Amazon No Longer Offers 2-Day Prime Shipping (Here’s What To Do About It)

September 21, 2020 by Kyle
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Have you noticed that Amazon doesn’t deliver on their 2-day Prime Shipping anymore? It’s actually not even close for my address. Anything that I want to buy today (a Monday) won’t be delivered until Sunday at the earliest. I tested this on a bunch of different shopping categories and made sure it was all products sold and shipped directly by Amazon, and none could be delivered before Sunday, 6 days from NOW. But alas, not all hope is lost, here’s what you should do to hold Amazon’s feet to the fire. It’ll only take a few minutes and put an extra $10 in your pocket.

Amazon No Longer Offers 2-Day Prime Shipping...Here's What To Do About It

Prime 2-Day Shipping Has Turned Into 5-Day Delivery

The reason that 2-day Prime shipping has turned into 5, 6, or even 7-day shipping has nothing to do with UPS or the USPS.

It falls 100% on Amazon as they now say that the “2-day shipping guarantee” is from when they actually process your order and get it in the mail.

So if it takes them a couple days to box it up and ship it out, then you’ll get it delivered to your home in about 5 days on average.

If you’re like me, the main reason you joined Prime and paid $119/year was for the 2-day shipping, so this is KIND OF A BIG DEAL.

So….

Call Them Up and Ask For a 1-Month Refund

When I have a problem with Amazon I usually start a live chat session as it’s easier to say exactly what I want to say.

BUT…for the first time ever, I recommend actually calling them at 1-(888) 280-4331 and say, “Why don’t I get 2-day Prime shipping anymore?”

I tried doing this via Live Chat and it just went in circles due to what I’m guessing was a language barrier.

At this point, give them your zip code and ask them to run it through their system to find out for sure whether your address qualifies for 2-day shipping.

Most addresses do indeed qualify for 2-day Prime shipping.

If your address does qualify, then you know the EXACT reason why you’re not getting your packages within 2 days…it’s because Amazon can’t hold up their end of the bargain and should pay for it.

This is when you politely ask for a 1-month refund on your Prime membership (approximately $10) because Amazon can’t hold up their end of the bargain.

I did this recently via a phone call to their customer service department and it took me all of about 5 minutes to score the $10 refund.

There was ZERO hesitation from the rep I talked with and I think they are trained to hand out this refund for those who politely ask for it.

Note: My family orders from Amazon at least 1-2 times per week and I’m not sure if that played a role in getting the 1-month refund, but in either case, it’s definitely worth a shot.

See Also: Is Prime Worth It? 9 Amazon Prime Benefits You’re Probably Not Fully Using

Hold Amazon’s Feet to the Fire

I realize Amazon’s been hit by unprecedented demand in recent months, but let’s not forget they are one of the richest companies in the world.

Now that the economy and stores have opened back up in most of the country, the demand for online shopping has been greatly reduced.

Yet Amazon still can’t figure it out and solve their order backlog issues.

What ticks me off the most is Amazon wants to blame it on the pandemic and increased demand in online shopping.

I’d have no problem buying that argument back in March, April or May of 2020…BUT NOT NOW.

It’s my opinion that Amazon was losing money on the 2-day shipping guarantee and is using the current situation as a handy way to get rid of the fast shipping guarantee altogether.

I’d be SHOCKED if 2-Day Prime shipping ever came back at this point.

So the bottom line is get your $10 refund NOW before they aren’t so generous.

See Also: 5 Reasons Why Amazon Prime Is a Terrible Buy

The customer service rep also told me that MANY people are calling to cancel Prime, she said she had already cancelled over 50 memberships in the past couple days.

Here’s what a chat rep told me when I asked him if Prime members were complaining about the issue:

Amazon Chat

Ask the Reader: Are you a Prime member? If so, when was the last time Amazon delivered something to you in 2 days?


By Kyle James

4 Brilliantly Simple Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

September 18, 2020 by Kyle
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I vividly remember the days of deciding whether it was worth the $350 to buy Microsoft Office or if you could live without it. Since it’s no longer 2003, it rarely makes sense to drop the big bucks on it when you can get Microsoft Office for free in many cases. This is especially true if you’re a student or teacher, or willing to use Office on the web or your tablet. Here are the four best ways to get free Microsoft Office in 2020 plus some great alternatives if you don’t want to use their software.

4 Brilliantly Simple Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

1. Use Office Online in a Browser…It’s Free

Office Online

Maybe you’re not a heavy Microsoft Office user but do need it occasionally.

If this is you, don’t pay for it!

Instead simply use Microsoft Office Online and get free access to almost the entire suite of Office products.

It even comes with 5GB of cloud space via Microsoft OneDrive so you can save all your files and access them on different devices.

