Amazon Who? All the Other Retailers Who Offer Free 2-Day Shipping

December 13, 2018 by Kyle
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As we finish up our Christmas shopping this year there’s NO doubt that fast delivery is something we are ALL looking for. Just ask anyone who shells out $119 a year for an Amazon Prime membership. But guess what? Amazon is not the only online retailer offering everyday 2-day shipping at no extra cost. Sure, most websites have the option to get it delivered in 2 days, but it’ll usually cost you an arm and a leg. With that said, here are all the retailers that will deliver your order within 2 days without charging you a penny extra.

Amazon Who? All the Other Retailers Who Offer Free 2-Day Shipping

The gold-standard for free 2-day shipping is the online behemoth known as Here’s the skinny:

– Pay $119/year for an Amazon Prime membership and get 2-day guaranteed shipping on EVERY order.

– Because they offer a guarantee, be sure to hold their feet to the fire if they don’t deliver on time.

By doing so you’ll either get a $5 credit, a $10 credit, or a 1-month Prime membership extension.

See Also: 8 Amazon Savings Hacks That Just Might Blow Your Mind

Whether you’re ordering a new iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, Apple will deliver it within 2 days. Here’s how it works.

– Free 2-day shipping is available only on in-stock items from

– The only exclusions are customized Macs, engraved items, and items paid for via financing and bank transfers.

– Delivery to Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico will take 2-5 business days.

If you’re ordering an in-stock iPhone you’ll actually get it delivered for free via next-day shipping. Just check out your virtual shopping bag as Apple will tell you if your iPhone qualifies.

The folks at sell all kinds of gear and clothing for the outdoor enthusiasts.

Think REI, but a little cheaper, but still with hundreds of name brands. Here’s how their 2-day shipping policy works.

– Add at least $50 worth of merchandise to your virtual cart and you’ll qualify for free 2-day shipping.

– At checkout, just make sure you select the “Two Business Days” shipping option.

– Exclusions: Complete bikes, bike frames, bike wheels, ABS airbag packs, kayaks, SUP boards, cargo boxes, car racks, indoor cycles, pre-orders, and back orders.

It’s worth noting that you must live in the lower 48 to get 2-day delivery. Sorry Hawaii and Alaska residents.

Best Buy

Best Buy use to offer free 2-day shipping on thousands of items. But they’ve recently dialed it back and only offer it to My Best Buy Elite Plus members.

Here’s how it works.

– If you buy at least $3,500 annually from Best Buy you’ll get Elite Plus status and qualify for free 2-day shipping.

– No minimum purchase required.

– If you do get this free membership you’ll also get 45 return days instead of the standard 30.

See Also: 7 Insider Tips to Save Money at Best Buy


Blue Nile is a popular online jewelry site that offers free 2-day shipping with some contingency.

– To get free 2-day FedEx shipping your jewelry purchase must exceed $500 otherwise you’ll have to settle for FedEx Ground.

– You need to place your order by 4:30 pm in your local time zone to get 2-day delivery.

– Alaska and Hawaii are not eligible.

If you need Saturday delivery they have options available for a small fee. is trying hard to compete with Amazon. Here’s how their 2-day shipping policy works.

– Jet will deliver all “Everyday Essentials” items via 2-day delivery.

– A minimum order size of at least $35 is required.

– When you think about “Everyday Essentials”, think about grocery items, paper products, laundry, baby items, pet supplies, and health & beauty. As long as you buy at least $35, they all ship free and quick.

As long as your order totals at least $35, all such items will get to your door for free in 2 business days.


For those unfamiliar, Optics Planet sells top-of-the-line rifle scopes, spoting scopes, and holsters.

– While Optics Planet doesn’t offer site-wide 2-day shipping on every product, they have a webpage that lists over 2,500 eligible products.

– Eligible items change frequently so it’s worth bookmarking and checking back often.

– At checkout, you have to select “Two Day Shipping” and use code 2DAYAIR to get 2-day delivery. No minimum order size required.

Also, the coupon code only works for orders delivered in the 48 contiguous states.


