Sam’s Club Rolls Out Free Shipping Program to Compete with Amazon Prime

February 14, 2018 by Kyle
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In an attempt to revamp sales and compete with Amazon Prime, Sam’s Club is kicking off FREE shipping on almost everything. In the wake of abruptly closing 63 stores last month, Sam’s is shaking things up and trying to jump-start their online sales. Here are the details:

Sam's Club Rolls Out Free Shipping Program to Compete with Amazon Prime

Who Is Eligible for Free Shipping?

The only Sam’s Club members who’ll score free shipping are “Plus” members. There is NO order minimum required to get free shipping.

A Plus membership will run you $99 annually and also get you perks like early shopping hours and exclusive discounts on pharmacy prescriptions and eye glasses.

Plus members will also get $10 back for every $500 they spend.

See Also: 7 Ways to Shop at Sam’s Club Without a Membership

What Products Are NOT Eligible for Free Shipping?

According to the Sam’s Club CEO, over 95% of the things they sell via their website will be eligible for free delivery.

Gone are the days where Sam’s uses the size and weight of the item, along with your address, to calculate the shipping costs.

While the CEO didn’t elaborate on the 5% of items that won’t be eligible, it’s save to assume they’ll be VERY large items like furniture and appliances.

Will It Be Free 2-Day Shipping Like Amazon Prime?

No, at least not yet. Although there is a 100% chance of this coming down the pike.

Sam’s Club is revamping a bunch of the stores they closed and turning them into distribution centers. They’re doing this right now with the Memphis, TN location (set to open in 6 weeks).

With the new distribution centers in place, it will obviously be much more practical to get items to your doorstep within 2 days.

What Are My New Membership Options at Sam’s Club?

Sam’s is also revamping their membership options from three to two.

Specifically, moving forward they only offer the PLUS membership ($100/yr) and the CLUB membership ($45/yr).

Sam's Club membership options

Ask the Reader: Do these changes make you more or less likely to shop with Sam’s Club?


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Sam’s Club.

Amazon Prime’s New Whole Foods 2-Hour Delivery (Here’s Exactly How It Works)

February 8, 2018 by Kyle
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Amazon recently announced the roll-out of their 2-hour delivery of stuff from Whole Foods Market. Completely FREE for Amazon Prime members. The initial roll-out only includes 4 cities, but if all goes well, they plan on expanding the service across the country throughout the year. Here’s exactly how it works so you can be ready when it comes to your neck of the woods.

Amazon Prime's New Whole Foods 2-Hour Delivery

How Do I Place my 2-Hour Delivery Order?

Simply visit your Amazon.com account and start shopping via the Prime Now section of the site.

You can also shop via the Prime Now smartphone app for both iOS and Android.

What Does It Cost?

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, the 2-hour delivery in completely FREE.

If you want 1-hour delivery, you’ll have to pay a flat $7.99 fee.

Both delivery options require a minimum purchase of $35.

What Whole Foods Items are Eligible?

According to Amazon VP Stephenie Landry, “the vast majority” of items at Whole Foods are eligible for 2-hour delivery.

This includes produce, meat, dairy, and even fresh flowers.

What Cities Are Currently Eligible?

This new Amazon roll-out includes the following 4 cities:

  • Austin, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Virginia Beach,VA

I’ll keep this list updated as new cities are added.

Is the 2-Hour Delivery Guaranteed?

I hit up Amazon customer service and was told that YES there is a delivery time guarantee.

Specifically, once you place your order you’ll be given a specific delivery time and date at check out.

This will be followed by an email which will include confirmation of the delivery time and date. The only reason for a delay would be mechanical issues or human error.

As for what you’ll receive if Amazon doesn’t meet their 2-hour guarantee, it depends entirely on the situation.

If the package is simply late, but still will be delivered, you’ll receive an Amazon credit for your time waiting. (Note: They wouldn’t tell me how big the credit would be.)

If for some reason your package will NOT be delivered, you’ll get a full refund along with a credit to your Amazon account.

Does Someone Have to Be Home?

No, you don’t have to be home.

When you place your order, unless otherwise stated in your delivery instructions, the driver will know to leave the package on your doorstep.

Who Actually Delivers the Goods?

“Pickers” will actually walk down the aisles at Whole Foods and grab your items and pack them up.

Deliveries are then made by Amazon Flex Drivers.

These are contract employees who also deliver for Amazon, Prime Now, Amazon Fresh, and Amazon Restaurants.

They drive their own cars and use the Amazon Routing app to help with deliveries.

What Time of Day are Deliveries Available?

The answer is still a little fuzzy on this one.

2-hour deliveries are basically available during Whole Foods store hours, which are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m..

But don’t expect a delivery much before 10 a.m. if you order first thing in the morning.

Ask the Reader: Would you use the 2-hour delivery from Amazon and Whole Foods if it was available to you?