This feature makes for easy collaboration with coworkers or fellow students.

So you’re probably thinking “Free huh? What’s the catch?”

Well, there are some features that you DON’T get with Office Online that might make it a deal breaker.

Here are the 3 biggest things you don’t get:

1 – No Microsoft AccessAccess is a database management application. I’m guessing if you need this app you’re not looking at using Office Online anyways.

2 – Stripped Down Features – While the average user probably won’t notice, Office Online is lacking some of the advanced features.

3 – You NEED an Internet Connection – If you are traveling or are without an internet connection, you’re out of luck as you can’t access or edit files.

2. Download Office for Free if You’re a Student or Teacher

Free Office Student

If you’re a student or teacher, you can take advantage of Office 365 for free.

Just enter your school email address (.edu) and they’ll walk you through the process of getting your Microsoft office free download to your laptop or desktop computer.

You’ll get Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and Teams.

If you want full access to all the Office desktop apps (like Publisher and Access) you’ll have to pay a reasonable $2.50/month.

See Also: 50+ Places Where Students Get a Sweet Student Discount

3. Use Free Office “Mobile Apps”

Microsoft Word app

I recently was amazed to discover that Microsoft has made all of their Office 365 apps completely free to download and use.

As long as you have a Microsoft account you can create, edit, save, and share your documents via your smartphone or tablet using these free apps.

The apps include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, and Teams.

Bonus TIP: They also have the Office app which very few people know about that is also FREE and helps you “find all your Office apps and files in one place so you can jump quickly into your work.”

The coolest thing about the app is it can be used with all free web-based versions of Office, NO subscription required.

4. Take Advantage of a 30-Day Free Trial

A 30-day trail to Office 365 is a pretty legit trial length, especially compared to other services that tend to go with a 7 or 15 day trial period.

Keep in mind that Microsoft will ask for your credit card information and charge you $99.99 annually if you don’t cancel before your 30 days is up.

The biggest advantage of using the free trial, instead of the online version, is you will have full document editing capabilities when your offline.

You will also have full access to ALL of the features of Office so you can make an informed decision if it’s right for you.

You can even share your free trial with up to 5 people so they can give it a whirl too.

Still not sure after 30 days? I’ve been told you can get an additional free 30-day trial by using a different Microsoft account or credit card.

See Also: How to Get a Free Trial Extension to Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu

3 Free Alternatives to MS Office

If you’re adverse to Microsoft products for any reason, here are three alternatives to Office that are completely free and quite popular.

Google Docs

Google Docs is a direct competitor of Microsoft Word online and in many cases is much more popular as some schools have gone to using Google Suite for their virtual classroom.

Google Docs is also free to use, you just need a Google account, and lets you quickly convert Word files to Google Docs and vice versa.

WPS Office

WPS Office is a free and complete office suite designed to compete directly with Microsoft.

It is compatible with both Microsoft Office and Google Docs.

It also comes with a PDF editor which makes it compatible with Adobe PDF.

Apache OpenOffice

OpenOffice is another popular free productivity suite that is open source software.

The great thing about it being “open source” is anybody can report bugs and request new features to make it even better. Worth a look.

Ask the Reader: Have you used any of these free alternatives to Office? If so, which one is the best?


By Kyle James

Photo credit to MIKI Yoshihito.

The 16 Strangest Things You Can Buy at Costco (Who Knew?)

Updated September 21, 2020 by Kyle
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The great thing about Costco is you never know what you’re going to find once you step inside. From seasonal items to stuff you had no idea existed but clearly CANNOT live without, Costco sells some really interesting stuff. In the past I’ve talked about some of the bizarre things people have tried to return to Costco, but I’ve never broken down the oddest things they sell…until now! Here are 16 of the strangest things that Costco currently sells…

The 16 Strangest Things You Can Buy at Costco

1. Bear Spray

Bear Spray at Costco

Many Costco locations, especially those in “bear country”, have been selling bear spray for quite some time.

But unfortunately there have been some complaints about the canisters not actually spraying when fired.

So just make sure you’re NOT the slowest person in your group when hiking and you should be fine.

2. Edible Brownie Batter

Edible Brownie Dough

If I had a bowl of Edible Brownie Dough in front me right now, not only would I devour the whole thing, but I’d probably lick the bowl clean.

Costco sells this heavenly goodness which is made by Eat Pastry and is 100% vegan.

This means you can eat it raw OR bake it up.

You can even nuke it in the microwave and enjoy some gooey goodness.

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

3. Coffins & Urns

Costco Coffin

Yes, you read that correctly. This is perhaps the strangest thing sold by Costco.

Now before you ask, NO, you don’t walk into Costco and buy a casket or urn.

Instead, you visit their website here and do your “forever” shopping online.