When ordering sunglasses, eyeglasses, or lenses from Ray-Ban, they’ll happily ship EVERYTHING via Overnight Shipping. Here’s the scoop.

– No minimum order size required to qualify for Overnight delivery.

– For some reason they say on their website that overnight shipping is usually delivered in a 1-3 business day time window.

– This includes Alaska and Hawaii although orders may take an extra day or 2 to be delivered.

A cool bonus is that all Ray-Ban shipments are fully insured.


The Running Warehouse sells name brand running shoes, apparel, and outdoor shoes, plus a killer shipping offer.

– They offer free 2-day shipping on ALL orders in the lower 48 states.

– Place your order by 3 pm PST and it’ll get shipped within 1 business day.

– Their sister website, Tennis, also has the same 2-day shipping policy when you spend $75 or more.

It’s also worth noting that they offer free returns, no questions asked.

If you shop regularly at Sephora, you’ll want to consider the Sephora Flash 2-day shipping program.

– For a measly $15 a year, the Sephora Flash program will get you unlimited 2-day free shipping.

– No minimum order size required.

– If you need it, overnight shipping is available for a reasonable $5.95.

– Exclusions include orders to Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, P.O. Boxes, and APO/FPO addresses.

If you don’t want to drop $15 on the Flash program, Sephora offers free everyday shipping on orders over $50.

Just this holiday season Target introduced free 2-day shipping to try and compete with Amazon. Here’s everything you need to know.

– No minimum order size required when you use your REDcard. If you don’t have a REDcard you’ll need to spend $35 to qualify.

– This also includes free returns if you’re not completely satisfied.

– This special offer only lasts thru December 22nd, 2018.

Verizon Wireless

Verizon will also ship for free within 2 business days of delivery. Here are the details.

– When ordering a new phone, you’ll get free 2–day shipping when you order online Monday – Friday by 4:30 pm.

– Some customers may need to select free 2–day shipping option in drop down at checkout.

– When ordering accessories, you’ll need to spend at least $49 to get free 2-day shipping.

– This offer excludes purchases delivered to Alaska and Hawaii.

Also, be sure to plan accordingly as a signature will be required upon delivery.

Last, but not least, is Walmart which last year introduced unlimited free 2-day shipping with no membership fee required.

While clearly an attempt to compete with Amazon, their new shipping policy does require you to purchase at least $35 from the Walmart website to qualify.

But that is a pretty low threshold if you’re buying goods for an entire household.

Happy savings.

By Kyle James

Michaels Return Policy: Get Crafty and Shop Smart

December 6, 2018 by Kyle
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The Michaels return policy details are worth knowing if you’re into arts and crafts. Having grown up in a “craftsy” home, I know how expensive supplies can be. I also know that it’s common to overbuy in case of emergencies or to save a possible trip later. Thus the need to return stuff arises frequently, at least it did for my Mom when I was a kid. It’s with this in mind that I break down Michaels policy so you can plan accordingly. Here’s everything you need to know.

Michaels Return Policy: Here's What You Need to Know To Get Crafty

How Many Return Days Does Michaels Give Me?

You get a whopping 180 days to make a return to Michaels.

Pretty darn generous return policy.

What Happens After 180 Days?

Michaels will give you store credit for the full purchase price once you’ve passed your 180 return days.

Are There Exceptions to the 180 Days?

Yes, glad you asked. These items have exceptions…

Cricut Products – Still 180 days but items MUST be unopened and have a valid receipt.

Gift Cards & Prepaid Cards – These are NOT returnable or exchangeable.

Items Returned Without a Receipt That Are Now Clearance – Unfortunately, if the item in question has moved to “clearance” within Michaels inventory system you’re not eligible for a refund of ANY kind.

Custom Framing – You have 14 days from the date you pick up your custom framing to have it reworked to your satisfaction. You must bring them back to the same Michaels location where original work was performed.

Tutorial Classes – Classes are refundable up to the date when the class is set to start. Refunds must be done in-store only.

See Also: The 8 Best Return Policies in the Known Universe

Can Items Be Opened or Used?

