Verizon Employee Discount: Who Qualifies and How to Get It

February 10, 2020 by Kyle
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If you’ve ever walked around with a smartphone in your pocket you know just how expensive monthly cell phone plans can be. This is especially true if you’re a Verizon customer as they have a great service but it’s definitely on the expensive side. But did you know that many businesses and corporations partner with Verizon to offer you a Verizon employee discount? It’s a pretty darn generous discount too and ranges in the 15% – 25% range on voice and data plans. Here’s how it all works.

Verizon Employee Discount: Who Qualifies and How to Get It

 

How Do I Know If My Employer Qualifies?

Verizon validate discount

Often times your employer will let you know when hired if they participate in the Verizon employee discount program.

To get your discount, you simply visit this page, sign-in to your account and register for your monthly discount.

You’ll be asked annually to re-validate your discount which is a bit of hassle but totally worth it in terms of savings.

See Also: 5 Painless Ways to Lower Your Verizon Bill

What Proof Do I Have to Show?

Verizon gives you two ways to validate your employment status.

You can either use your work email address or a current pay stub.

The email address is much easier, but in case you don’t have a work email you can use your pay stub.

Do You Have a List of Employers Who Participate?

Teacher Discount with Verizon

Yes indeed.

Here are the Verizon employee discounts that I know about so far.

State Employees from California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas – 15% off voice/data plans and 25% off accessories.

Allstate – 22% off voice plans.

American Express – 20% off voice/data plans.

Amtrak – 15% off voice/data plans and 25% off accessories

Apple – 10-15% off voice/data plans.

Bank of America – 20% off voice plans and data plans.

Barclays – 20% off voice/data plans.

Berkshire Hathaway – 20% off voice/data plans.

Best Buy – 25% off voice/data plans and 20% off accessories.

Boeing – 25% off voice/data plans and 50% off accessories.

Capital One – 19% off voice and data plans.

Caterpillar – 20% off voice and data plans.

Century Link – 20% off voice and data plans.

Cisco Systems – 17% off voice and data plans.

Citigroup – 22% off voice and data plans.

Coca Cola – 22% off data and voice plans and 25% off accessories.

Comcast – 20% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

CVS Pharmacy – 22% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Darden Restaurants – 20% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Disney – 20% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Dole Foods – 25% off voice and data plans.

Dow Corning – 10% off voice and data plans.

eBay – 19% off voice and data plans.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car – 20% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Exxon Mobile – 19% off voice and data plans.

Federal Employees Discount – 15% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

FedEx – 20% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Fidelity Investments – 21% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

General Electric – 22% off voice and data plans.

General Motors – 21% off voice and data plans.

HP: Hewlett Packard – 20% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Hilton Worldwide – 20% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Home Depot – 25% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Humana – 18% off voice and data plans.

Hy-Vee Inc. – 15% off voice and data plans.

IBM – 22% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

JetBlue – 19% off voice and data plans.

John Deere – 20% off voice and data plans and 20% off accessories.

JP Morgan Chase – 22% off voice and data plans.

Kohls – 19% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Lockheed Martin – 20% off voice and data plans.

Mattel – 20% off voice and data plans.

Merck – 18% off voice and data plans.

McDonald’s – 19% off voice and data plans.

Metlife – 15% off voice and data plans.

Microsoft – 22% off voice and data plans and 22% off accessories.

Morgan Stanley – 19% off voice and data plans.

NBC Universal – 17% off voice and data plans.

NY Times – 15% off voice and data plans.

Nike – 19% off voice and data phone plans.

Oracle – 17% off voice and data plans.

Pepsico – 22% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Phillip Morris – 20% off voice and data plans.

Sears– 20% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Sherwin-Williams – 20% off voice and data plans.

Siemens – 17% off voice and data plans.

Southwest Airlines – 20% off voice and data plans.

Starbucks – 19% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

State Farm – 22% off voice, data, and messaging plans.

Target – 20% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Tenet – 25% off voice and data plans.

Texas Instruments – 25% off voice and data plans.

