The 2 Best Days to Shop at Ross to Save Money

June 6, 2018 by Kyle
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I absolutely love shopping at Ross Dress for Less. I buy almost all of my clothes and shoes there. Why would you pay full price for name-brands when you can get the same stuff at Ross for 40-60% less? Yes, it takes a little more time but totally worth it in my book. Today I have a couple smart tips to save EVEN MORE money at Ross. Here are the two best days of the week to shop at Ross and save BIG. Hope it helps.

The 2 Best Days to Shop at Ross to Save Money

Shop on a Monday for New Markdowns

Ross Price Tags

It’s obviously smart to shop at Ross right after they do their store markdowns.

Thanks to reader Kylie, this Monday afternoon the BEST day to shop.

Specifically, she said, “I was head of clearance at Ross and MONDAY is the day we only do mark downs.”

So by shopping on a Monday you get first dibs on new clearance deals and have actual opportunities to save money.

If you’re an avid Ross shopper, it’s smart to politely ask an employee what day they do their markdowns as it’s possible markdown days can vary from store to store.

See Also: What Day to Shop? 12 Insider Tips on Store Markdowns

55 or Older? Always Shop on a Tuesday

Ross stores across the country offer a 10% discount to those 55 or older every TUESDAY when you sign-up for their “Every Tuesday Club”.

I called several Ross locations to verify this information and it certainly is true.

To make it happen, you’ll need to visit the Ross customer service desk to get your Every Tuesday card. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID with your date of birth visible.

I was even told that the 10% discount is good on clearance and regular-priced merchandise.

So if you’re over 55, be sure to shop on a Tuesday from this point forward.

By doing so, you’ll also be able to take advantage of recently marked-down merchandise from the day before.

See Also: Senior Discounts: 70+ Places Where Older Folks Can Get a Discount

Ask the Reader: How do you save money at your local Ross Dress for Less? Or do you prefer TJ Maxx or Marshalls?


By Kyle James

Jack In The Box Secret Menu: 7 Items That’ll Make Your Stomach Growl (and Grow)

May 30, 2018 by Kyle
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The Jack in the Box secret menu took me back to my childhood. You see, I was 10 years old before I knew they sold anything other than tacos. That was all my Mom ever ordered and she got me hooked on them as well. But once I expanded my horizons, I realized Jack in the Box also sells some yummy burgers and shakes too. Then when I discovered their secret menu, it took their game to a whole new level. Here are 7 “hidden” menu items that will make you sprint to the nearest JITB.

Jack In The Box Secret Menu: 7 Items That'll Make Your Stomach Growl

The Jack in the Box Secret Menu:

1. 3×3 or 4×4 Burger

While the 3×3 or 4×4 is taken from the In N Out Secret Menu, the same principle applies.

A 3×3 is basically a burger with 3 patties and 3 slices of cheese.

Jack In The Box lets you do this as well and you can apparently make it a “9 x 9” if you so desire. Does anyone desire that?

Just be aware that you’ll be charged about a buck for each extra patty and around $0.40 for each slice of cheese.

Could be a fun burger to eat with your buddies. You could settle once and for all who really has the biggest appetite.

See Also: The Burger King Secret Menu Will Make You Bow to the King

2. Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger

I absolutely love a ciabatta roll with sandwiches, especially on our Panini grill.

But I never thought of a cheeseburger served on one, until now that is.

I recently ordered the “Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger” from the Jack In The Box secret menu and it was amazingly delicious.

The crunch of the bun, the saltiness of the bacon, the crisp lettuce, it was an explosion of flavors in my mouth.

The employee told me this burger was once on the regular menu as a limited-time item but can still be ordered at many locations.

They big caveat is the JITB location has gotta stock ciabatta bread and not all do.

3. Sourdough Bread Burger

I love a burger made with toasted sourdough and reminds of the delicious patty melt.

You can now get this beauty on the secret menu at your local Jack In The Box.

Just order any burger that you want and ask for it on sourdough.

It might cost you a little more, around 50 cents, but it’s worth every penny in my book.

