Amazon Who? All the Other Retailers Who Offer Free 2-Day Shipping

December 13, 2018 by Kyle
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As we finish up our Christmas shopping this year there’s NO doubt that fast delivery is something we are ALL looking for. Just ask anyone who shells out $119 a year for an Amazon Prime membership. But guess what? Amazon is not the only online retailer offering everyday 2-day shipping at no extra cost. Sure, most websites have the option to get it delivered in 2 days, but it’ll usually cost you an arm and a leg. With that said, here are all the retailers that will deliver your order within 2 days without charging you a penny extra.

Amazon Who? All the Other Retailers Who Offer Free 2-Day Shipping

Amazon.com

The gold-standard for free 2-day shipping is the online behemoth known as Amazon.com. Here’s the skinny:

– Pay $119/year for an Amazon Prime membership and get 2-day guaranteed shipping on EVERY order.

– Because they offer a guarantee, be sure to hold their feet to the fire if they don’t deliver on time.

By doing so you’ll either get a $5 credit, a $10 credit, or a 1-month Prime membership extension.

See Also: 8 Amazon Savings Hacks That Just Might Blow Your Mind

Apple.com

Whether you’re ordering a new iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, Apple will deliver it within 2 days. Here’s how it works.

– Free 2-day shipping is available only on in-stock items from Apple.com.

– The only exclusions are customized Macs, engraved items, and items paid for via financing and bank transfers.

– Delivery to Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico will take 2-5 business days.

If you’re ordering an in-stock iPhone you’ll actually get it delivered for free via next-day shipping. Just check out your virtual shopping bag as Apple will tell you if your iPhone qualifies.

BackCountry.com

The folks at BackCountry.com sell all kinds of gear and clothing for the outdoor enthusiasts.

Think REI, but a little cheaper, but still with hundreds of name brands. Here’s how their 2-day shipping policy works.

– Add at least $50 worth of merchandise to your virtual cart and you’ll qualify for free 2-day shipping.

– At checkout, just make sure you select the “Two Business Days” shipping option.

– Exclusions: Complete bikes, bike frames, bike wheels, ABS airbag packs, kayaks, SUP boards, cargo boxes, car racks, indoor cycles, pre-orders, and back orders.

It’s worth noting that you must live in the lower 48 to get 2-day delivery. Sorry Hawaii and Alaska residents.

Best Buy

Best Buy use to offer free 2-day shipping on thousands of items. But they’ve recently dialed it back and only offer it to My Best Buy Elite Plus members.

Here’s how it works.

– If you buy at least $3,500 annually from Best Buy you’ll get Elite Plus status and qualify for free 2-day shipping.

– No minimum purchase required.

– If you do get this free membership you’ll also get 45 return days instead of the standard 30.

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

Blue Nile.com

Blue Nile is a popular online jewelry site that offers free 2-day shipping with some contingency.

– To get free 2-day FedEx shipping your jewelry purchase must exceed $500 otherwise you’ll have to settle for FedEx Ground.

– You need to place your order by 4:30 pm in your local time zone to get 2-day delivery.

– Alaska and Hawaii are not eligible.

If you need Saturday delivery they have options available for a small fee.

Jet.com

Jet.com is trying hard to compete with Amazon. Here’s how their 2-day shipping policy works.

– Jet will deliver all “Everyday Essentials” items via 2-day delivery.

– A minimum order size of at least $35 is required.

– When you think about “Everyday Essentials”, think about grocery items, paper products, laundry, baby items, pet supplies, and health & beauty. As long as you buy at least $35, they all ship free and quick.

As long as your order totals at least $35, all such items will get to your door for free in 2 business days.

Optics Planet.com

For those unfamiliar, Optics Planet sells top-of-the-line rifle scopes, spoting scopes, and holsters.

– While Optics Planet doesn’t offer site-wide 2-day shipping on every product, they have a webpage that lists over 2,500 eligible products.

– Eligible items change frequently so it’s worth bookmarking and checking back often.

– At checkout, you have to select “Two Day Shipping” and use code 2DAYAIR to get 2-day delivery. No minimum order size required.

Also, the coupon code only works for orders delivered in the 48 contiguous states.

Ray-Ban

When ordering sunglasses, eyeglasses, or lenses from Ray-Ban, they’ll happily ship EVERYTHING via Overnight Shipping. Here’s the scoop.

– No minimum order size required to qualify for Overnight delivery.

– For some reason they say on their website that overnight shipping is usually delivered in a 1-3 business day time window.

– This includes Alaska and Hawaii although orders may take an extra day or 2 to be delivered.

A cool bonus is that all Ray-Ban shipments are fully insured.

Running Warehouse.com

The Running Warehouse sells name brand running shoes, apparel, and outdoor shoes, plus a killer shipping offer.

– They offer free 2-day shipping on ALL orders in the lower 48 states.

– Place your order by 3 pm PST and it’ll get shipped within 1 business day.

– Their sister website, Tennis Warehouse.com, also has the same 2-day shipping policy when you spend $75 or more.

It’s also worth noting that they offer free returns, no questions asked.

Sephora.com

If you shop regularly at Sephora, you’ll want to consider the Sephora Flash 2-day shipping program.

– For a measly $15 a year, the Sephora Flash program will get you unlimited 2-day free shipping.

– No minimum order size required.

– If you need it, overnight shipping is available for a reasonable $5.95.

– Exclusions include orders to Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, P.O. Boxes, and APO/FPO addresses.

If you don’t want to drop $15 on the Flash program, Sephora offers free everyday shipping on orders over $50.

Target.com

Just this holiday season Target introduced free 2-day shipping to try and compete with Amazon. Here’s everything you need to know.

– No minimum order size required when you use your REDcard. If you don’t have a REDcard you’ll need to spend $35 to qualify.

– This also includes free returns if you’re not completely satisfied.

– This special offer only lasts thru December 22nd, 2018.

Verizon Wireless

Verizon will also ship for free within 2 business days of delivery. Here are the details.

– When ordering a new phone, you’ll get free 2–day shipping when you order online Monday – Friday by 4:30 pm.

– Some customers may need to select free 2–day shipping option in drop down at checkout.

– When ordering accessories, you’ll need to spend at least $49 to get free 2-day shipping.

– This offer excludes purchases delivered to Alaska and Hawaii.

Also, be sure to plan accordingly as a signature will be required upon delivery.

Walmart.com

Last, but not least, is Walmart which last year introduced unlimited free 2-day shipping with no membership fee required.

While clearly an attempt to compete with Amazon, their new shipping policy does require you to purchase at least $35 from the Walmart website to qualify.

