Easy Bonus – United MileagePlus Miles or 15% Cashback at Sears

Here is a classic example of stacking promotions and taking a little risk regarding the fine print. You probably know I have recently become a major Sears shopper in the last few months (a personal shopper, if I may…maybe you would like to be my client?) and I have been profiting every time I sit down in front of my computer. I made over $125 in about an hour just recently.

United MileagePlus is offering a 1,000 point bonus on a $250 purchase. Sears happens to be a participating retailer…and the fine print indicates that gift cards are eligible for point earning until July 9 at a current increased rate of 4 points per dollar. However, you can not earn points when you redeem gift cards. Incidentally, the wording via Splender is the same but opposite at Ebates. Confused? Step by step, here’s how to maximize this offer…despite the fine print regarding the 1,000 point bonus saying that gift cards are not eligible, I am betting it will come through.

Step 1: Start at MileagePlus Shopping

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Step 2: Purchase a $250 Gift Card at Sears (or Reload One for Faster Service)

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In completing Step 1 and Step 2, you will earn the 1,000 point bonus (assuming my risk pays off) PLUS 4 points per dollar – or another 1,000 points on your $250 purchase. This is a total of 2,000 points or 8 points per dollar. While this type of offer comes around a few times a year, I’m happy to take advantage of it. Why? Because then…

Step 3: Navigate to Sears by Way of Ebates and Pay With Your Gift Cards

Since the Ebates terms do not restrict the earning of points on purchases paid for with gift cards, we should be safe here and take the 6% return they currently offer. Not an Ebates member? Please use my link – there is still time to earn a $50 bonus, which you can read about here.

Don’t forget to check your Shop Your Way page for loadable coupons – either for percentage or dollars off, cash back offers, or surprise points.

Step 4: Consider Loading Up via Splender

Splender (I’m a new user) is offering 9% back at Sears and also pays on gift card purchases until July 9th. So, beyond the $250 needed to trigger the United bonus, I am purchasing my gift cards through Splender and redeeming them through Ebates. This triggers a 15% total discount (or cash back) on top of any other sales or promotions you may find.

If you don’t care to get the 2,000 United MileagePlus points, you can skip right to Step 4 for purchasing gift cards and back to Step 3 for redeeming them.

A Quick Summary and Example

Via MileagePlus Shopping and Ebates

  • If you purchase a $250 gift card by way of MileagePlus Shopping, you will earn 2,000 points.
  • If you spend the $250 gift card by way of Ebates, you will earn $15.
    • This means that your regular old $250 purchase is worth a bonus 2,000 MileagePlus miles and $15 in cashback. I value those miles at a minimum of $20!

Via Splender and Ebates

  • If you purchase a $250 gift card by way of Splender, you will earn $22.50.
  • If you spend the $250 gift card by way of Ebates, you will earn $15.
    • This means that your regular old $250 purchase is worth $37.50 in cashback.

Will you take advantage of this offer?

I am constantly finding ways to manufacture spend at Sears – I might even make it to Platinum status in July! I have no hesitation in purchasing Sears gift cards during this offer.

Will you purchase through Splender and Ebates or MileagePlus Shopping and Ebates? Leave a comment!

How this Pertains to your Wedding

Nope, nothing ground-breaking here. As usual…

  • Buy gifts at Sears for your parents, wedding party, future spouse, etc.
  • Buy and sell items to manufacture spend on a credit card you’re using for your free honeymoon
  • Outfit your new home at Sears if the price is right
  • Purchase linens, decorations, etc for any of your wedding events (showers, centerpieces, etc)
  • Find bridesmaid dresses and accessories or suits and accouterments for the gentlemen

I Just Got 25,000 Bonus Miles – Did You?

I don’t read my emails carefully enough! Today, I realized that the Starwood AMEX credit card I opened in March has a $5,000 spend minimum…not $3,000! This sent me on a tear to spend $2,000 in the next 48 hours. Yikes!

Fortunately, one of the emails I noticed is offering a whopping 50,000 point bonus on $2,500 airfare spend. Yes, that is 20 points per dollar!!! Now, we all know I don’t like to spend money on my own travel…but to spend $2,500 and get the equivalent of up to 2 round trip flights in points? That isn’t so bad! Even better, I have a business trip sneaking up on me. I had booked with Delta an hour before I realized the Starwood fiasco, so I quickly called to cancel that trip – remember, within 24 hours there are generally no change or cancellation fees. Yes, the United airfare cost more than the Delta airfare, but if my employer complains….I’ll gladly pay the difference.

