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

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

Get Paid $15 Cashback to Watch TV via Hulu

$15 Cashback to Subscribe to Hulu

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

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

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

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

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

How Does It Work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any Other Offers Worth Knowing About?

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

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

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

By Kyle James

The 7 Brick & Mortar Retailers Currently Offering Mobile Checkout

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

The 7 Brick & Mortar Retailers Currently Offering Mobile Checkout

Amazon Go

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

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

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

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

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

CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy

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

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

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

Fantastic time saver if you shop at CVS regularly.



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Kyle James

Photo credit to Philip Pessar.

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

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

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

What Exactly is Prime Wardrobe?

Try On Items at Home

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

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

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

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

How Do I Sign-Up?

Currently, the program requires you to request an invitation.

I requested an invite and was immediately accepted.

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

How Long Can I Keep the Clothes?

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

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

Which Items are Available for Prime Wardrobe?

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

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

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

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

Are Shipping and Returns Free?

YES! Free shipping both ways.

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

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

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

How Many Items Can I Try at Once?

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

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

What Happens If I Only Return Some of the Items?

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

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

When Will My Credit Card be Charged?

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

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

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

Hacks for Success….

1. Be Aware of What Amazon is Trying To Do

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

Don’t be one of these shoppers!

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

2. Take Advantage of $20 Off

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

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

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

3. Always Search from Correct Spot

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

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

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

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

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

5. Be Aware That Shipping Takes Longer

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

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

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

By Kyle James

Photo credits to Amazon Prime Wardrobe.

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

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

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

What Exactly is the Home Depot Price Match Policy?

Here are the specifics of their in-store price match policy:

  • From the Home Depot site, “If you find a current lower price on an identical, in-stock item from any retailer, we will match the price and beat it by 10%.”
  • All you need to do is bring in the ad, printout or even a photo (of either) with you to the register for validation.
  • Don’t be in a hurry as the Home Depot employee may need to contact the competing store to validate the lower price.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You can only get the 10% “price beat” on your in-store purchases.

What About an Online Price Match?

Yes, you can indeed get an online price match when shopping via Home and finding a lower online price elsewhere.

But they’ll factor in shipping costs when figuring out the price match. Also, when price matching the items must be sold directly by Amazon and not a 3rd party seller.

Items must also be currently available from the competing website and available to ship to your address.

Also, be aware that they’ll match the lower price, but not beat it by 10%.

To make it happen, you can call the Home Depot at 1-800-430-3376 or visit their website and start a live chat.

The rep will verify the pricing for you and help you place the order.

See Also: 7 Highly Clever Ways to Save Money at The Home Depot

Will Home Depot Price Match Amazon (or any online store)?

For online purchases they absolutely will.

For brick and mortar purchases, it gets a little fuzzy and seems to be left to the discretion of the individual store manager if they’ll price match online pricing.

Home Depot really needs to fix this policy as it has caused a ton of confusion in recent years.

Here is the bottom line: If you find a Home Depot location that tends to have a more inclusive price match policy, you’d be smart to shop there all the time as you’ll always be able to get online pricing and have the product in your hands immediately.

If you run into any push-back from a Home Depot employee, be sure to stand your ground and involve the manager and HD corporate (if you can).

Most Home Depot managers will cave and give you the price match.

Again, all items must be sold directly by Amazon and not a 3rd party Amazon seller.

What Products are Excluded from a Home Depot Price Match?

Yes, there are some important exclusions…

Custom or special order products. – Includes things like custom doors and window coverings.

Volume or wholesale discounts.

3rd party or discount site items – This includes 3rd party items sold on Amazon.

Open-box, reconditioned, refurbished items.

Sales tax is excluded.

Rebates, free offers, and one-time-only promotions. – This includes bundle offers.

Competitor pricing due to typographical error or misprint.

Pricing from membership-based retail wholesalers. – This includes Costco, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s.

Competitor bid and auctions site pricing. – This includes eBay.

I’ll keep this list of exclusions updated as new ones pop-up.

Can You Combine a Coupon with a Price Match?

If you have a Home Depot coupon in-hand, NO, you CANNOT also get a price match on that purchase.