But that is a pretty low threshold if you’re buying goods for an entire household.

Happy savings.


By Kyle James

Michaels Return Policy: Get Crafty and Shop Smart

December 6, 2018 by Kyle
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The Michaels return policy details are worth knowing if you’re into arts and crafts. Having grown up in a “craftsy” home, I know how expensive supplies can be. I also know that it’s common to overbuy in case of emergencies or to save a possible trip later. Thus the need to return stuff arises frequently, at least it did for my Mom when I was a kid. It’s with this in mind that I break down Michaels policy so you can plan accordingly. Here’s everything you need to know.

Michaels Return Policy: Here's What You Need to Know To Get Crafty

How Many Return Days Does Michaels Give Me?

You get a whopping 180 days to make a return to Michaels.

Pretty darn generous return policy.

What Happens After 180 Days?

Michaels will give you store credit for the full purchase price once you’ve passed your 180 return days.

Are There Exceptions to the 180 Days?

Yes, glad you asked. These items have exceptions…

Cricut Products – Still 180 days but items MUST be unopened and have a valid receipt.

Gift Cards & Prepaid Cards – These are NOT returnable or exchangeable.

Items Returned Without a Receipt That Are Now Clearance – Unfortunately, if the item in question has moved to “clearance” within Michaels inventory system you’re not eligible for a refund of ANY kind.

Custom Framing – You have 14 days from the date you pick up your custom framing to have it reworked to your satisfaction. You must bring them back to the same Michaels location where original work was performed.

Tutorial Classes – Classes are refundable up to the date when the class is set to start. Refunds must be done in-store only.

See Also: The 8 Best Return Policies in the Known Universe

Can Items Be Opened or Used?

For the most part, NO.

Items need to be in their unused original packaging to be returnable.

The only exception to this policy involves items that are defective. They’ll take those back in used or opened condition.

What If I Don’t Have My Receipt?

You’re probably NOT out of luck.

In most cases, Michaels can look up your purchase and refund your money.

They’ll try to use your credit card, debit card, or rewards number to find it.

If they CAN’T find any evidence of your purchase, Michaels will give you store credit for the lowest price in the past 90 days.

If this happens to you, be prepared to show a valid photo I.D. which is used for fraud prevention and refund authorization.

Can I Return Online Purchases In-Store?

YES, absolutely.

You can return items within 180 days via the mail or at your local Michaels brick & mortar location.

If you want to return items bought online via the mail you’ll need to call them at 1-800-MICHAELS.

A rep will walk you through the process.

Who Pays the Return Shipping Charges?

If the item is NOT defective you’ll be charged for return shipping charges.

Avoid this fate by returning the item to your local Michaels location.

If the item IS defective, then Micheals will pay for the return shipping.

Is There a Separate “Holiday” Return Policy?

No, the Michaels return policy is the same all year-long and does not change in November or December.

Can I Exchange Items In-Store?

No, oddly enough Michaels does NOT allow exchanges.

The workaround is simply to return the item and re-buy it. This is also a smart idea when the price of an item drops. You might as well get the lower price, especially on significant purchases.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever used the Michaels return policy? Was it a fairly straight-forward process?


By Kyle James

Free Starbucks For Life Is Back and WAY Better Than Before

November 28, 2018 by Kyle
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Who wouldn’t love to win Starbucks for life? If you’re a caffeine junkie like me, you’d be there everyday asking your favorite barista for your free coffee. Thanks to a recent promotion from Starbucks, free coffee for life could be a reality. Here’s everything you need to know to make it happen.

Free Starbucks For Life Is Back and WAY Better Than Before

How To Get Entered to Win Coffee for Life

First of all, you need to be a Rewards members to play. Sign-Up here for free.

There are 3 ways to be entered to win.

  1. Make a purchase at Starbucks using your Starbucks card linked to your Starbucks rewards. This will get you a free play to try and win. Maximum of two plays per day.
  2. Visit Starbucks for Life and get a free play without making a purchase.
  3. Do the “Life Challenges” and earn more plays. (See below for more details)

So basically the more you order, the more chances you have to win.

Match three game pieces and win the corresponding prize.

See image below which shows that I have one of the 3 pieces in a row necessary to win Starbucks for a year.

Starbucks Gameboard

Do the Life Challenges to Earn Extra Game Plays

Life Challenges

Every week through the end of 2018, Starbucks is offering “Life Challenges” as a way for you to earn extra plays to try and win.

Here they are broken down for you by week:

Week 1 (11/27/18 – 12/02/18)

Make 1 mobile order by paying ahead = 1 Free Play.

Make 3 mobile orders and pay ahead = 3 Free Plays.

Week 2 (12/03/18 – 12/09/18)

Buy something from Starbucks 2 days in a row = 1 Free Play.

Buy something from Starbucks 5 days in a row = 3 Free Plays.

Week 3 (12/09/18 – 12/16/18)

Make 1 weekday purchase after 2 p.m. = 1 Free Play.

Make 1 weekend purchase = 3 Free Plays.

Week 4 (12/17/18 – 12/23/18)

Make 1 purchase over $10 = 1 Free Play.

Make 1 purchase over $30 = 3 Free Plays.

Week 5 (12/24/18 – 12/31/18)

Make ANY purchase at Starbucks = 1 Free Play.

Make ANY purchase at least 4 separate times during the week = 3 Free Plays.

These free plays will automatically be added to your rewards account.

I highly recommend using the free Starbucks app as an easy way to guarantee you’re getting proper credit for your purchases.

See Also: 9 Brilliant Ways to Hack the Starbucks Rewards Program

What Other Prizes Are Available?

In addition to handing out coffee for life to 5 lucky people, Starbucks is handing out these other prizes which total $1.6 million.

– Free coffee for 1 year.

– Free coffee for 6 months.

– Free coffee for 3 months.

– Free coffee for 1 month.

1,000 bonus stars.

500 bonus stars.

250 bonus stars.

125 bonus stars.

Having multiple prizes makes this a way better promotions than things Starbucks has done in the past as you have a much higher chance of winning something.

The Fine Print:

– This promotion ends 12/31/18 at midnight.

– “Free Starbucks” means you’ll get 1 credit added to your account EVERY day which will get you a free drink or food item. The credit will only be good for that day and can’t be carried over.

– Also, if you do happen to win the “For Life” prize, it actually only means free coffee for the next 30 years.

Ask the Reader: How often per week do you visit Starbucks? It seems to me that if you visit regularly you have a darn good chance of winning something.

P.S. In case you were wondering, the estimated value of winning “Starbucks for Life” is right around $55,000. That’s a lot of mochas and lattes.

