19 New Release Movies That Went Straight to Home Streaming

April 3, 2020 by Kyle
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While there are tons of free streaming options available right now, (can you say Tiger King?), nothing beats the thrill of the big screen. But since that is currently not an option, these movies provide the next best thing. After all, most of these should still be in theaters but were sent home early when the lights went out. So grab some popcorn and your favorite spot on the couch and enjoy…

19 New Release Movies That Went Straight to Home Streaming

 

Note: With a couple minor exceptions, all of these movies are available to buy or rent on popular streaming platforms like Prime Video, Apple TV, Redbox, and iTunes.

Bad Boys for Life

The Bad Boys are back for one final ride. This movie was released to streaming platforms early on March 31st due to stay-at-home orders in many states.

It will also be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 21st, 2020.

Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence

Original Release Date: January 17, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $19.99

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey is a DC Comics superhero movie which was released earlier than planned on March 24th for streaming rental.

Starring: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Original Release Date: February 7, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $19.99

Bloodshot

Bloodshot is also a superhero movie based on the Valiant comic character. Five days after it was released, Sony studios decided to make it available for home streaming on March 21st.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Eiza González, Sam Heughan

Original Release Date: March 13, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $19.99

Call of the Wild

Based on Jack London’s classic book, The Call of the Wild had some bad luck on its release date and was shortly sent to home streaming.

A great family movie easily worth the $14.99 in my opinion.

Starring: Harrison Ford, a Cool Dog, Bunch of Other People

Original Release Date: February 21, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $14.99

Doolittle

Another Dr. Doolittle take, Doolittle stars the highly talented Robert Downey Jr. and makes for a fun stay-at-home on the couch movie for the entire family.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Emma Thompson

Original Release Date: January 17, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $19.99

Emma

This Jane Austen book was finally brought to the big screen earlier this year, only to be sent straight to streaming when all the movie theater lights went off.

Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth

Original Release Date: February 21, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $19.99

Frozen 2

Frozen 2 was initially set to be released on Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+, on June 26th, 2020. But due to the pandemic it was moved up and released to the public on March 15th.

Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff

Original Release Date: November 22, 2019

Streaming Cost: Free on Disney+

The Gentlemen

The Gentleman is an action comedy, directed by Guy Ritchie, that was pushed up for home media release on March 24th of this year.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery

Original Release Date: January 24, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $14.99

The Hunt

The Hunt is a movie described as an action, horror, thriller flick that had the unfortunate luck of a March 13th release date.

The studio made the smart decision to send the movie for early home streaming release on March 20th.

Starring: Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, Amy Madigan, Emma Roberts

Original Release Date: March 13, 2020

Streaming Rental Cost: Rent for $19.99

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man is a science fiction horror flick that looks pretty darn freaky and could be fun distraction.

The movie was released early for home streaming on March 20th.

Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid

Original Release Date: February 28, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $19.99

I Still Believe

My two daughters talked me into renting I Still Believe for $19.99 last weekend.

Their official review: “Too sad, not worth 20 bucks.”

Starring: KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Melissa Roxburgh

Original Release Date: February 21, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $19.99

Just Mercy

Just Mercy is a legal drama about a Harvard lawyer who heads to Alabama to try and help a wrongly convicted murderer.

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan

Original Release Date: January 10, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $5.99, buy for $19.99

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Never Rarely Sometimes Always is a critically acclaimed British drama movie with the very unfortunate release date of March 13th.

Because of this, the studio sent it for home media release on April 3rd.

Starring: Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Théodore Pellerin, Ryan Eggold

Original Release Date: March 13, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $19.99

Onward

Onward is an urban fantasy Disney movie that “follows two elf brothers who set out on a quest to find an artifact that will bring back their deceased father.”

The movie is set to be free to Disney+ subscribers on April 3rd.

Starring: Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Original Release Date: March 6, 2020

Streaming Cost: Free on Disney+

Portraits of a Lady on Fire

Portraits of a Lady on Fire is a French historical drama set in the late 18th century.

Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel

Original Release Date: February 14, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $3.99, buy for $14.99

Sonic the Hedgehog

This Sonic movie was released on February 14th then sent to home media on March 31st.

Starring: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, Jim Carrey

Original Release Date: February 14, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $19.99

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The last Star Wars movie will be released early on Disney+ on April 13, 2020. If you can’t wait til then you’ll have to pay $5.99 to rent it..

Starring: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver

Original Release Date: December 20, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $5.99

Trolls World Tour

Trolls World Tour, a computer-animated jukebox musical, is set for release on April 10th. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will go straight to home media streaming outlets.

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden

Original Release Date: April 10, 2020

Streaming Cost: Rent for $19.99

The Way Back

The Way Back is a sports drama starring Ben Affleck as a basketball coach seeking redemption.

When movie theaters in the country closed in mid-March, the movie went to home media streaming options on March 24th, 2020.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins

Original Release Date: March 6, 2020

Streaming Cost: Buy for $19.99

Ask the Reader: Have you seen any of these movies yet? Would you recommend it?


By Kyle James

The 11 Major Stores That Offer Free Curbside Grocery Pickup

April 1, 2020 by Kyle
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As I’ve documented before on this blog, many grocery stores these days offer free in-store pickup. But unfortunately very few go the extra mile and actually bring the items out to your car. I call it curbside pickup and it’s incredibly convenient for seniors, those with a handicap, and busy folks who don’t have time to wander the aisles aimlessly looking for brown paper lunch bags. Here are all the major stores that offer this service at NO extra charge, hope this list helps.

All 9 Major Stores That Offer Free Curbside Pickup

Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle Curbside

If you have a Giant Eagle in your neck of the woods you’ll be excited to know they offer a Free Grocery Pickup service.

Just visit the above linked page and choose your store and click “Shop Now”.

Once you choose your store, you’ll schedule a time slot and then add items to your online cart and checkout.

Giant Eagle has “expertly trained personal shoppers” who only select the freshest and highest quality groceries for you.

Then just head to the store at your time, park in the designated spot, and they’ll load up your groceries for you.

If you’d prefer to have items delivered to your home, it can be done for a reasonable $5.95 for next-day delivery.

See Also: 20 Grocery Stores Offering Senior Shopping Hours

H-E-B Grocers

HEB Curbside

If you happen to live near a H-E-B you should consider their Curbside Grocery Service.