I was hoping you could but alas, it is not possible.

I verified this with a Home Depot store manager.

See Also: All The Hardware Stores That Price-Match Home Depot and Lowe’s

What About Price Matching on Black Friday?

Surprisingly, YES.

Most store won’t price match on Black Friday, but Home Depot is not one of them.

So if you find a killer deal at Lowe’s on Black Friday, Home Depot (brick & mortar) will not only match it, but they’ll beat it by 10%.

This where the magic of their policy really happens.

Start doing this next Black Friday as it makes for one of the best days of the year to buy tools and hardware.

Ask the Reader: Have you had any issues using the Home Depot price match policy?

By Kyle James

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

March 23, 2018 by Kyle

I’ve been religiously using the ShopKick app for a few weeks now and figured it was time for a progress report. I think the app has a lot of potential, and can easily earn you some free gift cards. This is especially true when you figure out how to earn “kicks” by doing pretty much nothing. I’ve already earned over 1,000 kicks by doing very little and plan on redeeming for an Amazon gift card soon. Here are the 6 ways I’ve been earning “kicks” along with some insider tips for success.

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

1. Have ShopKick Open When Shopping

ShopKick app

By far the easiest way to earn “kicks” with ShopKick is by simply walking into some of your favorite stores.

Check out the screenshot above, you’ll currently get 50 kicks by walking into BestBuy and 15 for entering Target.

But here’s an insider way to hack the app. You don’t always have to actually walk into the store to get the kicks.

I’ll often get kicks just for being close to the store entrance.

The takeaway is to always have the ShopKick app open when you visit your local mall or shopping center and you’ll often collect kicks without even knowing it.

2. Make It A Fun Game

Scan with ShopKick

The next easiest way to collect kicks is to scan the barcode of specific items while shopping.

Just check out the app when you enter the store and it’ll tell you the products that currently have kicks available.

In the screenshot above, I earned 10 kicks just by using the ShopKick app to scan CLR cleaner at Target. It was simple as I was in the aisle anyways buying some Comet and Windex.

Tip: When shopping with your kids, get them involved and make it a fun scavenger hunt game.

This is the magic part of the app as far as I’m concerned because you earn kicks by doing nothing.

By having the kiddos do the scanning for you, not only does it give them something fun to do, but you earn the free kicks in the process. Win-win.

Note: Before I get the nasty comments, I’m not advocating letting your pre-schoolers run loose in the grocery store with your phone. But it’s great for tweens and teens. Heck, it might actually make an otherwise boring shopping trip kinda fun.

3. Use ShopKick in Combination w/ Ibotta

It’s no big secret that my favorite shopping rebate app is Ibotta. (Full review)

I’ve been using it for years and have saved over $1,000 on my groceries with little effort.

But my luck doubled when I started using ShopKick in conjunction with Ibotta.

I was surprised with how many items were on both apps with a rebate available.

Or at the very least I can use ShopKick to scan a product (or two) located next to what I was buying and getting an Ibotta rebate on.

Great way to earn some easy “kicks” without having to walk around the store looking for specific products.

4. Check App for Buying Opportunities

Cashback with ShopKick

While somewhat limited, the app always features products that you can actually buy and earn a bunch of kicks on.

In the screenshot above, I could buy some Bailey’s from Target and earn 750 kicks by simply scanning my receipt with the ShopKick app.

The following shopping categories are featured most prominently: Beauty, personal care, health care, pet food, cleaning products, wine, beer, and spirits.

Walmart by far has the most buying opportunities available. So always check out ShopKick before you visit your local Wally World.

5. Use It When Shopping Online Too

Shop Online with ShopKick

Also check ShopKick when you shop online.

They offer kicks at a bunch of popular websites like Walmart, Overstock, Hotwire, Jet, and

You’ll earn on average 3 – 7 kicks for every dollar spent. You must shop through the ShopKick app to earn the kicks.

After you open the app, just tap on “Kicks Online” and it’ll bring up a list of all the online retailers currently offering kicks.

6. Link Your Credit Card for More Kicks

Link Credit Card with ShopKick

A lesser known, yet highly effective way to earn kicks with ShopKick is to link your credit or debit card.

