Thursday, January 31, 2013

Best Buy - 25 Free Reward Zone Points

If you take Best Buy's poll on facebook today and answer one question, Best Buy will give you 25 Free Reward Zone points.  The whole process takes about a minute.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

16 GB Patriot Micro SDHC Memory Card $5 after $5 Rebate

Newegg has a 16GB Micro SDHC Memory Card for $5 with free shipping after a $5 rebate.  

New customers can add promocode NEWCUSTOMER at checkout and get another $10 off a $50 purchase.

Start your purchase from Top Cashback and get 1-2% back as well.

Don't have Top Cashback?  Sign up here for free.   They usually have the best cashback percentages (even better than Ebates) although it take a little longer to get your money.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Snapfish Free 5x7" Photobook

Snapfish is offering a free 5x7" 20 page soft cover photobook.  Normally $12.99

Shipping adds $3.47

Use coupon code HPREWARD

Make sure to select "soft cover photo book" in the screen after you add your pictures

Excludes Nickelodeon, Dr. Seuss, Disney, Sesame Street and Warner Bros. themed products

Start your purchase from Top Cashback and get 12-20% back as well!  (12% for existing customers and 20% for new customers)

Don't have Top Cashback?  Sign up here for free.   They usually have the best cashback percentages (even better than Ebates) although it take a little longer to get your money.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Staples Self Inking Stamp $0.99

Self inking stamp from staples for $0.99.

Free shipping when you upload an image to add to the stamp

Start your purchase from 
Top Cashback and get 3% back as well!  

Don't have Top Cashback?  Sign up here for free.   They usually have the best cashback percentages (even better than Ebates) although it take a little longer to get your money.

Best Buy 16GB USB $9.99

Click on the Banner below or click here and search "9737196" and it will come up 

Sign up for Best Buy Rewards Zone and you will get a $5 Best Buy Gift Card for every $250 you spend at Best Buy (2%) in addition to all your other savings (you will get a $15 gift card just for this one purchase).

Start your purchase from Top Cashback and get 6% back as well!

Don't have Top Cashback?  Sign up here for free.   They usually have the best cashback percentages (even better than Ebates ) although it take a little longer to get your money.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Newark Airport Parking $4 a Day Amazon Deals

Amazon deals is offering parking in Newark Airport for $4 a day (minimum 3 days)

  • $12 for 3 days
  • $20 for 5 days
  • $55 for 14 days

Monday, January 21, 2013

Best Buy and Mastercard $50 off a $100 In Store Purchase at Best Buy with Mastercard

Update: I went to the store and they said it was fake and doesn't take any money off, but other sites are reporting in the comments that it does in fact work.  Hopefully everyone else has better luck

Until 1/27, if you use a mastercard at Best Buy you will get a $50 credit for a $100+ in store with this printable coupon.  Read the exclusions to see what doesn't count.

This means lots of free money!

You can take advantage of this in a couple of ways.  The coupon does not explicitely exclude gift cards! 

You should be able to buy:

1) Visa Gift Cards - Best Buy sells Visa gift cards that have $4.95 fees.  You can buy a $95.05 gift card (this will cost $100 after fees) and you will get $95 for the price of $50!  That's $45 Free!

2) Amazon Gift Cards - Best Buy also sells Amazon gift cards with no fees so you can get a $100 Amazon gift card for $50!

3) Best Buy Gift Card - To use later. 

Make sure to use your reward zone (or sign up) and you will get another $5 in Best Buy gift cards for every $250 you spend.  The reward zone gift cards can be used to buy amazon gift cards.

I will try to go today and report back on whether this works!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Coffee Bean, American Express and Twitter - Spend $20 and Get $5 Back

Here's how to do it:

  1. Sync your American Express card with your twitter account
  2. Tweet #AmexCoffeeBeanOffer
  3. Wait for your confirmation tweet from American Express that you will be getting the credit
  4. Spend $20+ at The Coffee Bean in California or Arizona and you will immediately get an email from American Express confirming the credit
Expires 1/31 - Offer is only valid for The Coffee Bean Stores in California and Arizona

All Coffee Bean shops in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, NewYork and Florida are Kosher.

Keep a record of which American Express card is synced to which Twitter account for the future

You can sync your credit card here and unsync your card here to get the offers on multiple American Express cards or you can create multiple Twitter accounts with pseudonyms (Twitter allows pseudonyms).

