Nick and I have been talking about what we were going to do for our 2nd wedding anniversary for months. Do we want to go to Disney again? NYC? Go the beach? Try something new and go to Vegas? I mean we’re already married, what’s the worst that could happen?! Maybe a cruise?
We looked into Disney and a cruise, because we always have a great time, but standing in those lines all day leaves you exhausted at the end. We want to go and have a great time, but still feel relaxed. So, we thought about where we have gone that we’ve had an absolute blast but still felt like we were rested.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK! I looked into pricing for the trip… it was not good. Not in a, oh we just won’t eat out for a while so we can make this work kinda not good. I’m talking there’s no way this is working no good. I think we were both a little pouty at the idea that for the first time since we got engaged, we might not be going on a trip.
Then the clouds parted and angels sang. A beam of light broke through the wall at my office and lit up my computer screen. In my e-mail was an ad from expedia.com. Usually I ignore these things. When you use a site like that to book one trip, they hound you non-stop. Something told me to open it though. Maybe it was the light, maybe it was the angels… I don’t know. It was an unexpected 24-hour sale.
We were able to get 2 round-trip non-stop flights to NYC, 4 nights at the New Yorker Hotel which is across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station. We also got tickets to the musical “Book of Mormon” and the play “Death of a Salesman” starring Phillip Seymour Huffman and Andrew Garfield. All of this for more than half of what we would have paid originally… and we wouldn’t have gotten the show tickets! We’ll have enough saved up by then to also possibly go to TKTS and get another show’s tickets too if we want to make it a Broadway bonanza… but we’ll probably use those free days to explore museams and such! PLUS, I went through ebates before I booked, so we’ll be getting cash back on the trip as well!
For those of you who don’t know ebates go to this link: http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=ZOxlNuOVz%2F5hzYqu6jCfWA%3D%3D . Ebates is the pioneer and leader of online Cash Back Shopping. They are the leading online destination for savvy shoppers interested in earning cash back on almost all of their online purchases. Currently they offer cash back at over 1000 stores including Wal-Mart, Target, Staples, and many, many more. With Daily Doubles, thousands of coupons, and a team of bloggers keeping you up on the latest deals, Ebates.com is the place to go to save money on all your online shopping. You earn anywhere from 1% to 20% cash back either through PayPal or a mailed check for all online purchases. You can even order something from say Best Buy online for store pick-up and you’ll still earn the cash back! You name the store… it’s there! The only place that I haven’t seen on there that I frequent is amazon.com. Now you may be thinking, “Self, 3% cash back is not a lot.” You’re right… it might not be. But add that up over 3 months and your online shopping might have just paid for something major!
The site works by monitoring what you look at when you visit the store. So for example: yesterday I went to ebates.com, logged in and then went to expedia.com through the ebates website. It kept track of what vacation packages I searched for, what hotels I clicked on, which airlines I looked at and in the end when I booked I earned 2% cash back! Ebates will then give expedia that information so they can layout, advertise and run their site better for us consumers. EVERYONE WINS! 🙂
So anyways, back to NYC. I’m beyond excited. Last time Nick and I went we saw “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” before it got “good” so we were quite literally Stafford & Waldorf in a boxed balcony seat laughing so hard we cried at the show. Amazing. Then, we went and saw”Rock of Ages” and “That Championship Season” starring Jim Gaffigan, Brian Cox, Keiffer Southerland, Jason Patric and Chris Noth. We actually got to meet all of them after the show when they came out and I giggled like a little school girl for about an hour (SORRY AGAIN, NICK!) at meeting the infamous Mr. Big. We ate at phenomenal restaurants that were both fancy and holes in the wall. Got to hang out with our friends Courtney and Johnny. Went to a museum and just had FUN. Needless to say, I can’t wait to see what kind of mischief we create for ourselves on this trip. I can’t wait to walk around the “big city” with my best friend and just have FUN.
If you have any suggestions on what we should do or where we should eat (yes… I plan our trips around the food… lay off me… vacation!)… We’ve done most all “touristy” things and we LOVE sushi, so if you have a suggestions please comment below!