By doing so, you’ll earn 1 kick for every dollar spent at a bunch of retailers.

In the screenshot above, you’ll currently earn kicks at TJ Maxx, American Eagle, and Best Buy by linking your card.

To make it happen, simply tap the profile or menu icon in the top corner of the ShopKick app.

Next tap “Settings”, tap “Kicks for Purchases”, then tap “Link Card” and choose Visa or MasterCard.

Final Thoughts

Is Shopkick going to make you rich with a plethora of gift cards every month? No.

But the app easily has the potential to land you a few $25 gift cards every year. And if you use the app in a smart way, it won’t take a lot of effort either.

It’s definitely worth a look and a smart add to your iPhone or Android device.

I’m definitely going to keep using it and earn some easy gift cards in the process.

Ask the Reader: Have you tried ShopKick? If so, how many kicks have you earned so far?

By Kyle James

Disclaimer: While Shopkick paid me nothing to write this post, and all opinions are my own, they do pay me a referral fee if you download the app and register. Money I use to keep this blog rolling with new content.

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

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

Macy's Return Policy: Everything You Need to Know

How Many Return Days at Macy’s?

Macy’s gives you a liberal 180 days to return items.

They state that “items being returned must be in their original condition.”

The one big exception is cosmetics and fragrances as they can be in “gently used” condition.

Do I Need My Receipt?

Not necessarily.

If you lost your receipt Macy’s can usually look up your purchase internally.

They’ll do it via your credit card, return label, packing slip, or even a registry number.

If they can’t find any evidence of your purchase, they’ll typically give you store credit for the lowest selling price in the past 180 days.

See Also: Order Online From Macy’s, Return Item to Store, Save BIG Money

Any Exceptions to the 180 Days?

Yes, there are a bunch of exceptions to the 180 days. Here’s a quick summary of each…

Apple Products – iPhones must be returned within 14 days, all other Apple products get 30 return days.

Area Rugs – Rugs bought online have 30 days, call 1-800-289-6229 to facilitate your return. Rugs bought in-store only have 7 return days.

Backstage Items – 30 days.

Beauty Box – Not eligible for a return or exchange.

Bridal Salon by Demetrios – All final sale and not returnable.

Bonus Gifts – If you return an item that came with a bonus gift, you must return bonus gift as well. If you don’t, you’ll be charged for it.

Designer Brands – Burberry, Gucci, Longchamp, Louis Vuitton, and Tous only come with a 14 day return window.

Dresses (Juniors and Socials) – These come with a 60 day return window.

Finish Line – All Finish Line items come with a 45 day return policy.

Furniture/Mattresses – This one is kinda complicated. CLICK HERE for all the details.

Fur Vault – 30 days.

Gourmet Food & Wine – Not returnable.

Home Accessories – Mirrors, wall art, etc. CLICK HERE for details.

Jewelry – 30 days.

Last Act Items – 30 days.

Locker Room by Lids – 30 days.

Optical – 30 days.

Personal Care – 60 days.

Small Electrics – 60 days.

Style Your Ring – 30 days.

Can I Return Online Purchases to my Local Macy’s?

Yes, absolutely.

Just return your item, and invoice, back to any Macy’s for a return.

If you don’t have your invoice, you can simply print your email confirmation and that will suffice.

If you don’t have that either, you can CLICK HERE and get online access to your order details and print them.

How Do I Return Online Purchases via the Mail?

They call this their Easy Return system.

Any purchase made at can be returned via UPS if you so choose.

Visit this page and follow the easy instructions.

Who Pays Return Shipping Fees?

Macy’s will pay the return shipping fees on ALL purchases that were originally made online.

Unfortunately, you cannot return purchases made in-store via the mail or UPS.

When Returning Gifts, What Should I Know?

This is an easy process with a gift receipt.

Just return to a Macy’s location and they’ll give you store credit for the purchase amount.

Without a gift receipt you’ll need to plead your case and depending on the Macy’s location, they may or may not be able to help.

It’s always worth a shot. If you get turned away just sell your loot on eBay.

What About Getting a Price Adjustment?

