This Simple Amazon “Workaround Hack” Will Make Shopping Even Easier

February 11, 2019 by Kyle
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Do you get frustrated when shopping on Amazon from your laptop or desktop? Especially when shopping for anything that has different sizes or colors, like clothing and shoes? If you do, you already know you have to manually pick your size and color to see the corresponding price. Very tedious and REALLY time consuming. Wouldn’t it be nice if Amazon displayed the price for all sizes and colors on one screen? If you know what I’m talking about, I have a solution and this Amazon workaround hack is for you. Let’s break it down.

This Simple Amazon Hack Will Make Shopping Even Easier

First, the Problem….

Puma Shoes on Amazon Desktop

Just the other day I was shopping on my laptop for a new pair of Puma shoes on Amazon.

I didn’t really care what color, I just wanted the lowest price in my size.

I found it REALLY tedious to have pick every color available to see what the price was. Check out the screenshot above to see what I’m talking about. They list the color but not the corresponding price.

Since Amazon is notorious for having vastly different prices for shoes and clothing, depending on size and color, I knew there HAD to be a better way to shop their website.

By the way, this goes for more than just apparel and footwear on Amazon, pretty much any product that comes in different colors or sizes will have different pricing. Think of things like water bottles, hats, Bluetooth speakers, backpacks, headphones, etc…

See Also: The One Amazon Hack That’ll Find You the Lowest Price…Every Time

Next, the Simple Solution….

Puma Shoes on Amazon Mobile

I vaguely remembered that when shopping from my iPhone, Amazon listed pricing along with the different colors.

So on a whim I pulled out my smartphone, went to Amazon.com via the Safari browser, and low-and-behold THEY DO list the prices below each color. (See screenshot above)

OK, that’s great, but what if you’re like me and find it really hard to shop from the tiny screen on your smartphone?

Or maybe you still have a flip phone? I know many of you do!

Well, the solution is to shop on the Amazon MOBILE site from your laptop or desktop computer.

To make it happen, you simply type in Amazon.com/mobile into your browser and the mobile site will automatically load.

BOOM, you’ll now gain access to the price of all sizes and colors without having to click on each one individually.

What Will the Mobile Site Look Like?

Amazon Mobile

As you can tell from the screenshot above, Amazon mobile displayed on your desktop or laptop computer will look a little funny at first.

It will have a lot more “white space” on it and will look way less cluttered and busy.

Heck, because of the simplicity of the “mobile view”, you might end up liking it even better and never switch back.

How To Go Back to “Full” Site?

When you’re done shopping on the Amazon mobile site, you may want to go back to the full Amazon “Non-Mobile” site for whatever reason.

To make it happen, you simply type amazon.com/fullsite into the browser and you’ll be magically transported back.

If the Amazon site seems to be “stuck” in mobile-mode, try clearing your browser’s cache and cookies and then reload the site.

Happy shopping and I hope you find this Amazon hack as handy as I did.

Ask the Reader: Have you tried this Amazon “workaround hack” before? Let me know if you were as stoked as I was with the result.


By Kyle James

JCPenney Return Policy: 8 Questions Answered So You Can Shop Smart

February 4, 2019 by Kyle
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At first glance the JCPenney return policy looks pretty awesome, but when you start to look a little closer you notice that there are MANY exceptions that shoppers need to be aware of. Not only will I break down these exceptions, but I’ll answer all your burning return policy questions and even give you an insider hack for those who lost their JCPenney receipt. I hope this information helps.

JCPenney Return Policy: Questions Answered So You Can Shop With Ease

How Many Return Days Does JCPenney Offer?

For most items, there is NO time limit on returns.

The most popular items that come with NO time limit on returns at JCPenney include shoes, clothing, linens, bedding, housewares, kitchen gadgets, and home decor.

What If I Don’t Have My Receipt?

If you lost your JCPenney receipt, you’re NOT out of luck.