You just shop their website, select a pick-up time and place your order.

Similar to Kroger below, you can add specific comments to your order. For example, you can say things like “can I please have my artisan bread sliced”, which is WAY cool.

They currently have a 4-hour turn around on curbside orders and the most you can order is $600 worth of groceries.

They even discourage tipping and want you to keep the money for your next curbside order.

Kroger

Kroger Pick Up

Simply shop the Kroger website and fill your virtual cart with what you need, then at checkout, select your store and pickup time.

An employee will then grab all your groceries and bring them to your car when you arrive.

Be sure to park in the designated spots and you’re good to go.

You can shop online up to three days in advance, which is super convenient.

It should also be noted that only the first 3 orders are free, after that you’re subject to a fee that varies by region.

Meijer

Meijer Curbside

While Meijer charges a $4.95 curbside fee I still thought I should mention them.

The main reason I wanted to mention them was their ability to customize curbside orders.

For example, want green bananas? Or maybe extra ripe avocados? Just tell them in the comments section when checking out from their website and they’ll do their best to accommodate your request.

Once you select your pickup time, just head down to the store and go the to “Curbside Lane” and they’ll load you up.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom Curbside Pickup

I gotta admit this one came as a surprise.

While not a grocery store, if you join the free Nordy Club you’re eligible to get free curbside delivery from your local Nordstrom department store.

When shopping from the Nordstrom website, be sure to select the “Buy Online & Pick Up in Store” option.

Then use the Nordstrom app to request curbside pickup.

Publix

Publix grocery pickup

Publix recently introduced a curbside delivery service that takes all the hassle out of grocery shopping.

You shop online when it’s convenient, then select a time that works for you to swing by and have your groceries loaded into your car.

Win win.

Safeway

Safeway Pickup and Go

The Safeway Driveup & Go program is relatively new and lets you shop online from home, reserve a pickup time, and have an employee do your shopping for you and load up your trunk when you arrive.

When demand is high some items may be out-of-stock and replacement items may be chosen for you.

Sam’s Club

Sam's Club Pickup

Give the Sam’s Club Pickup program a try as well.

You just do your shopping online via their website, check-in on their app, then come pickup your stuff in the Drive Thru area (where available) or head inside and grab your pre-loaded shopping cart.

The best part? No minimum order required.

Sears

Sears In-Vehicle Pickup

If you’re lucky enough to still have a Sears in your town, you should try their free In-Vehicle Pickup program.

Just shop online or via their app and select “In-Vehicle Pickup” at checkout. (NOTE: Have to be a “Shop Your Ways” member to qualify, sign-up for free.)

Sears will drop you an email when your order is ready. Then you’ll just head to the store, park in a reserved spot, and use the app to tell them you’ve arrived.

They guarantee they’ll have your stuff brought out to your car within 5 minutes.

Target

Target Drive Up

Many Target locations in 2019 are rolling out the Drive Up service and it’s pretty darn cool.

You just shop the Target app and wait for notification that your order is ready.

Then you let Target know via the app when you’re on your way and park in the designated “Drive Up” spot in the front of the store.

Once you’re safely parked, you let them know via the app that you’ve arrived and they’ll quickly bring out your stuff and load it.

If your local Target doesn’t offer “Drive Up” yet, you can still order online and choose in-store pickup at checkout. Then head to Guest Services once you get a notification that it’s ready.

Walmart

Walmart grocery pickup

When Walmart Grocery Pickup was first introduced in 2017 it was met with some skepticism.

Would it be accurate? Would it be more hassle than it’s worth?

But after ironing out a few wrinkles, the grocery pickup delivery service has grown quite popular.

You simply visit walmart.com/grocery or shop via the Walmart app. You can shop over 50,000 items and select your exact pickup date and time.

The cool part is if you place your order by 10 a.m. it will be ready for pickup on the same day.

When you get notified via email or text that your order is ready, you just park in one of the marked “Grocery Pickup” spots and an employee will bring out your items and load them in your car.

Some Walmart’s even have drive-up lanes like the one in the picture above.

Incredibly convenient service for seniors or busy parents and it’s completely FREE.

Ask the Reader: What grocery stores or big-box stores am I missing? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to investigate.


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Walmart.

These Stores Have Made Temporary Return Policy Changes

March 27, 2020 by Kyle
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(Updated 3/30/20) In an effort to help shoppers, many retailers have made temporary changes to their return policies in recent days. Here are a few of the most significant changes so you can plan your return strategy once stores do reopen for business.

These Stores Have Made Temporary Return Policy Changes

 

Costco

Costco is buckling down on returns that include high-demand items.

High demand items include things like toilet paper, water, paper towels, and Lysol.

It should also be noted that not all Costco stores are posting this new policy, but keep an eye out at your local Costco for signage informing you of this temporary return policy change.

Target

Starting today, Target is not accepting in-store returns for 3 weeks.

If you made a purchase with a return window that expires in the next 3 weeks, NO WORRIES as you’ll have 3 weeks from the date they reopen to bring back your items.

Kroger

Kroger has also temporarily ended grocery returns for the safety of their shoppers as they can’t control what happens to products once they leave their stores.

They’ll still accept returns of meat, deli, produce, and seafood items that don’t meet their standards.

Apple Store

Apple recently closed all their retail stores temporarily in the U.S. but they have vowed to accept all returns for 14 days after they reopen.

Kohl’s

Kohl’s announced that they will extend their 180 day return policy by 30 days once they reopen their stores.

They are still accepting online returns and here is the form if you need it.

Nordstrom

Norstrom has extended their return policy to 45 days after stores reopen, this includes Nordstrom Rack.

For stuff bought online after February 1st, you can either return via snail mail or bring back to a brick and mortar location up to 45 days after stores reopen.

TJ Maxx

TJ Maxx is extending their return policy to 30 days from when their stores reopen, and 40 days from when their online business reopens.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond is extending all of their return policy timelines by 60 days.

This temporary policy change applies to all purchases made after February 20, 2020.

Home Goods

Home Goods has extended their return policy by 30 days from the date they reopen their stores.

This policy has also been extended to 40 days for online purchases. In other words, 40 days from when their online business reopens.

