Trade in old, unused Groupons for something new!

If you have old, expired Groupon vouchers hanging around out there, they might actually be worth something. 

There is a class action settlement regarding Groupon Marketing and Sales practices. Many sources are affirming the validity of the claim, and you probably got an email about it a few weeks ago…so I trust this offer is authentic. You’ll get Groupon credits equivalent to the purchase price of the voucher (up to 130%) so don’t delay! You probably missed a deadline once, and that’s how you got into this situation…wink wink… I haven’t read the whole form (and won’t), so I provide you the following to use as you like and make your own decisions about:

  • Homepage: grouponvouchersettlement.com
  • Requirements: voucher has expired and was not redeemed
    • Purchased between August 22, 2010-December 1, 2011
      • Extends to November 1, 2008-December 1, 2011 for AR, CA, CT, FL, HI, IL, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NH, NJ, NM, ND, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, TN, VT, WA
  • Deadline: must be submitted by January 9, 2016

Does this deal apply to you?

$1 for 1,100 Southwest Rapid Rewards Points

My fabulous sister-in-law found this one on her pursuit to close out her Companion Pass this year. I had to jump on it! 1,100 points are worth $10-20, depending on whether you have an active Companion Pass.

Locating the Offer

Just log in to Southwest Rapid Rewards and navigate to “All Online Offers” (mid way down on the left.) Sort by highest earn rate and you’ll find The Wall Street Journal at 1100 points. You’ll want to hover your mouse over the name until the “Store Details” icon pops up. Click there to get access to the screen below.

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Just select one of the radio buttons that offers 2 months for $1 (two month subscription) and you’ll be on your way. My advice is to set a reminder to cancel the subscription in about a week, or as soon as you see the purchase track through your account. How do you check? From the top right corner of the Rapid Rewards Shopping site, click your rewards number under your name. You should see recent transactions and visited sites.

What do you think?

Is this a deal you’ll participate in? I wish it was always $1 for 1,100 points! This offer certainly takes a minimal amount of time and money to complete – just don’t forget to cancel that subscription!

$145 Manufacturing Spend at Tiger Direct – Free Stuff, Free Points

Here’s the shopping list for current in-stock, free after rebate products at Tiger Direct. Most of these deals end today, so act fast! Also note that some of the items have quantity 2 – go for it!

You’ll want to check out with a Visa card via Visa Checkout for $25 off $100.

If you’re an ibotta user, click through the app to get a link sent to your email; that’ll be an extra $10 back. Yes, that link is my referral code (here it is again!) – I’ll get a couple dollars if you sign up through me, and you’ll get a couple dollars, too!

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Total price is $144, less $25 via Visa Checkout, which is $119. You’ll also get $10 through ibotta, so on a $119 purchase you will “profit” $35 (Visa + ibotta), get the 119 in credit card points, and have a stack of stuff to gift/sell on ebay/craigslist etc.

When you check out, TigerDirect is nice enough to give you a list of links to the rebate you qualify for. You’ll have to spend probably around an hour on those forms and will have to pay for a handful of stamps. Be careful not to miss any UPC codes, signatures, or deadlines.

Kohl’s Black Friday Offer SCALED BACK: Updated Information

Well, dang. I have some good news and some bad news. The offer is still definitely worth taking advantage of! Read all the way to the bottom for at least one way to get the appliances for free. That’s up to ten gifts – holidays, wedding events, your own registry…while the rebates are valid now at Kohls.com, you want to wait until midnight tonight or you won’t get Kohl’s Cash!

Bad News First

Kohl’s teased us with their Black Friday ad a few weeks ago, and left out an important details: how many rebates could we actually redeem?

Now that the rebate forms came out today (posted below) we can see that they allow only five ITEMS per HOUSEHOLD per OFFER. Bummer! I’ll only be taking advantage of Offer #15-42482 and Offer #15-42401. The Toastmaster rebate isn’t allowed online; if it pops up, I’ll jump on it…but for now, I think it might be an in-store only offer.

