The 14 Absolute Coolest Things to Buy On Amazon for Under $10

February 15, 2017 by Kyle
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In the past, I’ve talked about the coolest things on Amazon priced under $25. Today I thought I’d step up my game and lower the maximum price to a measly $10. After some fun research, I was blown away with the number of high-quality items and brands Amazon sells for less than $10. With no further ado, here are the 14 best things to buy on Amazon for under $10.

The 14 Absolute Coolest Things to Buy On Amazon for Under $10

1. Amazon Basics CL3 Rated HDMI Cable – 6 Feet

AmazonBasics CL3 Rated HDMI Cable

Why would you ever buy a different HDMI cable?

For under $6, you can get this Amazon Basics 6 foot HDMI cable that get fantastic reviews. It actually get 4.5 stars out of 5 with over 525 customer reviews. You can also get the 10-foot variety for only $7.49.

Price: $5.99

2. Maxxima 2 Outlet Dual USB Grounded Adaptor Plug 2.4A

Maxxima 2 Outlet Dual USB

If you need to charge multiple smartphones and still need to have an outlet open for everyday use, this Maxxima 2 Outlet USB charger is the perfect solution.

I know my busy family would be lost without this handy device plugged into an outlet in the kitchen.

Price: $9.99

3. Carhartt Men’s Acrylic Watch Hat A18

Carhartt Men's Acrylic Watch Hat A18

If you’ve ever owned anything from Carhartt, you know just how well their stuff is made.

With that said, this Carhartt beanie for under $10 will probably be the last one you’ll need to buy for many winters to come.

It also comes in over 20 different colors. Some are kinda crazy colors too, especially for the more conservative Carhartt brand.

Make sure you buy the beanie directly from Amazon as some of the colors come from a Chinese seller and could potentially be counterfeits.

Price: $9.99

4. Casio F91W-1 Classic Resin Strap Digital Sport Watch

Casio F91W-1 Classic Resin Strap Digital Sport Watch

This classic Casio watch takes me back to growing up in the 80’s.

While it doesn’t have a calculator, it’s water resistant and has a cool looking resin band that’ll last you forever.

4.5 stars (out of 5) with over 1,400 reviews tells you just how good of a buy this Casio watch is.

Price: $9.75

5. TaoTronics Bluetooth Selfie Stick with Built-in Remote

TaoTronics Bluetooth Selfie Stick with Built-in Remote

The aluminum design of this TaoTronics selfie stick is light, firm, and stable.

It’s stretches out to full length of 29 inches and allows for 30 hours on a single charge with fast Bluetooth pairing.

For under 10 bucks, this selfie stick packs a huge number of features and will be the only stick you’ll ever need.

Price: $9.99

6. Thumbs Up! Golfball Finder Glasses

Thumbs Up! Golfball Finder Glasses

Do you golf? These special golf ball illuminating glasses will save you hours when looking for your wayward golf shots.

They work by having a special blue lens which highlights anything white. Pretty cool idea that any golfing hacker will enjoy and use.

Price: $9.99

7. Under Armour Men’s Hitch Heavy II Crew Boot Socks

Under Armour Men's Hitch Heavy II Crew Boot Socks

I have a couple pairs of these Under Armour socks and absolutely love them. They are incredibly durable and stay soft even after months of washing and heavy wear.

Go for the Legion Blue/Cabana Orange color as Amazon practically gives them away at less than $4 a pair.

Price: $3.59

8. Denim Jean Waist Extender Set of 3

Denim Jean Waist Extender Set of 3

Can you say Thanksgiving dinner? Not sure what else to say about these denim waist extenders.

Price: $9.95

9. Mens Slim Front Pocket Minimalist RFID Leather Wallet

Mens Slim Front Pocket Minimalist RFID Blocking Leather Wallet Card Holder

I love a small wallet as they are so much easier to put in your pocket and sit on. I usually carry mine in my front pocket.

This RFID wallet is awesome, not just because it’s made in the USA and under $7. It’s made from Genuine Fine Grain Hand Selected Cow Hide Kingston Leather and has 7 Card Slots. 3 in the front, 3 in the back, and 1 in the middle.

This stylish compact wallet will last for years and turn heads every time you take it out of your pocket.