Time Warner – 22% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

US Airways – 20% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

UPS – 22% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

United States Postal Service (USPS) – 22% on voice and data plans and 25% on accessories.

Verizon – 20% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories. (previously 50% off)

Viacom – 17% off voice and data plans.

Walgreens – 20% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Walmart – 20% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Wells Fargo – 26% off voice and data plans and 25% off accessories.

Whirlpool – 20% off voice and data plans.

Please drop a comment below if you know of other companies involved in the Verizon discount program.

Also let me know if any of the above discount percentages have changed as I’d love to keep this list up-to-date.


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Mike Mozart.

Walgreens Return Policy: Here’s Exactly How It Works

January 30, 2020 by Kyle
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The return policy at Walgreens is actually pretty darn lenient in my opinion. While there are quite a few policy exceptions, and a couple return oddities, overall it’s solid. But like any return policy, there are questions that arise that you won’t find answers to on the retailer’s website. Thus the idea for this article was born. Here are the answers to all your burning Walgreens return questions.

Walgreens Return Policy: Here's Exactly How It Works

How Many Return Days Does Walgreens Allow?

30 days.

You can return or exchange items to ANY Walgreens for up to 30 days after purchase.

Bring in your receipt and have the item in the original packaging for a quick & easy return.

What If I Lost My Receipt?

Not all hope is lost.

Without the original receipt you’ll get store credit for the lowest advertised price of the item in the past 60 days.

Be prepared to show a valid photo ID as they use the information to track your returns and can decline your return if they think you’re abusing their policy.

Store credit will be in the form a W Card which is essentially a Walgreens gift card.

Do Items Need to Be Unopened?

No.

You can return items that have opened, even if you lost the original box or packaging.

Just make sure it’s within 30 days and you have your receipt.

Can I Return Gifts Without a Receipt?

If you were given a gift from Walgreens and the giver didn’t include a receipt you CAN still return it.

Just bring it back in and explain the situation.

You’ll be given store credit via a gift card for the lowest price of the item in the past 60 days.

Are There Any Exceptions to the 30 Days?

Yes, there are several return policy exceptions to be aware of.

– Gift Cards, Pre-Paid Cards, Phone Cards: These cannot be returned or exchanged.

– Pharmacy Items: By law, Walgreens cannot accept returns on prescription drugs UNLESS they made an error. Call them at 1-877-250-5823 and explain the error.

– Contact Lenses: They will accept contact lens returns ONLY if they sent the wrong lenses, the lenses are damaged or defective, or if you ordered an incorrect prescription.

– Birchbox BYOB (Build Your Own Box): These are non-returnable.

– Sexual Wellness Products: These cannot be returned.

– Seasonal Products: While usually non-returnable, it is often left up to the discretion of the store manager.

– Tobacco & Alcohol Products: Varies from store to store but for the most part these products must be UNOPENED and can only be exchanged for like items.

What About Returning Stuff I Bought Online?

You can either return items by mailing them back or taking them to ANY Walgreens location.

The same 30-day policy exists for online purchases as it does for in-store purchases.

To print your return label visit this page and follow the instructions.

The best part is that Walgreens pays the return shipping charges. I verified this with Walgreens personally.

Can I Return Photos to Walgreens?

YES.

Walgreens has a 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy so if you’re not happy with your digital photos or photo prints simply bring them back for a FULL refund.

Can I Return Electronics to Walgreens?

According to the Walgreens website, “Returns for electronics are handled at the discretion of the store manager, usually in the form of a Walgreens gift card.”

They must have had some trouble with fraudulent returns when it comes to their very limited supply of electronics products.

Can Walgreens Look Up My Receipt?

They cannot look up your in-store purchases.

But you can look up your online purchase and print out a copy of your receipt.

Just visit your account page at Walgreens.com, hover over Your Account and select Product Orders.

Next, click on the order number of the receipt that you would like to print out.

Ask the Reader: What has been your experience with the Walgreens return policy?

Happy returns.


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Mike Mozart.