Yes, Macy’s does price adjustments.

If the item you bought goes on sale within 10 days, just bring back your receipt and get a credit for the difference in price.

What If I Made an Online Purchase via PayPal?

If you need to return an item that you bought with PayPal, it’s an easy process.

You just mail back your return like you normally would and your PayPal balance will be credited accordingly.

Can Macy’s Gift Cards be Returned?

No, they can’t.

But if you lose your Macy’s gift card they can re-issue you one with proof of purchase.

Ask the Reader: Have you recently used the Macy’s return policy? Was it an easy experience?

By Kyle James

Photo credit to Mike Mozart.

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

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

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


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

But if you buy your TV from Costco, you automatically get a 2-year warranty. This includes tuner-free displays as well.

They actually provide a Concierge Service that you call to get free technical support. This goes for almost all of the products listed below.

If the technical support rep can’t help you fix your problem they’ll initiate the exchange of a new HDTV.

Not sure why you’d buy a new TV from anywhere else.

The toll-free Costco Concierge phone number is 1-866-861-0450.


It would also be smart to buy your next projector from Costco as it comes with a 2-year warranty.

The same concierge service is standing by to help you with this warranty.


2 year warranty as well.

This includes both desktop and laptop computers.

It should be noted that this excludes touchscreen tablets.

Major Appliances

When it comes to appliances, the Costco warranty includes refrigerators (bigger than 10 cubic feet), freezers, ranges, cook-tops, over-the-range microwaves, dishwashers, and washers/dryers.

Again, the warranty is a flat 2 years on these appliances.

Auto Tires

When you buy your tires at Costco they come with a pretty darn good warranty.

They call it their Road Hazard Warranty and as long as you don’t sell your car, you’ll get a full 60 months of protection.

Just rotate and balance your tires in accordance with your vehicle’s manufacturer and you’ll be protected.

Food Items

All food items, both perishable and non-perishable, fall under Costco’s liberal warranty policy.

If you’re not happy with any food item, either opened or not, you can return it for a full refund or exchange.

Amazingly, Costco does not specify a specific time window for you to bring back food items. They leave it completely open ended.

The only “edible” items that don’t qualify for this warranty are alcohol and cigarettes.

Car Batteries

Costco sells Interstate Batteries and stands behind them with a pretty solid warranty.

Here is how it breaks down:

  • Bought within 36 months: Full refund or exchange.
  • Bought 37 – 45 mo. ago: 60% refund.
  • Bought 46 – 55 mo. ago: 50% refund.
  • Bought 56 – 65 mo. ago: 40% refund.
  • Bought 66 – 75 mo. ago: 30% refund.
  • Bought 76 – 86 mo. ago: 20% refund.
  • Bought 86 – 95 mo. ago: 10% refund.
  • Bought 96 – 100 mo. ago: 5% refund.

Be sure to hold on to your Costco receipt to make for an easy return or exchange of your battery.

Eyeglasses and Contacts

According to a Costco rep, eyeglasses and contacts bought at the warehouse fall under their 100% satisfaction guarantee policy.

So if you have any problems just take them back to Costco and they’ll take care of you.

Hearing Aids

When you buy your hearing aids at Costco their warranty is a little different than most.

According to a Costco employee that I spoke with they offer a one time replacement on your hearing aids.

After that you’ll need to attempt to get them repaired or replaced on your own dime.

Costco Anywhere Visa Card

Did you know that purchases made with the Costco Anywhere Visa add an astounding 2 more years on your warranty.

You’re even covered for up to $10,000 per item.

I’ve had this card for a couple years and had NO idea about this extra 2 years. So I figured it would be really good info to pass along.

You can find all the details here.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever taken advantage of the Costco warranty? Was it a painless process?

By Kyle James

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

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

How to Hide Orders on Amazon

First Find the “Archive Order” Button

Archive Order Button

Not sure why Amazon makes this so difficult, but they kinda do.

The only way to “hide” an order is to “archive” it. On your “Orders” page, you’ll see the “Archive order” button next to each item that you purchased.

Just click on that button and the item will disappear from your orders page and go to your “Archived orders” page.

