Review: Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card (Use It To Get Prime for Free)

January 19, 2017 by Kyle
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When Amazon recently announced their new Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card via Chase, I knew it was something I’d want to apply for. This was especially true after I checked out all of the cards benefits and figured out that the card would basically pay for my annual $99 Prime membership every year. Here’s what you need to know.

Review: Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card:

Here are some of the perks of this Amazon Prime Rewards credit card.

  • 5% Back at – If you have an eligible Prime membership you’ll score a sweet 5% back (via Reward Points) on all your Amazon purchases. Use your reward points to pay for part, or all, of your future Amazon purchases.
  • 3% Back on all Amazon orders if you don’t have Prime.
  • 2% Back at Restaurants, Gas Stations, and Drugstores – Not a huge amount but definitely significant, especially if you pay off your bill in full every month.
  • 1% Back Everywhere Else.
  • Free $70 Gift Card from Amazon – You’ll get this immediately after credit card approval.
  • No Annual Fee.

Click Here to Apply for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

Who’s Eligible for the Card?

Not everyone is eligible for the 5% back on your Amazon purchases. Here’s what you need to know:

  • No Invited “Guests” – If you get Prime benefits via a family member who pays for an annual membership, you are NOT eligible for the 5% back on Amazon purchases. While you won’t get 5% back, you can still get 3% via the credit card.
  • Amazon Prime Fresh – Eligible for the 5% back on Amazon purchases.
  • Amazon Family – Eligible for the 5% back on Amazon purchases.
  • Amazon Prime Student – Eligible for the 5% back on Amazon purchases.
  • Trial memberships of Amazon Prime – Eligible for the 5% back on Amazon purchases.

See Also: 6 Brilliantly Slick Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free

Use the Card to Get Prime for Free:

  • Basically Get Amazon Prime for Free – Here’s a great way of looking at this card. If you order at least $165 from Amazon every month, this Prime Rewards card will pay for your $99 annual membership. This card is a no-brainer if you fall into this category.

Click Here to Apply for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card

Ask the Reader: How do you save money on your Amazon purchases?

By Kyle James

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All the Smart Ways to Score Free Chipotle Burritos and Burrito Bowls

January 11, 2017 by Kyle
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While Chipotle Mexican Grill works to reestablish their reputation as a safe, yummy, and “cool” place to eat, they’re providing many ways for you to score free Chipotle chow in an attempt to get you back in the door.

So I figured it was time to document all the clever the ways to get free burritos, burrito bowls, salads, and tacos. If you want some free Chipotle, you’re going to want to bookmark this article and revisit it often as I’ll keep it updated with new ways to score free food.

Smart Ways to Score Free Chipotle Burritos and Bowls

Free Chipotle Burritos

Who doesn’t love free (or cheap) burritos? Here are a few clever ways to make it happen.

  • Gift Card Deal – Several times a year, typically around Christmas and graduation season, you can score a free burrito, bowl, salad, or tacos when you buy a $25 or $30 gift card. Pretty cool way to give the gift of Chipotle and get a free burrito out of the deal.
  • Guac Hunter – Play this fun game from Chipotle and you might not win a burrito, but you’ll win some free guacamole and tortilla chips. Bonus: It’s actually a fun “what’s wrong with this picture” type of game.
  • Boorito Deal on Halloween – Every October 31st, Chipotle rewards those who wear a costume into any of their locations. Just come in sporting your costume and you’ll get a burrito, burrito bowl, order of tacos, or salad for only $3.

Discounted Chipotle Burrito

See Also: Chipotle Menu Hacks: How to Score a 86% Bigger Burrito for Free

Free Chipotle Coupons

Here are a couple clever ways to score free coupons for Chipotle that’ll get you a heavily discounted meal.