The items are still $19.99 each. One offer provides a $12 rebate per item; the second is a $10 rebate per item. Here’s the updated math:

First Group: $19.99 each, $12 Rebate, 5 Items Allowed

  • Buy one of each, total $19.99 * 5 = $99.95
    • Submit $12 rebate per item = $60
    • Earn two $15 Kohl’s Cash credits = $30
    • Earn $5 Yes2You Rewards per $100 = $5 (maybe, not sure about rounding)

Second Group: $19.99 each, $10 Rebate, 5 Items Allowed

  • Buy one of each, total $19.99 * 5 = $99.95
    • Submit $10 rebate per item = $50
    • Earn two $15 Kohl’s Cash credits = $30
    • Earn $5 Yes2You Rewards per $100 = $5 (maybe, not sure about rounding)

Totals

  • Cost: $99.95 + 99.95 = $199.90
  • Rebates earned: $60 + 50 = $110
  • Kohl’s Cash earned: $60
  • Earn $5 Yes2You Rewards per $100 = $10, not counted in math
    • $199.90 – 110 – 60 = $29.90
    • Price each: $29.90/10 = $2.99
      • Doesn’t include tax!
      • Price is “after rewards,” so you’ll still have Kohl’s Cash and Yes2You to redeem.

Good News

It sounds like a 15% off coupon will be going life tomorrow. Try code DEALS15 or RMN15OFF. Let’s look at how that affects our math, going with the total price of $199.90:

Totals

  • Cost: $99.95 + 99.95 = $199.90
  • Rebates earned: $60 + 50 = $110
  • 15% Discount on $100 or more = $29.98, new total = $169.91
  • Kohl’s Cash earned: $45

  • Earn $5 Yes2You Rewards per $100 = $5, not counted in math
    • $169.91 – 110 – 45 = $14.91
    • Price each: $14.91/10 = $1.49
      • Doesn’t include tax!
      • Price is “after rewards,” so you’ll still have Kohl’s Cash and Yes2You to redeem.

Obviously, it’s worth using that 15% discount and foregoing the $15 Kohl’s Cash!

Don’t Forget a Portal!

There are a number of holiday portal promotions going on. You’ll qualify for a bonus with this purchase! Here’s a brief summary, since I need to decide which to use:

  • American Airlines: 450 bonus miles on $150+ purchase plus 8 miles/dollar = 1176 miles for ~$15
  • United Airlines MileagePlus: 500 bonus miles on $150+ purchase plus 4 miles/dollar = 1176 miles for ~$15
  • Discover Deals: 10% Back (Doubles to 20% if you’re in on that deal!) = $16.90 or $33.80, makes your appliances free!
  • Southwest: 500 bonus miles on $150+ purchase plus 2 miles/dollar = 838 miles for ~$15

There are bigger bonuses on ~$500 or ~$1000 purchases, but I doubt we will get to that with this promo alone.

How will YOU use this deal?

 

2,000 IHG Rewards Points with your Dinner Date

The IHG Rewards Club Dining program is well worth joining with their current generous promotion: spend $30 within 30 days, get 2,000 points. It’s worth pointing out that this is a whole 66 points per dollar! Wow!

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This offer is only available to new members. Simply join before the 12/30/2015 deadline and spend $30 at a participating restaurant within 30 days. Don’t forget to complete the review; it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes, and in past experience most of these programs send a reminder.

If you aren’t planning a night out (and hey, if you’re pinching pennies, I understand!) you should be able to buy a $30 gift card and qualify for the bonus – save the gift card for a special occassion. Other options are to find places like The Wine Steward (in Hampstead, NH) or WineNot (in Nashua, NH) and pick up gifts for the holidays, wedding events, and so on.

Don’t rush to join until you know you’re going to be splurging; I definitely should have held off another few days to hit up WineNot, but instead it looks like we’ll be visiting the Biergarten before our pals’ wedding in a few weeks!

Where are you going to go to get your 2,000 points?

22 Kitchen Appliances for ~$2.49 Each!

EDIT: The rebate forms are out and restrict us to 5 ITEMS per HOUSEHOLD per OFFER. However, an extra 15% and great holiday portal bonuses make this an outstanding buy. Check here for the details.

