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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 www.plasticjungle.com. 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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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Blue Nile, Cash Back, Ring, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

How to Get Free Blue Nile Returns

When I first spoke about massive savings on diamond engagement rings at Blue Nile, I mentioned that Blue Nile has a hassle-free 30 day return policy. That does not mean, however, that returning a ring is free; all hassle-free means is that returning or exchanging is very easy. According to their return policy, the customer pays the return postage. Depending on the price of the ring purchased, the customer may also have to pay for shipping insurance! These charges can quickly add up if you are constantly returning or exchanging for a different size or style. But you can ignore all that mumbo jumbo, because a good way to get free Blue Nile returns does exist. While this method is not guaranteed to work and you shouldn’t abuse it, you should have a high success rate.     Free Blue Nile Returns Quite often, customers are not looking to return their Blue Nile rings; they are simply looking for an exchange, because the ring size is too big or too...

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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Cash Back, Top Cash Back, Wedding Registry | 0 comments

Hosting Your Own Wedding Website Using Hostgator

Last week, I talked about wedding websites along with domain name forwarding and masking. By using domain name forwarding and masking, you can create the website using an online wedding organizer, such as Wedding Wire or The Knot, but choose your own wedding website address, such as www.adamandeve.com. Some of you, however, may want to create your own wedding website from scratch. Maybe you don’t like the design and templates offered online. Or maybe you just want to showcase your HTML and CSS skills to your guests. Whatever the reason may be, you will need to host your own wedding website, and it’s actually not that hard.   Your Own Wedding Website To host your own wedding website, you will need two main components, a domain name, which you are familiar with by now, and server space. All the server does is hold your wedding website so when one of your guests go to www.adamandeve.com, they download the website from the server you are using. You manage this server...

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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Cash Back, Gift Cards, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Top Cash Back Lowers Cash Back Rate for Plastic Jungle

Sadly, Top Cash Back has decreased their cash back rate for buying discounted gift cards at Plastic Jungle. While the cash back rate use to be 2.5%, it’s now lowered to just 1%. Still 1% is better than nothing and remember, this saving is on top of the discount you are getting on the gift card. I guess it was too good a deal especially as more and more people started buying discounted gift cards. Still, with competition heating up in the gift card space and newcomers, such as Raise, trying to capture market share, I would have thought Plastic Jungle would try to retain current customers and attract new ones as well.     The Main Point Yes, cash back portals change their cash back rates all the time. That’s why I recommend using a cash back search engine, such as cashbackmonitor.com or cashbackholic.com, to see which cash back portal is currently offering the best rebate for the store you plan to shop at. It’s just surprising to...

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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Cash Back, Top Cash Back, Wedding Registry | 4 comments

Wedding Website and Domain Name Forwarding

Almost every couple getting married these days has their own wedding website. The website is chock full of information, such as a story of how the couple met, details of the wedding including nearby accommodations, and cute biographies of the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Often, the website also has a link to the couple’s registry (which you shouldn’t click on), pictures of the couple, and a guest book for visitors to sign and RSVP for the wedding. As you can see, a wedding website is definitely a useful tool and a great way to engage with your friends and family. So you may be surprised to hear that my fiancée and I did not put up a wedding website! Then again, we’re the type to skip out on a wedding cake, because it’s not that important to us, and we were I was too lazy to decide on a cake :). In any case, the bottom line is a wedding website can be an important part of the wedding, especially...

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Cash Back, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Credit Cards, Ebates, Macy's, ShopDiscover, Top Cash Back | 2 comments

More Savings with ShopDiscover and Discover Cashback

If you’ve been reading about cash back portals and buying a tuxedo or suit from Macy’s at great prices, you may be wondering several questions?   Q. What exactly is this “DiscoverCard.com” cash back portal you see at the top of Cashbackholic’s page when you search for Macy’s? Q.Why is the cash back rate so much higher for this “DiscoverCard.com” cash back portal than the other cash back portals I’ve discussed in the past, such as Ebates, Top Cash Back, and Mr. Rebates? Q.Why is this “DiscoverCard.com” offering the highest cash back for many retailers besides Macy’s? For example, it is currently offering the highest cash back for Sears at 10%.     ShopDiscover and Discover Cashback DiscoverCard.com refers to ShopDiscover, which is another cash back portal that can be a powerful tool in saving you money when shopping online. Unlike other popular cash back portals, ShopDiscover is only available to Discover cardholders. It is a bonus perk to entice you to open up one of their credit cards...