For the most part, NO.

Items need to be in their unused original packaging to be returnable.

The only exception to this policy involves items that are defective. They’ll take those back in used or opened condition.

What If I Don’t Have My Receipt?

You’re probably NOT out of luck.

In most cases, Michaels can look up your purchase and refund your money.

They’ll try to use your credit card, debit card, or rewards number to find it.

If they CAN’T find any evidence of your purchase, Michaels will give you store credit for the lowest price in the past 90 days.

If this happens to you, be prepared to show a valid photo I.D. which is used for fraud prevention and refund authorization.

Can I Return Online Purchases In-Store?

YES, absolutely.

You can return items within 180 days via the mail or at your local Michaels brick & mortar location.

If you want to return items bought online via the mail you’ll need to call them at 1-800-MICHAELS.

A rep will walk you through the process.

Who Pays the Return Shipping Charges?

If the item is NOT defective you’ll be charged for return shipping charges.

Avoid this fate by returning the item to your local Michaels location.

If the item IS defective, then Micheals will pay for the return shipping.

Is There a Separate “Holiday” Return Policy?

No, the Michaels return policy is the same all year-long and does not change in November or December.

Can I Exchange Items In-Store?

No, oddly enough Michaels does NOT allow exchanges.

The workaround is simply to return the item and re-buy it. This is also a smart idea when the price of an item drops. You might as well get the lower price, especially on significant purchases.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever used the Michaels return policy? Was it a fairly straight-forward process?

By Kyle James

Free Starbucks For Life Is Back and WAY Better Than Before

November 28, 2018 by Kyle
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Who wouldn’t love to win Starbucks for life? If you’re a caffeine junkie like me, you’d be there everyday asking your favorite barista for your free coffee. Thanks to a recent promotion from Starbucks, free coffee for life could be a reality. Here’s everything you need to know to make it happen.

Free Starbucks For Life Is Back and WAY Better Than Before

How To Get Entered to Win Coffee for Life

First of all, you need to be a Rewards members to play. Sign-Up here for free.

There are 3 ways to be entered to win.

  1. Make a purchase at Starbucks using your Starbucks card linked to your Starbucks rewards. This will get you a free play to try and win. Maximum of two plays per day.
  2. Visit Starbucks for Life and get a free play without making a purchase.
  3. Do the “Life Challenges” and earn more plays. (See below for more details)

So basically the more you order, the more chances you have to win.

Match three game pieces and win the corresponding prize.

See image below which shows that I have one of the 3 pieces in a row necessary to win Starbucks for a year.

Starbucks Gameboard

Do the Life Challenges to Earn Extra Game Plays

Life Challenges

Every week through the end of 2018, Starbucks is offering “Life Challenges” as a way for you to earn extra plays to try and win.

Here they are broken down for you by week:

Week 1 (11/27/18 – 12/02/18)

Make 1 mobile order by paying ahead = 1 Free Play.

Make 3 mobile orders and pay ahead = 3 Free Plays.

Week 2 (12/03/18 – 12/09/18)

Buy something from Starbucks 2 days in a row = 1 Free Play.

Buy something from Starbucks 5 days in a row = 3 Free Plays.

Week 3 (12/09/18 – 12/16/18)

Make 1 weekday purchase after 2 p.m. = 1 Free Play.

Make 1 weekend purchase = 3 Free Plays.

Week 4 (12/17/18 – 12/23/18)

Make 1 purchase over $10 = 1 Free Play.

Make 1 purchase over $30 = 3 Free Plays.

Week 5 (12/24/18 – 12/31/18)

Make ANY purchase at Starbucks = 1 Free Play.

Make ANY purchase at least 4 separate times during the week = 3 Free Plays.

These free plays will automatically be added to your rewards account.

I highly recommend using the free Starbucks app as an easy way to guarantee you’re getting proper credit for your purchases.

See Also: 9 Brilliant Ways to Hack the Starbucks Rewards Program

What Other Prizes Are Available?

In addition to handing out coffee for life to 5 lucky people, Starbucks is handing out these other prizes which total $1.6 million.