Good luck.


By Kyle James

Image credits to Starbucks.

18 Cool Gifts For Guys You’ll Undoubtedly Want to Keep For Yourself

November 27, 2018 by Kyle
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Let’s mix things up around here and talk about 18 WAY cool gifts for guys sold on Amazon. An Amazon gift guide of sorts that’ll help you discover nifty gifts for your dad, brother, boyfriend, or husband. From tech products and gadgets to the more practical, this gift guide has you covered, especially when shopping for guys who are “hard to shop for” and seem to have everything. I’m guessing you’ll want to keep a few of these cool gifts for yourself.

18 Cool Gifts You'll Want to Keep For Yourself

1. SodaStream Crystal Sparkling Water Maker

SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker

The first gift comes from the folks at SodaStream. They actually sent me one of these to test out and I gotta say it’s pretty darn awesome.

The Soda Stream Crystal lets you quickly turn regular tap water into delicious sparkling water in a matter of seconds.

You can even add the flavor of your choice for a really refreshing treat. If you regularly buy sparkling water, this unit will pay for itself in a few short months.

The best part? No batteries or electrical cords are required.

Price: $299

2. Bose SoundLink Speaker

Bose SoundLink Speaker

What guy doesn’t like a portable speaker that ACTUALLY sounds great.

You’ll be hard pressed to find a better sounding Bluetooth speaker for the price than the Bose SoundLink.

It come in 5 colors so you can show-off your personal style to the world.

It’s a pretty rugged speaker too with a soft-touch silicone exterior that will hold up over time.

Setup is also a breeze as it has voice prompts that walk you through the Bluetooth pairing process.

Price: $129

See Also: The 14 Coolest Things to Buy On Amazon for Under $10

3. ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 (N705UQ-EB76)

ASUS VivoBook Pro 17

The 17.3″ full HD display on this ASUS Laptop will turn heads and is the ultimate “guy” laptop.

It also comes with the 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U 2.7GHz (Turbo up to 3.5GHz) processor that makes it an absolute speed burner and great for gaming.

Need storage too? Not a problem as it comes with a 1TB hard drive.

Not sure why you would spend over twice the amount on an Apple MacBook Pro when this system beats it in every way possible.

Price: $899

4. Nest Thermostat 3rd Generation

Nest Thermostat 3rd Generation

The next cool gift will be the smartest (or warmest) thermostat you’ll ever own.

The Nest Thermostat actually learns the temperatures you like to keep your home at and programs itself in about a week.

It’ll also help you save on your energy costs as “Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home.”

You can also turn up (or down) the temperature remotely with your smartphone so your home will be warm (or cool) when you get home.

Price: $185

5. Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)

Amazon Echo (2nd Generation)

I really wish I had waited for the 2nd generation Amazon Echo.

Not only is it cheaper than the original, but has a better speaker with Dolby processing.

It’s also better integrated to work with other smart devices in your home.

I also love the new colors and designs that come with the 2nd generation Echo.

Price: $69.99

6. Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad

Belkin BOOST UP Wireless Charging Pad

Designed to work with Apple for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, this Belkin Charger is pretty sweet.

Just set your device on top and the magic begins. There’s even a green light that comes on telling you that your device is being charged properly.

It’ll even work with lightweight phone cases which is a cool surprise.

Price: $29.99

7. Ember Temperature Control Mug

Ember Temperature Control Mug

When it comes to cool gifts, the Ember Temperature Control Mug will be really hard to beat.

Ember keeps your coffee or tea at the same exact temperature from first to last swig.

No buttons or complicated instruction manual either. Just turn the dial on the mug to your desired temperature and you’re GOOD to go.

Price: $109.80

8. Insta360 Nano 360 Degree Camera

Insta360 Nano 360 Degree Camera

The Insta360 Camera is WAY cool and compatible with the iPhone 7, 7 plus, and iPhone 6/6S, 6 plus/6S plus, or can be used alone.

With a 3040 x 1520 resolution @ 30fps it takes your smartphone’s camera to a whole new level and allows you to shoot amazing 360 degree videos and photos.

Check out the Amazon product page as it does a great job breaking down exactly what they Insta360 does.

Price: $99

9. LIFX (A19) Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb

LIFX Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb

The LIFX Wi-Fi Smart Bulb would make for a great gift idea for any gadget or tech lover.

It works seamlessly with Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant, no hub required as it has built in wi-fi.

Oh, and did I mention it has 16 million color combinations along with warm and cool whites?

It’s pretty much the coolest light bulb you’ll ever own.

Price: $39.99

10. Ring Video Doorbell 2

Ring Video Doorbell 2

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 lets you see, hear and speak to anyone at your door from your smartphone, tablet or PC.

Amazingly, the video feed is in HD quality as well.

You’ll also get an instant alert when someone presses your doorbell or triggers built-in motion sensors within the device.

Price: $199

11. Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch

Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch

Another cool gift for the guy in your life is the Samsung Gear Smartwatch as it’s a lot smarter than most humans.

Water resistant up to 50 meters, it also comes standard with “all-day fitness tracking, easy calorie entry and personal coaching.”

Compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones, you’ll also get updates and receive and reply to calls and texts with a turn of the smartwatch’s bezel.

Plus, it’s WAY cooler looking than the square Apple Watch and lets you download and listen to Spotify.

Price: $170

12. Ultimate Ears BOOM 2

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2

This 360-degree Bluetooth speaker, known as Ultimate Ears BOOM 2, sends out terrific sound in every direction.

It’s also really cool looking and comes in 9 fashionable colors.

The rechargeable battery is also pretty legit with 15 hours of playback.

Price: $129.99

13. WyzeCam 1080p HD Wireless Smart Home Camera

WyzeCam 1080p HD Wireless Smart Home Camera

The WyzeCam Camera is priced right and has a TON of cool features.

Not only is it 1080p full HD (with live stream direct to your smartphone), but it also has night vision from up to 30 feet away (even in total darkness).

It also comes with motion and sound detection with free rolling 14-day cloud storage.

Installation is a breeze with the magnetic base and adhesive metal plate that lets you mount your WyzeCam anywhere (no screws required).

Price: $25.98

14. Robo R2 3D Printer with WiFi

Robo R2 3D Printer

The Robo R2 3D Printer is a technological marvel and is probably the coolest gift on this list.

With best-in-class print quality, a print range from 300-20 micron in layer height, the Robo R2 is pretty slick.

Plus it comes with an on-board camera so you can check on your 3D printing projects when away from home.