Old Navy, GAP, Banana Republic

All 3 retailers closed their stores on March 19th due to the COVID-19 crisis.

But all 3 stores have extended their return policy to July 1, 2020 for ALL purchases made between January 1 – March 31.

JCPenney

JCPenney recently announced that they will be extending their return policy by 30 days from the date they reopen their stores. 

So consider their reopening date your “purchase date” and you have 30 days from then to make your returns.

Macy’s

Until further notice, Macy’s has extended their return policy by 30 days.

I’m assuming this is 30 days from when they decide to reopen their brick & mortar locations.

American Eagle

American Eagle is asking you to hold on to your returns and they’ll take them back once they reopen.

For online purchases, they are currently NOT accepting returns by mail so hold on to them until further notice.

J.Crew

The folks at J.Crew are extending their return period to 60 days for all orders placed after March 1st.

This policy is bound to change if their stores can’t reopen in a reasonable amount of time.

Ask the Reader: Did I miss any significant return policy changes? Let me know below.


By Kyle James

Stuck at Home? Check Out These Virtual Tours, Concerts, and Church Services

March 24, 2020 by Kyle
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Tired of binging Netflix and playing board games? If so, you found the right article. I researched a bunch of cool virtual activities that you can do from the comfort of your couch. From really cool “home concerts” from musicians like Chris Martin and Garth Brooks, to amazing virtual museum tours and church services, these are sure to entertain, provide comfort, and educate.

 

1. Virtual Museum Tours

Many AMAZING museums around the world are now offering a virtual tour that you can enjoy from your living room.

I few that recently caught my eye include the following…

Natural History Museum (Washington DC) – Check out this 4K virtual tour of the their new dinosaur exhibit.

Guggenheim Museum (New York) – Take the “Guggenheim From Home” tour and see some amazing art from the comfort of your couch.

Louvre Museum (Paris) – This one hour 4K virtual tour of the Louvre is pretty epic, and yes, you’ll get to see the Mona Lisa as well as The Venus de Milo.

The Egyptian Museum (Cairo) – Take this VERY cool walking tour and see things like the treasure of Tutankhamen, as well as the treasures of Yuya and Tuya (great grandparents of King Tut).

Claude Money Garden (France) – While not a museum, this virtual tour of Monet’s garden in quite spectacular and just recently became available online. You can walk through his garden and home just like you would in person and turn the camera view in whatever direction you want. Amazing.

2. Stay at Home Concerts

Many musicians are offering some REALLY cool “home concerts” for all of us to enjoy from our homes.

Here are a few of the best ones I’ve seen so far…

1. Chris Martin

Check out his Instagram page or better yet check out the Global Citizen IG page, or do a search on Facebook video and you’ll find a cool 30 minute song request “mini gig” from the Coldplay front man Chris Martin.

The 30 minute “home concert” was just him talking and taking song requests, and was a amazing experience to watch, especially for Coldplay fans.

At the end of his concert he nudged John Legend to do the same thing which leads us to…

2. John Legend

John Legend and his piano happily followed Chris Martin as he also did his own home concert.

Find it on the Global Citizen IG page as well, or do a Facebook search for it.

Other home concerts recently added to Global Citizen IG page include Ziggy Marley, Niall Horan, One Republic, Hozier, Charlie Puth, Juanes, and Miguel.

Global Citizen is hosting a bunch of these concerts in the weeks to come so be sure to check back often.

3. Garth Brooks

Garth recently did a very cool 1 hour home concert with his wife Trisha Yearwood.

You can find it on his studio channel website called Inside Studio G.

It’s a great show, especially if you’re a country music fan, and I love how he promoted the idea that we are all in this thing together and need to count on each other to do the right thing.

4. Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Marty Stuart

Last week, these 3 country music stars performed together in an eerily empty Grand Ole Opry hall.

It was a really cool show as all three performers took turns playing one of their songs and spoke about the power of music during these difficult times.

The show was streamed live, but can now be accessed by everyone for FREE, online at CirclePlus.com.

You can also do a Facebook or YouTube search for the show and access it that way as well.

The 1-hour show also had a nice tribute to Kenny Rogers who passed away the day before.

3. Virtual Church Services

Last Sunday, on a whim, I did a YouTube search for “Catholic church services today” and found a bunch of great streamed church services from around the country.

My wife and I ended up taking in a service from the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls. It was beautifully done and almost as good as the real thing.

Do a similar YouTube search for your particular denomination and you’re bound to find a service that you can enjoy from home.

In closing, I hope all of these FREE activities not only entertain you, but help you expand your knowledge and faith.

Ask the Reader: Besides Netflix, what are you doing to occupy your time at home?


By Kyle James

Image credit to Coldplay IG.

These Major Retailers Have Reduced Their Store Hours Due to COVID-19

March 20, 2020 by Kyle
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Many grocery and retail stores are staying open during the Coronavirus pandemic BUT are reducing store hours. They’re using these extra hours to clean their stores and restock shelves with vital products. Hats off to these stores, especially their employees, who in many cases are putting their own safety at risk so they can continue supplying their local communities.

These Major Retailers Have Changed Their Store Hours Due to COVID-19

 

Albertson’s

Albertson’s locations are opening one hour later than normal and closing one hour earlier.

The extra 2 hours is being used to clean the store and stock the shelves.

ALDI

ALDI recently announced that all store would follow reduced hours of 9am – 7pm.

They also said to expect limited access at times to allow for sanitizing and restocking.

See Also: Grocery Stores Offering Senior Shopping Hours in Light of Coronavirus

Best Buy

Best Buy has reduced store hours to 10am – 6pm.

Also, beginning March 23rd, they are only letting a limited number of shoppers (10-15 at a time) in the store at once so be prepared to wait to get in.

Food 4 Less

Food 4 Less is reducing store hours to 8am – 8pm.

There old store hours were 6am – 10pm and should return in the near future.

Home Depot

The Home Depot will stay open so you can maintain your home, but they now close at 6pm every day of the week. (instead of 9 pm)

They still open a 6am, except for Sunday, when they open at 7am.

Lowe’s, on the other hand, will keep the same hours as before.

Kroger

Kroger recently updated their store hours BUT they did it on a store-by-store basis.

VISIT THIS PAGE to see a list of all of the store hour changes.

