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Amazon Store Card Review: 5% Back on Amazon Purchases with Prime

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:47:14 +0000

A few readers have asked my opinions of the Amazon Store Card, a retail card issued by Synchrony Bank. You can only use it to buy things at – note the lack of a logo from Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express. This is a separate product from the Rewards Visa Card (3% […]

Citi American Airlines AAdvantage MasterCard Review – 50,000 Mile Limited-Time Bonus

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:08:40 +0000

Limited-time bonus. The Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite™ MasterCard®, from our partner Citi, has increased their sign-up bonus with a limited-time offer. Here are the updated card highlights: For a limited time, earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles after making $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening* First checked […]

CitiBusiness American Airlines AAdvantage MasterCard Review – 50,000 Mile Limited-Time Bonus

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:01:47 +0000

Limited-time bonus. The CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World MasterCard®, from our partner Citi, has increased their sign-up bonus with a limited-time offer. Here are the updated card highlights: Please note this a business card, designed specifically for businesses. Click here for the consumer version. For a limited time, earn 50,000 American Airlines AAdvantage® bonus miles […]

ThanksAgain: 200 Bonus Points Promo Link, Keep Multiple Miles Accounts From Expiring

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:14:13 +0000

Updated with another 100 point link. ThanksAgain is a smartphone app for frequent travelers that gives you points for buying things inside of airports. You link up your credit card number and then automatically earn miles at participating merchants when you shop at them. You don’t need to remember to show membership cards, etc. Through […]

How To Stop Mailed Paper Catalogs and Other Junk Mail

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:22:38 +0000

As a follow-up to how to stop balance transfer checks, here’s all I know about stopping unwanted paper catalogs. Direct mail catalogs are like weeds. You unsubscribe from a bunch of them, but then later you buy someone a cast iron skillet and then – poof! – you get Sur La Table catalogs. I don’t […]

How To Stop Balance Transfer Checks from Chase, Citibank, Capital One, Etc.

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:37:55 +0000

‘Tis the season for a mailbox full of catalogs and credit card balance transfer checks. (Hint: There is a connection between the two.) If you want these “access” checks to stop, you just have to ask. You simply call them up (see back of credit card) or go online into their Live Chat or Secure […]

Amazon $5 off $15 of Print Books Coupon

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:25:59 +0000

Amazon has a new promotional code GIFTBOOK that gets you $5 off any books purchase of $15 or more. Must be print books (can be multiple), shipped and sold by Amazon. Offer expires Sunday night at December 4, 2016 at 11:59 PM Pacific. Here are four recent books on my to-read list that you may […]

Target 10% Off Gift Cards on Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:00:36 +0000

Target is planning to offer 10% off Target Gift Cards on Sunday, December 4th. This was announced in a Target press release. Popular promotions from 2015 will return, including 10 Days of Deals, which will feature a distinct offer each day for 10 days. Target also will extend its free shipping promotion by a full […]

Free Limited-Edition Gund Teddy Bear with $100 Amazon Gift Card

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:52:54 +0000

Each year, Amazon teams up with Gund to create a limited-edition teddy bear. Gund is known for their stuffed animals and they do everything from Elmo to Curious George to Boo the Dog. Amazon Prime customers can now get a free 10″ 2016 Gund Teddy Bear with the purchase of $100 Amazon gift card. It’s […]

DirecTV Now Review + Free Apple TV or Fire TV Stick Promotions

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:00:07 +0000

Attention cord-cutters! DirecTV has gone live with their new streaming TV service called DirecTV Now. This join existing competitors Sling TV and Playstation VUE. Here’a an image that breaks down the $35/$50/$60/$70 per month tiers (click to enlarge). HBO and Cinemax can be added on for $5 a month each. Below are a list of […]

When “Saving Money” Doesn’t Actually Grow Your Savings Account…

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:48:27 +0000

This time of year, we are surrounded by discounts. 40% off here. 80% off there. I always wonder to myself, does it really make any difference? If you save $35 on a $50 sweater, you feel good that you got a bargain. But where does that “savings” go? Are you actually any richer? Don’t you […]

Starbucks App: Load $10 with Visa Checkout, Get $10 Bonus

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:11:41 +0000

Promotion back again starting 11/29. A recent study found that free pizza was a better motivator than cash. How about some free coffee? Starbucks is again offering a free $10 bonus Starbucks eGift card if you use the Starbucks smartphone app to load a minimum $10 onto your Starbucks Card using Visa Checkout as your […]

Giving Tuesday Matching Donations 2016

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:28:35 +0000

Our next re-branded day is Giving Tuesday, which this year falls on November 29th, 2016. After you’ve celebrated Thanksgiving and then survived Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, the focus is back on helping others less fortunate than you. You optimize your earning and your spending, now here’s some final tips to optimize […]