Price: $1442.99

15. Beer Growler for Craft Beer or Water Bottle

Beer Growler for Craft Beer or Water Bottle

What gift guide for guys would be complete without something beer related?

This Beer Growler from The Laughing Leprechaun is really easy to fill, clean, carry, and most importantly pour.

Amazingly, it will actually keep drinks hot or cold for up to 20 hours with no “sweating”. Pretty cool, right?

It’s also made from “food grade” stainless steel and built to stand-up to many drops and fumbles.

Price: $59.95

16. OjO Commuter Scooter for Adult

OjO Commuter Scooter for Adult

The OjO Commuter Scooter is such a cool “guy gift” that it’ll make any Dumb & Dumber fan a little envious.

With a top speed of 20 mph, and a range of 25 miles on a single charge, you’ll be riding this scooter for days (with NO license required).

It’s bike lane friendly and even comes with dual integrated Bluetooth speakers so you can rock your next ride.

Price: $2399.99

17. BB-8 Hero Droid (Fully Integrated)

BB-8 Hero Droid

Standing at over 16 inches tall, this BB-8 Hero Droid comes to life with voice and sound responses, along with an intuitive motion sensor.

What makes it really cool are the authentic lights and sound effects, plus true-to-film animations that will blow away any Star Wars geek who receives it.

Price: $72.95

18. Wearhaus Arc Bluetooth Headphones

Wearhaus Arc Bluetooth Headphones

Most guys have never heard of the Wearhaus brand but that’s all about to change.

These Wearhaus Arc Bluetooth headphones are game changers. Not only do they sound great and come in at under $100, but they have some cool on-board technology as well.

They call it “Bluetooth 4.0 technology with aptX Codec” that allows users to wirelessly sync and share audio with other Wearhaus units.

So if you love to share music with friends, this “wireless sharing” technology is a must-have.

Price: $79.99


By Kyle James

All product images credit to Amazon.com.

Disclaimer: While all thoughts are my own, I get a small kickback from Amazon if you go through the links on this page and purchase any of these cool gifts for guys. Also, be aware that Amazon prices fluctuate frequently, so the prices I have posted may be a little different than current pricing.

Amazon Offering Free Shipping For The Holidays (Prime NOT Required)

November 14, 2018 by Kyle
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Back on November 5th, Amazon started offering free shipping on ALL holiday purchases to those with and WITHOUT a Prime Membership. So if you’re hesitant about dropping $119 for Amazon Prime, this news is definitely for you. Here’s everything you need to know…

Amazon Offering Free Shipping For The Holidays (Prime NOT Required)

Will It Be Free 2-Day Shipping?

Unfortunately no.

Non-Prime members will get items delivered in a 5-8 day time window.

But as long as you’re shopping on Amazon before December 15th this shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to getting packages delivered before Christmas morning.

In case you were wondering, before November 5th, non-Prime members had to order $25 worth of stuff to qualify for free shipping.

Are All Amazon Items Eligible?

Pretty much everything Amazon sells is eligible.

The official press release says “hundreds of millions” of items are eligible for free shipping.

See Also: The 22 Coolest Things on Amazon for Under $25

Will This Run Through Christmas?

Amazon says this is a “Limited Time” offer and has no official end date to the promotion.

My guess is that they’ll offer this free shipping perk to non-Prime folks through the middle of December.

After that date it will be hard for Amazon to get stuff to you by Christmas Eve with the 5-8 day delivery window.

Any Other Online Stores Offering This?

Actually both Target and Walmart are upping the ante this year when it comes to free shipping.

Target recently announced that they’re offering free 2-day shipping on ALL purchase through December 22nd.

Walmart is also offering free 2-day shipping on the vast majority of items that they sell.

Amazon is clearly feeling the pinch as the competition ups their game.

This is also a clear ploy to get non-Prime members to take a closer look at all of the Prime Perks they might be missing out on.

Ask the Reader: With all of the free shipping options available this holiday where will you be shopping?


By Kyle James

Black Friday 2018: 9 Tricks to Hack Your Way to Amazing Savings

November 6, 2018 by Kyle
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If you’re not hacking Black Friday in 2018, you’re clearly doing it all wrong. After all, it’s not Black Friday 2007 anymore, where the only way to save money was to set the alarm for an ungodly hour and go fight the unwashed masses for that last cheap 55″ television.

The game has changed, and so have the strategies and hacks you should employ on Black Friday 2018 weekend. Here are nine Black Friday hacks that will not only save you money, but in many cases, will allow you to enjoy time with your friends and family, and still score a killer deal.

9 Ways to Hack Black Friday 2018 to Save Money

1. Know Which Products Are Cheaper Closer to Christmas

Don’t be fooled by the ads, not all Black Friday 2018 deals are created equal, and most are NOT the cheapest prices you’ll find this year. Many popular retailers, selling electronics, toys, apparel and gift ideas will actually have cheaper prices closer to Christmas.

Based on the coupons and deals that we get here at Rather-Be-Shopping every December over the past 15 years, below are the absolute best days to shop this year in order to maximize your savings.

2018 Predictions:

  • Christmas Toys: Thursday, December 13th.
  • Stocking Stuffers: Monday, December 10th.
  • Apparel and Shoes: Friday, December 14th. (Free Shipping Day)
  • HDTV’s: Weekend of December 7 – 9th.
  • Tools & Hardware: Friday, December 14th.
  • Laptops/ChromeBooks: Thursday, December 13th.
  • PS4 and Xbox: December 12th-15th.
  • Winter Apparel: Friday, December 14th.
  • Jewelry/Wedding Bands: December 4 – 25th.
  • Fitness Gear: Monday, December 10th.
  • Kitchen Stuff: Friday, December 14th.

In most cases, these days will definitely give you “better than Black Friday” prices.

For more info, check out our article: The Absolute BEST Days to Shop Between Now and Christmas to Score a Deal 

2. Dumb & Smart Black Friday Buys

First, the Dumb Buys:

Name Brand (Quality) Televisions. Don’t buy on Black Friday. Sure there are always some screaming deals on TV’s on Black Friday. The problem is the brands you’ll find on sale are typically unrecognizable. Along with the 3rd tier brands are questionable specs and quality.

If you’re a college student and looking for a disposable TV from Best Buy for your dorm room you’ll want to head out BF morning. If you’re looking for a quality TV that will hold up for the long run, you’ll want to look for deals right after Christmas through February.

The reasoning is new models are typically released in late January at the Consumer Electronics Shows in Vegas. Plus, sellers always offer sweet deals around the Super Bowl. Both of these reasons will help you score a sweet deal on a high quality brand like Sony, Samsung, and Panasonic.