Publix

Starting on March 14th, all Publix locations will close at 8pm nightly.

The pharmacy will also close at 8pm.

Safeway

Expect most Safeway locations to open 1 hour later and close 1 hour earlier to allow for restocking and sanitizing.

Check with your local Safeway for specific hours.

Sam’s Club

Club hours at Sam’s Club have been reduced to 9am – 8pm, Monday through Saturday.

Sunday hours remain the same at 10am – 6pm.

Also, according to their website, “Prescheduled Club Pickup orders will still be available for pickup starting at 7am.”

Target

Target now temporarily closes all stores at 9pm everyday.

Most stores still open at 8am but check your local Target for confirmation.

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s recently announced that store hours would be reduced to 9am – 7pm, 7 days per week.

I believe they did close at 9pm before the Coronavirus pandemic hit.

Walmart

Walmart has reduced store hours to 7am – 8:30pm to help with cleaning and restocking.

If a store happens to open later that 7am they will still close at 8:30pm.

Also, it’s worth noting that the Walmart auto center is temporarily closed so employees can help inside the store.

Walgreens

All stores, including 24 hour locations, now have reduced hours from 9am – 9pm.

Their 24-hour drive-thru pharmacy remains opens all day and night long.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods recently announced that stores will close up to 2 hours early to allow for restocking and sanitizing.

Stores will remain open during that period for pickup and Prime delivery orders will still be processed.

Store hours vary by location.

WinCo Foods

WinCo is no longer open 24 hours a day, they now open at 7am and close at midnight, 7 days a week.

Because of this temporary change, the night crew has ample time to restock and clean the store.

Ask the Reader: What stores did I miss? Let me know in the comments.


By Kyle James

These 20 Grocery Stores Are Offering Senior Shopping Hours in Light of Coronavirus

March 18, 2020 by Kyle
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(Updated 3/31/20) In response to the current Coronavirus pandemic, many grocery stores are opening their doors at specific hours (or days) for seniors and those with a compromised immune system. While only a short term change, I applaud these stores for stepping up and doing their part, especially their employees. Here’s what we know so far.

These 9 Grocery Stores Are Offering Senior Shopping Days in Light of Coronavirus
 

Dollar General

Dollar General

Dollar General is doing their part to help squash the spread of this virus by dedicating the first hour of each shopping day to seniors and those more at risk.

This is a voluntary type of thing and Dollar General is simply encouraging this to happen.

They won’t kick you out of the store if you don’t fit this criteria, but they strongly ask you help out by staying out for the first hour if you’re healthy and young.

Costco

Costco is opening early every Tuesday and Thursday to let those 60+ shop from 8 am – 9 am.

This starts on March 24th and runs until further notice.

Also, the Pharmacy will be open as well as the Costco Optometrist.

BJ’s Wholesale

Every BJ’s location will open an hour early, EVERY day, from 8 am – 9 am for those 60+.

There will actually be a designated entrance that you should look for when you arrive.

Walmart

Walmart just announced that starting Tuesday, March 24th they will dedicate 1 hour for customers aged 60 and older.

This “senior shopping event” will start an hour before they open to the public, which means the time for seniors to shop is from 6am – 7am every Tuesday.

The Walmart pharmacy will also be open.

Walmart plans to do this every Tuesday through April 28th.

Trader Joe’s

Starting March 23rd, the first hour of every day at Trader Joe’s is reserved for seniors 60+ or those more at risk.

According to their news release, employees will actually have a separate line outside the store reserved for seniors and you’ll get an expedited shopping experience.

This means shop between 9 am – 10 am and the store should have significantly LESS shoppers in it.

Walgreens

Starting Tuesday March 24th, (and every Tuesday thereafter) seniors at Walgreens can shop from 8 am – 9am.

Seniors 55 or older will also score special discounts on Tuesdays making it a great day to shop.

Giant Food

Giant Food is also altering store hours to help seniors.

They will now open at 6am and have designated the first hour of operation to those aged 60 or over.

Giant employees will not ask for ID proof of your age but they ask the general public to respect this new policy.

Publix

Publix is the newest grocery chain to offer senior hours.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday all Publix stores will open from 7-8 am specifically for those aged 65 or older.

The pharmacy will also be open.

This starts Tuesday, March 24th and runs until further notice.

Stop & Shop

Stop and Shop

The folks at Stop & Shop have made the decision to open each store earlier everyday for those over 60.

Seniors over 60 should shop between 6:00 – 7:30 am to take advantage of this.

They will not be asking for an I.D. to prove your age but they ask you to respect this.

Safeway, Acme, Albertsons, and Vons

These grocery stores all fall under the same umbrella and all of them are reserving 2 hours every Tuesday and Thursday morning for senior shoppers.

Check your local store for exact opening times.

Store pharmacies will also be open during these hours.

They are also opening up this time period to pregnant woman and those with a compromised immune system.

Smart & Final

Smart & Final locations will open from 7:30am – 8am for those aged 65 or older, those with disabilities, and pregnant women.

According to their website, be prepared to show a valid ID to prove your age.

Big Lots

Seniors and those at-risk can shop at Big Lots every day during the 1st hour of business and hopefully have the store to themselves.

Check your local store for hours.

Target

Target has designated the first hour of shopping each Wednesday from 8am – 9am to seniors and those at high-risk.

The Target pharmacy will also be open.

They ask other shoppers to respect this and stay out of the store during this time frame.

Winn-Dixie

 If you’re over 60, or high-risk, be sure to shop at Winn-Dixie every weekday from 8 am – 9 am.

If you don’t fall into either category they ask you to respect this policy and shop at a different time.

The Fresh Shop

The Fresh Market

The Fresh Shop grocery store is opening their stores an hour early from 8am – 9am on Monday-Friday for senior and “at-risk” shoppers.

It’s also worth noting that the have cancelled all free sampling and they offer curbside pickup in some locations.

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods is opening their stores early for 1 hour for those 60+ before opening to the public.

So if your local Whole Foods opens at 8am, seniors can start shopping at 7am and have the store to themselves.

Market Basket

Market Basket

Market Basket is a grocery chain located in New England and has designated Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday as “senior days”.

Those 60 or older can shop between 5:30 – 7 am on those days and have the store to themselves.