You can still return items but will have to settle for the lowest advertised price in the past 45 days.

You can’t get a cash refund and will instead receive store credit to be used on a future JCP purchase.

Be prepared to show a valid I.D. as they’ll track your return history to avoid any misuse of their fairly generous return policy.

Are There Any Exceptions to This?

Yes, there are quite a few items that have a time limit on returns.Here are the most notable.

Fine Jewelry 60 days with a receipt. Also worth noting that watches must be unworn.

Smart Watches/Fitness Trackers – 10 days with a receipt and they must be unworn and you must have a receipt.

Body Jewelry – All sales are final.

Special Occasion Dresses – No time limit but dresses must be unworn with green return tag still on them.

Furniture/Mattresses – Must be returned within 48 hours of delivery. Call them at 1-800-442-7902 to start your return. Also note that you’ll be hit with a 15% restocking fee and $85 pick-up fee.

Electronics – The same as furniture, 48 hours from time of delivery. You’ll also be hit with the same restocking and pick-up fee.

Fitness Equipment – Same as electronics above. 

Major Appliances – 48 hours from time of delivery and you MUST have your receipt. You’ll also be hit with a 15% restocking fee.

Custom Blinds & Drapes – Order must be cancelled within 24 hours of initial purchase. There is NO refund available after that since the items are custom made. 

In-Home Window Treatments – You must request a refund within 3 days of original contract date. 

Home Services – Includes things like flooring and counter-tops. You have 3 business days from your order date to request a refund. 

Salon Items – 60 days and you must have a valid receipt. 

Sephora Products60 Days with a receipt, if beyond 60 days you’ll get store credit. If you don’t have your receipt they may be able to “look up” your purchase if you have a Beauty Insider account.

Optical – Custom made eyewear comes with a 24 hour return policy. You can also exchange eyewear within 60 days, if not satisfied, for glasses of equal or lesser value.

Portrait – 60 days with a valid receipt. 

Can Items Be Used or Worn?

The short answer is DEPENDS and often falls on the discretion of the store manager.

If items are gently worn, you stand a good chance of returning the items.

If you buy a blouse, spill wine on it, then try to return it you might have a hard time returning it unless there is something wrong with the blouse that is not your fault.

The same can be said for items missing their original tags and packaging…your mileage will vary.

Are There Any Items That CAN’T Be Returned?

Yes, there is indeed some stuff you CAN’T return to JCPenney and here they are.

  • Gift Cards
  • Monogrammed Items
  • Personalized Items
  • Altered Items
  • Body Jewelry
  • Perishable Foods

Everything else JCP sells is returnable.

What About Returning a Gift?

You can return items with a gift receipt BUT you can’t get cash for them.

You will have to settle for store credit or an even exchange.

Also, you’ll get the price of the item that’s listed on the actual gift receipt.

If you don’t have the gift receipt you’ll get the lowest listed price within the past 45 days.

Can I Return Online Purchases In-Store?

Yes, absolutely.

When you buy anything from the JCPenney website, you can definitely return it to your local brick and mortar location.

This is obviously the quickest and easiest way to make a return.

If you don’t have a JCP in your area you can simply use the “Return & Exchange” form that came with your package to process your return.

The one problem with this is that you’ll be on the hook for the return delivery charges.

Hack Alert: Did You Lose Your JCP Receipt?

Ask an Associate to Look Up Your Purchase.

JCP

Apparently, according to the JCP Facebook page, you can ask an associate to use your credit card to look up your previous purchases.

I’m guessing your mileage may vary as some associates might not know how to do this…but it’s worth a shot.

If the associate looks at you kinda funny, ask if a manager can do it for you.

Ask the Reader: Have you made a return recently at JCPenney? Was it an easy process or a total pain in the butt? Let me know!


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Mike Mozart.