Target 15% Off Everything 11/27 and 11/28, Online & In-Store

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:45:04 +0000

Target is offering a flat 15% off your entire purchase on Sunday 11/27 and Monday 11/28, both online at and in-store. This is a nice and easy way to save some money on your everyday shopping at Target, and it stacks with the 5% off with Target REDCard. Alternatively, you can try to buy […]

Amazon Black Friday Weekend Deals: $10 off $25 of Books Coupon, Special Prices on Echo, Fire Tablets, Fire TV

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:26:31 +0000

Amazon has started their Black Friday Weekend deals. They are offering $10 off $25+ in book purchases with promo code HOLIDAYBOOK. Here are some recommendations for those looking to give or receive some financial inspiration: If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly by William J. Bernstein. A short primer on personal finance with […]

T-Mobile Black Friday: Free Apple iPhone 7 with Trade-In and $200 Per Line Switched

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:10:56 +0000

Here are the details of T-Mobile’s Black Friday deals. Three separately available offers: Free Apple iPhone 7 32GB, or Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB, or LG V20 64GB with trade-in. Free when you trade in a qualifying device with T-Mobile ONE or Simple Choice Unlimited, after 24 monthly bill credits. This deal is available until Sun., […]

Barnes & Noble Black Friday Weekend: 30% Off Any One Item

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 08:52:47 +0000

Barnes & Noble is offering 30% off any one item with coupon code BNBFRIDAY16. Offer is also valid in-store with Store Coupon #30164100000. For each customer, this coupon can be redeemed only once at any Barnes & Noble retail store or only once per billing address online. Valid from 11/24 to 11/27 (technically until November […]

American Express Small Business Saturday 2016

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:18:30 +0000

This year, Small Business Saturday will be on November 26th, 2016. Although it was started in 2010 by American Express on the Saturday after Thankgsiving, since 2011 this day has been officially recognized by Congress. As was the case last year, there will be no flat statement credits in 2016 for shopping at a small […]

Amazon $25 off $75 on Household Essentials

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:44:57 +0000

Amazon is offering a $25 off $75 promotion when you buy $75 in total items from on their Holiday Essentials list. Here are all of the eligible items sorted by category. Grocery (Drinks, Snacks, Protein bars, Chicken Stock, etc.) Health and Wellness (Cold and Pain Medicines, etc.) Household (Toilet Paper, Trash Bags, Batteries, etc.) Personal […]

Ally Bank CD Maturity Review: Phone and Online Redemptions

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 04:52:09 +0000

Updated with online maturity information and screenshots. If you have money in a bank certificate of deposit (CD), you should be aware that most of them will renew automatically for the same term length upon maturity. That means if you don’t specifically tell them otherwise, your 5-year CD will roll over for another 5 years […]

RingPlus: Basic, Free Cellular Phone Service Plans With a Catch

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 04:49:17 +0000

November 2016 Update. The most recent update: Starting December 1, 2016, all Plans that are not Mad Plans will not renew at the end of their billing cycle. Members can change to any of the currently offered plans from our website. Phone Swaps will be free starting Wednesday (11/23/16) until further notice. Realistically, this was […]

Andrews Federal Credit Union 84-Month Certificate at 3.01% APY (Black Friday Deal)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:42:29 +0000

Andrews Federal Credit Union is offering the following special Black Friday certificate rates. They must be funded by 11/30/16. Update: According to multiple accounts, this promotion has been extended to accounts funded by 12/31/16. Please verify yourself as the website has not been changed as of this writing. Thanks to Rudi for heads up. 3-month […]

Uber American Express Promotion: 2 Free Rides From Airport (up to $65 each)

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:40:14 +0000

Just in time for the holiday travel season! Uber and American Express are running a new promotion for 2 free Uber rides from an eligible airport up to $65 each. This promotion is valid for both new and existing users. Enter code AMEXAIRPORT in your Uber app under Promotions or Payment. Be sure that an […] Review: Free Experian Credit Report Every Month, No Credit Card Required

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 21:00:31 +0000

Experian, one of the three major credit bureaus, has bought the domain and converted it to a place where consumers can view their Experian Credit Report for free. There is no credit card required, no trial membership required. Like most of its competitors, “free” does mean that you’ll see advertisements and offers for paid […]

Amazon Prime $20 Off Grand Tour Promotion (11/18 Only!)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:43:10 +0000

If you’ve been in withdrawal from “proper” Top Gear, the new Amazon series The Grand Tour premiers on Friday, November 18th (press release). The three original stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have gotten back together and there are 12 new episodes that will stream weekly. To try and attract these new gearheads, […]