Happy singles day! Although I am not currently single, I can’t promise you that my husband won’t file for divorce once he sees how much I bought today. Why do I always become a crazy shopaholic on November 11th? Because AliExpress, my favorite place to shop, has everything on sale! To make things even better, Ebates is offering an additional 11% extra cashback from a handful of stores including Overtock and Groupon.
AliExpress is a great website if you want to buy something for an unbeatable price and are able to wait a month or two for delivery. It is cheaper than Wish and they sell literally anything you could possible want. And yes, it comes from China. Before you go on a rant about how buying from China is bad for the environment (it is) as well as the economy (this is also true), let me burst your bubble just a little. Walmart, Amazon and most chain stores all get their products from China. Using AliExpress simply cuts out the middle man and saves you a lot of money.
Example: Facebook showed me this cute bag in an advertisement! It was $35 because it was on sale. Is $35 worth it for a bag that you really want? Of course it is. Should you buy it for $35? Not until you check AliExpress. I took a screen shot of the bag, uploaded it using the photo search and BOOM I found it for $5, tax and shipping included.
I checked the reviews for this particular bag, then checked the seller’s rating. Both were good so I clicked buy and received the bag within two weeks. I also got some free cash because I use Ebates when shopping and it gives me free money. But I will tell you more about Ebates and AliExpress another time. We’re here to talk about singles’ day!
Chinese “Singles’ Day”
“Chinese Singles day or Guanggun Jie (Chinese: 光棍节; pinyin: Guānggùn Jié; Wade–Giles: Kuang-kun chieh; literally: ‘Single Sticks’ Holiday’) is a shopping holiday popular among young Chinese people that celebrate their pride in being single. The date, November 11th (11/11), was chosen because the number “1” resembles an individual who is alone. The holiday has also become a popular date to celebrate relationships, with over 4,000 couples being married in Beijing on this date in 2011, compared to an average of 700 a day.” – Wikipedia
So this is the antitheses of Valentines day, except people celebrate lack of love and love of shopping. It is basically just an excuse to celebrate and shop – and I’m planning to do just that. But despite being a “shopping holiday” it is about much more than that.
Singles’ Day was originally celebrated by men and referred to as Bachelors’ Day. Today it is celebrated by both genders and it is common for singles to meet up on this day and celebrate single-hood! Alternatively, there are lots of blind date parties on this day for those who hope to cease being single.
Being single and the desire for a spouse is an international phenomenon but in China in particular, women over a certain age are considered ‘left over’ and this can cause stress for them and their families. This holiday grew out of a desire to see being single as something positive. Any single person shopping today doesn’t have to worry about their significant other complaining about their spending like I am… and I guess that’s the exact point of this holiday!