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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 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 Jun 10, 2013 in Amex Hilton HHonors, Cash Back, Citizens Bank CashBack, Credit Cards, Mr. Rebates, ShopDiscover, Top Cash Back | 1 comment

Save Big at on Household Supplies

You know by now I do almost 100% of my shopping online, because it’s convenient, it offers cash back from a portal, and it generally offers lower prices than a physical store. My friends often joke that I even buy toilet paper online, but it’s no joke – I do buy toilet paper and all my household supplies online at I’ve shopped there ever since I was in college and along the way, I’ve learned a lot of tips and tricks that when combined together, will really pile on the savings.   Tip #1 – Shop Through a Cash Back Portal If you are not familiar with cash back portals, read my introduction to cash back on everything, a tutorial on how to get cash back when shopping online. With, however, you will want to go through the cash back portal that gives you the highest cash back AND lets you take advantage of the new customer promotion for $10 off $50 for your first non-prescription order....

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Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Cash Back, Invitations, Mr. Rebates, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Save on Wedding Invitations from Invitations By Dawn

Like so many other parts of a wedding, wedding invitations are surprisingly expensive. After all, it’s just paper isn’t it? The funny thing is, if you have a wedding website, most of your guests probably won’t look at the paper invitation for more than a few seconds since they will likely RSVP online and get any necessary details from the website. Nevertheless, I understand that sending out a physical invitation is a tradition, and many couples appreciate the aesthetic nature of invitations. So if you decide to send out wedding invitations, you will have to decide if you want to do it yourself (DIY) or order invitations. And if you decide you’d rather order wedding invitations rather than deal with the hassle of DIY invitations, then you will have to decide which wedding invitation retailer offers the best value. Wedding Paper Divas is probably the best known online wedding invitations store and is certainly a popular choice, but it is also overpriced in my opinion and not a good...

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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Airline, Cash Back, Cathay Pacific, Citi Forward, Credit Cards, Korean Air | 0 comments

Wedding Planning and Airline Miles

I’ve been an airline miles and points junkie for a long time now ever since college when I opened up a Chase credit card that gave me unlimited 5% cash back on a variety of categories! Those were the good old days and as you can see from my previous post, 2% cash back isn’t even a guarantee these days. Similar to a gateway drug, that Chase credit card was my gateway card and before I knew it, I was constantly trying to find the best credit card deals to quickly accumulate miles and points. Another credit card that I’ve had for eons is the Citi Forward credit card. [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.     Even though I didn’t fly or travel that much in college, I would constantly read Flyertalk to learn not only about collecting miles but also...

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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Barclays Arrival, Cash Back, Credit Cards, Fidelity American Express, Priceline Rewards Visa | 4 comments

Priceline Rewards Visa No Longer Offers 2% Cash Back

Previously, I mentioned that the Priceline Rewards Visa is the best 2% cash back credit card. Unfortunately, the credit card no longer offers 2% cash back. Now, the Priceline Rewards Visa only offers 1% cash back, which essentially makes the card useless and not worth opening. Previously, two offers existed for the Priceline Rewards Visa. Offer 1 gave you 5,000 bonus points and 2% cash back on everything. Offer 2 gave you 10,000 bonus points and 1% cash back on everything. Both offers are gone and replaced with the new offer for 5,000 bonus points and 1% cash back on everything!     The Main Point All good things must come to an end at some point. Plastic Jungle recently closing its website is a case in point. Fortunately, other options do exist, and the Fidelity American Express still offers 2% cash back and while it pales in comparison to the old Priceline Rewards Visa, it is certainly the better card now. You can also look into the Barclays Arrival...

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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 May 21, 2013 in Blue Nile, Cash Back, Wedding Registry | 0 comments

Get Free Shipping From ShopRunner

If you have converted to using cash back portals and doing as much as your shopping online, you will no doubt encounter one of the biggest problems with online shopping – shipping fees. Shipping fees can account for a large part of the online purchase unless you meet the minimum spending requirement to get free shipping or you are part of a retailer’s free shipping program, such as Amazon Prime. Unrestricted free shipping really helps consumers take advantage of the convenience and lower prices from shopping online. That is why Amazon slightly devalued their Amazon Prime program by introducing add-ons, and why consumers were not happy.   Free Shipping From ShopRunner I recently saw on Dan’s Deals that anyone can get free shipping from ShopRunner for one year with an American Express credit card. If you are not familiar with ShopRunner, it is similar to Amazon Prime, but the shipping services are for a variety of stores (Amazon not one of them of course). Like Amazon Prime, you get...

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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Blue Nile, Cash Back, Ebates, Ring, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Current Macy’s and Blue Nile Specials

I wanted to highlight some current specials going on right now at Macy’s and Blue Nile, which may interest some of you. For Macy’s, Ebates is currently running a special where they offer 14% cash back at certain retailers. 14% cash back would be helpful if you are looking to buy a tuxedo or suit from Macy’s at great prices. Don’t forget to buy discounted gift cards as well at Cardpool or another discounted gift card site for additional savings. Macy’s gift cards at Cardpool are currently at a 7% discount.     Blue Nile is also running a special for 10% off many platinum jewelry, including many wedding bands. Specifically, I see 230 platinum jewelry items on sale at 10% off. You have to use coupon code PLATINUM at checkout. While you normally could receive either 5% or 10% cash back at Blue Nile by using Top Cash Back, coupon code PLATINUM will void the affiliate reward. I’ve mention before that Blue Nile does that sometimes depending on...

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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Cash Back, Gift Cards, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Plastic Jungle Is Closing

On Monday, I got an email that said Plastic Jungle is closing the website. Surprised by the news, I went to Plastic Jungle’s website, which now shows this: The team at Plastic Jungle would like to thank you for your participation in our gift card programs over the past seven years. Since 2006, Plastic Jungle has been a leader in providing you with great deals on gift cards in a secure marketplace. As our business has grown and evolved, we have seen that the greatest potential for Plastic Jungle’s long-term success is in working directly with our business partners. As a result, we will no longer be buying and selling gift cards at This change is taking place effective May 13, 2013. In short, Plastic Jungle is closing the website and directing customers to their partner, CardCash. I guess this news was to be expected after the recent bad news that Top Cash Back lowered the cash back rate for Plastic Jungle. I’m not sure if Plastic Jungle...

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