8 Genius Apple TV Hacks and Tricks You Gotta Use NOW

January 28, 2020 by Kyle
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I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of an Apple fan boy. Not so much that I’ll stand in line for the newest iPhone, but enough that I own an iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. I love the simplicity of their devices but yet they have a bunch of cool “insider hacks” that aren’t included in their instruction manuals. So today I wanted to break down 8 of my favorite Apple TV hacks and tricks that will make the slick streaming device even more useful. Let’s get to it…

8 Genius Apple TV Hacks and Tricks You Gotta Use NOW

 

1. Learn to Quickly Switch Between Apps

Learn to Quickly Switch Between Apps

It’s a little more cumbersome to switch between open apps on the Apple TV compared to your iPhone.

But a neat little trick to quickly switch between apps is to double tap the TV button on the Apple TV remote.

This will show you all of your open apps.

You can then move your finger on the touchpad from right to left and tap the pad to go to that specific app.

You can also swipe up to close out the highlighted app.

2. Organize the Home Screen With Folders

Organize Home Screen by Using Folders

Your Apple TV home screen will undoubtedly get cluttered with apps.

But you can remedy this situation by creating folders just like you would on your iPhone.

Highlight an app then hold down the touchpad until the app icon starts shaking.

Next move the app over another app, that you want in the same folder, and press the touchpad button and a new folder will be created.

If the folder already exists you just move the app you want to add over the folder and press the touch pad button.

See Also: The 14 Apple Watch Hacks That All Newbies Need to Know

3. Hard Time Hearing? Try This Cool Hack

Hard Time Hearing? Try This

The next time you’re watching a loud action movie (or any show for that matter), but can’t hear the dialogue, just hold the microphone (Siri) button on the remote and say “What did he/she say?”.

The program will automatically rewind 10 seconds and closed captioning will come on temporarily so you can read what is being said.

This is easily the one Apple TV hack that I use the most.

4. Easily Manage Your Subscriptions

Easily Manage Your Subscriptions

This one hit close to home because I recently discovered I was paying $5/month for ESPN+ because I forgot to cancel my subscription.

To make sure you’re not paying for any subscriptions that you don’t use, go to Settings, Users and Account, (Your Name) Account, Subscriptions.

It’ll show all of your current and expired subscriptions so you will never get charged for something you don’t use.

5. Login to Your TV Provider Only ONE Time

If you’re like me, you have TV provider subscriptions to apps like ESPN, CBS, ABC, FOX, and Fox News.

Instead of manually typing in your login credentials to each app individually, do it JUST ONCE in your Apple TV.

To make it happen go to Settings, Users and Accounts, TV Provider.

Once you login you’ll never have to log into individual apps EVER again. Major time saver.

See Also: 11 Smartphone Hacks That’ll Change Your Life

6. Control the Screensaver

Control the Screensaver

My kids love the constantly updated moving video and pictures on the Apple TV screensaver.

But did you know you can really have some fun with it and learn the location of the footage?

Once the screensaver is activated, you can do a gentle touch of the touchpad to bring up a description of whatever you’re looking at.

Then as the drone footage moves, the description is also updated which is REALLY cool.

If you want to move to the next image you can gently swipe to the right on the touchpad and you’ll move to the next video capture.

Also, to instantly access the screensaver, from the home screen, simply tap the Menu button twice and the screensaver will come on.

7. Use Bluetooth To Your Advantage

Use Bluetooth To Your Advantage

Did you know you can pair your wireless headphones or AirPods to your Apple TV?

This is a great feature if you’re watching late at night or want to watch in silence.

Just go to Settings, Remotes and Devices, Bluetooth.

Have your device in pairing mode and it will show up under My Devices. Click on your device and it will get paired immediately.

8. Know Exactly When to Charge the Remote

Know Exactly When to Charge Remote

One of my favorite things about owning an Apple TV is the fact that the remote in chargeable.

No longer do you have to deal with dying AAA batteries that make the remote only work part of the time.

