Get Paid $15 Cashback to Watch TV via Hulu and Ibotta

April 23, 2018 by Kyle
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As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of the Ibotta app (Full Review) as a smart way to save money at the grocery store. But now Ibotta will also pay you cash to watch TV via Hulu. Yes, you read that correctly. Let’s break it down…

Get Paid $15 Cashback to Watch TV via Hulu

$15 Cashback to Subscribe to Hulu

The folks at Ibotta have recently teamed up with Hulu to give you $15 cash just for signing-up with Hulu.

Click Here to sign-up with Ibotta and subscribe to Hulu and claim your free $15.

Plus, if you’re new to Ibotta, you can score a $10 sign-up bonus by redeeming just one grocery rebate.

$25 free. A total no-brainer if you’re considering Hulu anyways.

For those of you who are not familiar with Hulu, it’s a streaming service that gives you access to thousands of TV shows, movies, and even live TV for as little as $7.99 per month.

How Does It Work?

If you’re already an Ibotta member, just do a quick search for “Hulu” on the app and you’ll find the $15 rebate.

They also offer $30 cashback if you sign-up for Hulu Live.

You must be a new subscriber to qualify for either rebate.

If you’re new to Ibotta, Click Here to sign-up and download the app to your smartphone.

Once you have the app installed, just do a search for “Hulu” and you’ll find the $15 Hulu offer.

See Also: This Site Will Pay You $2,280/Year to Watch Videos

Any Other Offers Worth Knowing About?

Glad you asked as there are a few more Ibotta rebates worth considering.

  • Amazon Prime – Sign-up for 1 year of Prime and get a free $20 Amazon gift card.
  • Amazon Student – 50% off the cost of an Amazon Prime Student membership.
  • VRBO – $10 gift card to be used towards a vacation rental booking.
  • Apple Music – $5 cashback when you sign-up for any Apple Music subscription.

Ask the Reader: Are you an Ibotta user? If so, how do you use the free app to save the most money?


By Kyle James

Gifts For Mom: 14 Cool Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day 2018

April 12, 2018 by Lauren
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It’s easy to panic when you hear Mother’s Day is near. Finding the right gifts for Mom can take lots of time, planning, and energy. But I think what sets off my “internal crisis mode” is thinking about how I can celebrate Mom without breaking the bank. However, after hours of scouring the internet, I managed to collect a list of budget-friendly gifts that are in high demand this Mother’s Day. Shop one of the gift ideas for Mom below for a present that she will be delighted to receive, she would never believe you bought it for a bargain.

The 14 Best Gifts for Mom in 2018

1. Primitives by Kathy Dish Towel

Dish Towels

Make Mom chuckle this Mother’s Day with a silly and adorable Primitives by Kathy Dish Towel. The towels come decked with hilarious sayings that will surely put a smile on your Mom’s face.

After the laugh, Mom will find plenty of practical ways to use the towel. Whether she displays it as a decorative piece to complete her kitchen decor or to wipe up her daily spills, she’ll have many reasons not to keep it under the gift wrap.

Price: $7.97

2. Personalized Stationery from Paper Source

Stationery

If your Mom is always sending cards and thank you notes to her special loved ones, make her personal messages even more special by giving her personalized stationery from Paper Source. The online store has a variety of stationery and styles ranging from vintage-inspired to minimalist design that can be customized with Mom’s full name or initials.

All stationary must be purchased in quantities, starting at 20 cards per order to as many at 400. Just don’t forget to add a Paper Source coupon code at checkout so you don’t drain your checking account on your custom gift.

Price: $35 for 20

See Also: The 23 Coolest Kitchen Gadgets on Amazon

3. Instant Pot® Duo 6 Quart Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooker

For many families, Mom is often the one who’s whipping up your childhood comfort food and those delicious top-secret recipes you hope to eventually learn one day. So you can never go wrong with gifting your favorite home cook an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to free up her kitchen counter space.

The appliance is a space saver since it has seven cooking functions in one device: a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, warmer, and it sautées. The pot is also designed to use 70% less energy than your average appliance since it can cook food from two to six times faster.