One of my favorite annual sales is Kohl’s Black Friday. It takes into account all of the fun ways to save…sale prices, rebates, store loyalty credit, and manufactured spend…plus, portal points if we’re lucky! This is an awesome opportunity to stock up on 22 brand new kitchen appliances, regularly $20-$40 at 95% off, or grab gifts for the holidays/wedding showers/registries/wedding party gifts…the list goes on!

You can find the Black Friday ad here. This offer will be available in-store and online; online quantities tend to sell out pretty quickly, so stay tuned to find out exactly when the deal goes live (midnight central time?) or get to the store and grab a shopping cart!

Take a look below for newspaper clippings of my favorite deals:

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Rebates

Each of these items is eligible for either a $10 or $12 rebate ($12 on the first set, $10 on the two subsequent.) You’ll be able to find them by going to Kohls.com and searching “rebates.” They’re valid only on Thurs-Fri, Nov 26-27. In years past, a shopper could get five rebates per product. That’s a total of 110 rebates!

Because you’ll be mailing in a lot of UPC codes with a lot of money at stake, I recommend printing a label (my preference is paypal.com/shipnow) and insuring it up to the value of your rebates. I don’t even want to think about that important envelope getting lost in the mail. Be sure to stop by the post office and get a receipt for dropping off your package in case they lose it, or you’ll have no claim!

Loyalty Credit – Kohl’s Cash

To make it better, Kohl’s has a once-a-year $15 Kohl’s Cash on $50 purchase offer. The cash triggers at 96% of the $50, or $48…so don’t worry that you’re missing it by a couple pennies!

Loyalty Credit – Yes2You Rewards

On top of Kohl’s Cash, you’ll earn one Yes2You Rewards point for each dollar spent; at 100 points, Kohl’s will issue a $5 reward. In other words, it’s a 5% credit issued on each $100 spent. I didn’t actually include this in the calculations below; consider it a little bonus for your hard work.

Portal Points

If we’re able to order online, we can plan on at least two points per dollar at the airline or hotel company of our choice.

Manufactured Spent

If your friends are interested, you could sell them appliances for just a few dollars. They’ll get an amazing deal, and you get to spend money on your credit card for points! For example, you might spend $20 on a given product that, after all the rebates, only cost you $2.50. That’s a good deal for something you want to keep, and a great deal if you have someone to sell it to for $2-3! Who wouldn’t spend $3 for a Crockpot?

Let’s Add It Up

I’ll do the math for one of each item, and then multiply it by five – although it’s extremely unlikely anyone will be able to pick up all the items before they sell out. I would encourage you to do a little advance planning and work out the numbers – increments of $50 are important to maximizing the Kohl’s Cash returns. Here’s how it goes:

First Group: $19.99 each, $12 Rebate, 5 Items

  • Buy one of each, total $19.99 * 5 = $99.95
    • Submit $12 rebate per item = $60
    • Earn two $15 Kohl’s Cash credits = $30
    • Earn $5 Yes2You Rewards per $100 = $5

Second Group: $19.99 each, $10 Rebate, 10 Items

  • Buy one of each, total $19.99 * 10 = $199.90
    • Submit $10 rebate per item = $100
    • Earn four $15 Kohl’s Cash credits = $60
    • Earn $5 Yes2You Rewards per $100 = $10

Third Group: $14.99 each, $10 Rebate, 7 Items

  • Buy one of each, total $14.99 * 7 = $104.93
    • Submit $10 rebate per item = $70
    • Earn two $15 Kohl’s Cash credits = $30
    • Earn $5 Yes2You Rewards per $100 = $5

Totals

  • Cost: $99.95 + 199.90 + 104.93 = $404.78
  • Rebates earned: $60 + 100 + 70 = $230
  • Kohl’s Cash earned: $120
  • Earn $5 Yes2You Rewards per $100 = $20, not counted in math
    • $404.78 – 230 – 120 = $54.78
    • Price each: $54.78/22 = $2.49
      • Doesn’t include tax!
      • Price is “after rewards,” so you’ll still have Kohl’s Cash and Yes2You to redeem.

