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Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 in Amazon, Cash Back, Citi Forward, Credit Cards, Mr. Rebates, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Top Cash Back Offers New Payment Option with 5% Bonus

If you’ve read my introduction to cash back on everything, you know that Top Cash Back is one of my favorite cash back portals, because they tend to offer the highest cash back rates for online shopping you would normally do anyways. Now, Top Cash Back has introduced a new payment option in the form of an Amazon gift card. By choosing this option, users get a 5% bonus.   Top Cash Back and Amazon Gift Card For example, I recently decided to cash out my own Top Cash Back account, where I’ve earned $90 by simply clicking through Top Cash Back when I start my normal online shopping. I normally have Top Cash Back deposit my payment directly into my bank account. Now, however, I can choose to forgo cash and take payment in the form of an Amazon gift card. By doing so, Top Cash Back will give me a 5% Bonus.     Because the Citi Forward credit card no longer offers new cardholders 5 Thank You...

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Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Amazon, Citi Forward, Credit Cards, Wedding Registry | 0 comments

Proctor Silex 31111 Toaster Oven

I’ve never owned a toaster oven before so I wasn’t sure if we should buy one after we got married. As a result, I did a LOT of research on toaster ovens in the past couple of weeks taking into account price, size, and how useful each toaster oven would be. In the end, we decided on the Proctor Silex 31111 toaster oven and now that we have a toaster oven, I feel like it’s one of the greatest inventions ever!   Proctor Silex 31111 Toaster Oven The first step is deciding whether you need a toaster or a toaster oven. Given the versatility of a toaster oven and the fact that small toaster ovens are not much more expensive than toasters, I think a toaster oven is an easy choice assuming you have the counter space for it. Next, you’ll have to decide how big a toaster oven you want. If you want one that is very capable but does not hog up counter space, the Proctor Silex...

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Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Amazon, Citi Forward, Credit Cards, Wedding Registry | 0 comments

Bose Soundlink Mini

A Bluetooth wireless speaker is probably not what you imagine as a newlywed must-have. I think, however, that it is perfect for newlyweds and has many use. When watching movies on my computer or on the TV, I simply carry the speaker with me and place it right by where I’m sitting. By doing so, I don’t have to blast the sound from across the room and disturb my wife who is working at her desk nearby. Having a movable speaker also allows us to stream music from our computers in the living room to our bedroom. I’m weird and often like to sleep to noise, whether that is music or a sermon. Having said that, many Bluetooth wireless speakers exist, but the Bose Soundlink Mini is truly in a class of its own.   Bose Soundlink Mini I think many people consider Bose to be synonymous with high-end audio, and it’s easy to see why. The sound from the Bose Soundlink Mini is crystal clear; keep in mind...

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Amazon, Citi Forward, Credit Cards, Wedding Registry | 0 comments

Sauder Deco Panel TV Stand

The next item that I highly recommend for newlyweds is the Sauder deco panel TV stand. Even if you are planning to hang your TV on the wall, you will probably need a TV stand for discs, a DVD or Blu-ray player, and other electronics. Unfortunately, a TV stand is in my opinion a really hard item to shop for. Prices vary wildly from rock bottom to way overpriced but so does the quality. After reading many reviews and actually buying one myself, I think the Sauder deco panel TV stand offers tremendous value for a high-quality TV stand.   Sauder Deco Panel TV Stand Many cheap TV stands are made of particle boards, which could warp over time when a TV is placed on top, but the Sauder deco panel TV stand is constructed using a steel frame and three tempered glass shelves. The result is a very stylish look without sacrificing durability. At the same time, the design is well thought out with easy access from the...

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Amazon, Citi Forward, Credit Cards, Wedding Registry | 0 comments

Simplehuman Adjustable Tension Shower Caddy

Last time, I discussed the Seville Classics Laundry Sorter and how it was a great laundry hamper/sorter for newlyweds especially in New York City where the washer and dryer are probably not directly in your apartment. Today, I’m going to talk about another top-notch item that I highly recommend for your wedding registry or as a gift for a friend getting married; it’s the Simplehuman adjustable tension shower caddy.   Simplehuman Adjustable Tension Shower Caddy Showers and bathtubs are notorious for not having enough shelf space. If it’s just one person, the situation is manageable but with two people, it quickly gets out of hand. At the same time, it can be difficult installing brackets and shelves in the shower, because the walls are different so unless you own the place, drilling in the shower could result in fines by the landlord later on down the road. Enter the Simplehuman adjustable tension shower caddy. It’s made of aluminum and stainless steel so it doesn’t rust unlike many cheaper options out...

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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 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 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 13, 2013 in Cash Back, Citi Forward, Credit Cards | 0 comments

Is the Citi Forward Credit Card Still Available?

The Citi Forward credit card was one of the first credit cards I ever got. I had just graduated from college and was about to enter the “real world,” which basically meant I no longer had a dining hall and that I would either have to learn how to cook or I would be eating out all the time. Naturally, I chose the latter path out of laziness despite having a lot of free time. Nowadays, ironically, I find myself with almost no free time but a great interest in cooking! I’ve even taken a couple of cooking classes. Anyways, since I was eating out so often, I wanted to find the credit card that would give me the best cash back for dining. That credit card is the Citi Forward credit card, and I’ve talked about how you should try to charge your wedding caterer on the Citi Forward credit card if your caterer is considered a restaurant for credit card merchant processing purposes. If it is, you...

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