of  five programs  that will give you free shipping, links to more information on each program, and links to sign up (if required).

Free Super Saver Shipping:

  • Proceed to checkout with at least $25 of eligible items in your Shopping Cart. (Eligible items will say “eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping” next to the price)
  • Ship your items to a single U.S. address.
  • Select Super Saver Shipping as your shipping speed.
  • Place your order, and enjoy the free shipping!
  • Your order will be delivered within 5-8 business days.

For more information on Free Super Saver Shipping, click here. There’s no sign up, it’s yours to take advantage of whenever you like. If you fall short of the $25 minimum, check out our list of Amazon Fillers that will get you there!

Amazon Mom:

Amazon Mom members receive exclusive discounts on a variety of products and categories. Discounts and promotions will be e-mailed to your e-mail account or made available on the Amazon Mom membership page at Benefits include:

  • 30% off select diapers and wipes, and save 15% off (nearly) everything else: Set up automatic delivery with Subscribe & Save to save 15% on select household and grocery essentials, and save 30% on diapers and wipes, which includes the standard 15% Subscribe & Save discount plus an additional 15% discount exclusively for Amazon Mom members. Subscribe & Save items are always sent with free standard shipping, and you can cancel at any time.
  • Exclusive deals: Take advantage of discounts exclusive to Amazon Mom members. Bookmark the Amazon Mom homepage and join us on Facebook to be the first to know about our deals and product recommendations.
  • FREE Two-Day Shipping: All Amazon Mom members qualify for three months of FREE Two-Day shipping with Amazon Prime. You can extend this benefit: for every $25 you spend in the Baby Store, you earn an extra month of free Prime shipping benefits, up to a year.
  • Eligibility & Sign-Up: It doesn’t cost anything to participate in Amazon Mom, and all parents and caregivers are eligible to join.

For more information on Amazon Mom go to the help page and FAQ. Ready to sign up? Go to the Amazon Mom sign-up page.

Subscribe & Save:

The benefits of ordering through Subscribe & Save include:

  • Automatically receive a new shipment of the item in the monthly intervals you select
  • Get a discount on our everyday price
  • Get free shipping on every Subscribe & Save shipment
  • Pay for each order only when the item is shipped
  • Have the option to cancel at any time
  • Signing up for Subscribe & Save is always free

Here are the steps to start a subscription:

  • Choose an eligible item
  • Choose a quantity and delivery schedule
  • Choose your payment method
  • Click “Sign Me Up”

Click here for more information on the Subscribe & Save program. Want to see the Subscribe & Save eligible products? Click here.

Amazon Student:

Amazon Student members get exclusive discounts on a variety of products and categories. Discounts and promotions will be e-mailed to your e-mail account or made available on the Amazon Student membership page at

As an Amazon Student member you’ll also get six months of FREE Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, and will automatically continue receiving Amazon Prime shipping benefits at a cost of $39 a year for up to four years with automatic renewal. These benefits can’t be shared with another account, but if you continue with a paid membership you’ll receive access to thousands of Prime instant videos. If you don’t wish to continue with paid Prime benefits you can set them to not automatically renew at any time during the free period. Once the $39 membership is selected, you’ll no longer be eligible for the free period even if the paid membership is canceled.

Only students currently enrolled in a college or university who have a valid .edu e-mail address to confirm their status are eligible to participate in Amazon Student. See additional conditions at Amazon Student Terms & Conditions for more details.

Do you qualify for Amazon Student and want to sign up? Click here. For the Amazon Student Storefront, click here.

Amazon Prime Free Trial:

Amazon Prime is a paid service that allows you to receive two-day shipping on all eligible items, as well as access to Amazon’s Prime Instant Streaming Videos. However, if you have never paid for Prime before, you can get a free one-month trial.

  • Place items in your Shopping Cart by clicking “Add to Cart with FREE Two-Day Shipping.”
  • Proceed to checkout.
  • Click “Start my Free Trial.”

You can also start a free trial of Amazon Prime from the checkout page by selecting “FREE Two-Day Shipping” as your shipping speed.

For more information on Amazon Prime click here. Ready for your free one-month trial? Click here.