– Free coffee for 1 year.

– Free coffee for 6 months.

– Free coffee for 3 months.

– Free coffee for 1 month.

1,000 bonus stars.

500 bonus stars.

250 bonus stars.

125 bonus stars.

Having multiple prizes makes this a way better promotions than things Starbucks has done in the past as you have a much higher chance of winning something.

The Fine Print:

– This promotion ends 12/31/18 at midnight.

– “Free Starbucks” means you’ll get 1 credit added to your account EVERY day which will get you a free drink or food item. The credit will only be good for that day and can’t be carried over.

– Also, if you do happen to win the “For Life” prize, it actually only means free coffee for the next 30 years.

Ask the Reader: How often per week do you visit Starbucks? It seems to me that if you visit regularly you have a darn good chance of winning something.

P.S. In case you were wondering, the estimated value of winning “Starbucks for Life” is right around $55,000. That’s a lot of mochas and lattes.

Good luck.

By Kyle James

Image credits to Starbucks.

18 Cool Gifts For Guys You’ll Undoubtedly Want to Keep For Yourself

November 27, 2018 by Kyle

Let’s mix things up around here and talk about 18 WAY cool gifts for guys sold on Amazon. An Amazon gift guide of sorts that’ll help you discover nifty gifts for your dad, brother, boyfriend, or husband. From tech products and gadgets to the more practical, this gift guide has you covered, especially when shopping for guys who are “hard to shop for” and seem to have everything. I’m guessing you’ll want to keep a few of these cool gifts for yourself.

18 Cool Gifts You'll Want to Keep For Yourself

1. SodaStream Crystal Sparkling Water Maker

SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker

The first gift comes from the folks at SodaStream. They actually sent me one of these to test out and I gotta say it’s pretty darn awesome.

The Soda Stream Crystal lets you quickly turn regular tap water into delicious sparkling water in a matter of seconds.

You can even add the flavor of your choice for a really refreshing treat. If you regularly buy sparkling water, this unit will pay for itself in a few short months.

The best part? No batteries or electrical cords are required.

Price: $299

2. Bose SoundLink Speaker

Bose SoundLink Speaker

What guy doesn’t like a portable speaker that ACTUALLY sounds great.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better sounding Bluetooth speaker for the price than the Bose SoundLink.

It come in 5 colors so you can show-off your personal style to the world.

It’s a pretty rugged speaker too with a soft-touch silicone exterior that will hold up over time.

Setup is also a breeze as it has voice prompts that walk you through the Bluetooth pairing process.

Price: $129

See Also: The 14 Coolest Things to Buy On Amazon for Under $10

3. ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 (N705UQ-EB76)

ASUS VivoBook Pro 17

The 17.3″ full HD display on this ASUS Laptop will turn heads and is the ultimate “guy” laptop.

It also comes with the 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U 2.7GHz (Turbo up to 3.5GHz) processor that makes it an absolute speed burner and great for gaming.

Need storage too? Not a problem as it comes with a 1TB hard drive.

Not sure why you would spend over twice the amount on an Apple MacBook Pro when this system beats it in every way possible.

Price: $899

4. Nest Thermostat 3rd Generation

Nest Thermostat 3rd Generation

The next cool gift will be the smartest (or warmest) thermostat you’ll ever own.

The Nest Thermostat actually learns the temperatures you like to keep your home at and programs itself in about a week.

It’ll also help you save on your energy costs as “Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home.”

You can also turn up (or down) the temperature remotely with your smartphone so your home will be warm (or cool) when you get home.

Price: $185

5. Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)

Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)

I really wish I had waited for the 2nd generation Amazon Echo.

Not only is it cheaper than the original, but has a better speaker with Dolby processing.

It’s also better integrated to work with other smart devices in your home.

I also love the new colors and designs that come with the 2nd generation Echo.

Price: $69.99

6. Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad

Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad

Designed to work with Apple for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, this Belkin Charger is pretty sweet.

Just set your device on top and the magic begins. There’s even a green light that comes on telling you that your device is being charged properly.