Here’s what the email (entitled “Remember to register for your exclusive offer: Fly your way to 50,000 bonus miles”) looks like:

United MileagePlus Bonus

According to a May post from the Doctor Of Credit and reader comments, the offers are customized (as opposed to targeted, I expect.) You can try your hand at this link or search your email – probably just for the text, “Remember to register for your exclusive offer.”

My flight came out to just over $1,000. I’ll earn 25,000 points. This is substantial! Usually, it takes a credit card bonus to get anywhere near that kind of accumulation. From the United page, simply register and book your airfare. Since you can complete travel through November, maybe that expensive Thanksgiving flight will actually be worth something!

What was your offer? When will you travel?

United is offering me up to 50,000 points! I only expect to get to 25,000, but that is quite a great deal. Hey, it convinced me to cancel a more convenient, cheaper Delta flight…so United has definitely come up with a good promotion this time!

I have a business trip that will cover this expense, but maybe you have a bachelor or bachelorette party, Thanksgiving, engagement, the wedding itself, or your honeymoon. If you aren’t able to travel free for your honeymoon, maybe you can at least get a nice perk out of paying for the trip!

 

Gift or DIY Bridal Idea! Free Craft Class of Your Choice!

I got an email from JoAnn Fabrics inviting me to a free Craftsy class. “Craftsy” is not a word I use to describe myself, but with over 1,000 options…there’s got to be something I can try! Please note…the email said the offer ends at 11:59 on June 29, so act quick!

Craftsy Offers 1,000+ Classes!
Craftsy Offers 1,000+ Classes!

There are many ideas that could contribute to your big day – such as custom cake toppers! Maybe you can make your own treats as gifts for your guests, such as chocolates or lollipops. Be “craftsy!”

Skim through and see if any of the great free classes will help you check a “to do” box for your wedding or, if you have a mother, mother in law, or bridesmaid that you’ll need a gift for…pick a class!

Which class did you choose?

Let us know how you’re going to make use of your free class!

Win a Roku 3!

Want to win a Roku 3?

Enter to win a new Roku 3!
Enter to win a new Roku 3!

Enter by adding Unveiled Savings as your personal shopper. This free program helps Unveiled Savings connect clients with relevant coupons and catalogs full of great products. Simply click here!

The drawing will be held on the 4th of July – with more prizes throughout the year and automatic entries for all clients.

To gain an additional entry, make a purchase at any Sears or Kmart after adding Unveiled Savings as your personal shopper. Gain another entry for every $50 spent between now 11:59 EST on 7/4/2016.

Good luck!

 

Enter to Win 250,000 United MileagePlus Miles!

United wants us to buy miles and will enter us into a contest for a few giant prizes. Here’s the scoop and prizes:

• Grand prize: 250,000 MileagePlus miles (1)
• 2nd prize: 100,000 MileagePlus miles (1)
• 3rd prize: 50,000 MileagePlus miles (3)

I suppose that’s fine if you want to buy points. For the rest of us…the fine print pretty clearly says “no purchase necessary” to enter – that’s my kind of contest!

250,000 Miles Contest
Yup. For the cost of a stamp, you’re entered to win a whole 250,000 miles. Sounds good to me!

Will you enter?

I will! I’ll give MileagePlus a ring tomorrow and confirm that “no purchase is necessary.”

Keurig Kold Owners – Full Refund Plus FREE SodaStream!

Get A Full Refund

Keurig has decided to stop producing its Kold model and they’re offering a full refund to its owners. Simply visit this site and submit a photo of your serial number (bar code with numeric code on top of the machine) plus a photo of your proof of purchase. The directions are very clear, so no need to belabor the point. This offer is valid until August 30, 2016 – don’t delay!

Get a Free SodaStream

As an added bonus…SodaStream is offering owners a free Fountain Jet Sparkling Water Maker, but only until June 30, 2016. Submit the following information to info@sodastreamsupport.com:

  • Photo of yourself with your Keurig Kold
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Machine’s serial number

There is a limit of 2,000 free SodaStreams, so don’t delay! I received a response today that indicated the promotion was still open, so go for it!

Please note…SodaStream will require redemption of their promo code within 10 days via this link; you’ll be responsible for shipping and handling only.

Dispose of Your Keurig Kold

Get a return label by visiting this page. Thanks, Keurig. Nice touch.

Do you have a Keurig Kold?

Have you enjoyed your machine? Will you take advantage of both offers? I did!

Bridesmaid (or Wedding Guest) Dress Option – Under $30!

Kohl’s is offering an enormous discount on this full length evening dress, available in two colors with most sizes available (note that size 2 is at the end of the list, but available.)

Kohl's Bridesmaid Dress

Don’t forget to stack the savings!