Price: $6.99

10. 4ucycling Easy Carry Raincoat Jacket

4ucycling Easy Carry Raincoat Jacket

This portable rain coat from 4ucycling only weighs 6.2 ounces, making it perfect for exercising outdoors or riding your bike in bad weather.

The best part? It’s 100% water and wind resistant and completely adjustable.

Price: $9.99

11. 1byone 25 Miles Super Thin HDTV Antenna

1byone 25 Miles Super Thin HDTV Antenna

Okay, so this powerful 1byone HD antenna comes in at a little over $10, but I was blown away by the value and had to share it.

It’ll score you over-the-air 1080p HD channels from up to 25 miles away. Why pay over $50 for a Mohu Leaf when you can get this for a fraction of the price.

It also comes with a 16.5-foot coaxial cable so you can place it at the best position in your house. If you’re thinking of cutting the cable cord, this antenna is a must-have.

Price: $12.99

12. LEDMO LED Glow Stream Faucet Tap

LEDMO Kitchen Sink Faucet Sprayer Nozzle

Designed for kitchen or bath, the LEDMO LED light makes for a really cool and fun water feature.

It’s actually water powered and doesn’t require a battery. Comes with 7 colors which change every 1-2 seconds depending on the water pressure. Kids will love it, trust me.

Price: $7.99

13. Dexas Popware for Pets Collapsible Travel Cup/Bowl

Dexas Popware for Pets Collapsible Travel Cup

Whenever we travel with our dog we inevitably need to find water for the little guy. We’ve used everything from a Burger King cup to our cupped hands to try and hydrate the little fella.

Road trips got a lot easier once we bought this clever collapsible travel bowl from Dexas.

It stows really easily on road trips and is ready to pop-up and be used at a moments notice.

Price: $6

14. Apple Slicer and Corer by B-Chef

Apple Slicer and Corer by B-Chef

I’ve been using this clever B-Chef apple slicer for years when making my kid’s lunches.

It stays really sharp and works like a charm every time I pull it out of the kitchen drawer. For under 8 bucks it’s a must-have if you love a nice crisp slice of your favorite apple variety.

Price: $7

Ask the Reader: What do you think are the best items to buy on Amazon that are priced under $10?


By Kyle James

All image credits to Amazon.com.

Disclaimer: While all opinions are my own, I get a small kickback from Amazon if you go through the links on this page and make a purchase. Also, be aware that Amazon prices fluctuate often so the prices I have posted may be a little different than current pricing.

Ebates Review: Is It Legit? How Does It Work? (Plus Some Insider Tips for Success)

February 13, 2017 by Kyle
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While I’ve talked about the power of cashback websites in the past, I figured it was time for a stand-alone Ebates review. After all, they are the granddaddy of all cashback sites and have been around the longest. So in the review I talk about how Ebates works, how you get paid, along with some insider tips to help you get the most out of using Ebates when shopping online as well as in-store.

Ebates Review: Is It Legit? How Does It Work? (Plus Some Tips for Success)

Exactly How Does Ebates Work?

In a nutshell, Ebates is a cashback website that pays you whenever you shop online.

The cashback rate varies from 1% all the way up to 40% depending on the retailer. Expect somewhere between 4%-8% as that seems to be about the average.

They literally offer cashback at thousands of stores and the best part is they’ll actually pay you a $10 bonus when you sign-up and spend $25 or more at any store on their site.

Click Here to Try Ebates and Get Your $10 Sign-Up Bonus

Is Ebates Legit? How Do They Make Money?

Ebates is absolutely legit and has been writing checks to shoppers since 1998.

Founded in San Francisco, Ebates currently has close to 3 million registered users.

So how does Ebates make money? Whenever a user goes through their website or app to make a purchase at one the retailers they list, Ebates gets paid a referral fee by the retailer.

The fee could be 8%, 12%, or 2% of your order total. Depends solely on the affiliate contract in place. Ebates then uses this fee to give their users “cashback”.

Based on some of the cashback percentages they offer, it appears they keep somewhere between 1/3 to 1/2 of their referral fee as profit and gives the rest to their users in the form of cashback.