Microsoft Office 2013 $9.95 Select Users Only

You can get Microsoft Office 2013 version for $9.95.  Many military, federal goverment and college emails are eligible for this price.

You can click here to check if you are eligible.  Click on "Don't know your program code?  Click here" and you can enter your email to see if you are eligible.  My .edu email did work.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sylvania 7" Dual Screen Portable DVD Player $40 from Amazon

Disclaimer - The Discover offers are no longer valid.

Update - Price went up to $49

If you go on a lot of long car trips like my family does, having a portable DVD player can be invaluable.  When you have two kids, a portable DVD player with two screens is twice as invaluable, but thankfully not twice the price!

We borrowed one of these once and it was great for our son!

Just go to and search "Sylvania 7" Dual Screen Portable DVD Player" and it is the second item that comes up.

It comes with straps so that you can strap it around the headrests of the front seats of a car as you can see under product details on Amazon's site, where it sells for over $80 -  SYLVANIA Portable DVD Player DUAL SCREEN SDVD8716-COM and will look something like this when it is strapped in the car

  • Start your purchase through the Discover Card shopping portal and you will get 5% cashback from Walmart.  I rarely use my Discover Card, but I think it is a valuable card to have just for their lucrative shopping portal.  You can apply for a Discover it™ card here if you don't already have one.

  • If you don't have a Discover card, you can save 1% at either Top Cashback or Ebates and you will still get your regular cashback from whatever credit card you choose

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Office Max - $10 off Two $50 Mastercard Gift Card

This is from the Office Max weekly ad on pages 6-7

Buy any 2 $50 mastercard gift card and you will get $10 off.   This is the equivalent of them giving you free money.  The fees are about $5 each so you will make about $5 off each $50 and you will stil get your regular cashback from your credit card.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Cell Phone Suction Mat - Free

Free Cell Phone Suction Mat 

Use coupon code SUCTION-FREE

This will stabilize your phone onto flat surfaces.  Here is a video of how it works

Since it is free you should be able to use a randomly generated credit card number to "buy" it and then you don't give them your real credit card number.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

2 Pack of 180s Ear Warmers $12.99 Shnoop

Update: Dead!

2 Pack of 180s from Shnoop for $12.99 with Free Shipping

Use coupon code FATSHNOOP1

Deal ends a little bit before 9pm ET

Lands End Non Iron Shirts Less than $15

Lands End clearance has 30% off of already reduced prices.  This non iron shirt is a little over $13 after tax.

Free shipping for purchases over $75 after the coupon code.  You can buy in a few sizes, see which one fits and return the rest in order to get free shipping

Use coupon code SUNNY and pin 1014

  • Start your purchase at from Ebates and get 3% cashback as well.  You will still get your normal cashback from your credit card as well. 

Use Shop Your Way Rewards and get another 1% towards your next purchase

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Jos. A. Bank $15 Non-Iron Shirts

Jos. A. Bank has a different sale just about every other day that requires you to buy 5 or more shirts to get a good price so I've been trying to not ever mention anything from them.  

  • As the immortal Josh K says "If it's a Jos. A. Bank sale, it's not a sale."

This time, however, they have a good deal even when you buy just one shirt.  Their traveler shirts are just $15 with free shipping.

Use coupon code SHIPFREE in the box that says "promotion code 2"

Start your purchase from Top Cashback and get 8% back as well!  

Don't have Top Cashback?  Sign up here for free.   They usually have the best cashback percentages (even better than Ebates) although it take a little longer to get your money.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tanger Outlets - $10 Free Gift Card

If you "like" Tanger on facebook they will give you a free $10 gift card to use at any Tanger outlet locations.  The gift card must be used by January 10th.

30,000 Pageviews!

Thanks everyone for the continued success of my blog!  

  • It took from September 1, 2011 until April 15, 2012 to get to my first 10,000 pageviews, seven and a half months.  

  • It took from September 18th until January 8th to get the next 10,000 pageviews, a little under 4 months.  

    • For the last 2 months, there has been more than 3,000 views so hopefully the next 10,000 will come in a little over 3 months or sooner!

Here is a graph of the trends in pageviews 

If you like what you see please subscribe below.  You can subscribe to a daily email which is sent out only if I post that day or to Twitter which is updated within the hour of a post.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Wired Magazine Free from Rewards Gold

Here is a free offer for Wired Magazine from Rewards Gold.  They do not ask for a credit card.