Christmas Toys Don’t buy on Black Friday. Instead, wait until 9-10 days before Christmas as that’s when prices are notoriously lower than on BF weekend. Sure, you might see some deals sprinkled in the Black Friday ads but none as good if you wait a couple weeks. Also, shop at Costco for toy deals, more on that later.

Fitness Equipment. Don’t buy on Black Friday. Always wait until January to shop for fitness equipment. Retailers notoriously offer some great sales and incentives to folks looking to get in shape as a New Year’s resolution.

Look for products like elliptical machines, treadmills, and weight machines to be offered at up to 50% off in early January at Sports Authority and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Winter Apparel. Don’t buy on Black Friday. Deals will NOT be abundant in late November as retailers take advantage of a cold and captive audience for jackets, hoodies, boots, and parkas.

When it comes to scoring deals on apparel, the general rule is that it is always the most expensive during the season it is being worn. Wait until the last few weeks of winter and you’ll easily save 50% off that next coat or pair of boots.

Large Appliances. Don’t buy on Black Friday. New model refrigerators, dishwashers, and ovens hit the sales floor in September and October.

Because of this, you might be able to find a good deal on last year’s models on Black Friday but new models are typically not discounted very much. Smaller kitchen appliances like microwaves, blenders, and mini fridges will be on sale at Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Tools and Hardware. Don’t buy on Black Friday. Unless you absolutely need them, power tools are a much better deal during the few weeks leading up to Father’s Day.

Our research has shown that Father’s Day coupons and sales on cordless drills, table saws, routers, and the like, are 30% better than Black Friday weekend. If you can afford to wait you’ll save some significant money.

DSLR Cameras. Don’t buy on Black Friday. Buy your high-end DSLR camera in February after the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. You’ll be able to score a sweet deal on last seasons model as retailer discount them heavily in order to make room for the newest and greatest models.

Also, if a slick little ‘point and shoot’ digital camera is in your future, then there will be plenty of deals to pick from on Black Friday.

See Also: 8 Insider Tips to Save BIG on Cyber Monday

And, of course, the smart buys…

The Smart Black Friday Buys:

3rd Tier Televisions. Buy on Black Friday. Many of your door-buster BF deals are on 3rd tier HDTVs, also known as “off brand” televisions. Last year saw some pretty crazy deals. 42″ HDTV’s in the $150 range.

I have actually seen a couple predictions for Black Friday 2017 that included a 42″ HDTV in the $100-$125 range and a 4K TV under the $200 price point. But be prepared to settle for brands you have never heard of in most cases.

A Best Buy employee actually just told me that most of the door-buster TV’s they get for Black Friday are specifically made for that day and are not of good enough quality to stock all year long. Yes, the deals are often amazing but know what you are getting. Buyer beware.

Clearance Apparel. Buy on Black Friday. Retailers really start slashing their fall clothing lines every Black Friday weekend. We are talking like 65% to 75% off at stores like Old Navy, American Eagle, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Lands’ End.

My wife and I regularly stock up for our 3 kids on Black Friday. We’ll buy a size or 2 up and store until the following autumn. With savings in the 75-80% off range it just makes sense.

Plus, if you prefer to stay at home on Black Friday and sleep in, just shop on Cyber Monday when you’ll see the best online coupons of the year at online clothing and apparel retailers.

Budget Laptops (Chrome Books). Buy on Black Friday. Last BF we saw quality budget laptops from Dell ($150 at Best Buy) and the 14″ Chromebook for under $100. Look for similar, or better, deals this year.

These systems usually come equipped with a 14″ or 15″ screen and a dual core processor and RAM in the 2-4 GB range. If you’re not doing any serious gaming, video editing, or going to be running a bunch of programs at once, they will definitely suffice.

Tablets. Buy on Black Friday. Tablets from brands like Samsung, Microsoft, and Lenovo have been a major draw in recent years and the deals have been pretty amazing.

This year look for the Samsung Galaxy 4 tablet to drop to below $80 on Black Friday (currently $149.99 at Best Buy.com). Also, Amazon.com will be running big deals on their Kindle Fire tablet. Black Friday is an excellent day to score a deal. Also, look for the iPad Air Pro to be $100 off at Best Buy.

Apple Products (Except the Newest iPhone). Buy on Black Friday. In 2017, there was only one day when Apple products were on sale almost across the board. Any guesses? Yes, it was Black Friday.

The discounts were modest but definitely noteworthy: $41 off the iPad Air and iPad 2, $21 off the iPod touch, $101 off the MacBook Air, $101 off the MacBook Pro with Retina display and $101 off the popular iMac. Just be sure to not shop at the Apple Store as deals at stores like Walmart and Best Buy will be better.

Look for both retailers to offer significant gift cards with an Apple purchase to entice Black Friday shoppers.

Home/Kitchen Goods & Decor. Buy on Black Friday. Deals are always abundant on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Great time to stock up if you’re not brand specific.

You might not find a screaming deal on All Clad and Calphalon but cheaper brands will really have their prices slashed.

Xbox One and PS4 Games. Buy on Black Friday. According to many gaming websites the single best day to pick up a screaming deal on new and older games is on Black Friday weekend.

Look for new titles to drop by 20-30% and older titles to really be cleared out and sold for up to 75% off. Also, if you are cool with pre-owned titles Gamestop will probably offer the same offer as last year of “Buy 2 used products, get 1 Free”.

Perhaps you’d rather avoid the Black Frenzy frenzy altogether, keep reading…

3. Stay in Bed and STILL Score a Deal

Perhaps my favorite way to hack Black Friday and score a deal is to shop on eBay the few days after BF.

The reason is simple, yet often overlooked. Many “wanna-be entrepreneurs” will stand in line for hours, or days, to snatch up the VERY limited number of door-buster deals. They’ll then try to turn a quick profit by placing their loot on eBay for a quick sale via an auction.

But those familiar with supply & demand realize the market gets a bit saturated and thus you can buy the item for just a fraction more than if you stood in line for hours.

This works best for small electronics, laptops, HDTVs, Blu-ray movies, external hard drives, flash drives, and smartphone accessories.

4. Early Bird Gets the Worm

By “early bird”, I’m not talking about being the first one through the doors on Thanksgiving or Black Friday.

I’m talking about shopping on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Black Friday and scoring a deal. In many cases, you can get the same deal you’d get by camping in a ridiculously long line on Thanksgiving or the Friday after.

For example, I was recently talking to a loyal Home Depot shopper and she informed me that she shops their right before every Black Friday and scores some amazing savings.