Be aware that Amazon limits you to 100 orders that can be archived at one time.

So if you’re close to your limit. just start clicking on the “Unarchive Order” button on old purchases to free up some room.

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

Then Find the “Archived Orders” Page

Archive Page

The “Archived orders” page can be a little tricky to find too. But you’ll definitely want to know where it is so you can track your purchase or request a return.

To find it, you’ll want to click on the “Your Account” link on Amazon.

This takes you to a LONG laundry list of information and links. You’ll want to scroll down to the “Ordering and shopping preferences” section.

This is where you’ll find the “Archived orders” link. (See screenshot above)

Simply click on it and you’ll be taken to all of your archived purchases on Amazon.

Alternative Solution…

If you don’t want to worry about archiving orders moving forward, there’s another smart solution.

Amazon Prime members can actually create separate accounts for up to 2 adults and 4 kids.

The cool part is that each account will get all the benefits of Amazon Prime.

The only requirement is everyone must have the same physical mailing address.

Simply visit Amazon Household and create your personalized household right now.

Happy order hiding.

By Kyle James

The 5 Retailers Americans Like Best (Plus the 5 Biggest Disappointments)

March 12, 2018 by Kyle
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The American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) was recently released and provides some interesting insights into which retailers are impressing customers. They breakdown stores in terms of cleanliness, layout, knowledgeable employees, convenience, website satisfaction, and several other factors. I decided to cut through the fat and breakdown the 5 biggest winners and losers. I’d love to get your opinion in the comments section as well!

Publix store

Publix (86)

While up only 2 points from 2016, Publix comes in with the highest customer satisfaction score for 2017.

Shoppers cite strong customer service, clean stores, and competitive pricing as the main reasons.

I actually don’t have a Publix in my neck of the woods so I’d be curious to hear from you in the comments as to why you love the store.

Amazon (85)

People love Amazon Prime, no doubt. Free 2-day shipping and a bunch of cool Prime perks make it a terrific value.

Just make sure you avoid the dumb Amazon buys, and always price compare with other stores, and you’ll be golden.

L Brands (85)

L Brands is comprised of Victoria’s Secret and Bed Bath and Beyond and were the biggest upward movers in 2017, going from a score of 81 to 85.

Makes sense as they’ve thrown millions at improving the overall customer experience, both online and in-store, and it seems to be paying off.

Trader Joe’s (85)

Trader Joe’s is a pretty happy and upbeat place to shop so the 85 makes sense.

Clean stores, helpful and friendly employees, and a terrific selection of products.

Just make sure you buy the right items and take advantage of their excellent return policy.

Costco (83)

With a very liberal return and price adjustment policy it’s no wonder Costco gets a strong score.

Throw in the killer food court and happy employees and the 83 score makes sense.

Just be sure to avoid the center of the store if you’re only there to buy toilet paper, dog food, and chicken breasts.

Otherwise you might end up with a shopping cart full of stuff you had NO intention of buying when you walked-in.

And the 5 Biggest Retail Disappointments…

1. Dollar General (Down 6%)

This one kinda surprised me and the report doesn’t go into why Dollar General dropped so much.

I personally love the store and the 22 best buys within. Have you had a bad experience at Dollar General?

What items at Dollar General do you think provide the best value?

2. Home Depot (Down 5%)

Home Depot finished dead last in the Specialty Store category. Quite a ways behind Lowe’s.

Could be their confusing return policy or their lack of employee help.

I personally always have a hard time finding help in the cavernous aisles.

What say you?

3. Kmart/Sears (Down 5%)

This one is no big surprise as the retailer has been suffering from declining sales for years.

They actually closed 400 stores in 2017 and more closures are surely ahead.

Kmart and Sears seem destined to be gone forever within the next few years.

4. Dilliard’s (Down 4%)

I’ve never actually been in a Dilliard’s so it’s hard for me to analyze this drop in customer satisfaction.

The report doesn’t offer any insight either.

Can anyone provide some insight for the big decline from Dilliard’s?

5. GameStop (Down 4%)

GameStop take a big drop due to a slow checkout process and employees who’re not very courteous.

The Gamestop return policy is also fairly stiff which undoubtedly contributed to the drop.

