Shopping: Shopping Safely with Sudo

Does Craigslist make anyone else nervous?

Okay, I know it doesn’t make my friend Courtney nervous in the least and I’m always jealous when I hear her talk about the crazy finds she scores, the random projects around her house she knocks off her to-do list and the stuff she gets rid of through the sell/swap site. She is like the master of Craigslist and I’m not even a novice.

When it comes to eBay, Poshmark or a handful of other sales sites – I’ve got the gig down but I think my fear of Craigslist keeps me from reaching Courtney’s level of swap/sell mastery. And I’ve challenged myself to get over it with our recent move. There’s some things we’ve yet to move from the old house that are prime for selling as well as some furniture and other bigger items I know we’ll want to sell in the new house to make room for pieces more in line with our current style.

So when I got the opportunity to partner with a new app, called Sudo, that allows you to create special profiles (think emails, phone numbers and even credit card numbers) for shopping/engaging online, I knew that it was time to tackle my Craigslist phobia.

Sudo, which is currently only available to iOS users (which is why you can see I’m using it on my iPad), allows you to create a unique profiles for any number of shopping hazards. So instead of having to use my regular email and phone number for my new Craigslist listings, I was able to create a unique email and phone number specifically for my adventures in online selling. This way I was able to keep up with the questions without having them get lost in the shuffle of daily emails. Plus, arranging for pick-up/payment didn’t involve them knowing my cell-phone number, Sudo provided me with a special number to use to connect with buyers. It’s free to text/call with anyone worldwide through the app. I ended up unloading a Pottery Barn wine rack we don’t need anymore and am keeping my fingers crossed that the train table D3 has outgrown will sell too.

One other feature I’ve taken advantage of is the apps hidden browser feature. With all the random crap we’ve ordered off Amazon lately, I didn’t want to have ads for trashcans and gas fireplace logs (yup, been hunting for those) following me around on the internet indefinitely. I mean sometimes it’s okay to have that pair of shoes I passed on initially pop up again but I don’t necessarily want random housewares popping up when I’m trying to get stuff done at work (shoes as distraction – perfectly acceptable, mops – no thank you).

You can also generate secured, disposable credit card numbers for sites that make you wary about submitting your information. Your regular credit/debit card gets charged but the site doesn’t exposure your personal credit card info. Pretty cool.

One feature I think could be fun for the single ladies/guys is using the special phone number feature to give out to people you meet out. This way that stage 5 creeper doesn’t have your real cell but if you see them again, you won’t have to deal with that awkward convo of them wondering why you gave them a fake number.

For this boring gal, I’m mostly jazzed that I can now Craigstlist in peace. I’m thinking of setting one up to use for all my online selling ventures to keep it separate from my daily email grind (sticking with that goal of eliminating clutter).

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Sudo. A big thanks to them for the opportunity and identity protection. As always, all thoughts, opinions and random ramblings are my own.



Shopping: Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Gals

Valentine’s Day, Shalmentine’s Day.

No this is not some Bitter Betty post about Valentine’s, so don’t get all in a twist. Here’s the thing. I dig Valentine’s Day in the sense that I love candy (LOVE candy) and the opportunity to tell someone you love them when you might not otherwise be so inclined. I think Valentine’s Day is a little overblown in the whole ‘do something super romantic and sometimes pricey’ sense. If that’s your thing, more power to you. I think I’d be on board if I had more disposable cash and was looking for a reason to embrace the ‘treat yoself’ mantra. But I’m not and so, I can’t.

Here’s the other thing with Valentine’s Day. You’re going to see all kinds of really cute, adorable, sweet things and your man is, more than likely, not going to get any of them for you. He’s not combing the online Valentine’s Day gift guides looking for some sweet treat. At least mine isn’t. So that’s why I fully embrace the Valentine’s Day as a (and I know it’s cheesy) Galentine’s Day. Back in college, my bestie Kelly and I would always exchange Valentine’s Day gifts. And it’s a tradition we (almost always) continue to this day. Just a little happy to show my best gal that she’s loved.

At my office, we do a Secret Cupid gift exchange that works exactly like Secret Santa except no guys are allowed (is that an HR violation? oh well, we don’t care – it would be weird). A couple years ago, one of my friends even threw a Favorite Things party and it was the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. I went home with a few awesome favorite things, drank wine, hung out with good people and called it a night. No pressure, all fun.

So my vote for Valentine’s Day is to round up some gal pals for a fun gift exchange (White Elephant style would work too) over drinks. Or just snag a sweet treat for yourself to enjoy while combing through that Russell Stover’s box for all the good chocolates.

valentine's day collage

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p.s. – I can’t say enough good things about the Kate Moss Rimmel lipsticks. So good and under $5.
Oh and if you go for the rosebud salve, go for the tube. WAY less messy than the tubs.


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