See Also: The 11 Best Cashback Sites Worth Your Time

Popular Store Cashback Examples

To give you can idea, here are some current cashback rates at these popular retailers:

  • Amazon (up to 10% back)
  • Dell Consumer (8% back)
  • Kohl’s (3% back)
  • Nike (8% back)
  • Petco (4% back in-store)
  • Expedia (up to 10% back)
  • Target (2% back)
  • Macys.com (3% back)
  • American Eagle (2% back)
  • Lowes.com (2.5% back)
  • Lancome (8% back)
  • Sears (8% back)
  • Walmart (1% back)
  • Barnes & Noble (up to 3% back)

I’ll be sure to keep this list updated.

How Often Does Ebates Pay Me?

Ebates Payment Schedule

Ebates pays out your cashback on the above payment schedule.

So basically Ebates will pay you once per quarter, 45 days after your earning period ends.

Not the best system as it would be nice to get paid immediately after you request a payout, but we can live with it. Look for Ebates to improve this in the future.

How Does Ebates Pay Me?

Big Fat Check

Ebates currently has three forms of payment available to its users:

  1. Big Fat Check – When it comes to my cashback earnings, I’ve always opted for the direct mailing of a Big Fat Check. Ebates will pay for the stamp so make sure you have the correct mailing address in your account settings.
  2. PayPal – You can also opt to be paid directly to your verified PayPal account with Ebates picking up the sender fees.
  3. Charity/Organization/Family Member – If you’d rather donate your cashback to a deserving charity, organization, or even a family member in need, Ebates gives you the option to do so.

Is Ebates Only For Online Shopping?

While most cashback websites focus only on online shopping, Ebates has reached out to those who prefer to shop in-store via their In-Store cashback program.

They’ve done this through their In-Store Cashback Program.

It works by adding your credit or debit card to your Ebates account. Then you simply peruse the in-store cashback offers currently available and when you find one you like you just link it one of your cards.

Next, just pay with your linked card when in-store and the cashback will automatically head your way. Check out the video tutorial above to see it in action.

How Do You Make Sure You’re Earning Cashback?

Once you go through Ebates and place an order, your cashback should show up in your Ebates account within 2-3 business days.

If for some reason you don’t get your cashback within that time window, you can can file a ticket with Ebates and they’ll investigate the issue for you.

What Popular Stores is Ebates Missing?

As of this writing, Ebates doesn’t provide cashback at these stores:

  • Home Depot
  • Williams-Sonoma
  • Pottery Barn
  • American Apparel

Ebates is always working on new affiliate contracts so hopefully these stores will start earning cashback in the near future.

BONUS: Ebates Tips for Success

Here are some insider tips and hacks to get the most of your Ebates membership.

Amazon Cashback Schedule

Beware of “Up To” Wording – Some retailers offer a tiered cashback schedule. So when you see Amazon offering “up to 10%cashback”,  it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get 10% back, or anything close to that. As a matter of fact, the only thing that actually pays 10% is “Home Services”.

Look for Double Cashback Stores – On a recurring basis, Ebates offers approximately 20 retailers with double-cashback. Makes for a great way to double your cashback at popular stores like Nike, Sephora, Ulta Beauty, and Neiman Marcus.

Don’t Forget the Cashback Button – If your browser of choice is Chrome, Firefox, or Safari you’d be wise to add the free “Ebates Button” browser extension. It’ll allow you to automatically activate cash back at store sites without visiting Ebates.com first. It will also allow you to “double dip” your savings by adding any available coupon codes to your purchase for even more savings. The button is a great tool for those, like me, who’d often forget to go through the Ebates site before shopping online.

Check Out the Ebates VisaApply for the Ebates Visa and if you get approved you’ll earn an extra 3% cashback with Ebates and 1% everywhere else.

They Have a Handy Smartphone App Too – It’s also worth mentioning that they have a clever smartphone app for Android and iOS. It’s free to download and allows you to shop via you phone and still collect your cashback.

Did I Convince Ya?

The bottomline is that Ebates is free money on shopping you’ll be doing anyways. You might as well take advantage as the cashback you’ll earn will go a long way towards paying for your Christmas shopping every year.

If my Ebates review convinced you to give it a try, remember that they’ll pay you a $10 bonus when you sign-up and spend $25 or more at any retailer they list. Gotta love free money.

