June Tips

National Splurge Day

The year is full of shopping days — from Cyber Monday to Black Friday, and there’s also a day to celebrate just about anything you can think of. March 9? Meatball Day. August 16? Rollercoaster Day. We have days to shop for other people and to celebrate different things. What about a day to celebrate ourselves? In 1994, Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith created National Splurge Day to remind us that, even if it’s only one day a year, we need to forget about everything else and indulge ourselves.

At First Nebraska Bank, we pride ourselves on the tools and services we offer to help you become financially successful. But sometimes, you need a break from being frugal and spoil yourself a little. By “splurge,” we don’t mean to be excessively irresponsible with your money or to break your budget. Like when you shop for others, it’s the thought that counts most. Do something for yourself that’s a want-to-have instead of a need-to-have. Get those shoes that you’ve been considering. Order from that new restaurant you’ve heard so much about. Binge that TV series while you shop online. You have the rest of the year to be frugal and responsible. Pamper yourself today!

To stretch your splurge dollars, here some great online resources to help you find the best deals possible.

Honey will locate any available coupons for the retailer you’re shopping with and automatically apply relevant discounts to your order before you check out.

Rakuten, formerly known as eBates, is one of the most versatile online shopping tools available. The portal offers cash back and rewards from thousands of retailers, including major brands such as Amazon, Nike, and Macy’s.

SlickDeals relies on its thousands of members to post the best online deals available. New deals appear on the site regularly throughout the day, so it’s always up to date with savings opportunities. All deals are rated for their popularity by other users; the most highly rated deals make it to the front page.

PriceBlink is a web extension that compares prices while users are shopping online. After creating a free account, users browsing the web to shop will notice PriceBlink pop up and show a list of websites where the same product is being sold for cheaper prices.

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