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Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Blue Nile, Cash Back, Ring, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Special Ring Sizes at Blue Nile

In my previous posts about saving big when buying an engagement ring or wedding ring at Blue Nile, I mentioned that they are happy to send you a free ring sizer in the mail. What I forgot to mention, however, was another benefit or ordering rings from Blue Nile – it is very easy to get special ring sizes, such as 4.25, 4.75, etc. Popular ring sizes tend to come in whole numbers and half numbers, such as 4.0 and 4.5 but everyone’s hand is different so a special ring size in increments of .25 may fit a lot better. If you go to any diamond store and try to order a special ring size, half the time they will refuse to do it. The other half of the time, they will probably do it but may charge you a small fee or may try to persuade you out of it. I’m not sure exactly why, but I imagine it’s a bit of a hassle for them to do so. With Blue Nile,...

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Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Cash Back, Macy's, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Paul Frederick Shirts Deal

In the last post, I talked about buying a tuxedo or suit from Macy’s for cheaper than renting at Men’s Wearhouse. You will, however, still need to buy shirts and ties, and Macy’s does not necessarily have the best deals for that. Instead, I recommend this Paul Fredrick shirts deal, which I first read about on Dan’s Deal.     The Main Point Basically, you can get up to four shirts for $19.95 each. On top of that, each shirt comes with free monogramming if you want it. You can choose to have the initials monogrammed on the sleeve cuff or the shirt pocket for a distinctive look. While I think other retailers, such as Charles Tyrwhitt, have better quality shirts, I also like Paul Fredrick, because they have a lot more options in terms of shirt sizes, collar types, etc. Most importantly, the Paul Fredrick shirts deal is a great value. No tax is applied to orders outside of Pennsylvania and shipping will be $12.95 for four shirts, so your...

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Blue Nile, Cash Back, Ring, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Massive Savings on Wedding Rings through Blue Nile

Yesterday, I walked through how to save big when buying a diamond engagement ring through Blue Nile. For those who are already engaged, you can also save big when buying wedding rings through Blue Nile, but the steps are slightly different. The reason is because wedding rings are usually less costly than diamond engagement rings, which leads to two interesting considerations (for a better understanding of the next part, please read yesterday’s post first if you haven’t already): 1) Because wedding rings generally don’t have large diamonds, they are more likely to be considered jewelry by Blue Nile. This fact means you may be able to use a coupon code, which you can’t use on a diamond engagement ring. Just from a quick Google, I was able to find coupon code SIZER45, which takes $25 off a $250 purchase, $50 off a $500 purchase, or $100 off a $1,000 purchase. 2) Because wedding rings sometimes cost less than $499.01, you will get 12% cash back from Top Cash Back instead...

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Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in Blue Nile, Cash Back, Ring, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Massive Savings on Diamond Engagement Rings through Blue Nile

I always feel that buying a diamond engagement ring is like buying a car. A lot of people don’t know what they should be looking for or how to negotiate for the lowest price. Before they know it, they’ve spent a lot of money and the salesperson has somehow convinced them that they got a great deal. The diamond industry is probably the savviest industry that exists. For example, they artificially hold down the supply of diamonds to force prices up. Then they propagate the idea that the amount you spend on a diamond engagement ring is a correlation of your love for your future spouse. So it should come as no surprise that they tried to crush Blue Nile when it first came on the scene in 1999. Blue Nile is the largest online retailer of diamond engagement rings and because of more efficient operations, they are able to offer diamonds at significantly lower prices than a traditional store. Of course, retailers in the diamond industry did not like that...

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