It’ll even work with lightweight phone cases which is a cool surprise.

Price: $29.99

7. Ember Temperature Control Mug

Ember Temperature Control Mug

When it comes to cool gifts, the Ember Temperature Control Mug will be really hard to beat.

Ember keeps your coffee or tea at the same exact temperature from first to last swig.

No buttons or complicated instruction manual either. Just turn the dial on the mug to your desired temperature and you’re GOOD to go.

Price: $109.80

8. Insta360 Nano 360 Degree Camera

Insta360 Nano 360 Degree Camera

The Insta360 Camera is WAY cool and compatible with the iPhone 7, 7 plus, and iPhone 6/6S, 6 plus/6S plus, or can be used alone.

With a 3040 x 1520 resolution @ 30fps it takes your smartphone’s camera to a whole new level and allows you to shoot amazing 360 degree videos and photos.

Check out the Amazon product page as it does a great job breaking down exactly what they Insta360 does.

Price: $99

9. LIFX (A19) Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb

LIFX Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb

The LIFX Wi-Fi Smart Bulb would make for a great gift idea for any gadget or tech lover.

It works seamlessly with Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant, no hub required as it has built in wi-fi.

Oh, and did I mention it has 16 million color combinations along with warm and cool whites?

It’s pretty much the coolest light bulb you’ll ever own.

Price: $39.99

10. Ring Video Doorbell 2

Ring Video Doorbell 2

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 lets you see, hear and speak to anyone at your door from your smartphone, tablet or PC.

Amazingly, the video feed is in HD quality as well.

You’ll also get an instant alert when someone presses your doorbell or triggers built-in motion sensors within the device.

Price: $199

11. Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch

Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch

Another cool gift for the guy in your life is the Samsung Gear Smartwatch as it’s a lot smarter than most humans.

Water resistant up to 50 meters, it also comes standard with “all-day fitness tracking, easy calorie entry and personal coaching.”

Compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones, you’ll also get updates and receive and reply to calls and texts with a turn of the smartwatch’s bezel.

Plus, it’s WAY cooler looking than the square Apple Watch and lets you download and listen to Spotify.

Price: $170

12. Ultimate Ears BOOM 2

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2

This 360-degree Bluetooth speaker, known as Ultimate Ears BOOM 2, sends out terrific sound in every direction.

It’s also really cool looking and comes in 9 fashionable colors.

The rechargeable battery is also pretty legit with 15 hours of playback.

Price: $129.99

13. WyzeCam 1080p HD Wireless Smart Home Camera

WyzeCam 1080p HD Wireless Smart Home Camera

The WyzeCam Camera is priced right and has a TON of cool features.

Not only is it 1080p full HD (with live stream direct to your smartphone), but it also has night vision from up to 30 feet away (even in total darkness).

It also comes with motion and sound detection with free rolling 14-day cloud storage.

Installation is a breeze with the magnetic base and adhesive metal plate that lets you mount your WyzeCam anywhere (no screws required).

Price: $25.98

14. Robo R2 3D Printer with WiFi

Robo R2 3D Printer

The Robo R2 3D Printer is a technological marvel and is probably the coolest gift on this list.

With best-in-class print quality, a print range from 300-20 micron in layer height, the Robo R2 is pretty slick.

Plus it comes with an on-board camera so you can check on your 3D printing projects when away from home.

Price: $1442.99

15. Beer Growler for Craft Beer or Water Bottle

Beer Growler for Craft Beer or Water Bottle

What gift guide for guys would be complete without something beer related?

This Beer Growler from The Laughing Leprechaun is really easy to fill, clean, carry, and most importantly pour.

Amazingly, it will actually keep drinks hot or cold for up to 20 hours with no “sweating”. Pretty cool, right?

It’s also made from “food grade” stainless steel and built to stand-up to many drops and fumbles.

Price: $59.95

16. OjO Commuter Scooter for Adult

OjO Commuter Scooter for Adult

The OjO Commuter Scooter is such a cool “guy gift” that it’ll make any Dumb & Dumber fan a little envious.

