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Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Amazon, Citi Forward, Credit Cards, Wedding Registry | 0 comments

Seville Classics Laundry Sorter

After my wife and I moved, we found ourselves in need of a bunch of household items for the new apartment. Since we didn’t do a wedding registry, we were able to shop for these items on Amazon and other stores without the stress of wedding planning. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to highlight and analyze several top items that we recently bought and that I think are fantastic for newlyweds. So if you are building your own wedding registry or buying a gift for a friend getting married but have no idea where to start, read on.   Seville Classics Laundry Sorter If you are like me, you probably have one of those bulky laundry baskets from the early 2000s that you fill to the brink with clothes then wonder how you are going to carry it to the laundry room. And yes, it’s the same one from college. Now that there are two of us, I can’t just suck it up and quickly carry the...

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Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Amazon, Citi Forward, Credit Cards, Gift Cards | 0 comments

Free $5 from Amazon Facebook App

Following up on yesterday’s post about free money from Amex Sync and Best Buy, you can now maximize those Amazon gift cards you bought even more. Simply sign up for the recent Amazon Facebook app promotion to get $5 off your next $25 Amazon purchase.   Example Step 1: Sign up through the Amazon Facebook app link. Step 2: When the Facebook permission screen pops up, select “Only Me” from the dropdown so that your post remains private.   Step 3: You will be taken to your Amazon login screen and after you log in, you should get a confirmation that your next Amazon order of $25 or more will get $5 off.   Step 4 (optional): Click “Your Social Settings” under your Amazon account to disconnect your Facebook from Amazon thus turning off the Amazon Facebook app.   The Main Point $5 off $25 at Amazon is already 20% off but keep in mind you already got those Amazon gift cards at a discount if you did the Amex Sync Best Buy deal. If...

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Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Amazon, Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Cash Back, Credit Cards, Gift Cards | 0 comments

Free Money from Amex Sync and Best Buy

Amex Sync is a great program from American Express where you can sync your American Express credit card via Twitter, Facebook, of Foursquare to get deals and discounts at many popular retailers. My advice is to just use Twitter for Amex Sync, because you won’t always see all the deals when syncing with Facebook or Foursquare. Amex Sync is fantastic if you were going to shop at one of the retailers anyways. In the past, for example, I was able to get $25 off $75 at Ticketmaster and $25 off $100 at Costco. But the program is also great for retailers you don’t shop at, because some of the deals often mean free money for little to no work.   Amex Sync Best Buy Take for example, the recent Amex Sync Best Buy deal (expires 9/8/13) where you will receive a $25 statement credit for spending $250 or more at Best Buy. Until recently, I had not bought an item at Best Buy in 5+ years much less spend $250...

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Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Amazon, Barclays Arrival, Credit Cards, Gift Cards | 10 comments

Cashing Out Wedding Gift Cards with Amazon Payments

Once again, thanks again to everyone who came to the wedding or sent their well wishes via email, Facebook, etc. For those who are new to the blog, I finally got married! For our wedding, we didn’t put up a wedding gift registry, because we didn’t want our guests to feel obligated to get us a gift. Nevertheless, everyone was so thoughtful and got us a wide variety of gifts anyway; the gifts ranged from handmade cards to household goods. Naturally, we also received quite a few Visa, MasterCard, and Amex gift cards, and you probably will receive some as well at your own wedding. While these gift cards are very versatile, they do have some disadvantages. For one, you could lose them before you use them. They also lack the purchase protection that almost all credit cards have. Last but not least, it’s hard to keep track of how much is on each card when you have a lot of gift cards, and you might not know how...

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Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Amazon, Cash Back, Credit Cards, Discover It, ShopDiscover | 0 comments

Discover It Credit Card: Free $75 Amazon Gift Card

Previously, I mentioned that you should open the Discover It credit card but rarely use it, because the card offers many perks including access to the lucrative ShopDiscover cash back portal, 5% cash back on rotating categories, and has no annual fee. The downside, however, is that Discover rarely offers the big sign-up bonuses that many other credit card companies offer. In fact, you usually get nothing for opening the Discover It credit card versus another excellent card, such as the Barclays Arrival credit card, which gets you 44,000 miles worth ~$440.     Recently, however, I was reading Rapid Travel Chai’s blog, and one of his readers made a comment that anyone can get a $75 Amazon gift card for opening the Discover It credit card through Amazon. I tried it myself and sure enough, you do get a $75 Amazon gift card! This offer is better than my previous link for the Discover It credit card.     The Main Point A $75 Amazon gift card may...

