This giveaway is now closed! The winner is Holly Minion (ohioholly@…)!
In the next 10 days, I will be entertaining not once, but twice. Now, for anyone else, that might not seem like a big deal, but entertaining doesn’t come easily for me.
Don’t get me wrong — I love the idea of having people over, serving the perfect foods, creating beautiful place settings, etc. And if I had more time, money and cooking talent, I might actually enjoy it.
But the truth is it tends to stress me out, and I have to work really hard not to let it, which means not getting caught up in trying to create the perfect theme or meal.
That said, I’ve spent the last couple of days dreaming of summer entertaining ideas and playing with Cheep!, a social shopping toolbar that helps you find the best prices on whatever you’re shopping for.
Here’s how it works:
- Download the Cheep! toolbar.
- Start shopping. At the bottom of your screen, the Cheep! toolbar will help you comparison shop by showing you accurate price comparisons from around the web.
Summer Entertaining Ideas
So, for example, I’m dreaming of these adorable cheesecake-in-a-jar from the free Backyard Barbecue ebook we released a couple weeks ago. I searched Amazon.com for 4 oz. canning jars and found these Ball mason jars for $14.54. They’re eligible for Super Saver shipping, but Cheep! showed me that I can get them for even less, just $13.70 shipped, from Meijer.com.
Because we live in the boonies, right between a horse ranch, a working farm and the wetlands, we deal with our fair share of bugs, so getting tiki torches for our porch area is a no-brainer. We’re worried about the kids running into them, so these tabletop tiki torches seem like a better option. They’re priced at $14.95, and Cheep! saves me the hassle of price matching by showing me that Amazon’s price is the best on the web.
I love ceylon pitchers, not just for making iced tea but also for flavored waters (like cucumber water, my favorite!). Amazon.com has a 50-ounce ceylon pitcher for $19.99, but Cheep! pointed out that Bed Bath & Beyond has one for just $14.99, but with shipping it’s more expensive, and I’m sure I could find something else to get me to the $25 Super Saver minimum for free shipping at Amazon.
What I really love about the Cheep! toolbar is it makes it so easy to price compare. There’s no extra searching required, and the toolbar hangs out unobtrusively at the bottom of the screen so I can look at it or ignore it.
With Cheep, you can also add reviews, bookmark your favorite items and more so that the entire community benefits from each members shopping experiences.
Enter to Win
This week, Cheep! is giving one lucky Life Your Way reader a $100 Visa gift card!
To enter, tell me what’s on your wishlist for summer entertaining. If your wishlist is empty, tell me what your favorite item is for entertaining!
For extra entries, tweet your favorite item to @getcheep on Twitter (i.e., Would love these tiki torches for summer entertaining, @getcheep and @mandiehman! http://amzn.to/m91OIv) and include the link to your tweet in the entry form below.
This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, 6/3. The winner will be selected randomly and notified by email, and this post will be updated with their name as well!