You need to answer a survey about your computer that takes less than 10 minutes.

7-11 Free Coffee Mondays in Buffalo, NY

7-11 in Amherst NY (14221) is offering a free small coffee every Monday.

Unclear how long this will keep going, but hopefully it continues!

Thank you YF for the tip!

As the picture shows, they also have $1 any size coffee on Wednesdays.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Soda stream Starter Kit $60 After Rebate from Best Buy

Disclaimer - The Discover offers are no longer valid.

Update 1/6 - The sodastream at Best Buy is still coming up at $80, but I put in my cart and never bought it.  When I checked today, it was selling for $64 in my cart and $80 from the regular site.  I can't promise it will work for you, but give it a shot.  Put the sodastream in your cart, check back in a few weeks and hope the price goes down.

Update 12/28: Sodastream starter kit is also available at Target for $80 ($60 after rebate).  Use a Target Credit Card and you will save another 5%.  Start your purchase at Top Cashback and you will get 2-6% cashback.

Click on the Banner below or click here and search "3386931" and it will come up 

Rebate Link - The machine is $80 and the rebate takes $20 off.
You can see Best Buy is an authorized retailer here.  You can buy it online to take advantage of the extra discounts, but only available for in store pickup.

Even if you already have one, this is a great gift idea!

  • Sign up for Best Buy Rewards Zone and you will get a $5 Best Buy Gift Card for every $250 you spend at Best Buy (2%) in addition to all your other savings.
  • Start your purchase from Top Cashback and get 4-6% back as well!  I think it is 6% for this (appliance?), but it is hard to tell.

Don't have Top Cashback?  Sign up here for free.   They usually have the best cashback percentages (even better than Ebates) although it take a little longer to get your money.

  • Use your Discover it™ and you will get 5% back for all your online purchases until the end of the year (max of $75 back), including this one.  A total of 9-11% back if you use both Top Cashback and Discover More!  
    • 11% of $80 is $8.80 off.  Combine that with 2% off for Rewards zone for another $1.60 off and your total price comes to $49.60 after all discounts

  • Use your Chase Freedom and you will get 5% back for all of your purchases from Best Buy until the end of the year.

I filled out the rebate and within 6 weeks I got a check for $20.  I recommended it to some friends only to find out that half of them already have it.  Everyone I know who has one loves it!  They are great gifts as well

Make sure to get one that is not electric so that you can use it on shabbos!

iPad 3 Belkin Shield Case $6 from Amazon

Belkin Snap Shield Case for the Apple iPad 3 (3rd Generation) (Clear)

$6 and eligible for super free shipping.  Clear is $6.  Other colors are more.

Same item at Best Buy is $29.99


2012 Credit Card Cashback Year In Review

Disclaimer - The Discover offers are no longer valid.

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Here is the 2nd annual breakdown of how I did on my various credit cards from 2013.  Here is my yearend review from 2011.  Hopefully, we can all take some lessons about to do even better in the future!

Some words of introduction

  1. Credit card sign up offers netted me over $2,000 this year have skewed some of the numbers.  I will present my results both with and without any sign up bonuses since these are one time bonuses.  
    1. I valued miles at 1 cent per point, for ease of calculation, but in truth I will probably end up redeeming them at higher values.
    2. I wouldn't suggest that most people sign up for as many cards, but you certainly can get back significant money if you are willing to do a little bit of work and follow my blog, of course :)
  2. I have included any American Express bonuses that I would have otherwise spent money on, therefore my American Express numbers are better than the rest of my cards.
    1. For example, I included when American Express gave me $20 for spending $200 at Best Buy, which I did about 10 times.  I counted it as $205 of spending and $20 of rewards.  This is because I bought VISA gift cards for $205 and got $20 back for a cashback % of close to 10%.  I also counted Small Business Saturday as rewards without spending because I would have bought the same stuff anyway.
      1. The AMEX cards I get lower percentage on is because I use them more frequently and not just for the promotions.

My goal is to get at least 2% back on every purchase.  I use the Fidelity American Express card which gives 2% on every purchase, so if the purchase doesn't fall into a special category, at least I can use the Fidelity card and get the standard 2% back.