4. Bacon Bacon Cheeseburger

The Bacon Bacon Cheeseburger was on the regular Jack In The Box menu as recent as 2010.

Apparently 124 people wish they would bring it back as this Facebook page implies.

It’s just a normal bacon cheeseburger with bacon bits added for those who really crave the fried hog.

Order it today and watch your arteries harden right before your own eyes.

5. “Loaded” Breakfast Sandwich

This one actually sounds really good and is sure to get your day off to a flying start.

Most locations will know it by name, but if they don’t here is an easy workaround:

Just order a grilled breakfast sandwich and add sliced turkey.

If you crave the hog, you can also add sausage in addition to the turkey, or as a replacement.

6. Mint Oreo Cookie Shake

What secret menu is complete without a tasty frozen concoction? None is the answer.

While there have been several iterations of the Mint Oreo Shake in recent years, this one seems to be a cult favorite with true JITB fans.

It should be noted that not all locations will have this shake as it requires them to stock mint ice cream.

But it’s definitely worth an ask if you love mint and have an extra 700 calories sitting around somewhere.

See Also: McDonald’s Secret Menu: Mickey D’s in a Whole New Light

7. The Extra Cheese Burger

This one is kinda like #1 on my list and fairly obvious.

If you love cheese, you can make any burger extra cheese for a small cost.

As a matter of fact, you can pile as many slices as you want if you don’t care about the extra cost or calories.

You can pick from Swiss-style, pepper jack, American, and jack.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever ordered anything from the secret menu at Jack In The Box? What was it and how did it taste?


By Kyle James

Photo credit to Paul Sableman.

Amazon Price Trackers: The 4 Best Pricing Tools to Score a Deal Everytime

May 24, 2018 by Kyle
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With over 100 million Amazon Prime members, it’s no wonder that Jeff Bezos seems to be ruling the world these days. But the tricky thing about shopping on Amazon is they fluctuate their prices quite frequently. This leaves many shoppers wondering when the price of an item is a “good buy” and might it go even lower. Enter Amazon price trackers which will ensure you always make your purchases when the price is the lowest it’s ever been. Here are my four favorite ways to track Amazon prices…

Amazon Price Trackers: The 4 Best Tools to Score a Deal

1. CamelCamelCamel

CamelCamelCamel

CamelCamelCamel is easily the most useful website with the strangest name.

Not only does the free website (and browser extension) let you register and start tracking the price of products on Amazon, but it also gives you the “Price History” of the product so you know when the product will be at its lowest historical price.

Plus they’ll send you a “Price Alert” via email when the price of the item you’re tracking drops.

You just set up your account and let CamelCamelCamel do all the dirty work.

I’ve been using their tracking service for years and it’s easily saved me a couple hundreds bucks, especially around Christmas and my kid’s birthdays.

Hack Alert for Camel: Not just for Amazon, they now have a site called Camelodge that tracks hotel room prices and sends you an alert when it’s time to book your room.

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

2. Keepa

Keepa

The folks at Keepa have created a very useful price tracking site and browser extension as well.

You can start tracking Amazon prices instantly as registration is completely optional.

Similar to Camel, Keepa allows you to track prices, get history data, and get email alerts when the price of an item is lowered.

I also like how they use their pricing data to show you “Daily Deals” from dozen of popular categories like electronics, books, home decor, clothing, and sporting goods.

These daily deals are a great way to shop for bargains when buying gifts, especially when you don’t a particular item in mind.

Hack Alert for Keepa: Many shoppers aren’t aware that Keepa also lets you import Amazon “Wish Lists” so you can start tracking those prices as well. Great way to save on gifts for friends and family.

3. The Tracktor

The Tracktor

Being a bit of a wanna-be farmer myself, I appreciate the name and logo of The Tracktor.

While similar to the two price tracking services mentioned above, I feel Tracktor does a better job showing trending Amazon deals.

Their tracking robots do a nice job scouring Amazon for products that have a price which is trending lower.

This is really handy when trying to determine when to buy more expensive items like HDTVs and laptops. If the price is trending lower, set up a price alert and wait until it gets lowered again before you make the purchase.