She said they put Black Friday “teasers” in the aisles towards the front of the store and last year she got a mini-fridge for $98 (regularly $159) and the year before that she scored a Ryobi Drill set for $99 (regularly $149).

Skip the crowd, shop early, and get the same deal as Black Friday shoppers. Besides Home Depot, look for these Black Friday teasers in Walmart, Target, Michaels, Office Depot, Best Buy, and Toys R Us.

5. Say “Alexa, What Are Your Black Friday Deals?”

Try this before November 23rd and Alexa will tell you to be patient.

Ask her on November 24th and she’ll tell you about a bunch of exclusive Black Friday deals from Amazon that’ll save you a wad of cash.

You’ll even be able to buy the item with your voice and not have to waste an ounce of energy. If you’re like me, and still in a turkey and pumpkin pie comma, you’ll appreciate this.

6. Abandon your Virtual Shopping Cart

During the week before Black Friday this year, try filling your virtual shopping cart with merchandise, then logout of your account.

By doing so, in many cases, it will trigger an automated coupon sent to your inbox pleading for you to come back and complete your purchase with the coupon. Coupons are often for free shipping, 10%, 15% and even 20% off your purchase.

Here are 17 popular retailers that have been known to send you a coupon after you abandon your cart. The key is to register with the site so they have your email address. Give it a try this year.

7. Shop Online…Then Hit Up Live Chat

When shopping online the week of Black Friday, and all the way through Cyber Monday (November 26th), you’re bound to run into a situation where the price, or shipping charge, is a little higher than you were expecting.

It’s times like this where you’ll be happy you stumbled upon this article. Simply hit up the live chat feature that many online retailers employ and politely ask the operator for a coupon for free shipping or a percent off your purchase.

For more info, see: All the Popular Online Retailers With Live Chat Operators Who Hand Out Coupons

8. Arm Your Smartphone Before Black Friday

If you own a smartphone, these are the apps that will save you money and time on Black Friday:

  • Black Friday @ Deal News (iOS, Android): Use this free app to get all the breaking Black Friday ads directly on your Apple or Android device. You can even get alerts for when new Black Friday ad are released. Use the app to find the best deals early on, then plan your shopping trip accordingly.
  • ShopSavvy (iOS, Android): Use this free app to quickly scan the product’s barcode in-store and find out where it may be sold cheaper on Black Friday, including online competitors.
  • DealNews (iOS, Android): On Black Friday, and the days leading up to it, you’ll be able to use their free app to quickly check out the day’s 300 hottest deals, vetted by deal experts.
  • Amazon App (iOS, Android): Use the Amazon shopping app to do real-time Amazon price comparisons while you’re standing in the aisle on BF morning. Why? Well, according to the Krazy Koupon Lady, “Over 17% of items on Black Friday will actually cost MORE than their current selling price on Amazon.com. Don’t get suckered.”

It’s time to use technology to make Black Friday a little easier to navigate. The above apps will help you do just that.

9. Shopping for Toys? Head to Costco

When most shoppers think about buying Christmas toys, they think Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Toys R Us. But when it comes to finding the best prices on popular toys this year, your first stop should be at Costco.

In Christmases past, they have consistently beat the price of the competition on popular brands like NERF, Melissa & Doug, Fisher-Price, KidKraft, Disney, Hello Kitty, Star Wars, and Maxim to name a few.

Don’t believe me? Use the Amazon app to do a quick price comparison at Costco, you’ll find their prices to be 15-40% cheaper than Amazon. While they might not have the largest selection in the world, the popular toys that they do offer are consistently cheaper than the competition.

In the end, remember that most Black Friday deals will be available online this year. The only exception is the five door-buster HDTV’s that Best Buy and Walmart will have really cheap for those willing to camp-out for a couple days. Totally not worth it, as those 3rd tier models are garbage.

I was even told by a Best Buy employee that they’re made specifically for Black Friday 2018 with inferior parts. So in the end, in terms of quality, they may not be worth the cheap price tag.

Happy savings.


By Kyle James

Photo credit to m01229.

Lowe’s Price Match Policy: 11 Things You NEED To Know to Save

November 5, 2018 by Kyle
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I love a good price match policy and smartphone technology has made it really easy to get some extra savings. With a phone in your pocket it has become a breeze to score a Lowe’s price match. Here’s exactly how their policy works so you can save some money on your next trip to the big-box store.

Lowe's Price Match Policy: 11 Things You NEED To Know to Save

How Many Days To Score a Lower Price?

Lowe's

You have exactly 30 days from the date of purchase to get a Lowe’s price match.

Keep an eye on those competitor’s ads, especially when making a large purchase like an appliance, BBQ, riding mower, or paint sprayer.

How Do I Make It Happen?

When you find a lower price from a competitor, simply bring in the advertisement on printed paper or via your smartphone.

The Lowe’s website says you can provide this to “any employee” but I like to go the customer service desk as they are usually better versed in their price match policy.

They’ll verify the lower price on the “printout, local ad, photo, or smartphone display” and match the price on the spot.

What Stores Will Lowe’s Price Match?

ANY local competitor or online retail competitor.

This includes your Home Depot, Menard’s, and Ace Hardware’s of the world as well as local “Ma & Pa” stores.

The key to making this happen is Lowe’s must be able to validate the lower price.

So make sure you bring in evidence via a print ad or have the competing website “pulled up” on your smartphone or tablet.

Are There Any Exclusions?

Yes, here are the most notable exceptions.

– Non-Verifiable Prices – If Lowe’s can’t verify the lower price, for whatever reason, you won’t get the price match.

– Out-of-Stock Items – If the competing retailer does not have the item in-stock you won’t get a price match.

– Discontinued Stuff – If the item is no longer produced and sold by a competing store there will be NO price match for you.

– Refurbished Products – Same goes for items that are refurbished and selling for less at a competing store.

– Senior, Military, and Employee Discounts – Pretty straight forward.

– Pricing Errors – If the price is wrong then you won’t get the price match.

– Prices from Auction Websites – Sorry, you can’t price match items sold on eBay.

– Competitor Coupons – If the lower price is because of a coupon offer you can’t get the same price from Lowe’s.

What About Online Purchases?

Yes, they’ll indeed price match online websites that have a lower price.

Consider downloading the ShopSavvy app so you can scan the barcode of an item and see if it’s cheaper online.

Then use that lower price as evidence and get an easy Lowe’s price match.

Does This Include Amazon.com?

It absolutely includes Amazon.

Because of this I highly recommend using the Amazon app so you can quickly check their price when shopping at Lowe’s.

When you find a lower price just go to the Lowe’s customer service desk and get your savings.