  • Matching-Game called “Love Story” – If you want free burrito coupons at Chipotle, you gotta play this fun matching game called Love Story. After you play, you’ll be prompted to fill out a form to get a “Buy one Entree, get 1 FREE” coupon. Two HUGE burritos or burrito bowls for about $7.75, sounds good to me.
  • Text Message Alerts – Sign-up for free Chipotle text alerts and you’ll get a bunch of exclusive deals and coupons. These often included a BOGO coupon which’ll score you a free entree when you buy one.

See Also: The Ultimate Chipotle Secret Menu is Awesomely Delicious

Bonus: How to Get a (Free) Bigger Burrito

Here are a few ways to get more chow added to your next meal at Chipotle.

  • Become a “Halfer” – For example, ask for half chicken and half steak and you’ll inevitable end up with a little more meat on your burrito at no extra cost. This is especially true if you’re polite and chat up the employee a little bit.
  • Order Both Types of Rice or Beans – Politely ask for a both pinto and black beans, or both white and brown rice. This will definitely get you a bigger meal, especially with a burrito bowl.
  • Don’t Ignore the Veggies – Don’t skip over the fajita veggies and corn salsa. Ask for both and you’ll get way more bang for your buck at Chipotle.

Ask the Reader: How do you get free Chipotle, or at the very least, discounted burritos and burrito bowls?

By Kyle James

Photo by Mike Mozart.

Free Starbucks: How to Score Free Refills, Free Coffee, and Free Gift Cards

January 10, 2017 by Kyle
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While there exists some clever Starbucks menu hacks that’ll definitely save you money, it’s really hard to beat “free”. As in free Starbucks coffee, free refills, and even free Starbucks gift cards. Here are some really easy ways to earn all three from your local Starbucks.

Free Starbucks: How to Score Free Refills, Free Coffee, and Free Gift Cards

Free Starbucks Refills

In order to score a free coffee refill at Starbucks, you’ll need either a registered Starbucks card or their mobile app on your phone.

Then use either to order any “Handcrafted Beverage” and you qualify for a free refill on that visit. A handcrafted beverage is anything a barista makes with their hands. So it excludes bottled water, juice, and soda.

The refill drink can only be one of the following: Brewed Coffee (hot, iced coffee, or cold brew) or tea (hot or iced).

But the cool thing is you can order a mocha or latte, for example, and on your way out you can get a “refill” of iced tea or brewed coffee.

So you can order a latte, then after you drink it, you can order a free caramel iced coffee as you walk out the door. In the summer-time I’ll do this with brewed coffee and use it later in the day to make an iced coffee.

Free Starbucks Coffee

Here are some highly clever ways to score free coffee at Starbucks:

  • Free Birthday Drink (4 day window): Join the Starbucks Rewards program and score a free drink for your birthday. Just present your Starbucks card or mobile app to redeem. The free drink will be added to your account 2 days before your birthday and will expire the day after your birthday. Anything on the menu is open for you to order as your birthday reward, even food items.

Free Birthday Coffee

  • Free Holiday Drinks: They always hand out thousands of free coffee around the holidays. Be sure to follow Starbucks on Facebook as they’ll let you know what days and times you can come in and score free coffee drinks.
  • Free Coffee via Discounted Gift Card: A very easy way to get free coffee at Starbucks is by purchasing a discounted gift card. For example, right now on Gift Card you can buy a $20 Starbucks card for $17.40. Basically a free $2.60 to use on a free mocha or latte. Want even more free coffee? Check out and get a $100 Starbucks gift card for only $92.

How do you get free coffee at Starbucks?

Free Gift Cards

Aside from buying discounted gift cards for Starbucks, there exists some slick ways to score absolutely free gift cards.

  • Swagbucks – Watch videos, play games, search the web, and shop online and earn cool “SwagBucks” that you can redeem for free gift cards at Starbucks.
  • Ibotta – Take your grocery shopping to the next level and start redeeming Ibotta “rebates” on stuff you’ll be buying anyways. Then once you have $20 worth of rebates (which won’t take long) and you can score a free $20 Starbucks gift card.
  • ShopKick – Earn “kicks” just by walking into stores in your local area. Then earn more “kicks” by browsing products and even more by making purchases. Once you earn these kicks, you can quickly turn them into a free gift card.