  • Use code “BBQ30” for 30% off if you’re a Kohl’s charge holder. Else, the site is promoting 20% off with “BUYNOW” through the 19th.
    • As long as part of the purchase goes on your Kohl’s charge, you can pay with any discounted gift cards you may have or choose to purchase (I like raise.com-they seem to have the fastest turn-around.)
  • You’ll also receive $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent, so get the gals together and combine into one order.
  • Unless you’re a Kohl’s MVC and can use “JUNESHIP” for free shipping, spend $75+ to avoid the shipping charge. You can always return whatever you purchased beyond the $75, so don’t hesitate to order two sizes if you’re unsure  and your credit situation allows.
  • Be sure to start at cashbackmonitor.com; the Ebates 6% back offer seems to be the current best deal.
    • When you join Ebates, you can refer your bridesmaids with your own link, which will earn you a $50 bonus when they complete their first $25+ purchase. In other words…somebody is getting a free dress, am I right? If you want to use my link, I certainly appreciate the support.

Here’s the final tally:

Purchase price: $42.00

30% Discount: -$12.60

6% Ebates Cashback on $29.40: $1.76

Final price: $42 – 12.60 – 1.76 = $27.64 for a discount off 80% off retail!

Will you purchase this dress?

Maybe this isn’t perfect for your bridal party, but hopefully it is another good example of stacking savings. It would be perfect for a guest, too – at this price, you won’t feel bad buying a gown you might only wear once.

If you find a great dress offer at Kohl’s, please let me know!

How I Made $69 in Less Time Than it Took to Write This Post

The world of e-commerce is vast. All you have to do is find an item here and there that is on sale. Hopefully, you can make that sale even better by earning (or redeeming) some form of store loyalty credit, adding a great portal bonus, and paying with a discounted gift card. Please the Rules of Engagement if you aren’t clear on that process. What does this have to do with your wedding? Not a whole lot, unless you, like everyone else on the planet, could use a couple extra bucks, have a father or other men in your life that will be gift recipients, or you opened credit cards to get a free honeymoon and need to meet the spend minimum.

Here is today’s example of making $69 in a matter of minutes (even if it took an hour, isn’t that pretty good?):

Sears is selling an impact wrench (I don’t even know what that is) for 50% off. I’ve added it to my Best Deals catalog. (Hint hint: you should really add me as your personal shopper so you don’t miss out on these offers…there are other great products in that catalog that you can make some money on, too!) Add in tax and my total was $132.80.

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Turns out Amazon sells this product for just under the normal retail – $237.49. It is ranked around the 250,000 mark in Home Improvement, which is good enough for me. The fees look to be around 15%, but for the sake of argument…I’ll call it $40 if I sell the item for $200. I should be able to sell it for $225 and the fees will be less than that, but let’s stick with easy numbers and plenty of margin.

A quick scan through the Sears Deals Center shows a nice $10 back in Shop Your Way Rewards on $100 in tools. Free points!

Ebates is offering 6% cashback (and you should totally be using Ebates and referring people to it while they’re offering a $50 bonus! Yes, that last link helps sort out the details.) Fantastic. 6% on $125 is $7.50. Don’t calculate on tax.

Icing on the cake here…I have a small stash of Sears gift cards that I received in exchange for Discover cash back. $20 worth of Discover cash gets me $25 worth of Sears credit – so $80 worth of Discover cash gets me $100 worth of Sears credit. Not bad, right? On a $125 purchase, I am saving $20 + $5 = $25 (there’s some common core math for you…20% of $100 = $20. 20% of $25 = $5. $20 + $5 = $25.)

  • If you don’t maintain a stash of Sears gift cards…well, you can reload a gift card from the Sears site (which you navigate to by way of Ebates) – you’ll still get the 6% back. In this case, then, instead of a $25 savings, you’ll get a $7.50 savings. Be sure to call Sears right away to get them to process the reload transaction at 888-396-5299.)

Final Tally:

Purchase Price: – $132.80

Amazon Expected Sales Price: $200

Amazon Worst-Case Fees: – $40

Sears SYWR: $10 (hey, they’re also giving me $1 for accepting a one-day slower delivery…fine by me)

Ebates Cashback: $7.50

Gift Card Discount: $25

= -$132.80 + 200 – 40 + 10 + 7.50 + 25 = $69.70 (note that this will be $52.20 if you go through Ebates)

Heck, I think I’ll buy two…

What does this have to do with wedding planning?