By Kyle James

Walmart Pharmacy: Your 7 Burning Questions Finally Answered

February 6, 2018 by Kyle
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I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about the Walmart pharmacy. Is it cheaper than other pharmacies? How does it compare to Costco’s pharmacy? How does the Express Pickup work? So I figured it was time to put fingers to keys and answer your burning questions in one handy dandy post. Hope it helps!

Walmart Pharmacy: Your 7 Burning Questions Finally Answered

1. Are the Walmart Pharmacy Hours Different?

Yes, the Walmart pharmacy hours are different than regular store hours.

Most stores are open 24 hours a day, but most Walmart pharmacies are only open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

2. Does the Pharmacy Offer $4 Generics?

Yes, Walmart is one of a handful of national chains to offer $4 generics.

For your 4 dollars, you get a 30-day supply OR $10 for a 90-day supply.

Here is a Detailed List of all the $4 prescriptions Walmart currently offers, broken down by medical condition.

Takeaway: Always ask your doctor if a generic drug is available before he fills out the prescription.

3. Does Walmart Sell Pseudoephedrine Products?

Yes, but they are NOT over-the-counter drugs.

But when buying products like Sudafed that contain pseudoephedrine you’ll need to show a valid I.D. to make the purchase.

This drug is used to make “meth” and thus the DEA regulation that requires a valid I.D..

4. Can I Pickup a Refill From a Different Walmart?

Yes, you can, but it requires an extra step.

Specifically, you’ll have to visit the online Walmart Pharmacy.

Next you’ll want to select the prescription you want to refill, then on the checkout page just select Store Pickup.

Lastly, select the new Walmart location where you want to pick-up your prescription. Done.

5. Can Someone Else Fill My Prescription?

Yes, they absolutely can.

They’ll need your name, address, and date of birth to walk out with your drug.

6. Any Way to Skip the Line Once I Get to the Pharmacy?

Absolutely you can, Walmart calls it their Express Pickup.

Just download the Walmart App and visit the Pharmacy section of the app. Tip: You’ll find it in Services.

Next, use the app to refill or transfer an existing prescription.

The app will then notify you when your prescription is ready.

At this point you can use the app to access Express Pickup.

All you have to do is use the app to pay for your drugs, sign your forms, and select Express Pickup.

When you get to the Walmart Pharmacy head straight for the Express Pickup line and wink at everyone standing in the long “regular people” line.

Then all you have to do is scan the QR code on your phone, grab your prescription, and walk out the door.

7. How Does Their Pharmacy Compare to Costco’s?

Costco might lose this battle.

Not only does Costco not offer $4 generics, but they also don’t offer an “express pickup” option like Walmart.

While Costco does offer a Member Prescription Program which offers some savings, they tend to only be on name-brand drugs like Viagra, Osphena, Relistor, and Victoza.

The one cool thing about the Costco Pharmacy is you DO NOT have to be a paying Costco member to take advantage.

See Also: 8 Cool Things You Can Do at Costco Without a Membership

Ask the Reader: What’s been your experience with the Walmart pharmacy? Let me know in the comments below.


By Kyle James

Photo credit to frankieleon.

Starbucks Gold Card: What Is It, How to Get It, and Is It Worth It?

January 29, 2018 by Kyle
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I just recently got my own Starbucks Gold Card in the mail. I gotta admit, I opened it with a strange mix of excitement and guilt. After all, I had done the math and realized exactly what this card had cost me (more on that later). But I was also stoked to know I’d be drinking a FREE Venti Mocha on my next trip through the Starbucks drive-thru. Here’s a handy little breakdown of the Starbucks Gold Card so you can determine if it’s something you’ll benefit from or not.

Starbucks Gold Card: What Is It, How to Get It, and Is It Worth It?

Starbucks Gold Card….What Is It?

The Starbucks gold card is a rewards card that gets you some nifty free drinks and treats.

See Also: 10 Starbucks Prices That Actually Make Their Coffee Affordable

How Do I Earn The Gold Card?

When you sign-up with the Starbucks Rewards Program you start at the Green Level.

Earn at least 300 Stars in a 12 month period and you’ll get promoted to the Gold Level.

Not only will your Starbucks app deem you a Gold member, but they’ll actually mail you a Gold Card that you can show off to your friends.

The best part is you earn 2 stars for every $1 spent with your Gold card. Then you can actually redeem those stars for free coffee or food.

What Exactly Does the Gold Card Give Me?

Starbucks Gold Card

Well, first of all, you get everything that someone at the Green Level gets:

– Free Birthday Drink – You’ll find your birthday reward on the Starbucks app starting the day before your birthday. You’ll have until the day after your birthday to redeem it. Any size, any drink.

– Free In-Store Refills – Score a free refill on your way out. You can score a free refill on any sized iced coffee, iced tea (or hot tea), or brewed coffee. So if you originally bought a Grande, you’ll get a Grande sized free refill.