Happy savings.


By Kyle James

Disclaimer: While I didn’t get paid a cent to write this Ebates review, and all opinions are my own, I do get a small kickback if you give Ebates a try. Money I use to keep this blog running and feed my Krispy Kreme addiction.

Best Buy Return Policy: 8 Things You Need To Know (Plus a Few Hacks Too!)

February 9, 2017 by Kyle
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I’m not gonna lie, the Best Buy return policy is kind of confusing. Different lengths of time to return stuff, different ways to return items, and some products that you flat-out can’t return. Because of all these factors I figured it was time to put the fingers on the keyboard and straighten it all out for my readers. Here’s everything you need to know about Best Buy’s return policy, plus a few hacks to make it work even better.

Best Buy Return Policy: 8 Things You Need To Know

How Does the Best Buy Return Policy Work?

Here’s the skinny so you can actually make the Best Buy return policy work for you.

  • In-Store Return – You can return an item bought at Best Buy or BestBuy.com directly to any brick & mortar location. To make the return go smoothly bring in your receipt or packing slip, the credit card used, and a valid photo ID.
  • Return by Mail:
    • Do-It-Yourself – You pick the carrier, use the included Return Form on your packing slip, and pay for the shipping yourself. No packing slip? Print this blank one and fill it out. Refund will be processed with 2-3 business days of receiving your item.
    • Use the Prepaid Return LabelPrint a prepaid return label, pay nothing upfront, and send your item back to Best Buy for a refund via UPS. Expect the cost of the return shipping to be deducted from your refund unless the return is a result of a Best Buy error.

To avoid any possible return shipping fees, it’s definitely worth the effort to try and make your return in-store.

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

How Many Days Do I Have to Return Something?

Cell Phones and Devices with a Carrier Contract – 14 days for everyone.

Wedding Registry Items – 60 days from date of purchase.

Everything Else (like 99% of the stuff they sell) – 15 days for regular Best Buy customers. 30 days for Best Buy Elite members. 45 days for Elite Plus members.

In case you were wondering, and who wasn’t, a Best Buy Elite (and Plus) membership is earned via their free Rewards Program. You have to spend at least $1,500 for Elite status in a calendar year and at least $3,500 for Elite Plus.

How Do I Return a Gift to Best Buy?

If you return a gift bought at Best Buy by walking into a physical store, you’ll get store credit for the purchase price. For gifts returned via mail, they’ll credit the gift purchaser and notify them via e-mail.

What Can’t I Return to Best Buy?

There are some products you can’t return to Best Buy. Here they are:

Final Sale Items – These are clearance products marked as “Final Sale”. If you’re not sure if item is Final Sale, ask an employee before you purchase it.

Special Orders – You’ll only get 85% of the original price refunded. These are items that are typically ordered directly from the manufacturer and not stocked by Best Buy.

Digital Content – This includes games and software that can be downloaded.

Prepaid Cards – This includes prepaid cards from Nintendo, AT&T, Verizon, eBay, and Disney.

Gift Packaging – Pretty obvious. This would be really hard to return.

Membership Costs – This includes the annual Geek Squad membership.

Completed Services – This refers to services that Geek Squad has completed for you.

Opened consumable items – This includes batteries, ink and 3D printer filament, and items returned that are damaged, unsanitary or missing major parts.

What If I Don’t Have a Receipt?

If you don’t have a receipt, be prepared to show a valid ID when returning something to Best Buy. They do this to try and cut down on return fraud in their stores. They reserve the right to refuse any return without a receipt if they feel it’s fraudulent.

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

What If My Return Has Been Opened?

No worries, just pack everything back up as well as you can and get a full refund as long as your still within the return period. Make sure you don’t forget any manuals or instructions that can with the item.

What If My Return is Missing Parts?

Don’t let that stop you from returning something to Best Buy. From their site, “If you do not have all the original packaging or accessories, that’s okay too. We can process a return with a nonrefundable deduction on your refund for what is missing.”

What if I Used a Gift Card to Make the Purchase?

Not a problem. If you bought the item with a Best Buy gift card, you’ll get a full refund back to that same gift card. If you don’t have the gift card anymore, no worries, just call Best Buy at 1-888-237-8289 with your order number and they’ll re-issue you a new gift card.