As with many of my posts, here’s the list of reasons this is relevant:

  1. You opened a credit card and need to meet a spend threshold to earn a sign up bonus. Do not spend money for the sake of this bonus – spend what you need to spend…and make up the difference on creative “manufactured spend” like this.
  2. You need a couple bucks to cover this that and the next thing. Dear reader…wouldn’t an extra $69 cover at least an elaborate mani/pedi? YES! How about your rehearsal dinner dress? A gift for a member of your wedding party? This is money in your pocket to spend on whatever expenses aren’t yet covered. Else, use it to pay down your debt!
  3. You need gifts for the men in your life – your dad, brother, fiance, groomsmen, etc etc etc…
  4. You need gifts for a couple in your life – engagement party, wedding gift, etc etc etc…
  5. You happen to need this thing yourself.

Does this help?

Are you interested in becoming an Amazon Seller? Does this example motivate you to find great deals of your own? Please leave a comment or send a message if you need guidance!

How to Get $100 Worth of Free Wedding Stationary at Staples

When all is said and done, it’s amazing how many pieces of paper your wedding will consume! Here’s a list:

  • Save the Date Notestyping-vintage-technology-keyboard
  • Invitations
  • Menus
  • RSVPs
  • Seating Placeholders
  • Return labels
  • Ceremony Programs
  • Thank You Cards
  • Photo Prints

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get even one of those at a discount?

Staples Premier = 10% Back in Rewards!

If you reach Staples Plus status, you’ll get a $25 in-store copy and print voucher. Once you make it to Staples Premier status, you’ll get an additional $50.

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Certainly, $1,000 is a long way to go to get $75 for free! Keep in mind you’ll get $10 on your way to Plus (2% back on $500) and another $15 on your way to Premier (3% back on the next $500.) Ultimately, on $1,000, that would be $75 + 10 + 15 = $100, or a full 10% back.

How the heck do I spend $1,000 at Staples?

Run Errands for Other Organizations

Your expenses will add up quickly if you’re a small business owner, teacher, etc. The goal is to spend as little as possible out of pocket to maximize your rewards. Here’s an idea – maybe you are involved with a non profit or other volunteer organization that needs supplies. Think about church leaflets, fundraising flyers, and so on. They may let you take care of the purchase and refund you later; if you use your reward number, those expenses will count toward your total.

Purchase Other Stationary at Staples

There are so many great places to purchase wedding stationary, you’ll have to really do some price shopping to make sure this is the best deal. If it is, let’s assume you purchase 100 invitations for $2 each – you’ve already spent 20% ($200 of $1,000) of your total. Don’t forget the envelopes! Be sure to follow the steps below to maximize your savings.

Maximize Rebate Offers

Keep an eye on Staples Easy Rebates! They are easy! It seems like every week includes a free paper offer. Find this week’s offers here. If you can get one free $5 ream of paper each week (usually the offer say “limit 4”) that’s going to be $250 ($5 * 50) in one year. There are often great resale opportunities when Staples offers 20% back in Rewards or 15% off, for example. They even price match 110%. Look for Keurig machines, routers, and other low weight, high price items. I’ve spent $1,000 in a day at Staples just on resale purchases! My Amazon store was happy.

Maximize Your Savings at Staples With These Steps

1. Extend your $75 with Coupons

It’s common to find 15 and 20% off coupons. Use these with your Copy & Print vouchers – just have them type in the code at the bottom.

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2a. Use Chase Ink for an Additional 5%

This business card offers a 5% bonus on office supply stores. Don’t have one? Consider using my referral link; you’ll get 60,000 points when you spend $5,000 in the first three months, which is redeemable for at least $600. $1,000 at Staples will earn you 5,000 points, worth at least $50.

2b. Pay with Discover Deals Gift Cards to Save Up to 30%

Redeem your Discover Cashback for $25 gift cards with a limit of 5 per order.

For every $100, you can get $20 off! That’s 20%! Now, your $1,000 in purchases only cost $800.

You’ll still get $100 back in rewards – $100 back on $800 is 12.5%.

When you consider your $200 savings ($20 * 10) plus $100 in rewards, this is like paying $700 for $1,000 worth of Staples merchandise, or a 30% discount without using any coupons! staplesdiscover

 

3. Don’t forget the portals!

While you’re on your way to $1,000, ensure you make your purchases through a portal!

My Experience

I was unable to apply my $50 to an online order for in store pickup, so plan on spending time at the store finalizing your design. My $50 (plus $4 out of pocket for taxes) was enough for a 24×36″ photo print, a wonderful custom return address stamp (if you aren’t having your envelopes printed, this will save you a lot of work!) and 500 business cards – which I can’t wait to pick up! You can have quite the variety of products printed at your store – stop in and chat with them or call to ask.


 

How will you spend your Staples Copy & Print Reward?

Which stationary item are you most excited to get for free with your reward?