Here is the breakdown from my different Cards in alphabetical order - Most have some sort of Sign Up Bonus when you click on the links

American Express Blue Everyday - 15.26%
American Express Blue Preferred - 9.26%
American Express Blue Sky - 27.35%
American Express Fidelity - 4.32%
American Express Starwoods - 28.91% (Sign up Bonus)
American Express Starwoods Business - 67.91% (Sign up Bonus)
Chase British Airways - 452% (Sign up Bonus)
Bank of America Cash Rewards - 3.38%
Bank of American Cash Rewards #2 - 89.1% - (Sign up Bonus)
Chase Freedom - 4.1%
Chase United Credit Card - 0.91% (Annual Fee)
Citi AAdvantage - 65.25% (Sign Up Bonus)
Citi Dividend - 31.23% (Sign up Bonus)
Discover it™- 3.9%
NFL (barclays) - 31.92% (Sign up Bonus)
Target - 5%

Overall - 

  • 17.38% with sign up bonuses and 7.19% without sign up bonuses.
    • If you take out all of my American Express cards, the percentage drops down to 3.46%
Keys to my success
  • Gift Cards - Many promotions require you to spend a lot of money right away, especially sign up offers.  I take big advantage of buying gift cards to gas stations, Amazon (which I consider like cash), and Visa (comes with a fee so are last resort) and using them over time.  
    • Serve® from American Express - makes life a lot easier.  I hate having lots of small Visa gift cards around.  You can combine all of them onto your Serve card and just carry around the one card.
  • American Express Promotions - American Express has cards with great cashback, the real reason you get American Express cards is for all the promotions they run throughout the year.  I will continue to keep you informed.
  • Staying on top of my credit report - I use Credit Sesame to monitor my credit report so that if anything negative pops up, and it has before, I can take care of it right away.
    • In case you are wondering, my credit score, according to both Credit Sesame and Credit Karma is over 770, so opening credit cards has not hurt me at all.

My analysis:

This past year 

American Express Cards -  I have already explained that I used bonuses to achieve very good results.  I added the Blue Preferred late this year so hopefully that will help for next year as well.  sed to be my 2% card because it was a Visa but that program was discontinued and changed to the Bank of America Cash Rewards Card.
Chase Freedom is my main backup when when AMEX wasn't accepted, or when a purchase is under $10 and also has 5% rotating categories.
Discover - same as Chase Freedom, except all the rewards can be multiplied by 1.25 if you take rewards in gift cards instead of cash.
Target - Target gives 5% off every purchase.  We buy diapers there and have started to spend more money there when we stopped being members of BJ's.

What to Change for Next Year

  • In about a year or so, I may need my credit to be as good as possible so I will only sign up for a credit card if the sign up bonus is too good to pass up (over $300 with no annual fee), otherwise, I am going to stick with what I have.    
    • This means, of course, that I don't expect my numbers to be nearly as high next year.
  • I am going to try to use Bluebird prepaid cards to pay more of my bills that don't accept credit cards.  I will "only" get 1.2% back if I use my Fidelity, but 1.2% is still better than 0%.
    • My overall percentage will go down, but the name of the game is more money, not higher percentage.

I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing this.  

Questions or Comments?  Feel free to be heard!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Amazon MP3s $2 Free

Free $2 in Amazon MP3s - Facebook required

You can download Jewish themed music like Miami Boys ChoirMordechai Ben DavidMoshav BandDveykus and many others

Every couple of months Amazon gives away some MP3 credits so make a list of songs you want to download eventually and download them over time.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Lids $5 Hats - Clearance Section

Lids Clearance Section has $5 hats from many sports teams.  Free Shipping to a Lids store or $5 flat for the order.

There are limited selections of each hat so act fast.  I bought 3 Mets hats for $15 and it said that was the maximum I could buy and now there are no more of that type of hat.

Here are a couple of examples of New York Team hats that are available:

  1. Mets Out of stock
    1. Mets Youth Hat (ages 8-14)  Out of stock
  2. Yankees  Out of stock
  3. Islanders Hat 1  Hat 2  Out of stock
There are tons of hats and merchandise of different teams.  Use the filters on the left side to narrow your search.

Start your purchase from Top Cashback and get up to 15% back as well!  

Don't have Top Cashback?  Sign up here for free.   They usually have the best cashback percentages (even better than Ebates) although it take a little longer to get your money.

Coldplay Songs 5 Free Downloads from Google Play

Google Play is giving away 5 free downloads of Coldplay music, one song from each album.  The 5 songs are the following:

  1. Yellow
  2. Clocks
  3. Fix You
  4. Viva La Vida
  5. Paradise

Once you "buy" the songs, you can download them from your Google Play account.