What is an “Amazon Go” Store and Why You Should Care

January 28, 2019 by Kyle
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How would you like to be able walk into a grocery store, fill your basket with goods and walk out without standing in line and checking out? That’s exactly what you do when you walk into an Amazon Go store and it’s pretty incredible technology. Here’s how Amazon Go stores work and why you should give a darn.

What is an

OK, So What Exactly are “Amazon Go” Stores?

Amazon Go is a “brick and mortar” grocery store concept that lets you walk in, grab the items you want, then walk out without having to checkout in the traditional way.

No cashiers asking you “So whatcha up to today?” and more importantly, NO lines.

You simply download the Amazon Go app for free, scan the app when you walk in, and they’ll track exactly what you buy and bill your Amazon account when you exit.

Once you scan the app, and enter the store, you can put your phone away as you won’t need it again.

Where Are Amazon Go Stores Currently?

The Amazon Go roll-out started back in 2016 in Seattle and has grown to 9 stores as of this writing.

Besides Seattle (4), they have stores in Chicago (3) and San Francisco (2). Two more in the works.

Most are currently located in busy financial districts where workers want to grab a quick lunch or snack. This is evident by many Amazon Go locations being closed on weekends.

What Products Do They Carry?

Think of Amazon Go stores as a “corner market” type of store.

They carry staple items like dairy, bread, candy, drinks, snacks, coffee, and personal hygiene products.

But their most popular section is the prepackaged foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most are from local restaurants and suppliers that shoppers recognize and know are tasty.

And yes, they carry alcohol. Be prepared to show your ID to an employee before entering the booze section of the store.

Also, when shopping at a specific Amazon Go location, be sure to tap the Discover tab within the app and it’ll tell you exactly what the store carries.

What About Amazon Go Prices?

The prices aren’t outrageous and are actually reasonable.

For example, you can get a tasty wrap for $6.49, a bag of chips for $1.29, and a bottle of water for $.99. That’s well under $10 for a quick lunch. Not bad.

Are the prices going to be less than a big-box grocery store? Not typically, but the concept of “time being money” makes the Amazon Go proposition a winner for many on the move.

As Amazon opens more “Go” stores, look for prices to drop as they fine tune the technology and figure out how to pass more savings along to you.

Do You Need to be a Prime Member?

Nope.

Amazon Go is open to ALL shoppers, even those without a Prime membership.

You just need an Amazon account along with a smartphone so you can download the app.

How Accurate is the Technology?

Amazingly, it is REALLY accurate.

So accurate in fact that Amazon has said that if you manage to exit an Amazon Go location with something you weren’t charged for, it’s on them and you can KEEP it.

I was intrigued by this YouTube video from Linus Tech Tips as they did a great job explaining the tech being used in the store.

Not only are there cameras everywhere tracking your movements, but they track what items you pick up and take along with those that you pick up, stare at, then put back.

The prepackaged food items have specific Amazon Go bar-codes on them but the other items don’t, which is kinda incredible.

Amazon has been tight lipped when talking about exactly how the stores work, but in any case, they’re clearly using computer vision and deep learning to track what you grab.

Why Should You Care About This?

Put simply, because it’s the future.

Remember when Amazon acquired Whole Foods back in 2017?

It was no accident that this was shortly after the first Amazon Go store popped up in Seattle.

Look for Amazon to bring this technology to Whole Foods in the very near future.

It might not be in the entire store to start, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was in the next few years.

This line-less technology is the future of “brick & mortar” shopping and Amazon is at forefront.

Data Concerns?

When you walk into an Amazon Go location you better believe the data collection starts in earnest.

They’re tracking what you buy, what you look at (and for how long), and how you navigate the store.

Data that’s used to improve their stores and technology to better serve you.

This data collection might seem a bit “big brotherish” but it’s the price you pay to enter Amazon Go….your choice.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever shopped at an Amazon Go location? Would you go back? How was the experience and the value proposition?


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Amazon.com.