Ask the Reader: What retailer’s do you think offers the best customer experience? How about the worst?

By Kyle James

Photo credit to Brownpau.

Spotify Vs. Amazon Music Unlimited: Which is Better and Why

March 7, 2018 by Kyle

In the wake of Amazon recently introducing Music Unlimited, I figured it was time to breakdown the music streaming service and see how it compares to Spotify. What do they cost? What perks does one offer that the other doesn’t? What type of music listener would benefit from each? You get the idea. Hope this comparison helps you make the best decision for you and your family.

Spotify Vs. Amazon Music Unlimited: Which is Better and Why

Monthly Price

Spotify Premium comes in at $9.99/month.

Prime Music Unlimited is priced at $7.99/month if you’re a Prime member, $9.99/month for non-Prime members.

Amazon also offers an Echo-only plan for $3.99/month.

Winner: At $7.99/month, Prime Music is the cheaper option.

Available Songs

Spotify boosts an astounding 30 million songs.

Prime Unlimited won’t give an exact number, but instead say they have “tens of millions” of songs.

You better believe that if Amazon had more songs than Spotify they’d be yelling it from the roof tops.

But instead they stay very vague with an incredibly rough estimate.

Winner: Spotify.

See Also: Can You Get Spotify Premium Free? Here’s The Real Scoop

Ability to Download for Offline Listening

Both music streaming services allow for offline listening which is a great data saver and handy for when you don’t have reception.

Winner: Tie.

Interfaces Available

Both Spotify and Amazon Music Unlimited allow for listening on desktop, mobile, and web-based players.

Winner: Tie.

Personalized Features

Spotify does a fantastic job personalizing your music experience.

They offer something called Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and Daily Mix which are personalized playlists that help you find great new music based on what you listen to.

While Prime Music Unlimited does recommend music based on what you listen to, and actually has more stations and genre playlists than Spotify, it feels very computer generated and algorithmic in nature.

In other words, I rarely discover new music that I really like from their generated “personalized” content.

Put simply, it doesn’t go as deep into the archives as Spotify to pull new artists and deeper cuts.

Winner: Spotify is the clear winner here.

Ease of Use

Put simply, both services are easy to use.

But the Spotify app makes you feel like you’re browsing tunes at the cool record store in Berkeley, CA.

Conversely, the Prime Unlimited app, while totally functional, feels more like shopping for CD’s at your local Walmart or Target.

Spotify just feels like your hanging out with your cool musician uncle who’s pulling out his old vinyl to spin for you.

Winner: Spotify.

Family Plans

Spotify Family costs $14.99/month and gives you, and up to 5 family members, full access to Spotify. Each member gets their own account and can listen independently of everyone else.

Prime Music Unlimited also has a family plan that costs $14.99/month. With their Family Plan, you can also listen on 6 devices simultaneously.

Winner: Since Spotify offers more songs overall, I’d go with Spotify here.

Student Plans

Both have discounted plans for students for those enrolled in a degree-granting college or university.

Spotify Student comes in at $4.99/month, which even includes the Hulu Limited Commercials plan.

Amazon also has a Music Unlimited Student program which costs $4.99/month.

Winner: Winner is Spotify simply because they also offer Hulu with your student subscription.

Music Sharing

Both services offer you the ability to share songs, albums, artists, stations and playlists with family and friends.

Keep in mind that the person you’re sharing music with must also be signed up with the streaming service to access the tunes.

Winner: Tie.

Free Trial?

Both music streaming services offer a free trial so you can take them for a test drive.

Amazon offers a 30-day Music Unlimited Trial and Spotify does the same.

Final Analysis:

When choosing a music streaming service it really comes down to personal listening preferences.

If you’re NOT an eclectic music fan, you probably won’t need the huge catalog that Spotify provides, making the Prime Music Unlimited a great deal at $7.99/month.

But if you’re into bands and artists whose music can be hard to find, then Spotify is definitely a better bet.

Also, if you’re WAY into discovering new artists and always looking for your new favorite band, Spotify is the better choice.

Ask the Reader: What music streaming service do you use and why?

By Kyle James