If you plan to buy the pot on Amazon but you share an account with your parents, there’s no need to fret. You can still keep your gift a secret by simply using a few tricks to hide your order.

Price: $85.95

4. Tile Pro Smart Tracker

Tile Pro Tracker

Some Moms seem to constantly be on-the-go. Between running errands or chauffeuring kids, she may spend a lot of time getting in and out of the car — and losing her keys as a result. So give her a helping hand with a Tile Pro Smart Tracker.

The tile can be attached to a keyring, a smartphone, or any valuable object you can’t afford to lose. With an app downloaded to an iOS or Android device, users can activate the tile to make a noise whenever the object is misplaced. And, its 200-foot Bluetooth range makes it possible to locate items in large spaces.

Price: $34.50

5. Leather Crossbody Bag by Things Remembered

Leather Bag

Another thoughtful gift for Mom is a saffiano leather cross-body bag from Things Remembered that’s monogrammed with her very own name or initials. That way, she’ll feel extra special this Mother’s Day and countless days to follow.

The bag is versatile for everyday errands or date night with it’s small size and premium materials. She’ll think it’s a designer purse, even though you won’t be paying designer prices. Just keep in mind that you can always bring the price down a little more by topping your order with a Things Remembered coupon at checkout.

Price: $65.00

6. Brussel’s Japanese Red Quince Bonsai

Bonsai Tree

Make every single day cheery for Mom by giving her a beautiful Japanese Red Quince Bonsai to spruce up one of her favorite spaces. The plant’s petite size and strong blooms make it perfect for any desk, side table, or even a front entry room.

Since the bonsai is sold through Amazon, you can have your gift conveniently delivered straight to Mom’s doorstep for a fun surprise when the big day rolls around. And, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll get an even sweeter deal since your order will qualify for free 2-day shipping.

Price: $32.00

7. Google Home Smart Speaker & Home Assistant

Google Home

Help your Mom tackle her daily to-do list by giving her a Google Home. The voice-activated speaker acts as a personal assistant that plays music, provides answers from Google, adjusts smart home devices and manages your daily tasks at the simple command of your voice.

The easy-to-use Google Home is compatible with both Android and iOS, so Mom won’t have a learning curve to start using it. It can also be paired with a Google Mini or Google Max for those who want to expand their smart assistants throughout the home.

Price: $129.99

8. BH Cosmetics Dot Collection 11 Piece Brush Set

Cosmetic Set

The Bright White Brush Set and Bag is the perfect gift for the mother who forgets to pamper herself. With this present, you can help update her makeup arsenal with a collection of top-rated brushes according to beauty experts and Instagram gurus. Yet, you’ll barely have to pay up at checkout since the price tag is only a little over $10.

The set comes with six cruelty-free, synthetic brushes for all makeup application needs. The additional pouch also makes it a cute gift and a handy one to stash inside a purse while running errands.

Price: $21.97

9. Wacaco Company Minipresso NS

Minipresso NS

The Mom who is also a coffee aficionado is sure to get a kick out of the Wacaco Minipresso. The portable espresso machine is hand-powered making it ideal for picnics, camping, hiking, or for the impromptu espresso break when there’s no cafe nearby.

The lightweight espresso maker uses Nespresso capsules and comes with a detachable cup that makes brewing a pain-free process. It also doesn’t require any electricity to operate, so you’ll never have to worry about plugs or charging.

Price: $37.41

10. Martha Stewart Collection Plush Bathrobe

Plush Bathrobe

Treat Mom to simple luxury by giving her a Martha Stewart Collection Plush Bathrobe that will make her feel extra comfortable and cozy whenever she slips it on. Perfect to wear on lazy days at home or while unwinding in the evening, a plush bathrobe is a versatile and often overlooked garment.

The ultra-plush bathrobe is one size fits all, machine washable, and has a snug belted closure. It already comes boxed, too, making it ideal for gift wrapping.

Price: $24.99

11. Syndicate Home & Garden Create Your Own Terrarium Kit

DIY Terrarium Kit

Unleash your Mom’s inner green thumb with a gardening kit as your present this Mother’s Day. The Create Your Own Terrarium Kit by Syndicate Home & Garden includes a lidded glass jar, hydro stones, soil, and moss.