Ask the Reader: Do you know of any other stores doing something similar? Let me know in the comments below.


By Kyle James

22 Online Jobs for Teens That Pay REAL Money

March 16, 2020 by Kyle
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If you’re a teen looking for an online job that pays real money, this article is for you. I researched a bunch of companies (and apps) that pay you to perform simple task, answer surveys, go shopping, or even sell your goods or services to the general public. The best part? You can do almost all of them from the comfort of your living room couch. Now young grasshopper, go forth and earn some cash.

22 Online Jobs for Teens That Pay REAL Money

 

1. BookScouter

BookScouter

BookScouter is a popular website among college student as it buys, sells, and rents textbooks at a big discount.

They also hire college students to be Campus Reps as well as BookScouter Apprentices.

The campus rep program basically pays you to refer friends and fellow students to their website, while the apprentice program is an actual job that requires a 10 hours per week minimum.

2. ClickWorker

ClickWorker

ClickWorker is an online business that pays teens to do tasks like create or correct texts, participate in surveys, as well as analyze search engine results.

You’ll be an independent contractor and work form home using your personal laptop or desktop.

The cool thing about ClickWorker is it lets you set your own schedule and work only when you want to work.

From  my research, you can be under 18 but you’ll need to use a PayPal account which requires you to be 18. So have your parents help you set up a PayPal account if you’re under 18.

3. SameSpeak

Same Speak

If you’re at least 16, and English is your 1st language, you can get paid to teach English via SameSpeak.

Coaching sessions last about 30 minutes and you can expect to expect to earn $10 for each 1/2 hour session which comes out to $20/hour.

SameSpeak provides everything you need to become a “coach” and all you need is a computer with Skype installed on it.

4. Fiverr

Fiverr

If you’re at least 13 years old, with even the smallest skill set in terms of writing, graphic design, video editing, or social media marketing you gotta check out Fiverr.

Just sign-up for free, setup your “Gig” and it then becomes available to a global audience.

According to their website a gig is bought “every 4 seconds” so they have great online reach.

Then when someone wants you to work for them you’ll get notified and get paid immediately once you deliver the “goods”.

See Also: Retailers That Offer a $12+ Hourly Wage with Benefits

5. Care.com

Care.com

Care.com is site that connects people who can provide care for kids, parents, pets, and home cleaning.

As it relates to teens, it’s a great spot to find babysitting and pet care jobs.

Just enroll here and get connected with good paying jobs in your area.

Care.com is available to anyone 16 or older as long as they have parental permission.

6. UpWork

UpWork

The folks at UpWork are looking for talented teens at least 18 years old who can work from home as a freelancer.

Jobs available include writing, creative design, customer service reps, software development, and even data analytics.

The cool part with UpWork is that many freelance jobs for teens often turn into long-term contracts and even high-paying permanent jobs.

7. eBay.com

eBay

Did you know that a teenager under the age of 18 can use their parents eBay account with their permission?

An entrepreneurial teen can easily make a couple thousand a month hitting up garage sells, thrift stores, and estate sells looking for things to sell on eBay.

Check out this article I wrote on the best items to look for that you can turn into a BIG profit on eBay.

Items include coffee mugs, old video games, vintage Pyrex, and even old Mason Jars.

8. Slice the Pie.com

Slice the Pie

Slice The Pie is an online business that will pay teens for their opinion on specific topics and products.

If you’re at least 13 you can sign-up for free and get paid cash for every review you leave.

Your opinion helps clothing brands, record labels, and even artists make decisions on how to market their products.

So yes, you might actually get paid to listen to music and give your opinion on what you hear.

Spend time on your reviews and make them high quality and you’ll earn a lot more money for doing so.

You’ll get paid via PayPal once your account reaches at least $10.

9. TeenEyes

Teen Eyes

Teen Eyes is the only survey site that I’m aware of that specifically surveys teens between the ages of 13 – 18.

Surveys will be on things like TV shows, movies, websites, music, clothing, and even snack foods. In other words, things that most teens are EXPERTS on.

Depending on the length of the survey, they’ll pay you anywhere from $2 to $20 each. Decent spending money for simply giving your opinion.

After you sign-up, you’ll get survey invitations via email and it will tell you exactly what the survey is worth so you can decide if you want to participate or not.

10. Humanitic

Humanitic

Have you ever been on the phone with customer service and you hear the recording “This call may be recorded for quality assurance”?

Well, that Humanatic at work.

They need people like you to listen to those recorded calls and review them so companies can make their customer service centers even better and more productive.

And guess what? They’ll pay you fairly well to do so.

Since they use PayPal to verify who you are, you’ll need to be at least 18 to sign up Humanatic as that’s the minimum age to have a PayPal account.

11. Etsy

Etsy

Did you know you only need to be 13 years old to sell your handmade goods on Etsy?

My youngest daughter is quite handy on the sewing machine and awhile back she was making these really cool makeup pouches with zippers and we almost went into business on Etsy.

Maybe it’s time to revisit the idea as Etsy keeps growing in popularity and teens have a REAL opportunity to make money off their creative ideas.

Etsy does take 5% of every transaction but if you have a great product it’s the best way to get it in front of a national audience.

12. YouTube

YouTube

If you’re a teenager who’s comfortable in front of the camera, and have great tips or advice to share, a YouTube career might be in your future.

There are MANY teens making a nice (some AMAZING) living via their YouTube channel.

Make yourself stand out from the crowd and offer something that people want or need, and your subscriber base will surely grow.

In many cases, it will grow to the point that you can make money from running ads before (or during) your videos.

13. TutorCare.com

TutorCare.com

I’m a huge fan of TutorCare as it’s one of the only online tutoring agencies that happily hires college and high school students to be tutors.

They offer flexible hours, pay well, and will work around your schedule (even if you have a full load of classes).

They offer FOUR ways to earn money and they include answering homework questions, uploading tutorials, 1-on-1 online tutoring sessions, and in-person tutoring sessions.

You only have to be 13 years old to apply to be a tutor, but be sure to ask your parents for permission first.

14. JingIt

JingIt

Jingit is an app that pays you to watch commercials, answer surveys, and even to walk into specific stores and “check-in”.

Sounds too good to be true but I did research on them and they’re definitely legit.

