Update: We picked 5 winners of a $100 Amazon gift card using a random number generator: @candidcandyz, @jackspeed2316, @hanna.chana, @deeniekalmanowitz, and @rayshayrosin. Congrats!
On my 20th birthday, November 26, 2004, I started this blog. It was Black Friday and I was in Sao Paulo. In previous years I had camped out in front of Best Buy on Black Friday, making thousands of dollars flipping bargains. For example in 2003 while in Yeshiva in NYC I camped out in front of Best Buy and nabbed four $400 Samsung A600 camera phones that were free after a Black Friday rebate that amazingly didn’t even require that I activate the phones:
No such shopping holiday existed in Brazil. But it also happened to be around when Black Friday would start to shift from a retail holiday to an online holiday. I was volunteering and teaching children for a year in a school that couldn’t afford toilet paper and where it rained inside my bedroom. But those bleak conditions inspired the blog that I would still be operating 14 years later.
Tomorrow is Cyber Monday, my 34th birthday, and the 14th anniversary of this blog. Never in a million years would I have guessed back on 11/26/04 that I would still be blogging full time on 11/26/18.
JJ, one of my 5 younger brothers, started working with me on DansDeals in November 2013. He’s done an amazing job growing this website and helping take off some of the heavy workload that was all on me up until that point. He also claims to be the author of the first troll comment, which I always had assumed was posted by my father.
JJ was born on the 18th of Kislev, so my English birthday will overlap with his Hebrew birthday from midnight tonight until tomorrow evening.
I couldn’t do what I do without him and next month I’ll be able to check off a major bucket list when I travel to Antarctica while he runs the blog for 2 weeks.
Happy Birthday JJ!
Our 3rd child, Maya, was born on the 19th of Kislev last year, so my English birthday will overlap with her first Hebrew birthday from tomorrow evening until midnight.
It’s simply amazing that with each new child, your heart manages to find more space to love. But each kid is so precious in their own way.
Happy birthday Maya, we hope to see great things from you one day, but please don’t grow up too quickly 😉
Based on my family’s history with glitches around our birthdays, I guess I should keep my eyes open tomorrow? Although we have had a good amount of great deals over the past few days as well.
I wrote about flying to NYC to celebrate my paternal grandfather’s 90th birthday.
But 2 weeks ago my maternal grandfather turned 80, so my very dearest happy birthday wishes go out to him as well. He taught me a love of baseball, generosity, kindness, and an always positive outlook on life.
I still remember him taking me to my first Indians game where we saw the Tribe beat the Blue Jays 7-6 on 6/28/92 and I even got a batting helmet as the promotional giveaway. Since then we’ve gone to hundreds of sports games together and I cherish the time I get to spend with him. In 2013 JJ and I even got to take a trip with my grandfather to all 3 sports halls of fame, capped off with seats on top of the Green Monster to see the Indians beat up the Red Sox. We were in 7th heaven. It may be time for a repeat soon with Rafi and my grandfather.
Happy birthday Grandpa, may your next 80 years be as fulfilling as your first 80 🙂
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Nothing short of a blessing from the one above to see my kids on the same swing set as their amazing great-grandfather. My grandpa said that when he looked up while swinging, it reminded him of being a kid. Clearly he still is a kid at heart, the only question was who was having the most fun! He's taught me generosity, kindness, and a passion for sports and life itself. That there's never a moment more enjoyable than the one you find yourself in right now. Until 120 with happy and healthy years Grandpa 🙂
Earlier this month, Mimi and I celebrated our 10th anniversary together. Back in 2008 we dated for 3 weeks and were married 3 months later. It doesn’t take long to know what will be the best decision of your life. I married a kind, smart, funny, and beautiful 21 year old girl and she is the best wife and best mother anyone could ever ask for.
We’ve traveled the world together since then and made amazing memories.
Some memories are close to home:
But I’ve booked several domestic and international trips where our flight would depart in just an hour or 2 and Mimi has come along for the ride. She traveled around the world for a month while pregnant and nauseous. And she’s traveled with our kids on 131 flights.
Including a trip while pregnant with Maya to see this amazing site in Boonville:
Or a 2 day trip to Rome:
Including a one day trip to Boston taken just to earn 300,000 bonus JetBlue points:
Or letting me run off to see the Northern lights:
And 4 trips to the holy land:
Sure it’s significantly harder to travel with kids, but there is no greater blessing in the world. Their adorable innocence, hugs, and unconditional love melt away the biggest worries and fears in the world. And it’s seeing this that makes those trips all worthwhile:
But United clearly knows how I decide where to travel next:
More importantly than any trips though, she’s helped raise 3 amazing kids. And she’s put up with me being married to my work and all the crazy trips I dream up.
Happy 10th anniversary Mimi!
I’m always thankful to my parents for making sure that I was always curious. Always questioning. Always working hard because nothing worthwhile comes easy. And always striving to be humble and appreciative of everything and everyone.
And of course I’d be remiss not to thank G-d for allowing me to support my amazing wife and 3 adorable children (As well as JJs family!) in the most unique of ways. And for being able to take them on all of the flights around the world, thanks to airline miles and hotel points.
And thanks to readers like you for visiting this blog! For following us on Twitter, Instagram, SMS, Telegram, and Facebook. For sharing your deals, experiences, and trip reports on DDF (which turned 10 this year!) and the DDFB group. For telling your friends and family. For commenting and adding insight. For patronizing our advertisers and shopping through our links. For sending me countless touching emails letting me know how DansDeals made a difference in your life, whether it was being able to take a special trip that otherwise would have been out of reach or even finding your soul mate through DDF! For coming to seminars and being able to bounce ideas off each other in person…and then letting me know that I’m a lot more down to Earth of a guy than you expected. You make it all possible and worthwhile!
As a small token of our appreciation, here’s an Instagram giveaway for 5 readers to each win a $100 Amazon gift card:
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Thank you to our readers GIVEAWAY🙌🏻 We will be giving away five $100 @amazon gift cards. FIVE 🎁WINNERS To enter simply make sure you’re 1. Following @dansdeals 2. Like this post and 3. Tag one friend. Each additional friend is an extra entry so feel free to tag away 🙌🏻! (One tag per comment) Winners will be announced Wednesday! #Giveaway #thankful
Thanks and good luck!