Unlike other pre-made terrariums that come with sky-high prices, starting from scratch with this simple kit makes it affordable, and it will bring her joy as she watches her creation grow.

Price: $26.87

12. eufy RoboVac 11

eufy RoboVac 11

Few people claim that they actually enjoy cleaning. So if your Mom isn’t a part of that pack, snatch up a Eufy RoboVac so she can kick up her feet while she watches her floor getting cleaned.

The Eufy RoboVac garners top ratings from industry experts and is a favorite in customer reviews. With automatic recharging, a drop sensor to avoid falls, and a high-capacity li-ion battery that delivers 1.5 hours of activity, the RoboVac is one of the best in vacuum tech.

Price: $250.00

13. Mom Sterling Silver Necklace

Mom Sterling Silver Necklace

Sometimes, you can’t mess with the classics — especially when it comes to gift-giving. That’s why you can never go wrong by giving her a Sterling Silver Necklace this Mother’s Day.

Mom will love the solid 925 Sterling Silver necklace with Cubic Zirconia. The hypoallergenic piece also comes with a jewelry gift box and polishing cloths.

The necklace hangs on an 18-inch cable chain secured with a spring ring clasp making it a simple yet high-quality gift that any Mom will appreciate wearing.

Price: $24.99

14. Drops Of Youth™ Skincare Collection by The Body Shop

Skincare Collection

Pamper your mother’s youthful-looking skin by giving her the Drops Of Youth™ Skincare Collection. The kit by The Body Shop includes a youth concentrate and day cream that is sure to keep her skin feeling smooth and supple.

Both products provide the perfect skincare regimen to help your Mom fight aging the moment it appears. The kit (a $72 value) is a terrific gift for Mom and comes in a box that’s perfect for gift-giving, which makes it too good of a deal to resist.

Price: $62.00

Bottom-line: There’s no reason to freak out as Mother’s Day creeps up on your calendar.

Shop for one of these reasonably priced gifts for Mom and you’re guaranteed to make any Mother, Grandma, or Mom-to-be a very happy woman. And better yet, your bank account will survive the holiday completely unphased.

The 7 Brick & Mortar Retailers Currently Offering Mobile Checkout

April 10, 2018 by Kyle
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The future of being able to checkout at a retailer without any interaction with an employee is closer than you may think. As long as you have your smartphone in your pocket you’ll be golden, no wallet required. Sounds like a dream come true to me. Here are the main players pushing this initiative and coming up with the technology needed to make it happen.

The 7 Brick & Mortar Retailers Currently Offering Mobile Checkout

Amazon.com

Amazon Go

Amazon introduced it’s first Amazon Go store in Seattle last year and it looks awesome.

You just walk around the store, put things in your basket, walk out, and get charged automatically.

The only thing you need to enter the store is the free Amazon Go app. (iOS, Android)

Look for many more of these stores to open across the country soon.

See Also: 5 Apps That Make Standing in the Checkout Line a Thing of the Past

CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

With CVS Pay you have a very handy way to pay in-store.

Not only can you use the app to pay with any linked credit or debit card, but it integrates fully with the CVS Pharmacy.

You’ll actually be able to use CVS Pay to “refill and manage multiple prescriptions and get alerts when prescriptions are ready.”

Fantastic time saver if you shop at CVS regularly.

Kohl’s

Kohl's

You can use Kohl’s Pay, via the Kohl’s app, to checkout quickly when in-store.

You’ll only need a Kohl’s credit card and an active account to make it happen.

Just scan the barcode of the items you’re buying, then add the rewards and Kohl’s cash that you want to use.

Then when checking out, just tell the employee you’re using Kohl’s Pay and scan the QR code that shows up on the “customer display” to complete your purchase. Simple.

Macy’s

Macy's

Macy’s recently announced the ability to pay with your mobile device via the Macy’s app.

You simply use the app to scan the items and pay for your purchase.

It’s actually a pretty slick process as they have a separate “Express Line” at the Macy’s service center.

You just present the app to the employee, who then counts the items and removes any security tags before sending you on your way.

This service should roll out to all Macy’s locations by the end of 2018.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom is taking mobile payments very serious by installing 5,000 mobile checkout devices at over 110 Nordstrom stores by July of 2018.