Hack Alert for Tracktor: If you sign-up for price alerts but aren’t getting emails, check your spam or junk folder as many shoppers have found them buried there. Especially Gmail users.

4. Use Google Docs to Track Pricing

Google Doc

A few years ago the folks at Digital Inspirations broke down exactly how to use Google Docs to track the price of individual items on Amazon.

They even included a free sheet that makes the whole dealio really easy to setup.

You just plug-in the Amazon product url that you want to track and the sheet updates itself automatically.

Once initialized, you’ll even get a daily email with the current price of all the products you’re tracking.

Who needs a fancy site or browser add-on when a simple Google doc will do all the work for ya? Pretty cool.

Ask the Reader: How do you ensure you’re getting the lowest price when shopping on Amazon?


By Kyle James

Costco Savings Tip: Why You Should Shop On a Monday Before Summer Ends

May 18, 2018 by Kyle
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When it comes to saving money at Costco there are many insider tips to consider. With that said, I’m stoked to add yet another Costco tip to your money-saving tool belt. Here’s exactly why you should shop at your local Costco on a Monday this summer.

Costco Savings Tip: Shop On a Monday Before Summer Ends

Why Before Summer Ends?

The summer season is when Costco always has the most seasonal items, especially large bulky items.

It’s a fact. Think about things like patio furniture, barbecues, play-sets for the kids, above-ground pools, even cool fire pits.

GoBankingRates recently pointed out that due to the large size of these items, Costco tends to mark them down to a “clearance price” way before the summer season officially ends in an effort to clear them out of the warehouse.

This is even truer than other seasons like post-Christmas and end of winter markdowns.

So take advantage of this knowledge during the summer months (think late July, early August) and save up to 40% off those significant purchases mentioned above.

The cool part is that by shopping before summer actually ends, you’ll still be able to enjoy them this year and not have to store items until the following summer.

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

Why on a Monday?

While fairly obvious, this Costco employee verified that Monday is always the slowest day of the week.

This is especially helpful information if you’re making a large purchase at Costco and will need help loading it into your car or truck.

WAY easier, and less stressful, to park out front and get help loading your patio furniture, jungle gym, or BBQ if it’s not crowded.

Final Takeaway…

Shop at your local Costco on a Monday in July and August this year and every year moving forward.

Not only will you save significant money on summer clearance items, but you’ll get those bulky items loaded when the warehouse is fairly empty and there are employees ready to help.

As someone who hates to shop when it’s crowded, that’s a win-win situation in my book.

Ask the Reader: What insider tips do you have when it comes to saving money at Costco?


By Kyle James

Father’s Day 2018: The 15 Best Gifts For Dad

May 15, 2018 by Kyle
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Just about everyone can agree that Dads aren’t the easiest to shop for. So when Father’s Day comes around, many people give costly presents that hardly get any use after the holiday is over. But shopping for a Father’s Day gift doesn’t have to be such a pricey guessing game. We compiled a list of the 15 hottest gifts for Dad, with ways to save, so your special present won’t be such a high risk.

Father's Day 2018: The 15 Best Gifts For Dad

1. The Amazon Echo

Treat Dad to the most desired tech by gifting him an Amazon Echo this Father’s Day. The smart device acts as a helpful personal assistant through Alexa by responding to voice commands.

Users can play music, get sports scores, make phone calls, control other smart devices, and receive information via internet search without lifting a finger.

Hands-free technology can sometimes mean hands-off prices for some shoppers, which is why Amazon offers five-month financing with monthly payments of just $20 to make it possible for anyone to buy an Echo while on a tight budget.

Price: $99.99

2. Everyday IPA Beer Making Kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop

A great gift for Dads who love a craft brew is this IPA Beer Making Kit. It’s the perfect present for his sophisticated beer palette.

Kits are available for a variety of beer types and come with all the tools, supplies, and ingredients necessary for creating your own batch.

The reusable brewing kit comes with a bag of mix that creates a gallon of beer. So if you want to create another round, all you’ll have to buy are the ingredients.