Note: Lowe’s will only price match items sold directly by Amazon and not 3rd party Amazon sellers.

Will Lowe’s Price Match Costco?

Yes, Lowe’s will happily match Costco pricing.

Just make sure the item is identical which can be tricky as Costco products tend to have different quantities than Lowe’s.

They’ll also match other wholesale clubs like Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale.

Also See: Skip the Membership: All The Stores That’ll Price Match Costco

What About Items on Sale or Clearance?

Sale merchandise, YES. Clearance stuff, NO.

So check out those sale ads from Lowe’s competitors and get the lower price when you can.

Doesn’t Lowe’s Beat the Competitor’s Price by 10%?

There was a time when Lowe’s would indeed beat competitor pricing by 10%.

But unfortunately those days are gone.

Does Lowe’s Match Competitor’s Coupons?

No, you can’t use a competitor’s coupon to score a lower price at Lowe’s.

Also, from their website, “Customers can either use a Lowe’s coupon or price match to a lower competitive price but not both.”

Can You Price Match on Black Friday Weekend?

As far as I can tell, YES.

There is nothing on their website that stipulates that you can’t get a price match on Black Friday weekend.

Because of this, check out those Black Friday ads this year and use them to your advantage at Lowe’s.

Ask the Reader: Have you received a Lowe’s price match in the past? Was it an easy process?


By Kyle James

Target Takes on Amazon with Free 2-Day Shipping This Holiday

October 25, 2018 by Kyle
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Target recently announced their holiday plans and this year they include a very attractive free shipping offer that undoubtedly got the attention of the folks at Amazon. But that’s not all as they also unveiled some really cool smartphone technology that’ll allow you to stay in your car and have items brought to you. Here’s everything you need to know.

Target Takes on Amazon with Free 2-Day Shipping for Christmas

Target Offering Free 2-Day Shipping

Starting on November 1stTarget will offer free 2-day shipping on all online purchases through December 22nd.

In a clear attempt to compete with Amazon, there’s NO membership fee or extra cost associated with the free 2-day shipping offer.

I found December 22nd to be an interesting cutoff date and wonder if you’ll be able to order on the 22nd and get items delivered by Christmas Eve.

Logistically this might be difficult as the 23rd falls on a Sunday this year.

See Also: 5 Target Shopping Hacks Guaranteed to Save You Money

Stay In Your Car and Use “Drive Up”

Target Drive-Up

Target is also unveiling a Drive-Up Service at 1,000 locations.

It works by ordering via the Target app, then an employee brings the item out to your car typically within an hour.

Simply choose Drive Up when checking out on the app and wait for the “Order Ready” notification on your smartphone.

When you pull into the parking lot, look for the designated Drive Up parking spots located near the stores entrance.

You’ll then use the Target app to let store employees know you’ve arrived and they’ll bring the item(s) out to you.

Once they get to your car, they’ll simply scan the barcode on your phone and send you on your way.

Other Stores Offering Free 2-Day Shipping

The following notable retailers are also trying to compete with Amazon.

Walmart

Walmart also offers free 2-day shipping on millions of items with 1 caveat…

You have to spend at least $35 to qualify. Not a huge deal buy it does requires you to combine smaller purchases to score free 2-day shipping.

Best Buy

Members of the MyBestBuy Elite Plus club qualify for free 2-day shipping with no minimum order required.

To qualify for this membership level you have to spend at least $3,500 in a single calendar year.

Jet.com

Jet.com

Walmart owned Jet.com also offers free 2-day shipping “on thousands of everyday essentials”.

If your purchase is not one of these “everyday essentials” you’ll get free 3-5 shipping on orders of $35 or more.

Ask the Reader: Where do you plan on doing most of your Christmas shopping this year? Will you give Target.com a look since they’re offering free 2-day shipping?


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Mike Mozart.

How to Cancel Your Amazon Prime Membership and Get a Refund

October 23, 2018 by Kyle
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Amazon does a nice job making it sorta time consuming to cancel your Prime membership. After all, they don’t want to lose your business so they figure why not make the “Cancel Button” a little tricky to find. The good news is that after reading this article it’ll be an absolute piece of cake to end your Prime membership and possibly score a full refund. Here’s everything you need to know…

How to Cancel Your Amazon Prime Membership and Get a Refund

First, Navigate Through the Amazon Labyrinth

Account Page Cancel Link

To cancel your Prime membership (from the Amazon homepage) you’ll want to click on Account & Lists on the top right.

From there you’ll get a drop-down menu with a bunch of options, click on Your Prime Membership.

Don’t confuse this page with Memberships & Subscriptions as they are 2 separate sections.

Once you get to your Prime page, you’ll notice your payment and renewal details on the left side of the page.

Towards the bottom of the menu is a link that says End Membership and Benefits, click on it. (See screenshot above)

From the Amazon app, go to Your Account page, then tap Manage Prime Membership. Then scroll down to the bottom and tap End Membership and Benefits.

See Also: 6 Slick Ways to Get Amazon Prime for Free

Second, Click to End Prime Benefits

Cancel Amazon Link

Once you reach the actual cancellation page, you’ll be told of all the wonderful Prime benefits you’ll be missing out on.

Skip to the bottom and you’ll see the End My Benefits button.

Click on it and viola! your Prime membership has been officially cancelled.

Another Way to End Your Prime Membership

End Prime Membership

Perhaps an even easier way to end your Prime membership is to simply visit this Help Page on Amazon.

Once you’re logged into your account you’ll see the screenshot above.

Just click on End Membership, follow the prompts, and boom, you’re done.

This page may change as time goes on, but for now IT WORKS.

Can You Cancel a Prime Membership 30-Day Trial?

Yes, you can cancel your free 30-day Prime trial.

It would be smart to do it on day 29 so you take full advantage of all the benefits before your credit card gets charged a cent.

The steps to cancel are the same as detailed above.

See Also: 9 Amazon Prime Benefits You Should Be Using NOW

Will You Get Money Back When You Cancel Prime?

I actually called Amazon to see what their official policy was on issuing a refund if you cancel your annual Prime membership before it’s up for renewal.

What I was told was VERY interesting.

Amazon will actually choose the dollar amount to refund you AFTER analyzing how much you used your Prime benefits.

For example, if you used Prime 2-day shipping on FOUR or more orders, I was told you’ll only get a partial refund. They wouldn’t tell me the exact amount they’d refund.

However, if you only used Prime to place one online order, then a FULL refund is definitely possible.

Your best bet to get a refund on Prime is to call Amazon directly at 1-(888) 280-4331 and explain your specific situation.