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Posted by on Jul 4, 2013 in Amazon, Transportation | 0 comments

Free $45 Car Service Via Uber

If you’re not familiar with Uber, it’s a tech company that provides on-demand car service in major metropolitan areas, such as New York, San Francisco, etc. Instead of calling up a car service, you ask for a car from your smartphone or computer by inputting your current address (or Uber will detect your address if you have location sharing on). Drivers that have contracted with Uber will then see the request and accept. Once confirmed, they will come pick you up. Then at your destination, you simply get out of the car. Your credit card is already on file and it will be charged along with tip, which is already factored into the price. Rates vary by cities and vehicle type, and you can see them here. Last but not least, a summary of the trip will be emailed to you.     I would say Uber is a up-and-coming tech company except they’re beyond that phase now and have already grown so rapidly. Nevertheless, they are constantly offering...

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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Amazon, Cash Back, Citi Forward, Credit Cards | 0 comments

Projector for Wedding Reception

Nowadays, it’s almost a given that couples will be showing engagement photos, baby photos, and/or a video during their wedding reception. It’s a really fun way to engage with the guests and share your memories. What some people don’t think about (myself included), however, is if they will have a projector for wedding reception use. Some venues provide a screen and projector to help couples present the slideshows or video, but some do not. If you have a venue that does not provide the projector, you can either rent or buy one. In either case, you will need to look at certain criteria including lumen, resolution, and value.   Lumen and Resolution In my research to find a projector for the wedding, I realized that lumen AKA brightness and resolution are probably the two most important specifications to analyze. Whether you have an indoor or outdoor wedding, if adjusting the lighting to show your media is not a viable option, you will want a projector with 3,000 lumens or...

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Amazon, Citi Forward, Credit Cards, Manhattan | 0 comments

Peony Red Qipaos at Great Prices

For those not familiar with what a qipao A.K.A. cheongsam is, Wikipedia describes a qipao as, “a body-hugging one-piece Chinese dress for women.” It was first popularized during the 1920s in Shanghai and today is a wardrobe staple for Chinese brides and even some non-Chinese brides! Here is what more modern qipaos look like, although you may be more familiar with the traditional silk, red qipaos featuring dragon or flower designs.     Peony Red Qipao Like a wedding dress, a qipao is an important price consideration for many brides, especially those who do not have the luxury of going overseas to Hong Kong or China to buy one for cheaper. If you shop for a high-quality, 100% silk qipao here in New York City, it will run you ~$300. Fortunately, I found a way better deal and from one of the more reputable qipao sellers in the city. The store is called Peony Red and if you Google for qipaos in New York City, you will consistently see...

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Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Amazon, Cash Back, Gift Cards, Macy's, Wedding Registry | 0 comments

Other Wedding Registry Links

In my previous post about shopping for wedding registry gifts, I advised you to never click on a couple’s registry link. Instead, I recommended you to go through a cash back portal and buy discounted gift cards. The savings will rapidly add up. In that post, however, I used Macy’s as an example, and a few of you asked me where the wedding registry link was located on other retailers’ websites. Here are five other popular wedding registry retailers, and a picture of how you can navigate to a wedding registry from their homepage once you have gone through a cash back portal.   Wedding Registry Retailers Amazon: First go to Amazon. You will have to sign in then go to “Your Account” before scrolling down to the bottom to “Personalization.”   Bed Bath & Beyond: Simply go to Bed Bath & Beyond. The link will be in the middle tab on the top. Bloomingdale’s: Simply go to Bloomingdale’s. The link will be in the top right labelled “The...

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Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Amazon, Cash Back, Caterer, Citi Forward, Citi Thank You Premier, Credit Cards | 0 comments

Caterer Savings with the Citi Forward Credit Card

One of the credit cards that I have been recommending to friends for years is the Citi Forward card. Besides being valuable for everyday use, it has the potential to save you a lot of money when you use it to pay for your wedding caterer. The credit card has no annual fee, and it also has one of the best bonus points reward system. For every $1 you spend at restaurants and bookstores (Amazon counts as a bookstore!), you earn 5 Thank You Points. If you were to redeem Thank You Points for a variety of gift cards, you can redeem increments of 2,500 Thank You Points for a $25 gift card, making each Thank You Point worth 1 cent and essentially giving you a 5% rebate on your spending. [Update 11/1/13] Unfortunately, the Citi Forward no longer offers new cardholders 5 Thank You Points per $ spent on dining and bookstores, such as Amazon. I no longer recommend opening this credit card.     You can also use...

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