Price: $35.46

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Let Dad browse the internet in sleek style with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. The tablet, which runs Android, is the latest model released by Samsung and features several innovations, including the best screen that the company has ever made.

Other upgraded specs beyond its AMOLED screen are its stylus pen and fingerprint sensor.

Not only is the Galaxy Tab S3 an impressive device, but its price is also an impressive bargain compared with most new tablets on the market.

And if you’re an Amazon Prime member, or you know someone who will share their account, you can even get your order shipped for free.

But if Dad isn’t a Samsung fan, check out these best tablet deals to score bargains on other hot devices that are just as affordable.

Price: $547.99

4. S’well Traveler Bottle in Teakwood

Most people struggle to drink enough water throughout the day because it’s inconvenient or they’re simply too busy to remember.

If that sounds like your Dad, a stylish and reusable traveler bottle from S’well can be the motivation he needs to stay hydrated anywhere he goes.

The BPA-free bottle has the ability to keep liquids hot for 12 hours or cold for 24 hours.

Whether Dad is working at the office or hiking outdoors, the quality traveler bottle will hold enough to keep him conveniently refreshed and looking extra cool with it’s teakwood design.

Price: $33.99

5. Birchbox Man Subscription

For the father who forgets to pamper himself, you can’t go wrong with the Birchbox Man Subscription.

The monthly subscription box is filled with five top-notch men’s grooming products that your Dad would likely never buy for himself but would be delighted to have on hand. Items range from skin moisturizers and hair waxes to shower gel and body lotion.

The service offers the option of a 6-month subscription that costs $60 upfront or a monthly subscription for $10 a month that can be canceled at any time, allowing you to gift quality grooming supplies for Father’s Day, or for all the days after.

Price: $10/month

6. Fossil Flip ID Bifold Leather Wallet

Sometimes, it’s best not to mess with the classics when it comes to Father’s Day presents. If you’re ever in doubt of what to get him, the Fossil RFID Flip ID Bifold Wallet is a foolproof choice.  

The affordable leather wallet is one of the brand’s top-sellers for its practical design and premium material.

Features include multiple slots, a clear ID pocket, and protective lining to guard cards from unwanted RFID scanning.

Don’t forget to also use a Fossil coupon if you buy from directly from the brand so you’ll have plenty cash left over to take Dad out to celebrate.

Price: $45.00

7. Sriracha2Go Bundle

Some people just enjoy their food on the spicier side. And if your Dad is an avid heat-lover, surprise him this Father’s Day with a Sriracha Keychain Gift Pack to help keep his food fiery while on the go.

The package comes with two mini Sriracha keychains and a large bottle of Huy Fong Sriracha for refills.

So whenever he’s about to eat a meal without a hot sauce bottle in sight, he can just reach for his keys, belt loop, backpack, or wherever his mini Sriracha bottle is clipped to get his fix.

Price: $19.99

8. Eno Giving Back Hammock

If your father is a fan of the great outdoors, he’ll love the ENO DoubleNest Hammock. The versatile hammock is large enough comfortably fit two and is compact enough to fit inside the barely-there sack attached to it.

From the trail to the backyard, Dad can effortlessly kick back and relax in this breezy hammock wherever he goes.

Price: $69.95

9. Pit Mitt ® Grilling Glove-Oven Mitt

I think it’s safe to say almost every Dad likes to grill. Between the raw meat, the open flame, or the small thrill of danger, it’s a pastime that fathers can’t get enough of — but also need protection from.

With the durable Charcoal Companion Ultimate Barbecue Pit Mitt Glove, users can keep their left or right hand safe as they handle tools and food in hot spaces.

The mitt is designed with heat-resistant aramid fiber and lined with cotton for a comfortable fit. Whether he’s an amateur griller or experienced pitmaster, he’ll get plenty of use out of his gift.

Price: $11.39

10. Marvel Thor Hammer Tool Set

Hit Dad’s funny bone — and help him hit every nail square on the head — by getting him a Marvel Thor Hammer Tool Set. Both comical and practical, the tool set will bring out his inner child every time he needs to make a household repair.