To find out the battery percentage on your remote, you simply visit Setting, then Remotes and Devices.

Then click on Remote and it will tell you the battery level so you’ll know when to charge it.

Ask the Reader: What cool Apple TV hacks did I miss? Let me know in the comments below.


By Kyle James

All 11 Stores That Offer “Day of the Week” Senior Discounts

January 22, 2020 by Kyle
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There’s only one good reason why I look forward to getting old….senior discounts. Did you know that some stores offer a senior discount only on specific days of the week? True enough. So I set out to find all the stores that offered this type of discount and was pleasantly surprised to find close to a dozen. From grocery stores to big box retailers, this list has you covered. I hope this list helps you shop on the right day and save some money.

All 11 Stores That Offer

 

Monday

– Beall’s Outlet

Sign-up for the Monday Club card and score 15% off your entire purchase every Monday if you’re 50 or older.

Tuesday

– AMC Theaters

Select AMC locations offer Tuesday Senior Days which will get you $6 movie admission if you’re 60 or older.

– Goodwill

Most Goodwill locations offer a senior discount (55+) of 25% off every Tuesday.

– Ross Dress for Less

Sign-up for the free Every Tuesday Club at Ross and save 10% off your order if you’re 55 or older.

Visit the customer service desk the next time you visit Ross and they’ll get you signed up quickly.

– Walgreens

If you’re 55 or older, be sure to shop at Walgreens on the 1st Tuesday of every month.

You’ll get 20% off regular priced merchandise and 10% off vitamins and health supplements.

To get the discount you’ll need an AARP card or Walgreen Balance Rewards card.

See Also: 70+ Places Where Seniors Score a Discount

Wednesday

– Kohl’s

If you’re 60 or older, be sure to shop at Kohl’s on a Wednesday and you’ll score an extra 15% off your purchase.

This discount is good ONLY in-store and excludes online purchases.

– Safeway

Many Safeway grocery locations offer a 10% discount on the 1st Wednesday of every month.

The age to receive the senior discount also varies by store but is typically 50 or 55 years of age.

– Uno Pizzeria & Grill

If you’re 55+, Uno will happily give you 25% off on Wednesdays when you sign-up for the Dual Nickel Club.

Thursday

– Harris Teeter

If you’re 60 or older, buy all your groceries at Harris Teeter on a Thursday and save 5% off your ENTIRE bill.

This discount does not apply to tobacco, prescriptions, or alcohol products.

Friday

None that I’m aware of.

Let me know in the comments if you’re aware of any “Friday senior discounts”.

Discounts That Vary by Location:

– Dress Barn

Dress Barn locations typically offer a 10% discount on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to those 55+. Ask about it at your local Dress Barn.

– Walmart

Many Walmart locations offer a senior discount on specific days of the week so be sure to ask an employee at your local store.

The discount is typically 8%-10% and good for shoppers over 55 years of age.

Ask the Reader: What “day specific” senior discounts did I miss? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll investigate.


By Kyle James

Photo credit to auntjojo.

Does Netflix Offer a Student Discount? (Plus Free Netflix Alternatives)

January 16, 2020 by Kyle
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Let’s face it, college tuition is ridiculously expensive these days which makes it smart to find ways to cut costs on services like Netflix. This leads many students to seek out a Netflix student discount, or better yet, free alternatives to the popular streaming service. Here’s everything you need to know so you can start streaming movies and TV shows for next to nothing.

 
Does Netflix Have a Student Discount?
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Don’t Forget About Amazon Warehouse Deals for BIG Bargains

January 14, 2020 by Kyle
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5 Smart Life Hacks to Keep Your Personal Information Safe in 2020

January 8, 2020 by Kyle
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Nike Return Policy: Get Your Questions Answered and Your Money Back

January 6, 2020 by Kyle
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All 37 Popular Stores That Offer Extended Holiday Returns

December 19, 2019 by Kyle
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How to Use an Amazon Gift Card (PLUS a Hack For Those Small Balance Visa Gift Cards)

December 10, 2019 by Kyle
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