BONUS: Best Buy Return Policy “Hacks”

Like any store’s return policy, there are some clover hacks and tips that savvy shoppers need to be aware of.

  • Look for Extended Holiday Return Time – In past years, almost anything bought in November and December could be returned right up until January 15th. This extends until January 30th for Elite members and February 14th for Elite Plus.
  • Best Buy’s Error? – If you’re returning something to Best Buy via mail, and the reason for the return is an error on Best Buy’s part, they’re on the hook for the return shipping charges.
  • Always Opt For In-Store Return – When returning an item bought from BestBuy.com, always return it to your local store if you can. Not only will you avoid any return shipping charges, but you can also take advantage of an instant exchange.
  • You Should Never Be Charged a Restocking Fee…Unless – If Best Buy ever says they need to charge you a restocking fee for a return, you’re being messed with. The only items that may incur a restocking fee are opened mobile phones and special order appliances.

Ask the Reader: Have you had success taking advantage of Best Buy’s return policy? Any issues I need to add to this post that I may have overlooked?


By Kyle James

The Shake Shack Secret Menu Will Make You Drool

February 8, 2017 by Kyle
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Started in 2004 in Manhattan, Shake Shack has grown to over 100 locations spread out over the entire United States. From tasty burgers, hot dogs, fries, milkshakes, custards, and even beer and wine, they have something for almost everyone. But the goodness doesn’t stop at their regular menu, the Shake Shack secret menu takes the yumminess one step further. Here’s how their secret menu currently breaks down.

The Shake Shack Secret Menu Will Make You Drool

The Shake Shack Secret Menu:

Interestingly, there isn’t a milkshake to be found on it. Here you go:

Beer Float

While their Root Beer Float has been a menu staple for years, many don’t know about their “Beer Float”.

This is because you can currently only get it at the Shake Shack located on the Strip in Las Vegas.

From Zagat, the float is a “Seasonal dark beer topped with vanilla frozen custard” and sells for a steep $7.95.

Cheese Dog

Tired of the plain old hot dog? Try ordering a “Cheese Dog” off the Shake Shake secret menu.

You’ll get their tasty Vienna dog topped with their deliciously gooey and yummy melted cheese.

Throw on some peppers and it’s the best “tube steak” you’ll ever eat.

Extra Shack Sauce

Shack Sauce has reached legendary status over the years.

According to loyal connoisseurs, the sauce consists of “mayo, ketchup, a little yellow mustard, a hint of garlic and paprika, perhaps a touch of cayenne pepper”.

Did you know that you can ask for extra Shake Sauce, either on your burger or on the side?

Well, now you do. Enjoy.

Grilled Cheese

Shake Shack ups the ante on their grilled cheese by flipping the buns inside-out before grilling them up. Takes on a bit of a “Texas toast” feel and is flat-out delicious.

Up the game a little further and consider adding bacon to your grilled cheese for a more heavenly experience.

Ice Cream Sandwich

This variant of the classic ice cream sandwich has become a legendary Shake Shack secret menu item.

To make it happen, simply order grilled buns and a frozen custard and build this bad boy yourself. Bon appetit.

Peanut Butter & Bacon ShackBurger

I once had a bacon Jiffy burger at a local burger joint and it was one of the best burgers I ever had.

So when I heard that the Shake Shack secret menu included a peanut butter and bacon burger I was intrigued to say the least.

I was not disappointed by this beauty which had an excellent mix of sweet, sour, and spice and was a pure explosion of flavors in my mouth.

Protein Burger

This is a Shake Shack burger without the bun for those watching their carb intake or are on a gluten free diet.

Word to the wise, you might want to eat this with a knife and fork as it’s a bit hard to pick up and eat with your hands.

Quad Burger

Similar to the 4×4 from the In-N-Out Secret Menu, the Quad burger is 4 patties and 4 slices of cheese.

I’m guessing most of these were eaten by folks on a dare from their buddies. I think I could have easily handled one of these in college but those days are long gone.

Nowadays a Quad burger would be tasty on my lips, but would spend a lifetime on my hips.