If you’re able to get five units per item, here’s the math:

  • Cost: $99.95*5 + 199.90*5 + 104.93*5 = $2023.90
  • Rebates earned: $60*5 + 100*5 + 70*5 = $1150
  • Kohl’s Cash earned: $600
  • Yes2You earned: $100, not counted in math
    • $2023.90 – 1150 – 600 = $273.90
    • Price each: $273.90/(22*5) = $2.49
      • Doesn’t include tax!
      • Price is “after rewards,” so you’ll still have Kohl’s Cash and Yes2You to redeem.

Will you take advantage of this deal?

I know this is an opportunity to spend $2,000 on a credit card of my choosing, earn at least 4,000 points to the program of my choosing, get an extra $100 bonus in Yes2You Rewards for whatever I want to spend them on, and give great gifts at awesome prices. Some of these items retail for $40, so a price of $2.49 is around 95% off! You might be wondering how I’ll spend that $600 in Kohl’s Cash; haven’t decided! I’m an Amazon reseller, so I usually find a few products to buy at Kohl’s and sell online. If you’re not into that, maybe you have some regular Christmas shopping to do. Think through whether or not you can make good use of that $600 in Kohl’s Cash; else, you’ve lost that money and need to incorporate it into the price of each appliance.

I’m interested in your thoughts! Leave a comment if you’ll be shopping the Kohl’s Black Friday deal!

My Grandmother’s Advice: Color-Coordinated Everything for $2

Technically, this was my mother’s idea…but we had to talk to my grandmother to get the process straight. Apparently, home-dyed “everything” was popular in generations past! Just think of whatever wedding accessory or item you’re looking for in your colors – here’s how to get it in your colors for around $2.

Even though orange wasn’t our wedding color, I had my mind set on Clemson-orange shoes. Do you know how difficult it is to find a quality pair of formal shoes in ORANGE? Despite my expertise in shopping (har har), I struck out in the shoe department. It was my mother who suggested, on a whim, we buy a pair of cream designer heels and dye them…on her kitchen floor, with a couple sponge brushes and zero experience. I included in the photo my Apple red shoes, dyed by David’s Bridal. I think we did a darn good job in comparison, wouldn’t you say?

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Our job on the left; David’s Bridal on the right.

Ever heard of Rit? Probably not, unless you tye-dyed tshirts at summer camp.

It comes in two forms – powder or liquid – and costs about $2/box or bottle at most craft stores. Use a coupon and it’s even cheaper, but let’s be real…

They’ve done the legwork and published the formulas for hundreds of shades…because you just had to pick some special shade of purple, huh?

The shoes took a couple coats, and maybe could have gone for another, but I got my orange shoes! I was able to choose a comfortable style rather than limit myself to the options in orange (extremely slim…and I didn’t find clubbing shoes with spikes to be wedding appropriate.) You might also consider a long list of other products you could buy in white and dye til your heart’s content (handbags, shawls, hair accessories, sashes, tableclothes and decor). You’ll probably want to put anything that can be washed through a cycle or so to avoid a wedding-day run, or seal in the colors with a product like Scotchguard or Rit’s version.

What do you think? There are dozens of sites with detailed directions, based on what you’re dying. Is there a particular item you haven’t been able to find in “your colors?” Will you try and do it yourself? Please share your story and photos!

$15 off $15 with Chase Freedom Plus Miles

Totally free stuff from your choice of 100+ stores. Fantastic. Just enroll your Chase Freedom card and start shopping.

Shop between now and 12/31/2015 and get a $15 statement credit on a $15+ purchase. Easy as that! The fine print does not appear to exclude tax and shipping, so if your total (with tax and shipping) is $15+, you should get the $15 credit. When you shop through a portal, you’ll earn points even though the $15 will be refunded via statement credit. Free miles!!

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Don’t have a Chase Freedom card?

Sign up and get a $100 credit when you spend $500 with your card. Not planning on charging $500 in the next three months? One easy way to do this is to head over to your favorite drug store (that starts with a W and ends with a “greens”) and buy a $500 Visa gift card. You’ll pay a $6 fee, but you’ll get a $100 credit…that’s like getting a $500 gift card for $406. Then, use that gift card whenever you’d normally use your credit card, but without the rush to spend $500 in three months.