The cool thing about JingIt is that they’ll pay you for watching online ads that have their logo on it. So whenever you’re browsing online and you see their logo, click on it, and GET PAID.

For teens aged 13-17 you’ll need to get permission from your parents.

This is a pretty easy process and involves your parents getting an email which they click-on which grants you permission to use JingIt to earn some extra spending money.

15. The Harris Poll

Harris Polls

Sign-up with the Harris Poll Online and start earning gift cards from Amazon, Starbucks, and iTunes just by providing your opinion on certain topics.

Their online polls are geared more toward younger adults and teenagers and make for a great way to get involved and be of service to companies and brand influencers.

Most polls only take a few minutes and the free gift cards are icing on the cake.

16. Ipsos i-Say

Ipsos i-Say

Ipsos i-Say is a leading survey site and is open to those 18 or older.

You get paid to take surveys with an invite coming through to your email address.

You earn points for taking their surveys and can redeem them for gift cards to various stores as well as a PayPal payout if you prefer.

As with many survey sites, the hard part seems to be qualifying for surveys which can be frustrating.

17. SwagBucks

Swagbucks

I personally am a huge fan of Swagbucks and have used it for years to feed my coffee addiction with free Starbucks gift cards.

I earn my “bucks” by shopping online, watching videos, referring friends, and even playing online games.

If you’re at least 13 you should give Swagbucks a look (with your parents permission of course).

The cool things about Swagbucks is they pay you for doing many of the same things you’d be doing online anyways…so why not get paid for it?

18. Fetch Rewards

Fetch Rewards

Now we’re really getting into my wheelhouse. Fetch Rewards is my favorite shopping rewards app right now because it’s SO darn easy. (Full Review Here)

If you’re 18 or older, just snap a picture of your receipt with the app and start earning rewards…it’s really that easy.

If you decide to download the app and give it a try, be sure to use referral code RATHER when you sign-up and you’ll get 2,000 free bonus points.

Personally I’ve earned enough points over the years to do some major damage shopping on Amazon…for free.

19. Ibotta

Ibotta app

If you’re a college student, using the Ibotta app is a no-brainer way to make money from your grocery AND online purchases.

See: The College Student’s Guide to Ibotta (8 Ways the App Helps You Save Money)

If you’re at least 18 you can redeem any grocery rebate that doesn’t involve alcohol. Just look at the rebates available on the app before you head to the store, buy those products, then scan your receipt when you get home.

Even works on generic items like milk, fresh fruit and vegetables.

You can easily earn upwards of $50 a month depending on your spending habits.

Tip: Grab your friends receipts and scan them too! If they’re just going to throw them away, you might as well earn money on their purchases too.

20. Ebates (now Rakuten)

Ebates app

Ebates is now Rakuten, although it will always be Ebates in my mind.

Make money via “cashback” from all your online shopping by starting on the Rakuten website.

If you’re going to making the purchase anyways you might as well earn money from it.

You have to be at least 18 years old.

21. Poshmark

Poshmark

If you love creating your own personal fashions, consider selling them on Poshmark for a profit.

Their “seller stylists” not only sell their personal style, but also their “curated looks”. This could be you.

The best part? With your parents permission, you can start using Poshmark at 13 years old.

22. Uhaul

Uhaul

Uhaul is a surprising hot spot to find a job for a teenager as they set their minimum hiring age at 16. But they do require a high school diploma or equivalent.

Many of their jobs for teens allow you to work from home and answer calls in the reservation or customer service center.

Worth a look.

Ask the Reader: What online jobs for teenagers did I miss? Let me know in the comments, thanks.


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!.

9 Must-Know Costco Employee Benefits, Perks, and Discounts

March 9, 2020 by Kyle
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Costco has always been known as a great place to work, especially for part-time employees. But I thought it was time to take a deep dive into exactly what employee benefits and discounts Costco offers their workers. Perks that just might sway your decision one way or another when deciding to interview or accept a job offer.

9 Costco Employee Benefits, Perks, and Discounts You Gotta Know

 

1. Solid Health & Dental Insurance

If you’ve worked for Costco for at least 180 consecutive days, and work more than 24 hours per week, you’re eligible for health benefits.

You actually get to choose your own provider and out-of-pocket costs are low compared to the competition.

Also, since there is a pharmacy inside the warehouse, you get access to a solid in-house prescription drug plan.

Co-pays are $5 for generic drugs and 5-15% for for brand name medications.

Plus, all employees get access to a low cost dental plan which covers teeth cleaning and some basic procedures like cavity fillings.

2. Generous 401(k) Match

Costco offers a 50% match on your 401(k) contributions up to a maximum of $500 per year.

So you’d be smart to add $1,000 a year (if you can) as you’ll maximize this benefit.

In this scenario, Costco will add $500 to your 401(k) if you’re able to add $1,000 per year. Not too shabby.

Costco will also contribute a percentage of your pay regardless of what you add to your 401(k). This kicks in after you’ve been employed for a year and starts at 3% and increases periodically.

Caution: If you quit working at Costco before year 5 you’ll lose a portion of what they contributed but you keep ALL of your contributions.

3. Does Costco Offer an Employee Discount?

No, employees pay the same price as everyone else.

But…when I asked a Costco employee about this, she told me that one nice perk they do get is the ability to shop after hours when the store is empty saving a bunch of time.

After all, time is money, right?

4. Salary Starting at $15/Hour

According to this Wall Street Journal article the starting hourly wage at Costco is $15 an hour.

For reference this is a higher wage compared to other “big box” employers.

Factor in Sunday shifts and this wage rises significantly. More on that later.

Also, in case you were wondering, hourly Costco employees “top out” at about $26 – $28/hour and it takes 6-8 years to get there.

5. Their Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy Doesn’t Suck

Paid Time Off is a big deal and this Costco benefits is nothing to scoff at.

After you’ve been employed for 1 year and have accrued at least 2,000 paid hours, you’ll start to accumulate paid time off.

Specifically, PTO is earned based on years of employment and breaks down like this:

– 1 year of employment: 1 week PTO

– 2-4 years: 2 weeks PTO

– 5-9 years: 3 weeks PTO

– 10-14 years: 4 weeks PTO

– 15+ years: 5 weeks PTO

If you work less than 2,000 hours your PTO is pro-rated accordingly.