The unique set is modeled to look like famed superhero Thor’s hammer — called Mjolnir — yet it comes stocked with a whopping 44 pieces that include basic tools such as a wrench, screwdriver, tape measure, and more.

Price: $99.99

11. Pair of Thieves Pixel Dad & Kids Socks Set

Imitation is one of the best forms of flattery.  So if you have a youngster that’s in need of a gift for Dad, pick up a Pair of Thieves Dad and Kids Sock Set for an adorable Father’s Day present your entire family won’t be able to get enough of.

Not only do the sock sets have playful designs, but they’re also crafted with materials that are breathable and moisture wicking, so they’ll get plenty of wear after Father’s Day.

Price: $8.00

12. Texas Beard Co. Beard Oil + Balm Combo

Did Dad’s facial hair stick around after no-shave November? Then show your support by giving him a Texas Beard Co.Tumbleweed Beard Oil this Father’s Day.

The handmade artisan oil is made with all-natural ingredients that work to soften hair and improve overall beard health.

Both unruly beards and mustaches can be tamed with this formula, with the added bonus of a sharp cedar scent to keep his facial hair smelling good.

Price: $19.95

13. Stanley Classic Flask

This Father’s Day, give your Dad a Stanley Classic Flask so he can take off the edge wherever he goes.

The retro style of the flask makes it a fun throwback if your Dad is a sucker for nostalgia. It’s also BPA free and made with stainless steel, so he’s guaranteed to never have a leak or spill between swigs.

Price: $15.85

14. Tile Slim

Save Dad from the occasional panic attack when his wallet goes missing by getting him a handy Tile Slim.

The Tile Slim can be slipped into anything you don’t want to misplace and works by connecting to a smartphone app that can help you locate it when lost.

And if you lose your phone, the Tile Slim can also make it ring — even when it’s on silent. Just don’t forget to use an Amazon coupon when placing an order so you won’t lose too much money at checkout either.

Price: $24.35

15. The Tie Bar Seersucker Tie

Fashion trends tend to be the last thing on the minds of most Dads, so help him out by adding some pizzazz to his wardrobe with the Seersucker Tie from the Tie Bar.

The stylish, seersuck-patterned tie is made with 100% cotton and works for both casual and formal functions. And if stripes aren’t his taste, the brand has several other tie prints and designs that still rock the same bargain price tag.

Price: $19.99

Get on Dad’s Good Side with One of These Gifts

The cost of a good present can easily add up, and it can be even more of a challenge to find something that will actually see some use. So don’t take a gamble when shopping for gifts for Dad this year.

Cut out the risk and take a cue from the ideas on this list. That way, he’ll be completely convinced that you read his mind — and you’ll know the cash you spent will be well worth it.

5 In-N-Out Burger Menu Hacks That’ll Save You Money

May 14, 2018 by Kyle
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In-N-Out Burger is by far my favorite fast food joint, especially when you can get creative and order something delicious from their famous secret menu. But the super cool thing about In N Out is that their prices are usually lower than other fast food joints, and you get higher quality food for your money. With that said, there are still ways to hack their menu to save even more. Here are 5 of my favorites…

5 In-N-Out Burger Menu Hacks That'll Save You Money

1. Don’t Be Afraid to Order “A La Carte”

It usually costs significantly more at fast food restaurants to order items individually rather than ordering a combo meal.

But that’s not the case with the In-N-Out menu.

So if you only want a burger and a drink than that’s what you should order.

Not only will it save you money, but you won’t be stuck with fries you’ll end up eating even though you really never wanted them.

See Also: The 10 McDonald’s Items That Provide the Most Bang for Your Buck

2. Split a Large Milkshake and Save

The milkshakes at In-N-Out are pretty darn good as they’re made with hand-scooped ice cream.

But a “large” shake is pretty darn HUGE and enough dairy to feed an entire family.

So if you only want 2 small shakes for your kids, consider ordering a large and ask them to split it for you.