Are Costco Tires Cheaper? Here’s How Costco Prices Stack Up

January 23, 2019 by Kyle
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Is the tread depth on your tires looking a little skimpy these days? Costco just might be the place to go to save some money on your next set of tires. In this article, I dive into the pricing at Costco along with some handy tire shop “hacks”, along with the warranty they give you. But more importantly, I look at the price of Costco tires and how it stacks up to Walmart, Big O Tires, and America’s Tire Company. (Hint: The savings secret is in the coupon.)

Are Costco Tires Cheaper? Here's How Costco Prices Stack Up

In order to compare “apples to apples”, I’m gonna use my 2004 Chevy Silverado as an example.

I’ll see what 4 new tires would cost me at Costco, then I’ll use the same tire and compare my other options.

I choose a tire from Michelin, specifically the Defender LTX M/S, as it’s a popular worldwide brand that pretty much everybody sells.

What Is The Cost of 4 New Tires at Costco?

4 New Tires at Costco

So my Chevy truck needs 4 new tires. My first stop is Costco.com to see what it’ll cost me.

After entering my vehicle’s specs, four new Michelin Defender LTX tires will run me $186.49 each.

Add an install fee of $15 per tire, and a $2.99 service fee per tire, and I’m out the door for $817.92. (before tax)

Note: Check out the screenshot above, the $70 coupon for 4 Michelin tires was VERY helpful. Costco almost ALWAYS has a coupon like this. Might not be for Michelin, could be for Goodyear, Pirelli, or BF Goodrich. (More on this later)

Of course you’ll need to be a Costco member to be eligible for their tire deals.

See Also: 7 Ways to Essentially Get a $60 Costco Membership for Free

How Does Costco Compare to the Competition?

With the $817.92 number in-hand, I went out and compared the Costco price to the following local competitors…

Walmart:

Walmart Tires

The same exact tire at Walmart, the Michelin Defender LTX M/S, sells for $203.99 per tire.

Throw in their basic tire installation of $15 per tire and the total (minus tax) would be $875.96.

For those of you who don’t want to do the math, Costco is over $58 cheaper than Walmart.

Big O Tires:

4 New Tires at Big O

The same Michelin tire at my local Big O Tires is even more expensive than Walmart and WAY more than Costco.

As you can tell from the screenshot above, I’d be out the door at Big O for $965.

That’s $147 more than my local Costco.

America’s Tire:

America's Tire

The folks at America’s Tire are also more expensive than Costco.

Four new Michelin tires would run me $816 + $80 install fee + $10 disposal fee = $906.

A little cheaper than Big O Ties, plus they offer a lifetime tire service which gets you free rotations and free flat repair for the life of the tire.

My Conclusion:

Costco tire prices beat the competition quite easily in my scenario.

But surprisingly the only way to consistency get a lower price at Costco is to use one of their current coupons which will get you a discount on a set of 4 new tires.

Costco Tire Coupon

The key here is to NOT be a “brand specific” tire shopper.

Maximize your savings by taking advantage of whatever coupon they’re currently offering.

With that said, Costco often (if not always) has great tire coupons available for brands like Michelin, Goodyear, BF Goodrich, and Bridgestone.

Take advantage and you’ll save enough money to cover the cost of your annual Costco membership.

By the way, I thought I might find a similar Michelin tire coupon at some of the other retailers that I price-checked, but surprisingly there were NONE to be found.

Any Cool Costco Tire “Extras” to Be Aware Of?

Yes, glad you asked.

Every tire you buy from Costco comes with their 5-Year Road Hazard Warranty which you should factor into your buying decision.

This warranty will get you the following:

– Flat Repair: If one of your tires has a flat, Costco will fix it for free.

– Free Tire Rotations – Bring your car in every 5,000 miles for a free tire rotation. This will make your tire tread last much longer.

– Free Pressure & Inflation Checks – If your low tire pressure light comes on you can bring your car back to Costco and they’ll take care of you.