Combine with Other Offers for $35 in Free Shutterfly or $66.50 in Free Under Armour

If you use this offer on an order at Shutterfly before Nov 16, they’ll send you a promo code for $20 off your next order. So, make an initial $15 order to trigger the $20 promo code, then of course use that code off a $20 purchase. Shutterfly is offering free shipping on $39+, otherwise it’s usually around $10 – so scope out their offers and see what works for you. Try combinations, too – you might be surprised with how many promotions will work together! Don’t forget to start at a portal to each points, such as the current 4pts/dollar through Southwest Rapid Rewards.

Under Armour is offering $25 off $100 through Visa Checkout, plus the $15 credit when you enroll through the link up top. That’s a quick $40 off $100, or 40%. Discover Deals is offering 15% back at Under Armour (and that will be doubled to 30% if you’re a new card holder or otherwise enrolled in the double-rewards promotion)…however, it appears that Discover is cracking down and only rewarding cash-back when paying with a Discover card. If you want to take the gamble, you could potentially get 30% back on your $75 purchase ($22.50) on top of your $40 discount through Visa. That would be a $66.50 discount (after rewards) on a $100 purchase…a major savings! I happen to think that’s a big risk, so my suggestion would be to check cashbackmonitor.com for current portal rewards – Chase Ultimate Rewards at 5 pts/dollar looks like the best option to me.

Wedding Ideas

There are over 100 participating stores on the Visa Checkout list. Jo-Ann, 1800Flowers, Neiman Marcus, Jos A Bank, Shutterfly…certainly you can find a clever way to save a few dollars on your wedding budget with this promotion. Jewelry? Accessories? Don’t forget to shop through a portal to get a few free points toward whatever travel or cash back program of your choosing.

So, how will you spend your free $15?

25% Off Wedding Stationary at Staples

Staples is on my list of great options for wedding stationary. Save the dates, invitations, thank yous, programs, etc. They have over four dozen designs, all of which are under $1 each, and envelopes are included. The other option is the Create-Your-Own, where you’re able to upload your own image. This could, of course, be a photo…or you could find a low cost graphic designer to create a custom invitation for you (try fiverr.com and get a custom piece or see what they have in their portfolio that might be cheaper – prices start at $5!). There are also a number of sites with completely free stock photos that you can use if you’re the do-it-yourself type; try pexels.com or pixabay.com and search for terms like “background” or “flourish” for subtle designs.

Use code “Invite25” for 25% off your purchase.

StaplesInviteAt first glance, it looks like the cheapest options are $14.99 for 25. Taking an additional 25% off makes them $0.45 each. The more you order, the cheaper they get; 100 are $56.99, and after the 25% discount, only $0.43 each. These are Create-Your-Own “same day wedding invitations.

$14.99 for 25

Of course, we can do better by shopping through a portal; take a look at the options from cashbackmonitor (not familiar with portals? check here):

Staples Cashback

 

If you happen to have a Chase Ink business credit card, you’ll earn 5 pts per dollar at Staples, regardless of which portal you use.

What do you think? Will you design your own or go with an existing product? If not Staples, where are you shopping for your wedding stationary? This was one of the hardest decisions for me because I thought the invitation really “set the tone” for the whole event! Have fun!

Bridesmaid Dresses, Up to 85% Off!

One of my favorite places for wedding-guest-dress shopping is none other than David’s Bridal. The store runs continuous sales, and when you only need to find a dress in your size…it’s a great option!

Big discounts at David's Bridal!

The recommendation for those of you actively planning a wedding is to collect your bridesmaids’ sizes and be ready to jump on a sale when it comes up. Ask your gals to visit David’s Bridal and try on a long and short dress, maybe in two different fabrics, to make sure you have the right size – bridal sizing often differs from regular sizing. Consider whether you want everyone to match or if you like variety – it will give you a better chance of finding all the sizes in one particular style. Lastly, make sure you have the credit to cover all the dress purchases at once; you might miss out if you wait on everyone to purchase their own dresses, and what a disaster that could turn into!

Also, keep an eye out for “Final Sale” items, as these cannot be returned or exchanged.

I was unable to find any additional coupons, portal bonuses, or discounted gift cards for David’s Bridal. But that doesn’t mean they’re not out there…do let me know if you find something!

 

 

So, did you find a great deal at David’s Bridal? Never pay retail!