You’ll save a bunch of money and pretty much end up with the same amount of milkshake.

3. Ask Them To Cut a Burger In Half

There is NO kids menu at In-N-Out.

So when ordering for young children who can’t finish their own burger, consider ordering ONE burger and having them cut it in half for you.

Not only will you have less waste but you’ll save money too.

4. Skip the Bun and Save

Did you know that they offer a protein burger? Essentially it’s a burger with lettuce leaves instead of the bun.

I order it all the time when I take my kids as the meat has a ton of flavor and the veggies are always crisp and fresh.

Also, it’s by far the healthiest thing on the In N Out menu and the $2.70 price tag for the “protein wrap cheeseburger” is VERY easy on the wallet.

It comes in at a mere 240 calories when ordered without cheese or special sauce.

5. Order a 3×3 and Dissect It

Here’s a clever way to get 2 burgers for the price of one.

Simply order a “3×3 burger with extra lettuce”.

You’ll get a burger with 3 patties, 3 slices of cheese, and several leaves of lettuce.

Then dissect it and take out some of the lettuce and 1 patty with cheese on it.

The result is a protein wrap and a double-double cheeseburger.

I did this last week and gave my son the double-double and I was perfectly happy with the protein wrap as it saved me BOTH money and calories.

Ask the Reader: What is your favorite item to order at In-N-Out? Have you ever ordered something and regretted it later?


By Kyle James

Giveaway Time! $100 Visa Gift Card Sponsored by Ebates

May 7, 2018 by Kyle
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OK, now this is WAY cool. To celebrate Ebates 20th birthday they are partnering with us to give away a $100 Visa Gift card to one lucky Rather-Be-Shopping reader. All the details are below. Hint: It’s really easy to enter.

$100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

First off, both new and existing Ebates users can enter to win.

Also, we are giving you 7 entries for the $100 giveaway. Enter as many or as few as you want. Obviously the more you enter, the better your chances of winning.

The 7 entries include these:

  1. Enter your Ebates email address.
  2. Visit Ebates on Facebook.
  3. Visit Rather-Be-Shopping on Facebook.
  4. Follow Ebates on Twitter.
  5. Follow Rather-Be-Shopping on Twitter.
  6. Visit Rather-Be-Shopping on Pinterest.
  7. Sign-up for our Shopping Hacks Newsletter.

Here’s the simple to use widget Ebates made for me so you can get yo’self entered today…

Rather Be Shopping’s $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Giveaway officially ends 5/28/18 at which point a winner will be selected.

How Exactly Does Ebates Work?

If you’ve never checked out Ebates, they’re a site that basically pays you to shop.

They call it “Cashback” and they offer it pretty much every place you shop online.

Cashback rates range from 2% all the way up to 15%.

Top retailers include Sephora, ULTA, Tarte Cosmetics, American Eagle, Forever 21, Macy’s, Walmart, and Target.

Any Special Cashback Rates Happening Now?

Yes, glad you asked!

To celebrate their birthday (from 5/7 – 5/14) Ebates is offering 15% cashback at the following online retailers:

Ace Hardware, American Apparel, American Eagle, Barneys New York, Dell Home, DKNY, eBags, KarmaLoop, Kiehl’s, Levi’s, Modcloth, Nasty Gal, Paula’s Choice, philosophy, Reebok, Udemy, and Under Armour.

It’s a great time to try Ebates and enter to win $100 at the same time.

How About a BONUS to Sign-up for Ebates?

Yep, they got that too!

You’ll actually get a $10 Welcome Bonus after you join for free with THIS LINK and place your first purchase of $25 or more.

You’re also eligible for the $10 bonus if you sign up for Ebates using the giveaway widget above.

Happy savings and good luck!


By Kyle James

Amazon is Jacking Up the Price of Prime (PLUS Tips to Avoid The Increase)

May 4, 2018 by Kyle
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Amazon hasn’t raised the price of their Prime membership in close to 4 years. Well, that’s all about to change folks. This price increase should serve as a great time to assess your membership and decide if all the perks of Prime are worth it for you. Here’s everything you need to know about the price increase as well as some clever ways to avoid it.