Ask the Reader: Is Amazon Prime worth the money or are you cancelling because it’s just too expensive? Let me know in the comments, thanks.


By Kyle James

13 Clever Ways to Make Money From Home in Your PJ’s

October 17, 2018 by Kyle
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The idea of making money from home is very appealing to many of us. Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or love the idea of flexible hours, there are MANY perks. As long as you have a decent computer and a solid Internet connection you’ll qualify for many of these jobs. So without further ado, let’s break it down…

13 Clever Ways to Make Money From Home

1. Become a Product Tester

Become a Product Tester

How cool would it be to get paid to test products from home and get paid for it?

There are companies out there who will do exactly that. Plus, you get to keep most of the products you test which is a COOL bonus.

The best places to start looking for paid opportunities include ProductTestingUSA, Indeed.com and even Adidas.

Most product testing jobs pay in the $9 – $15/hour range.

2. Get Paid To Give Your Opinion

Take Surveys

Many survey websites will happily pay you for your opinion.

The best part is the only requirement is a computer or smartphone.

Surveys can take from a couple minutes up to half an hour. The longer the survey the more you’ll get paid.

Expect to get paid in the $12-15/hour range.

A few of my favorite survey sites include SwagBucks, Toluna, and Survey Junkie.

3. Sell Your Stuff

Sell Stuff on eBay

Do you have a closet full of clothing and shoes you don’t wear?

Or maybe a garage full of duplicate tools and sporting goods that you wouldn’t miss?

Consider making some extra money and sell them on popular sites like eBay and Craigslist.

Here are some unlikely items that sell really well. There’s a great chance you probably have many of these laying around gathering dust.

Time to start cashing in baby.

See Also: 11 Work From Home Jobs That Pay $12+ Per Hour

4. Get Paid to Watch Videos

Get Paid to Watch Videos

Yes, you read that correctly, some websites will actually pay you to watch videos online.

The site that I’ve had the most success with is called SwagBucks.

You sign-up for free and earn “Swagbucks” for not only watching videos but also for playing online games, shopping online, and taking surveys.

Earn enough Swags and you can redeem them for free gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, and Starbucks.

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

5. Become a Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistant

Are you a jack-of-all trades?

Maybe you’re highly organized and well versed at Outlook, Excel, Photoshop, and social media to name a few.

If you are, you stand a great chance at making good money from home as a virtual assistant.

Most successful VA’s are good at administrative tasks, including answering emails, scheduling meetings and making travel arrangements.

Check out Fiverr, Remote.co, and FlexJobs for hundreds of current job listings, many of which let you telecommute.

6. Snap a Pic of Your Receipts

Scan Receipts with Ibotta

Don’t throw away those receipts! Instead cash them in from your living room couch.

My favorite way to do this is via 2 FREE apps, Ibotta and FetchRewards.

You simply shop like you normally would, scan your receipt, and earn points on the stuff you buy.

If you want to take your game to the next level check out the apps before you buy and gear your purchases to the items that provide the most reward points.

You can then turn those points into cold hard cash or free gift cards.

If you really want to get jiggy with it and become a receipt scanning ninja, check out my article called 5 Reasons To NEVER Throw Away Your Receipt.

7. Become a Freelance Writer

Become a Freelance Writer

If you love to write and desire flexible hours, freelance writing is a great way to earn money from home.

I’ve done a lot of freelance writing over the years and it’s been a great way to supplement my income.

When I started freelancing I was earning around $40 per online article. But as my writing became higher quality, and more sought after, I was earning $200 per article (approx 750 words).

A few quality resources to get you started looking for freelance jobs include Indeed.com, Freelance Writing Gigs.com, and LinkedIn Jobs.

8. Work for Amazon

Work for Amazon

Starting in late 2018, Amazon will be paying $15/hour to all new distribution center employees. Not too shabby.

But did you know that Amazon also has work-at-home opportunities as well?

Jobs include customer service representatives as well as Mechanical Turk opportunities where you get paid to complete “simple tasks” that help out organizations.

If you’re interested in a customer service gig, and like the idea of being able to work in your pj’s, check out the Amazon Employment page and click on “Remote Career Opportunities”.

9. Sell Your Lesson Plans

Sell Your Lesson Plans

We all know that teachers are underpaid for the amount of time and passion that they put into their students.

So if you’re a teacher and have made your own creative lesson plans over the years, consider selling them for cash.

Check out the site Teachers Pay Teachers as it’s the go-to spot to sell your lesson plans and supplement your income in the process.

It’s also a great place for new teachers to go to find some inspiration.

See Also: 50+ Places Where Educators Get a Teacher Discount

10. Rent Out a Room of Your Home

Rent Out a Room

Thanks to Airbnb and VRBO, the prospect of renting out a room or guest house on your property has become an easy process.

Both sites bring a plethora of qualified renters to you and let you pick and choose who you want to rent to.

Be aware that Airbnb charges hosts a 3% processing fee and VRBO charges renters a fee in the 7-8% range.

11. Serve On an Online Jury

Serve on an Online Jury

Lawyers and trial psychology firms will actually pay you to serve on a mock jury or focus group from home.

Most pay in the $5-$10 per case range with some paying up to $50 to offer your opinion on a case.

Pretty cool way to earn some extra income as they don’t take much time to complete.

Start getting paid today at these 3 popular websites: eJury.com, JuryTest.net, and JuryTalk.com.

Also check out OnlineVerdict.com to get paid to respond to legal cases and offer your opinion.

12. Start a Blog

Start a Blog

While the idea of starting a blog might seem daunting, it’s really not as hard as you might think.

See my FULL guide here.

Once you start blogging about something you’re passionate about, the readers and clever ways to monetize will follow.

From direct adverting to affiliate marketing to brand ambassadorship, there are MANY ways to make money from a blog.

Popular blog ideas right now include Mommy blogs, finance blogs, travel blogs, how-to blogs, and DIY blogs.

Bottom-line: If you’re a semi-expert at something, there is a GREAT chance someone is gonna want to read what you have to say about the topic.

13. Become a Social Media Evaluator

If you have a computer and a high-speed Internet connection, and a “High level of cultural awareness” you stand a great chance at qualifying for a Social Media evaluator or specialist job.

Your jobs would range from rating social media ads to helping a company with their social media presence. The latter could include responding to customers on Facebook to searching for relevant content to share on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The best places to search for these jobs include Indeed.com, FlexJobs.com, and Retirement Jobs.com.

Ask the Reader: What clever ways have you discovered to make money from home?

If you know of any other jobs that I should add to this list, please contact me and I’ll be sure to check them out, thanks.


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Hobvias Sudoneighm.