Also, it’s important to note that you can ONLY roll-over your PTO to the following year and it can’t be carried over from year to year.

Costco WANTS you to use your vacation hours…so use it before you lose it.

6. A Free Turkey? Um, OK.

According to this Business Insider article, employees at Costco get a free turkey at Thanksgiving.

Cool gesture but not exactly the same as a real Christmas bonus, more like a “Jelly of the Month Club” type bonus.

Apparently employees can donate the turkey to a charity if they don’t want to take it home.

7. Earn “Time and a Half” on Sunday

You can really rack up a fat paycheck if you regularly work on Sunday as you’ll earn time and a half.

So if you normally earn $15/hour that’ll get bumped to $22.50 which is a nice pay increase.

Doing some quick math, your weekly hourly rate jumps up to $16.50 per hour by working on Sunday.

8. You’ll Get 4 Free Memberships

Also, as a Costco employee you’ll get 4 free annual memberships.

One membership for you and 3 for anyone of your choosing.

Choose wisely young padawan.

9. Opportunities to Move Up

From talking to multiple Costco employees it seems unanimous that your success depends largely on your work ethic and how badly you want to move up with the company.

Work hard and you’ll move up. Heck, shoot for a supervisor position, then a store manager.

Your success with Costco is limited only by YOU and your attitude.

“Bonus Time” at Costco

I also got the skinny (kinda) on how bonuses for Costco employees work.

Here’s what I know so far…

– Bonus Every 6 Months: According to this thread on Indeed.com, an employee talked about getting a $2,500 to $3,500 bonus every 6 months depending on years with Costco.

– Annual Bonus up to $5,500: According to PayScale.com some employees get an annual bonus up to $5,500. Particularly the in-house optician (eye doctor).

Help me out in the comments if you have first hand knowledge of how Costco bonuses work.

Ask the Reader: Do you work for Costco Wholesale? What did I miss? Let me know in the comments, thanks.


By Kyle James

Costco Pharmacy: 8 Important Things You Gotta Know First

March 4, 2020 by Kyle
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If you’re like me you’ve walked past the Costco pharmacy for years but never used it to fill a prescription. Maybe you’re unsure of how the pharmacy works or if it’ll actually save you any money on your medicine. This article will hopefully answer all of your questions so you can make an informed decision on whether the pharmacy at Costco is right for you.

Costco Pharmacy: 8 Things You Gotta Know First

 

1. Do I Have to Be a Costco Member to Use the Pharmacy?

NO, anybody can walk into Costco and use their pharmacy.

Some Costco warehouses even have a separate entrance for their pharmacy.

Just tell the card-checker at the door that you’re there to use the pharmacy and they’ll direct you where to go.

See Also: 8 Cool Things You Can Do at Costco Without a Membership

2. Are Costco Pharmacy Prices Competitive?

The prices at the Costco pharmacy are quite competitive and is the main reason I wanted to write this article.

Consumer Reports recently put together an excellent study where they used secret shoppers to call over 150 drugstores in the United States.

They asked about the pricing on 5 of the most popular prescription drugs in the country and the results BLEW me away.

In short, Costco dominated.

Here are Consumer Reports official findings.

Consumer Reports pharmacy pricing

The only pharmacy to beat Costco on price was HealthWarehouse.com which is an online-only pharmacy and thus not a good option for those who need their prescriptions filled right away.

3. Does Costco Have a Discounted Drug Program?

Costco Prescription Discount Program

YES, and it’s only available to Costco members.

It’s officially called the Costco Member Prescription Program Discount Card or CMPPDC for short.

Depending on the drug, the discount card will save you anywhere from 2% to 40%.

Just show the Costco pharmacist your membership card and they’ll get you signed up for the discount card for FREE.

To give you an idea, here are some examples of the potential prescription savings.

– Dilantin 100mg Cap Qty 90 – $69.97

– Eliquis 5mg Tab Qty 60 – $471.79

– Gabapentin 100mg Cap Qty 60 – $5.99

– Levoxyl 88mcg Tab Qty 90 – $69.00

– Novolog FlexPen 100unit/ml, Qty 5 Pens – $460.02

– ProAir HFA Qty 1 Inhaler – $73.79

– Rosuvastatin 20mg Tab Qty 90 – $40.99

– Sildenafil 20mg Tab Qty 30 – $28.79

– Synthroid 100mcg Tab Qty 90 – $125.99

– Viagra 100mg Tab Qty 10 – $153.04

4. Does Costco Offer Immunizations Too?

Costco Immunizations

YES.

Here is a list of the immunizations that Costco currently offers along with pricing.

Hepatitis A (Havrix) – $69.38

Hepatitis B (Engerix-B) – $55.29

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B (Twinrix) – $94.60

Human Papilloma Virus (Gardasil 9) – $235.42

Meningitis (Menactra) – $126.99

Pneumovax® 23 – $108.18

Prevnar 13® – $198.81

Seasonal 4-Strain Flu Shot (No Cost on Most Insurance) – $19.99

Shingles (Shingrix) – $154.20

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough (Tdap) (Boostrix) – $41.65

No appointment is necessary to get any of these shots.

But it is highly recommend that you fill out this Immunization Consent Form at home to save time once you arrive.

Also, be sure to bring your insurance card and wear loose clothing and a short sleeved t-shirt so they can stick ya easily.

Besides getting immunizations, you can also consult with a Travel Medicine Specialist at Costco who will walk you through your future travel plans and what shots you’ll need before you board the airplane.

5. Is Their a Drug Auto-Refill Program?

Prescription Refills

YES.

As a matter of fact, once you check the “Auto Refill” circle on the Costco website you’ll never need to request a refill again.

On the Costco website, you’ll find this option on the Refill Prescription page or the Prescription Status page.

It should be noted that a valid credit card will need to be on file in order to use this service.

Also, you CANNOT get auto-refills on controlled substance medicines or prescriptions that are considered “non-maintenance”.

See Also: Walmart Pharmacy: Your 7 Burning Questions Finally Answered

6. Does the Costco Pharmacy Offer Home Delivery?

Costco Pharmacy Offers Home Delivery

YES, you can either have your meds shipped to your home or you can pick them up in the actual Costco warehouse.

The Costco website has a handy section dedicated to managing your home delivery prescriptions.