What Will the New Price of Amazon Prime Be?

$119 a year.

Up from $99, which has been the price of Prime since March of 2014 when Amazon increased it from $79 annually.

When Does the Price Hike Take Effect?

Glad you asked.

May 11th for new Prime members and June 16th for existing members.

With over 100 million current Prime members, it will be interesting to see how many continue to pay for the service and how many will say “Fuhgeddaboudit” and bail on Amazon.

3 Clever Ways to Avoid Paying $119/Year:

1. Prime Student – If you have a .edu email address be sure to take advantage of Prime Student.

You’ll get all the BIG perks of Prime and pay only $6.49/month (or $59/year) BUT not until you get to take advantage of a 6-month FREE trial first.

2. EBT Cardholder Discount – If you’re currently on government assistance you can also score a discount and get Prime for just $5.99/month. CLICK HERE for all the details.

3. Buy a “Gift of Prime” Now for Only $99 – Then redeem it once your current Prime membership expires.

I’ve been told this should work, but it may require you to cancel your current Prime membership right before it expires then redeem your “Gift of Prime” gift card for your new membership.

Worth a shot as you have nothing to lose and $20 to gain.

Visit the Amazon “Gift of Prime” page to buy your gift card before it’s too late.

See Also: Amazon Prime Discounts: 5 Ways to Pay WAY Less Than $119/year

Ask the Reader: Will you pay the $20 price increase when your current membership expires or will you say adios to Prime?


By Kyle James

Lower Your ADT Bill: How I Saved $156 in 4 Minutes

May 2, 2018 by Kyle
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I’m a big fan of calling and negotiating a lower bill with companies. Heck, I’ve even written about it in detail HERE. But for whatever reason I’ve never tried to lower my bill with our alarm monitoring company also known as ADT. I just kept paying whatever they were charging me and didn’t think twice. This was until they recently raised my bill to $39.99 a month. I figured okay, enough was enough, let’s see if I can get this bill lowered. Just how bad do they want to keep me as a customer? Here’s how I saved $156 with ADT by a simple 4 minute phone call.

Lower Your ADT Bill: How I Saved $156 in 4 Minutes

How I Saved $13 a Month ($156/year)

After calling ADT at 1-(800) 280-6946, I told the first customer service rep that I wanted to cancel my alarm monitoring service.

He immediately asked me why and I told him “I found a cheaper alternative”.

He then transferred me to what he termed a “customer retention” or “customer specialist” rep.

I can’t remember exactly what their title was, but this is the employee who has the power to actually lower your monthly bill.

See Also: Learn to Negotiate with DishNetwork, DIRECTV, AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast (and Save Hundreds)

What I Did Next?

At this point I essentially repeated myself and told the ADT rep “I found a cheaper alternative” and wanted to cancel.

Having never dealt with ADT before I wasn’t sure what her response was going to be.

After all, I really didn’t want her to cancel me on the spot as I didn’t want to deal with switching companies if I could avoid it.

She immediately asked how much cheaper the other alarm service was and I told her “$6 per month”.

Since I was currently paying $39.99/month, I thought she might offer $33 or $34 a month to match the offer.

I was kinda shocked when she said, “how about $26.99 a month?”.

Of course I jumped all over it. She even let me pick the length of my contract.

I opted for a 12-month contract as I figured I can call back and get the same price if I decide to stick with ADT after my 12 months is up.

For literally 4 minutes of my time, I saved $156 over the course of the next year and get the piece of mind that a home alarm system provides.

Takeaways…

1- Never pay full price with ADT. They are always willing to work with you and get you a deal.

2- Analyze the competition. Know exactly what you could get with a cheaper alarm company. Use that info as ammunition when making the “cancel call”.

3- Threaten to cancel instead of asking for a lower price. If you call and just ask for a lower price you may save some money, but you usually won’t save as much compared to the cancel threat.

4- Think about your contract period. If you’re not sure how long you’ll be in the house, consider the 12-month contract at the lower rate. Otherwise, if it’s a fantastic rate you might want to lock it in for a couple years.