Shack-Cago Burger

This is their popular Shack-cago hot dog toppings thrown on any burger.

Order it by name and you’ll get a burger with the following toppings: “Rick’s Picks Shack relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt and mustard.”

Never had it, but it’s suppose to be awesome. Let me know if you’ve tried it.

Shandy

I love myself a Summer Shandy on a hot August day.

Now you can order one off the Shake Shack secret menu all year long.

All a Shandy consists of is lemonade and a beer of your choice. Yes, Shake Shack serves beer.

Smoke Shack Quad Burger

This is simply the Quad Burger (from above) with smoked bacon added to it.

Because hey, 4 patties and 4 slices of cheese is simply not enough calories. Let’s add bacon to it too.

Sport Pepper Cheese Fries

While not nearly as catchy as the “Animal Style” fries from In-N-Out Burger, the Sport Pepper Cheese Fries from Shake Shack still sounds pretty darn tasty.

They start with their Cheese Fries (made with a blend of cheddar and American cheese sauce) and top them with chopped Sport Peppers.

In case you were wondering, sport peppers are considered a medium-hot pepper and provide a fair amount of spicy crunch for their small size.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever indulged from an item off the Shake Shack secret menu? Or maybe you have a new menu item for me to add, let me know in the comments section below.


By Kyle James

Photo by Mike Mozart.

Trader Joe’s Return Policy: 4 Things That Make it Ridiculously Awesome

February 6, 2017 by Kyle
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A good return policy is a beautiful thing. It let’s you shop freely without worrying about getting stuck with something you don’t need or want. So when I recently discovered just how awesome the Trader Joe’s return policy is, I knew I had to write about it. Here is everything you need to know about Trader Joe’s liberal return policy.

1. The Trader Joe’s Return Policy is Risk-Free
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Try Amazon “Prime Now” and Get $10 Off Your First Order

February 2, 2017 by Kyle
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If you haven’t tried Amazon Prime Now, which promises 2-hour delivery in a bunch of cities across the U.S., the time to “give it a go” has arrived. This is due to a pretty attractive $10 Prime Now coupon discount that Amazon recently rolled out. The coupon essentially allows you to get something that costs $10.50 delivered to your home within 2-hours and pay only $0.50. Sounds pretty good to me, and a fairly […] Continue Reading…

Product Out of Warranty? Ask Company For a Coupon on a Replacement

February 1, 2017 by Kyle
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Here’s a cheap (and brilliant) way to score a deal on a replacement product. So, this tip is short and sweet. If you have a product that is broken and out of warranty, and the company that manufactured it is unable to fix it (or it’s cost prohibitive), ask them for a coupon that you can use to save money on a replacement.

Example #1: Fitbit

I recently had my Fitbit activity tracker break, and unfortunately […] Continue Reading…

Watch Out Amazon: Walmart Now Offers 2-Day Free Shipping on Millions of Items

January 31, 2017 by Kyle
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Earlier today, Walmart announced that they now offer free 2-day shipping on over 2 million items. But before you cancel your Amazon Prime membership and become a “Walmart-aholic”, you need to fully understand this new shipping policy and how it works. Here are the nuts and bolts that you need to know to get free 2-day shipping at Walmart.

Walmart Launches Free 2-Day Shipping
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Frugal Hack #36: Can You Get Spotify Premium Free? Here’s The Real Scoop

January 26, 2017 by Kyle
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My family absolutely loves the music streaming service Spotify, so much so that I actually splurged for Spotify Premium last year. Now each kid can build their own playlists and listen to any song they want from their personal device. So when I heard online rumors about people figuring out how to score a free Spotify Premium account, it peaked my curiosity. Could it really be possible? I ended up doing a bunch of research […] Continue Reading…

Use Alexa to Get Around Amazon’s $25 “Add-On Item” Minimum

January 24, 2017 by Kyle
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This post is about the importance of a decent pair of scissors. Oh, and of course the new Amazon Echo I got my wife for Christmas. If you’ve ever owned a pair of scissors so dull they would frustrate a kindergartner, you’ll be able to relate.

A couple weeks after Christmas I was trying to cut paper with a really crappy pair of scissors when an idea hit me like a ton of bricks. Let’s try […] Continue Reading…