Ask the Reader: How do you get free stuff from Starbucks and feed your addiction on the cheap? Or do you just stay out completely and brew at home?

By Kyle James

Photo by Bfishadow.

Five Guys Secret Menu: Burgers and Fries That’ll Blow Your Mind

January 4, 2017 by Kyle
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If Five Guys regular menu has you kinda bored, consider ordering something from the Five Guys secret menu for a delicious new burger or french fry treat. The cool thing about Five Guys is you can customize your burger until your heart’s content, all for the same price. But did you know that some burger creations lurk only on the secret menu, items that once ordered, just might change how you eat at Five Guys forever? Here is how the secret menu at Five Guys currently breaks down.

Five Guys Secret Menu: Burgers and Fries That'll Blow Your Mind

Patty Melt

Order a Five Guys Patty Melt off the secret menu and you’ll get a grilled sandwich with buns grilled and served upside down (i.e. with the flat, soft side facing out). The bread actually looks like Texas Toast if you’re familiar with that.

The magic of the patty melt happens with the toppings. Not only can you add any of their toppings for the same price, but they include patty melt classics like grilled onions and mushrooms.

I like to get my patty melt with 2 patties, grilled onions, and extra cheese. Not for the faint of heart, but man, is it delicious.

See Also: The Ultimate In-N-Out Burger Secret Menu

Grilled Cheese

While the grilled cheese sandwich does appear on the Five Guys regular menu, most diners don’t know that you can customize it like crazy.

My favorite is to add grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes, lettuce, and mustard. One of my favorite sandwiches ever. If you’re a vegetarian this sandwich is a must-order at Five Guys.

Double Grilled Cheeseburger

Make sure you have an EMT standing by with paddles before you order this bad boy from the Five Guys secret menu.

The “Double Grilled Cheeseburger” consists of as many beef patties as you want, plus any toppings of your choice, squeezed between 2 grilled cheese sandwiches.

Yes, you read that correctly, “2” grilled cheese sandwiches.

The beauty of this burger is that it gets you that crunchy Texas-style toast on the outside, but the inner goodness of juicy meat and cheese.

Presidential Burger

Having originated in the Washington D.C. area, Five Guys Burgers has been visited by president Obama on more than one occasion.

Enough actually that he has his own burger on the secret menu, called the “Presidential”.

Order it and you’ll get a cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, jalapeno peppers, and mustard.

See Also: The Burger King Secret Menu Will Make You Bow to the King

In-N-Out “Animal Style” Double-Double

If you live in one of the many states that does not have an In-N-Out burger location, you can get the next best thing by creating your own “Animal Style” cheeseburger at Five Guys.

Start by ordering a regular cheeseburger as this’ll get you two patties and a single slice of cheese.

Next order “extra cheese” to create the double-double. Then add grilled onions and whatever other toppings you want. To stay as original as possible order tomato, lettuce, and pickles.

Last, but not least, is the condiments. To create the special In-N-Out sauce, you’ll need to order mayo, ketchup and relish on the side and mix them together yourself. Then slather the sauce on your burger and you’re in for a delicious treat.

The only thing missing from the original In-N-Out “Animal Style” burger is the hamburger patty grilled with mustard directly on it. Unfortunately they won’t do that step for ya. Boo.

Cheese Fries

You’re no longer beholden to 2 types of french fries at Five Guys (Regular-Style or Cajun).

Consider ordering “Cheese Fries” from the Five Guys secret menu for some gooey goodness. You’ll get some yummy melted cheddar cheese dumped right on top of your fried potatoes.

While not available at every Five Guys location, it’s worth a shot if melted cheese is your thing.

“Well Done” Fries

Every one has a different preference when it comes to french fries.

If extra crispy fries is your thing, consider ordering “Well Done” fries from their secret menu.

They’ll come out extra crispy/crunchy, almost like a warm and thick kettle chip.