5- This tip applies to ALL alarm companies. If ADT is willing to lower my bill substantially you can bet your bottom dollar other alarm companies like Bay Alarm, LifeShield, and FrontPoint are willing to do the same.

Ask the Reader: Have you ever lowered your bill with ADT or any other monthly service? If so, how much money did you save?


By Kyle James

Bed Bath & Beyond Return Policy: Here’s The Real Scoop

April 27, 2018 by Kyle
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The Bed Bath & Beyond return policy, while still mighty fine, has been restricted a little bit in recent years. Especially when you lose your receipt. So I thought it was time to break it all down for you. Here is exactly how the BB&B return policy works. Hope this helps and answers all your questions.

Bed Bath & Beyond Return Policy: Here's The Real Scoop

How Many Return Days With a Receipt?

Unlimited return days.

Yes, that’s right, the Bed Bath and Beyond return policy gives you an unlimited number of return days to return items.

It should be noted that this does require a receipt. Which leads us to our next question.

What If I Lost My Receipt?

If you lose your receipt, your return window is shortened to 365 days.

Still incredibly generous, but a definite change in recent years to try and cut back on consumers who were abusing their return policy.

Bed Bath & Beyond will use one of the following methods to try and find your purchase history:

  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Store or merchandise credit number
  • Gift card number
  • Checking account number

If they CAN’T find any evidence of your purchase, they’ll let you complete an exchange (or get store credit) minus 20% of the current price.

If you prefer cash back, you’ll have to complete a “corporate refund request”, just tell the employee and they’ll help you out.

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

Do Items Have To Be In Original Packaging?

No, absolutely not.

Just bring the item back in, apparently in whatever condition, and they’ll refund 100% of your money if you still have your receipt.

Bed Bath & Beyond can do this because they have a strong relationship with their suppliers, many of whom will refurbish returned items and resell them at a discount.

Can I Return Items to Any Bed Bath and Beyond Location?

Yes, just bring back your items to any BB&B location and get your return processed.

Is Anything Non-Refundable?

Yes, there are a few items that cannot be return to BB&B. Here they are:

Gift Cards: Completely non-refundable.

Shipping, Delivery Charges: No refund on these, sorry.

Assembly Charges: If you pay someone from Bed Bath and Beyond to build something, you can’t get your money back if you decide to return the item.

Monogrammed, Personalized, Custom-Made Items: Non-refundable.

Special Order Items: Non-refundable.

Baby Clothing and Destination Maternity Items: These can only be returned with the original tags still attached and your receipt.

Breast Pumps: Can only be returned unopened and with your receipt.

What About Returning Online Purchases?

When you order something from the Bed Bath & Beyond website you’ll find a FedEx return postage label included.

On the return label you’ll need to circle the item you’re returning, the reason why, and add your phone number.

Just pack up the items in the original package, include the bottom portion of your invoice, stick the FedEx label on it, and drop it off at a FedEx pickup location.

You’re done, go enjoy a cold pop.

What’s the Scoop on “Truck Delivery” Returns?

When getting a truck delivery from Bed Bath & Beyond I have some tips for success.

When the item(s) gets delivered, be sure to open the box and inspect the item for damage before the driver leaves.

If you see any damage, decline the delivery and write “Package Damage” on the delivery form. Then call BB&B at 1-844-4BBBHOME to report the damage.

If the damage is minimal, you can accept the return then call the above number and they’ll send out a replacement part or product.

Call within 48 hours for best results.

Can I Return a Mattress?

No, not exactly.

But if you’re having a tough time adjusting to your new mattress, they give you 120 days from delivery date to do a 1-Time mattress exchange.

After that you’re stuck with it, so choose wisely.

It should also noted that you’re on-the-hook for all shipping charges.

Call Bed Bath & Beyond at 1-844-4BBBHOME to schedule your mattress exchange.

Ask the Reader: What’s been your experience with the Bed Bath & Beyond return policy? Have you ever had a problem returning an item?


By Kyle James