If you're still seeing ads after you redeem your code, log out and log back in! If you don't immediately gain access to premium features upon redeeming your code, go to this page, click the Log Out link in the top navbar, then log back in! If you still have issues, let me know in this thread or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get you sorted out!
You may get another email with a store code! This is not a new store code, though; if you've gotten a store code from a premium yearly membership in the last year or so, this is the same code that you should've gotten for that. Sorry for the spam; we'll try to prevent the emails from being sent out, but if you haven't used that code, have a reminder of what it is!
If you want to use Paypal, I've reduced the price of the no-shirt Paypal membership to match. Keep in mind that these memberships are hooked up by matching your Paypal email address to your site address, so these are more difficult to send as gifts than the gift codes from the main sale. And I have to hook them all up manually, so that can take a while. Let me know in a day or two if you've made a Paypal purchase and I haven't hooked you up.
Let me know if you have any questions. With these new hires that are happening and hopefully a few more later in the year, we're hoping to start doing some new Premium features in the near future. Lock in your savings now!