Chicago Style Hot dog

Don’t settle for a regular old hot dog at Five Guys.

Instead, create a “Chicago Style” dog by adding tomato, relish, pickles, hot sauce, mustard, and green peppers. Feeling frisky? Throw on some Cajun seasoning for good measure.

It’ll be the best hot dog you ever tasted, bar-none.

See Also: McDonald’s Secret Menu: Mickey D’s in a Whole New Light

Bonus: Five Guys Menu Hacks

Here are some insider tips for your next trip to Five Guys.

  1. Fries Are HUGE – The regular-sized french fries will easily feed 2-3 people. I made the mistake of ordering an order of fries for each of my kids and we had enough fries to feed an army.
  2. “Little Hamburger” or not? – The Little Hamburger at Five Guys is anything but. It’s actually a regular sized, one patty burger. Hungry? Just order the regular hamburger or cheeseburger as they both come with 2 patties.
  3. Peanut Allergy? – Stay away as Five Guys uses only peanut oil when cooking their french fries. Plus the place is strewn with peanut shells.

Ask the Reader: What items off the Five Guys secret menu have peaked your curiosity? Also, how do you like to customize your burger at Five Guys?

By Kyle James

Photo by Mike Mozart.

How to Get Netflix for Free: 2 Smart Ways to Make it Happen

January 3, 2017 by Kyle
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Other than the obvious free Netflix 30-day trial, there exists some clever ways to score Netflix for free every month. If you’ve recently cut the cable cord and are still looking for an affordable way to watch your favorite TV shows and movies, this article is for you. Here are my two favorite ways to get Netflix for free.

1. Get a Free Netflix Trial Forever
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Dunkin’ Donuts Secret Menu: Get Your Dunk On With These New Treats

December 26, 2016 by Kyle
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As any “real” coffee lover can attest, the coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts can compete with Starbucks on pretty much any level. Dunkin’ is way more that doughnuts these days, and the Dunkin’ Donuts secret menu surely proves that. From tasty cold and hot coffee drinks, to yummy treats, their secret menu has something for every one. Here’s how the Dunkin’ secret menu currently breaks down.

Almond Joy Iced Coffee
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11 Ways to Maximize After-Christmas Sales and Save BIG

December 20, 2016 by Kyle
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The week after Christmas is often when shoppers head back to the store to return or exchange gifts, or maybe use a gift card they got in their stocking. But did you know the these days right after Christmas is one of the best times of the year to score a bargain? It’s a time when stores start to have the “Clear It Out” mentality and start slashing prices left and right.

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The Best Buy Price Match Policy: Tips To Help You Save BIG

December 19, 2016 by Kyle
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The Best Buy price match policy serves as a great way to always get the lowest price when shopping for electronics. Surprisingly, I recently had a Best Buy employee tell me that not many shoppers take advantage of their fairly liberal price-match policy. So I figured that maybe shoppers just aren’t aware of their policy and how to best use it to save money. So this article idea was born. Here’s exactly how Best […] Continue Reading…

8 Awesome Ways to Score Free Amazon Gift Cards

December 15, 2016 by Kyle
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Free is my favorite four-letter word. Especially when it comes to getting free Amazon gift cards. Imagine if you consistently had a free gift card to use on all of your Amazon purchases. Well, it’s no longer a far-fetched dream. I found 8 legitimate ways to easily score a free Amazon gift card, some of which require very little (or zero) time to complete. Happy free shopping at

1. Become an Ibotta Rock-Star

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Amazon Counterfeits: What Items Could Be Fakes? (and Tips to Avoid Them)

December 13, 2016 by Kyle
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Amazon sells a zillion products. While they sell most products directly to consumers, some are sold by 3rd parties, and some products never actually reach an Amazon warehouse yet are still sold via the Amazon website.

Because of all the distribution channels that Amazon employs, they’ve developed a counterfeit problem in recent years. But if you know the products most likely to be counterfeit, and who to safely buy them from, you can avoid a lot of “counterfeit headaches” and […] Continue Reading…