Now I’ve never shopped for a casket before, but I’ve been told that Costco sells some very high quality ones and the price is much lower than most funeral homes.

By federal law funeral homes are required to “accept any casket purchased from an outside source.”

Also, and I’m not making this up, the Costco website states that “Acts of God” can potentially delay your delivery date.

4. Caviar

Caviar at Costco

When you think Costco do you think caviar?

Not me.

But Costco has been known to appeal to all demographics so I guess it doesn’t come as a complete surprise that they sell expensive fish eggs.

At $45 bucks an ounce it’s pricey but I’m guessing it’s a good value if you MUST HAVE caviar at your next soiree.

5. Smart Toilets

Smart Toilet

There’s nothing worst than a dumb crapper, so I was stoked to see Costco finally sells smart toilets.

This thing will change your world.

It’s got an LED night light, a heated seat, and a bidet feature that will make you clean as a whistle.

Don’t even get me started on the heating and drying feature…”WOW” is all I gotta say. 

6. Mortgages

Costco mortgages

The other day I walked into Costco and came out with 2 gallons of milk, 8 pairs of socks, a 50 lb pound bag of Scott’s lawn fertilizer, and a 30-year fixed mortgage.

This is actually possible these days as Costco has been dealing in home mortgages for quite some time.

They tout that Costco members can save $7,300 on average over the life of the loan.

7. 72 lb. Wheel of Cheese

Cheese

This amazing Parmigiano Reggiano cheese wheel is imported from Italy and weighs-in at an astonishing 72 pounds.

It’s basically like ordering a large golden retriever made entirely of cheese.

If you own a restaurant this could be on your wish list, but for everybody else that buys it I’d like to study you and report my findings to the government.

See Also: 7 Genius Costco Bakery Hacks That Will Save You Money and Time

8. Dried Sea Cucumbers

Sea Cucumbers

Who doesn’t like to pop a couple Dried Sea Cucumbers in their mouth as an afternoon snack.

The next time you’re at Costco go ahead and grab a bag and give them a try.

I actually have no idea if you pop them in your mouth or they require some cooking to make them edible.

But in either case, I’ll probably stay away.

9. Bottled Water Delivery

Costco Water Delivery

The big 3…Sparkletts, Arrowhead, Costco.

They even have a website set up called CostcoWater.com that let’s you set up your account and start your order.

The pricing of delivered water starts at $6.49 per 5 gallon bottle and is actually facilitated thru Alhambra.

10. Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs at Costco

The biggest takeaway on Costco selling wheelchairs is they are a great value.

You’re going to pay 20-30% less buying from Costco compared to local health and rehab stores in your area.

Online ONLY item.

11. A HUGE Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear

Any interest in a 93″ Teddy Bear for your home or kid’s room?

Costco is the place if you do.

Product description says “For ages 3+”….what, do they think it might be too much bear for a 2-year old? C’mon.

I’m just glad it’s not anatomically correct.

12. Pallet of Food for “Preppers”

Pallet of Food

Wow, all I gotta say is wow.

Costco has approximated that this is enough chow for 4 people for 1 year.

This pallet of food comes with a 25-year shelf life and all you have to do is add water and cook.

Coming in at over 13,000 total servings, I hope it’s somewhat tasty.

I’m guessing if you’re buying this, the only other thing you might buy off this list is the bear spray.

Online only item.

See Also: Costco Savings Secrets Straight From Their CEO

13. Wine Tap Station

Wine Station Preservation System

Coming in at $5,000, this wine preservation system from Costco is by far the most expensive product on my list.

For the price at least it comes with a 2-pack of Argon gas…so you got that going for ya.

Now don’t get me wrong, it looks pretty cool, but the price tag seems a bit excessive.

Online only item.

See Also: Costco Liquor: 4 Things You Gotta Know Before You Buy

14. Custom Closets

Costco custom closets

The OCD part of my brain wants to call Costco immediately and get a free consult on putting in new custom closets at my house.

But I’m sure it’s way more than I can afford, but it’s good to know that Costco provides this service.

The picture of that closet is killing me though…

15. Wedding Invites

Wedding Invites

Wedding invitations sold by Costco is actually part of their Photo Center which makes sense.

The days of paying $3-4 per wedding invite is over as the deals at Costco look great.

Go check them out the next time you need invitations for ANY special event.

See Also: 11 Costco Photo Center Hacks You MUST Know

16. Chicken Coop

Chicken Coop

As of this writing, the selection of chicken coops on Costco.com is a bit slim, but come early Spring it will be hopping.

The prices are really good too, typically way lower than your local feed store or Tractor Supply Company.

Ask the Reader: What’s the strangest item you’ve ever bought from Costco? Don’t be shy…let me know in the comments!


By Kyle James