You can either fill new prescriptions, refill prescriptions, or have them transferred directly from a warehouse.

7. Can I Get Pet Medications at Costco Too?

Costco Sells Pet Meds

YES, and the potential savings on your pet’s prescription is significant especially when compared to the price your veterinarian charges.

You must be a Costco member and also be enrolled in Costco Member Prescription Program Discount Card (CMPPCD) to qualify.

For existing prescriptions, simply bring in the bottle on your next visit to Costco and the pharmacist will be able to tell you about availability and potential costs.

For new prescriptions, just tell your vet you’re a Costco member and they’ll call or fax your prescription order for you.

It’s also worth noting that you must pickup your pet’s drugs at Costco and you can’t have them mailed to your home.

8. Any Downsides to Using the Costco Pharmacy?

Let’s face it, the Costco Pharmacy probably isn’t for everyone.

Here are a few potential problems with it.

1. Location – A Costco location may not be near for some. Also, if your Costco is like mine, the parking lot SUCKS big time and is often a nightmare to get in and out of.

This is typically not an issue at most neighborhood drugstores.

2. New Prescriptions Can Be Delayed – I’ve been told that some new prescriptions won’t be available until the following day. If you need the medicine today this won’t work for many.

3. Wait Time is Often Long – Some pharmacy users complain about longer wait times at Costco compared to neighborhood pharmacies.

This is when it’s smart to get your prescription sent-in by your doctor or do it online so you’ll know your meds will be ready for you when you arrive.

Ask the Reader: Are you a Costco pharmacy user? Did I miss any important points? Let me know in the comments, thanks.


By Kyle James

Tractor Supply Return Policy: All Your Questions FINALLY Answered

February 27, 2020 by Kyle
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As an owner of a horse, a pony, two pygmy goats, two dogs, and a tough ol’ hen named “Houdini”, I shop at Tractor Supply Company on practically a weekly basis. It wasn’t until I recently had to return something that I took notice of their return policy on my receipt. Unlike many retail stores, the receipt didn’t stipulate their return policy but rather directed me to their website. I thought this was odd and thus the idea for this article was born. Here is everything you need to know about the TSC return policy, much of which you won’t find anywhere on their website. Hope it helps.

Tractor Supply Return Policy: All Your Questions FINALLY Answered

 

How Many Return Days Does Tractor Supply Give Me?

30 days.

You have 30 days from date of purchase to bring items back for a full refund to your original form of payment.

Do I Need My Receipt?

Tractor Supply receipt

If you want a full refund, YES, hold on to your receipt.

If you DON’T have your receipt you can typically still get store credit for the current selling price of the item.

Be prepared to show a valid photo I.D. as they use the information to track your returns so you don’t abuse the policy.

If Tractor Supply suspects you of making too many “no receipt” returns they can deny all future returns.

Bonus Tip: Sign-Up for the TSC Neighbor’s Club

TSC Neighbor's Club

The Tractor Supply Neighbor’s Club is a rewards program that you’ll actually use….like a lot.

It’s completely free and you can join either in-store or online.

Once you join you’ll be asked for your phone number every time you make a purchase.

The COOL thing about this is that all your purchases are then saved in their computer system so you can ALWAYS make receipt free returns within 30 days.

They’ll just ask for your phone number and they can pull up your receipt immediately…very cool.

I even recently made a return that was past 30 days and they still pulled up my receipt and gave me a FULL REFUND.

After you join, they’ll also email you money-saving coupons and let you know about a bunch of cool giveaways, even a cool birthday surprise during your birthday month.

Can Items Be in Used Condition?

Yes, items can be returned in used condition to Tractor Supply within 30 days.

But they must be returned with the original packaging, and as a general rule, in “sell-able condition”.

Can I Return a Chainsaw That I Used?

I couldn’t find an answer to this question on the TSC website so I called them directly.

After being put on hold several times, I was finally told that YES I could return the chainsaw even if I used it a couple times, as long as I was still within the 30 days.

But…they asked me if the chainsaw was still in good shape.

So I’m guessing that if you “use and abuse” a chainsaw then try to bring it back on day 29 it might not go over so well.

In the end, it will be left to the manager’s discretion on whether or not they’ll take it back.

Can I Return a Generator After a Storm?

This question is similar to the chainsaw example above.

If the generator has something wrong with it, they’ll take it back no questions asked within 30 days.

But if you use it for days on end during a hurricane then decide to return it, your mileage will vary from store to store on whether they’ll take it back.

Bottom-line, don’t abuse the fairly generous Tractor Supply return policy or they’ll eventually be forced to make it stricter when it comes to big-ticket used items.

Are There Any Exceptions to the 30 Days?

Yes, there are a few.

– Gift Cards: You cannot return TSC gift cards for any reason.

– Original Shipping Fees: If you return an online purchase you won’t get back the cost of shipping the item(s) to you.

– “Free Promotion” Items: If you got something for free from Tractor Supply you cannot return it for cash.

Can I Return Baby Chicks…Dead or Alive?

Returning baby chicks is at the discretion of the manager at individual stores.

As a general rule, TSC will work with you if you take home a baby chick that gets sick or dies shortly thereafter.

Meaning most managers will refund your money or do an even “chick exchange” if a chick croaks.

Call the store as soon as you notice that a chick is not healthy in case others are having a similar problem.

Also, don’t bring the sick (or dead) chick back to the store as you run the risk of infecting other birds.

Can I Return Worn Apparel or Boots?

This is a great question so I call TSC and asked.

I told the rep that “I bought a pair of work boots last week, wore them a couple days and they gave me blisters…can I return them?”

I got an immediate, “Yep, as long as you still have the receipt and bought them within the past 30 days”.

I then asked about clothing and hats and was told the same thing.

Keep in mind that they’re tracking your returns so I wouldn’t overuse this generous policy.

Can I Return a Gift from TSC?

If you have the gift receipt…absolutely.

If you don’t have the gift receipt you can usually still return it and get store credit for the lowest price of the item in the past 60 days.

It’s definitely up to the manager’s discretion but worth a shot, otherwise your best bet is to sell it on eBay.

Ask the Reader: What has been your experience with the return policy at Tractor Supply? Let me know in the comments and thanks for coming by my blog.


By Kyle James