It’s appears to be a pretty simple process as well.

Shoppers simply have any employee scan your items and slide your credit card in their hand-held mobile checkout device.

My understanding is that it’s similar to how the Apple Store currently works where any employee can complete your purchase from anywhere in the brick and mortar store.

Target

Target

Target also has a way for you to pay with your smartphone while shopping in-store.

They call it Target Pay and it’s available through the Target app.

With a single scan of the product’s barcode you can pay with a Target REDcard and use Cartwheel coupons as well.

Keep in mind that you can’t just walk out of the store after paying, you’ll have to have your smartphone scanned at a checkout register.

Walmart

Walmart

To use mobile pay at Walmart you have to start by downloading the free Walmart app.

Once you have it on your smartphone, just sign-in to your Walmart account and update your preferred payment method.

Then you just visit checkout like you normally would and hold your phone over the QR code when prompted by the Walmart employee.

Specifically, to get there, you’ll “open the Walmart app, tap the menu or Services icon and tap the Walmart Pay icon.

After entering your unique security PIN or biometric identification, hold your phone over the QR code to scan. Once the phone registers the QR code, the payment will be processed automatically.”

The app will even store your receipt which is really handy for any returns you might have to make.

Ask the Reader: Are there any other major retailers that also offer mobile payments? Let me know in the comments and I’ll check them out personally.


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Philip Pessar.

Amazon Prime Wardrobe: What Exactly Is It PLUS Insider Tips For Success

April 4, 2018 by Kyle
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Amazon Prime Wardrobe was recently introduced as a new Prime benefit that allows you to try on clothes before you actually buy them. Think of it like an in-home dressing room, where Amazon will actually send you the apparel and shoes to try on at home. But with any new Prime feature, there exists some clever tips and tricks for ultimate success. Here are some handy tips that will allow you to get the maximum benefit out of Prime Wardrobe.

Prime Wardrobe: What Exactly Is It and Insider Tips For Success

What Exactly is Prime Wardrobe?

Try On Items at Home

Prime Wardrobe is a new program for Amazon Prime members that allows you to order items and have them shipped to you so you can try them on at home.

Don’t like them? Simply ship them back to Amazon and you’ll never be charged.

Items are WAY more than just clothing and also includes shoes, jewelry, watches, luggage, and even novelty items.

See Also: Save Money at Amazon: 8 Hacks to Make It Happen

How Do I Sign-Up?

Currently, the program requires you to request an invitation.

I requested an invite and was immediately accepted.

I think if you’re a long-standing Prime member and order frequently (like my family does), you should be good-to-go.

How Long Can I Keep the Clothes?

You have 7 days after you receive your order to initiate the return process.

This serves as plenty of time to give them a whirl before deciding.

Which Items are Available for Prime Wardrobe?

I was really impressed with the sheer number of items that are available for Prime Wardrobe.

We are talking thousands of clothing and shoe styles from top brands like Lucky, Calvin Klein, Ella Moon, Guess, Kate Spade, Adidas, and Karen Kane to name a few.

Pretty much all Amazon Essentials items qualify as well which gives you a nice chance to test out the quality.

Side note: I’ve ordered a couple Amazon Essentials dress shirts and golf shorts and have been really impressed so far with the quality, especially given the very modest price tag.

Are Shipping and Returns Free?

YES! Free shipping both ways.

This is where the program is kinda awesome as clothing is one of those items that is SO hard to shop for online as you never know how it will fit.

Prime Wardrobe takes all the risk out of the equation by letting you try items at home and mail them back for NO charge if they don’t fit or you simply don’t like them.

When it comes to returns, your order will come with a return shipping label which you just stick on the box, drop off at your local UPS, and you’re golden.

How Many Items Can I Try at Once?

You have to order at least 3 eligible items to qualify for Prime Wardrobe, no minimum dollar value is required.

The most items you can order for a single shipment is 8.

What Happens If I Only Return Some of the Items?

Then you’ll only be charged for the items you decide to keep.

The cool part is you won’t be charged anything until you keep something beyond the 7 day “try on” period.

When Will My Credit Card be Charged?

