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Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Blue Nile, Cash Back, Ring, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

Diamond Certification Advice about GIA vs EGL

A diamond engagement ring retailer contacted me the other day asking me if I would be interested in featuring their site to the readers of Wedding Spend. I’m always interested in vendors that can help readers save money and get more value so I looked over their site and reviewed it. At first glance, their prices appeared to be extremely competitive even compared to Blue Nile. Looking more closely, however, I realized their lower-cost diamonds were EGL-certified rather than GIA-certified.   GIA vs EGL A lot of people may not know about diamond certification labs (I certainly didn’t at one point), but it’s one area that should not be glossed over, as it can significantly impact the price and value of a diamond. The most common diamond certification comparison you will probably come across is GIA vs EGL. GIA stands for Gemological Institute of America while EGL stands for European Gemological Laboratory (USA), and you should be aware of some key differences between the two. Firstly, EGL certification is...

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Amex Starwood, Amex Starwood Business, Blue Nile, Cash Back, Credit Cards, Ring, Top Cash Back | 0 comments

$30 Off $100 at Blue Nile Via Amex Sync Blue Nile

From now until 10/15/13, you can get $30 off a $100+ purchase at Blue Nile via Amex Sync Blue Nile. Earlier this week, I introduced Amex Sync and wrote about one example where you can use the current Amex Sync Best Buy deal to score free money. As a result, I won’t elaborate too much about Amex Sync again, but I will mention this fact – you can combine Amex Sync with a cash back portal, such as Top Cash Back, to get even bigger savings! For example, Top Cash Back currently gives you 10% cash back if you make a Blue Nile purchase of $499 or less. Let’s say you decided to buy a wedding ring that was $300. If you clicked through Top Cash Back AND used Amex Sync, you would get $30 from Top Cash Back (10% of $300) and a $30 statement credit from Amex Sync. $60 off a $300 purchase is a 20% saving!   Amex Sync Blue Nile If you are going to buy...

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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 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 Apr 29, 2013 in Ring | 0 comments

My Thoughts on Ring Insurance

The other day, a friend asked about tips regarding ring insurance. Admittedly, I am far from an insurance expert, but I do have an opinion. It’s a personal preference, but I would advise NOT to get ring insurance. Now some of you might be thinking, “That’s crazy. Rings can cost more than cars or medical procedures, and you would never skip buying car or medical insurance.” That’s a fair thought and besides the fact that car insurance is legally required, I believe many arguments can be made for why ring insurance is unnecessary.   Ring Insurance First of all, some homeowners or renters insurance may already cover rings. Often, there might be a $ limit on how much is covered or you may have to pay extra to increase the $ limit. You may, however, already be paying this extra amount to cover other valuables and if that’s the case, your ring could already be insured. In any case, if you already have homeowners or renters insurance, you should...

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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 12, 2013 in Blue Nile, Cash Back, Ring | 0 comments

Saving Money with Coupons at Checkout

When I first talked about cash back portals and discounted gift cards, I mentioned that you could use coupon codes along with these techniques to save even more money. I realize now that it has never been easier to do so. This past week, one of my friends linked me to this CNET article about Coupons at Checkout, a free plug-in that automatically detects what store you are shopping at and presents you with a list of possible coupons for that store. In my examples about massive savings on engagement rings and massive savings on wedding rings, for example, Coupons at Checkout will provide a list of coupons that can be used at Blue Nile.     As soon as you click on the “Promotion Code” box, Coupons at Checkout will pop up with a list of coupons for you to select. The plug-in even puts a green dot next to coupon codes that are likely to work and a red dot next to coupon codes that are likely...

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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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