– Member Only Offers and Deals – These exclusive deals include discounts on specific drinks, products, and food items.

Plus, you get these Gold Level ONLY perks….

– Monthly Double-Star Days – On certain days you’ll earn 4 stars for every dollar spent. Be sure to sign-up for emails to be notified of double-star days.

– Reward Every 125 Stars – This is where the magic happens. If you’re going to be stopping at Starbucks anyways on the way to work why not get something out of it?

– Personalized Gold Card – Yes, they’ll actually mail you your own Gold Card a couple weeks after you earn it.

Do the Reward Points Expire?

Stars Expire

Surprisingly, YES your reward stars do indeed expire.

I didn’t do the math cuz I’m a dullard, but it looks like they expire 6 months after you earn them.

Is It a Lofty Goal or Wasted Money?

If you drink at Starbucks often, like at least 4 times per month, it’s definitely worth signing up for their rewards program and shooting for Gold.

The reason is because at the introductory Green level you DO NOT earn any free drinks or treats. Boo!

So the Gold level actually pays you back with free coffee.

But let’s be honest here…in order to get a Gold Card you gotta buy $150 worth of Starbucks drinks and food in a 12-month period.

That’s a lot of $5 milkshakes that they trick us into buying by calling them Frappuccinos.

Is the Card Actually Made of Gold?

No, it’s just ol’ plastic…but I sure wish it was 14 karat.

How cool would that be though?

Can Starbuck’s Employees Earn Stars?

Yes.

They actually earn 3 stars for every dollar spent instead of 2 that us regular caffeine addicts earn.

If you work for Starbucks make sure you register your “Partner” rewards card and start earning.

Is There a Free Starbucks for Life Card?

Starbucks for Life

Unbelievably, YES.

Starbucks actually just gave one away last month.

Keep an eye out for another chance to win free coffee for life soon.

Ask the Reader: Do you have a Starbucks Gold Card? If so, how many free drinks do you earn per year?


By Kyle James

Toys R Us Return Policy: Step Over the Giraffe Poop and Get Your Questions Answered

January 26, 2018 by Kyle
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This is not the most timely article with the recent news of 182 Toys R Us locations shuttering their doors. But it’s still worth knowing exactly how the Toys R Us return policy works, especially if you shop there often. Their policy definitely has its idiosyncrasies, especially when it comes to your online returns. I can only think that they let Geoffrey the Giraffe come up with that plan. Here’s exactly how their return […] Continue Reading…

Amazon Prime Cost Breakdown: Why Prime is Worth $19.97 Per Month

January 23, 2018 by Kyle
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Let’s not bury the lead. The Amazon Prime cost currently sits at $99 a year which equates to $8.25 per month. I did the math and determined that before you do any shopping at all, Prime is worth $19.97 per month. Keep reading to determine how I broke down each Prime perk so you can figure out if the cost of an annual Amazon Prime membership is a smart buy for you.

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Did Your Amazon Account Get Hacked? 6 Things To Do Immediately

January 22, 2018 by Kyle
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Most shoppers love Amazon. Hard not to with the free 2-day shipping, cool Prime perks, and competitive pricing. But with Amazon’s popularity comes growing security concerns as hackers try to crack the huge database of shoppers and their linked credit cards. If for some unforeseeable reason your Amazon account gets hacked, here are the 6 things you need to do right away…

1. Immediately Change Your Amazon Password

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Sears Return Policy: Yes, Sears Is Still Open and Accepting Returns

January 17, 2018 by Kyle
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The Sears return policy is a bit complicated. This is due, in part, to the large number of products that they currently sell. Tires, tools, furniture, appliances, clothing, electronics, shoes, mattresses, and the list goes on and on. I figured it was time to do some research and answer all of your return policy questions on a single page. Here’s everything you need to know about the return policy at Sears.

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All 13 Retailers and Companies Who’ll Happily Accept Bitcoin

January 16, 2018 by Kyle
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Bitcoin is all the rage recently, with a single coin soaring to over $19,000 in value in recent months. But you’re probably wondering who accepts Bitcoin? Unfortunately there exists a very limited number of retailers and businesses that accept the cryptocurrency. Hopefully more stores will get on-board and start accepting Bitcoin in the near future. Here are the 13 retailers and companies that I discovered which currently accept Bitcoin. I’ll be sure to keep […] Continue Reading…

GameStop Return Policy: Everything a Gamer Needs to Know

January 12, 2018 by Kyle
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The GameStop return policy is fairly strict, especially when it comes to opened games and consumers trying to return items without a receipt. It’s with this in mind that I wanted to dig deep into their return policy and get an answer to all your burning questions. Without further ado, here’s exactly how the return policy works at GameStop. I hope it helps.

How Many Return Days Does GameStop Give?
30 days.

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