With a top speed of 20 mph, and a range of 25 miles on a single charge, you’ll be riding this scooter for days (with NO license required).

It’s bike lane friendly and even comes with dual integrated Bluetooth speakers so you can rock your next ride.

Price: $2399.99

17. BB-8 Hero Droid (Fully Integrated)

BB-8 Hero Droid

Standing at over 16 inches tall, this BB-8 Hero Droid comes to life with voice and sound responses, along with an intuitive motion sensor.

What makes it really cool are the authentic lights and sound effects, plus true-to-film animations that will blow away any Star Wars geek who receives it.

Price: $72.95

18. Wearhaus Arc Bluetooth Headphones

Wearhaus Arc Bluetooth Headphones

Most guys have never heard of the Wearhaus brand but that’s all about to change.

These Wearhaus Arc Bluetooth headphones are game changers. Not only do they sound great and come in at under $100, but they have some cool on-board technology as well.

They call it “Bluetooth 4.0 technology with aptX Codec” that allows users to wirelessly sync and share audio with other Wearhaus units.

So if you love to share music with friends, this “wireless sharing” technology is a must-have.

Price: $79.99

By Kyle James

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Disclaimer: While all thoughts are my own, I get a small kickback from Amazon if you go through the links on this page and purchase any of these cool gifts for guys. Also, be aware that Amazon prices fluctuate frequently, so the prices I have posted may be a little different than current pricing.

Amazon Offering Free Shipping For The Holidays (Prime NOT Required)

November 14, 2018 by Kyle
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Back on November 5th, Amazon started offering free shipping on ALL holiday purchases to those with and WITHOUT a Prime Membership. So if you’re hesitant about dropping $119 for Amazon Prime, this news is definitely for you. Here’s everything you need to know…

Will It Be Free 2-Day Shipping?
Unfortunately no.

Non-Prime members will get items delivered in a 5-8 day time window.

But as long as you’re shopping on Amazon before December 15th this shouldn’t be an […] Continue Reading…

Black Friday 2018: 9 Tricks to Hack Your Way to Amazing Savings

November 6, 2018 by Kyle
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If you’re not hacking Black Friday in 2018, you’re clearly doing it all wrong. After all, it’s not Black Friday 2007 anymore, where the only way to save money was to set the alarm for an ungodly hour and go fight the unwashed masses for that last cheap 55″ television.

The game has changed, and so have the strategies and hacks you should employ on Black Friday 2018 weekend. Here are nine Black Friday hacks that […] Continue Reading…

Lowe’s Price Match Policy: 11 Things You NEED To Know to Save

November 5, 2018 by Kyle
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I love a good price match policy and smartphone technology has made it really easy to get some extra savings. With a phone in your pocket it has become a breeze to score a Lowe’s price match. Here’s exactly how their policy works so you can save some money on your next trip to the big-box store.

How Many Days To Score a Lower Price?

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Target Takes on Amazon with Free 2-Day Shipping This Holiday

October 25, 2018 by Kyle
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Target recently announced their holiday plans and this year they include a very attractive free shipping offer that undoubtedly got the attention of the folks at Amazon. But that’s not all as they also unveiled some really cool smartphone technology that’ll allow you to stay in your car and have items brought to you. Here’s everything you need to know.

Target Offering Free 2-Day Shipping
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How to Cancel Your Amazon Prime Membership and Get a Refund

October 23, 2018 by Kyle
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Amazon does a nice job making it sorta time consuming to cancel your Prime membership. After all, they don’t want to lose your business so they figure why not make the “Cancel Button” a little tricky to find. The good news is that after reading this article it’ll be an absolute piece of cake to end your Prime membership and possibly score a full refund. Here’s everything you need to know…

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13 Clever Ways to Make Money From Home in Your PJ’s

October 17, 2018 by Kyle
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The idea of making money from home is very appealing to many of us. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or love the idea of flexible hours, there are MANY perks. As long as you have a decent computer and a solid Internet connection you’ll qualify for many of these jobs. So without further ado, let’s break it down…

1. Become a Product Tester

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