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Sezzle, AfterPay and Pay Later Programs

Many websites, from Hot Topic to lots of indie brands, are now offering multiple pay-later options. Companies like Sezzle and AfterPay allow you to put down a down payment and order your goods if you promise to pay three more equal installments, each two weeks after the next, until your products are paid off. There's no fees or interest as long as you pay on time, and it's like layaway but better, since you don't have to wait for your items.

Makeup Finds, Steals and Deals

There are so many different places to buy makeup--and so many brands, from department stores to indie companies--that choosing a good product can often feel overwhelming. I'm not all that picky, but I do tend to find that my black lipstick just doesn't have staying power. I'd love something that I could put on and not worry about all day, especially while I'm drinking coffee, but looking for the best products has me a little stumped.

Holiday Gift Card Deals

Now that Halloween is over and it's somehow declared Christmas season before a turkey can even be pardoned, everyone is sharing all of their big holiday bargains to prepare for the main event. Some of these are laughable, like 5% specials or getting $5 gift cards for spending ten times as much, but others have decent offers that you may want to check out, especially if you're buying something already. 

Drawbacks From Buying Indie

Lately I've been really advocating independent businesses, and I'll continue to do just that. I fully support indies and I think their importance, especially on the local level, is completely underestimated. That said, there are some drawbacks about ordering from indie companies that I'm learning, and I'm sure you have some to share, too.

Spooky Candles

Whether you get them from Bath & Body Works, Yankee Candle or an indie seller, seasonal candles, especially Halloween scents, can help create a spooky and fun atmosphere. The challenge today, of course, is narrowing down your candle source to find your favorites. Your local farmer's market, for example, likely has a lot of options to choose from, as do the aforementioned sources.

Best Halloween Goodies And Deals

Last week we talked a bit about the many different cool indie sellers and their rewards programs, so I thought I'd open up a thread for us to share our favorite sources for Halloween deals and products. It's the best time of year to buy these products, after all! One that I recently ran across is Geeky Girl Candles, which has everything from Hocus Pocus to Friday the 13th themed candles, wax melts and sprays. They also have a bunch of other non-Halloween fandoms.

Use Up Those Points!

The Internet seems to be home to an endless supply of indie businesses now, and while I love it, I'm also a bit overwhelmed. It's like the number of TV show choices we have today: there are simply too many to choose from, and each one has its own unique quirks, points system and other insider knowledge. Many even have their own Facebook groups, which are almost vital to join if you do want to know how to use a company's sales, promotions and other insider info. 

Birthday Deals

While my birthday isn't until later in the fall, this month Fortune Cookie Soap is celebrating their 15th birthday with a themed collection, which has it on my mind. It's always a good time to sign up for deals for your birthday--especially in advance--so you can get lots of offers in your email by your birthday month.

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