Conversely, the Costco Road Hazard Warranty DOES NOT cover the following:

– Tire Damaged from Certain Situations: These situations include an accident, vandalism, racing, commercial use, off-road use, snow chains, and worn mechanical components.

– Tire Transferred from Another Vehicle – Only the car which the tire was originally installed on is eligible.

The Costco warranty just might sway you when all other things are equal, namely price per tire.

BONUS: 4 Costco Tire Center “Hacks”

1. Always Make an Appointment – Showing up at Costco to get new tires, especially on a weekend, it gonna lead you to a 2-3 hour wait (at least).

Be smart and call ahead to schedule an appointment or do it online.

2. Keep an Eye Out for Penny Installation Deals – A few times per year Costco will roll out their “1 Cent Install Deal” which will save you an easy $60.

Costco 1 Cent Install Deal

3. Costco Offers FREE Tire Rotations and Flat Repairs – When comparing the Costco price to your local competitors be sure to take this into account.

4. Costco Fills Your Tires with Nitrogen – Apparently this helps keep your tire pressure more stable and gives it less temperature swings in extreme weather.

Ask the Reader: Do you buy your tires at Costco? If so, was it an easy process and how much money did you save?


By Kyle James

7 Target Clearance Tips: Learn How to Save BIG at Tarzhay

January 16, 2019 by Kyle
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Would you believe me if I told you there was a science to finding the best clearance deals at Target? I’m not gonna lie, it’s kinda true.

Not only is there a science to reading their clearance stickers, but also knowing which day of the week will score you the best deals.

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How to Cancel DirecTV and Save BIG (No Seriously…Like a Lot of Money)

January 10, 2019 by Kyle
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Are you finally ready to cut-the-cord and cancel your DirecTV account once and for all? I did this exact thing last year and have easily saved over $500 in the days since. But it’s not as easy to cancel as you might think. Perhaps you’re still under contract or maybe the early cancellation fee has you concerned. I’ve done all the work for you and have answers to all your questions. I’ll even breakdown […] Continue Reading…

Amazon Prime Student vs Prime: What Are The Main Differences?

January 8, 2019 by Kyle
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Amazon Prime Student is a no-brainer for most college students, especially when ordering textbooks. But trying to figure out how Prime Student is different than regular Amazon Prime is a bit tricky. Both Prime services have many of the same Prime Perks but there are some glaring differences that I wanted to breakdown. I also wanted to show you how to join Prime Student without a .edu email address. Let’s get to it shall we…

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8 Awesome Ways Your Amazon Echo (and Alexa) Can Save You Money

January 2, 2019 by Kyle
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Thanks to the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot it has become much easier to save money in everyday life. These cool tech gadgets from Amazon have become much more than handy devices that’ll tell you how many fluid ounces are in a cup. If you know how to use them correctly, they’ll actually help you save money on utility costs, gas, water, and even expensive car repairs. Let’s break it down…

1. Save Money on Gas
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All 32 Popular Stores That Offer Extended Holiday Returns

December 21, 2018 by Kyle
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As we start wrapping gifts and placing them under the tree, it gets my mind thinking about the inevitable returns that will be happening after Christmas. Specifically, which stores offer extended holiday return periods to make your returns a piece of cake. So I set out to do the research and came up with 32 popular retailers that all offer extended holiday return policies. Hope this helps…

6PM.com
Standard Return Policy: 30 Days.

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Walmart Free Samples: 4 Ways to Score Freebies from Wally World

December 19, 2018 by Kyle
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We all know how popular free samples are at Costco, but did you know that Walmart free samples are actually better? This is the case both in terms of the value of the item, as well as the usefulness of them. After all, Costco free samples are mainly impulse food purchases like 4-cheese raviolis BUT Walmart freebies are for things you actually need. Let’s break it all down so you can score free stuff […] Continue Reading…