Your credit card will NOT be charged until you decide to keep something.

So in essence, you could order 8 items totaling over $1,000 and not be charged a cent if you return them all.

Pretty cool way to try on outfits in the comfort of your own home.

Hacks for Success….

1. Be Aware of What Amazon is Trying To Do

Amazon is banking on many shoppers keeping items that they kinda like, but don’t love, because they don’t want to go through the effort of boxing items up and dropping them off at UPS.

Don’t be one of these shoppers!

Go into this program with the mindset that “if you don’t love it, you’re sending it back, guaranteed!”

2. Take Advantage of $20 Off

Amazon is currently offering a $20 off your $200+ Prime Wardrobe purchase.

This only works if you “keep” at least $200 worth of clothing or shoes.

It’s also worth noting that if there’s a better promotion available at checkout, you’ll score that discount instead.

3. Always Search from Correct Spot

To make your life easier, always search for specific items that qualify for Prime Wardrobe.

Just click the drop-down menu in the search bar and select “Prime Wardrobe”.

4. Which Prime Members Have Better Chance of Getting In?

Prime members who are active, and order frequently, have a better chance of getting accepted into the program.

But my guess is that as this program becomes more popular, Amazon will open it up to all active Prime accounts.

5. Be Aware That Shipping Takes Longer

If you need the outfit or shoes in 2 days, Prime Wardrobe might not be right for you.

This is because orders take between 4-6 business days to get to your doorstep.

Ask the Reader: Have you tried Amazon Prime Wardrobe yet? Was it a good experience?


By Kyle James

Photo credits to Amazon Prime Wardrobe.

Want a Home Depot Price Match? Here’s How to Make It Happen

March 28, 2018 by Kyle
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On the surface, the Home Depot price match policy seems fairly straight-forward. But when you start digging into the details it gets really confusing and can even differ by Home Depot location. With that said, let’s dig into it and see if we can make some sense of their price match policy. Please leave your experience in the comments so we can learn from each other on this one.

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How I’m Using ShopKick to Earn Free Gift Cards (With Little Effort)

March 23, 2018 by Kyle
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I’ve been religiously using the ShopKick app for a few weeks now and figured it was time for a progress report. I think the app has a lot of potential, and can easily earn you some free gift cards. This is especially true when you figure out how to earn “kicks” by doing pretty much nothing. I’ve already earned over 1,000 kicks by doing very little and plan on redeeming for an Amazon gift […] Continue Reading…

Macy’s Return Policy: Everything You Need to Know On a Single Page

March 22, 2018 by Kyle
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The Macy’s return policy is fairly liberal, but has many exceptions that are worth noting. In the wake of many department stores struggling, it’s good to see that Macy’s is doing so well. Strong customer service and a great return policy definitely has something to do with their success. Here’s everything you need to know about the return policy at Macy’s, both online and in-store.

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The Costco Warranty: All The Products They Stand Behind (and For How Long)

March 20, 2018 by Kyle
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Not only does Costco have a great return policy, but the in-house Costco warranty is pretty darn good as well. Here’s exactly how it works and what products at Costco come with a special warranty that far exceeds the manufacturer’s warranty.

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Many HDTV brands like Samsung, Sony, and Vizio only provide a 1-year limited warranty on parts and labor.

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How to Hide Orders on Amazon (The Easy Steps to Make It Happen)

March 15, 2018 by Kyle
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(Updated 4/25/18) Maybe you’re trying to hide Christmas presents from snooping kids, or perhaps you don’t want your wife to see her anniversary gift. Whatever the case may be, you can indeed hide orders on Amazon. Amazon doesn’t call it “hiding” orders, which at first glance makes the whole scenario a little confusing. So with that it mind, here’s exactly how you go about hiding purchases on Amazon from nosy family members.

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24 Highly Clever Tricks to Save Money at the Grocery Store

March 13, 2018 by Jenni
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(Updated 3/21/18) Studies show that you’re going to spend between 5 and 6 percent of your income on groceries across the course of your life. Since the average American spends a total of about $4 million between graduating high school and…well…graduating from life itself, that means you’ll burn through $200,000 to $250,000 of grocery money in your life.

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