12 Weeks of The Economist for Free!

12 Free Weeks of The Economist

This is as simple as it gets – head on over to TopCashBack.com to find this one. I’ll click through in a couple hours (yes, it’s 3:37AM local time) to make sure I don’t mess it up. I don’t see any complicated terms and conditions, but you’ll want to set a reminder to cancel if this isn’t the type of thing you’d like to pay for. I’m excited; I’ve heard great things about their material.


 

If you happen to be a new TopCashBack customer, I would really appreciate your help with this by signing up through my referral link – I’m pending a $50 bonus with just one more referral. You get The Economist and I get a nice tip; even if you wouldn’t normally bother with this, it would make a difference to me! Or, hey, you could always send it over to your Dad’s house. Dads like this kind of stuff.

Thanks in advance!

Part II: Day Four – Complete Shop Your Way Platinum Requirements

This guide is part of the series, Max Performing: The $20,000 Kitchen Upgrade. Start here.

A significant part of this plan hinges on the ability to achieve Shop Your Way Platinum status. This is for one major reason, and one major reason only: 

Uh, yup! See it? “Birthday Month.” The stars have aligned and the kitchen-upgrader happens to have a birthday in May. I’ve called Shop Your Way VIP and confirmed that the appliances qualify for 15% back. Remember the part where those appliances cost $13,000 on sale? 15% of $13,000 = $1,950.

See where this is going?

The ‘cost’ of VIP Platinum is $2,000 over the course of 30 purchases. Well, if the kitchen appliances trigger $1,950 back in points and Platinum is a $2,000 investment…it sure seems to me that spending $2,000 to get Platinum means getting $1,950 back in points, and that looks like a free $1,950 to me.

The washer and dryer already amounted to around $1,800 worth in merchandise. Our kitchen-upgrader now needs to spend around $200 on whatever they want to reach the $2,000 threshold and must complete an additional 28 purchases. Here are a few options:

  • Buy something for roughly $200 that you want or need. To get the additional 27 purchases, go to Kmart and complete 27 purchases of a single pack of Kool-Aid mix ($0.29 each.) Alternatively, you can do this from the comfort of your own home by selecting the in store pick up option. They’ll probably think you’re crazy, but genius comes in many forms. ūüėČ
  • Stick with the Kool-Aid plan, plus get items that will generate lots of points back – this essentially reduces your out of pocket cost going forward for those appliances or whatever else you might be buying. This link has a bunch of offers and you’ll follow the Day Two steps to complete those orders.
  • Buy something for roughly $200 that you don’t want or need. Sell it on eBay or Craigslist. Put cash in pocket.
  • Run one grocery shopping trip at Kmart (or complete the purchases online.) We’re talking one can of green beans per order, maybe some NutriGrain bars, your favorite deodorant…just hit the ~$200 threshold and complete 27 orders.

What would you do? Any other ideas for achieving VIP Platinum status? Share them in the comments!

Max Performing: The $20,000 Kitchen Upgrade

This “series” (as I don’t have the mental capacity to write¬†it all in one post) is like the Olympics of couponing. What began seven years ago as a way to save a couple bucks on tires when I was (ironically) $20,000 in credit card debt now becomes an attempt to get about $4,000 worth of goodies for free after spending around $13,000 on the wanted luxury kitchen appliances, plus $3,500 worth of airfare just for fun. Don’t try this at home. Oh, and I apologize for the super short post but tomorrow is tax-filing day and I’m behind on the paperwork…

 

Part I – Introduction, Outline and Numbers

Introduction

A brave friend of mine has trusted me to figure this one out and I don’t take that lightly! I was provided with the new kitchen’s floorplan and set to figuring out what appliances would fit in each space. I was stunned with the 48″ slot for the range. A four foot stove? What could that be? I plugged in the allocated model number and it turns out it’s an $8,000 (on the low end!) professional range. Holy cow. At this point, I realized we had a big project to work out.

The Big Picture

My intent is to get as much as possible for free in addition to the $13,000 worth of kitchen appliances (that’s their sale price!) For fun, we’ll also accumulate $3,500 worth of airfare. My goal is to get a ‘free’ washer and dryer out of the gig. (What’s with the quotes? I’ll be shuffling around Sears Shop Your Way Rewards credits in doing my math, so please be patient and it’ll all come together.)

Three Part Process

This is a significant undertaking, so I have broken it into three parts:

Part I is the introduction, where I will also tally the numbers.

Part II is achieving loyalty status.

Part III is max performing loyalty status.

Each part will be broken into day by day steps to make this manageable for me, the author, and for you, the reader. Check back often for updates. Without further ado…

Part II – Achieving Loyalty Status

Day By Day Steps

Day One: Aquire Discounted Gift Cards for Washer + Dryer

Day Two: Purchase Dryer

Day Three: Purchase Washer

Day Four: Complete Shop Your Way Platinum Requirements

Spend $30, Donate Three Pairs of Shoes, Receive $55 in Sears Credit YMMV

It’s a great time of year to be thinking about other people. In this promotion, it’s definitely a win-win: you can donate three pairs of shoes and earn all of your money in store credit (less tax) back PLUS a $25 bonus in Shop Your Way Rewards. Truth be told, I can’t figure out how they get to $55 (the original post said $40 and that made sense) but no complaints here!

The two items that I’m positive are participating are the Batman and Spiderman shoes.

You’ll notice where it says in yellow “Special Offers…” click the drop down to confirm 100% Back in Points plus a $10 bonus when you spend $30.

Simply add three pairs of shoes and you will earn $40 back in points. See how mine says I’ll earn around $10 back in points? That’s because I have already purchased my $30 worth (it’s a once per member deal.) Yours should show $40! (Edit: I don’t know why it is $55, but yahoo!)

Your points are valid¬†12/12-12/18 only. Don’t forget to use them! If you don’t have a Sears or Kmart nearby, consider stocking up on paper towels, garbage bags, or other consumables and having them delivered right to your door; shipping is free on $30 purchases. Perfect, right?

If you don’t have time to pick up and donate or don’t have a Sears/Kmart nearby, you can choose “Pick Up In Store” and use Fort Walton Beach, FL (zip code 32548). Use “Unveiled Savings” as the name of the person picking up your order and email me when it’s ready. It would be my privilege to help you participate in this deal.

Happy Holidays!!!!

 

Make the Deal Better for You

Choose a shopping portal (a what?) to get a little bonus when you shop.

Make the Deal Better for Me…and You, Too!

If you like this kind of promotion, considering adding me as your personal shopper, which is a one-time, 60-second activity. I’ll be able to send you a bonus coupon for $5 off $25, which should work with this promotion.

Yes, Sears pays me a commission, which helps cover the expenses of the site.

Wondering if this deal is really about the shoes? The most Sears will pay me is $0.90. You decide.

Help Homeless Pets for Free (After Points)

Kmart is running a promotion (expiration date unknown) for $5 back in points on a $5 purchase from the Home department.

$5 Promotion at Kmart

If you want, you can certainly go ahead and choose $5 worth of products for your own home. That would be smart. But it might cost you a couple dollars in shipping, so opt for an in-store pickup when you add merchandise to your cart.

If you’d like to help with the donation project, here’s a way to give a shelter animal a gift.

  • Start at cashbackmonitor.com¬†for a couple bonus points through the portal of your choice (read about portals here)
  • Pick one or two of the blankets from this catalog (spend $5 minimum)
  • Use code “CYBER” to get 10% off and a 5,000 point bonus in Shop Your Way Rewards worth $5.

Feel free to donate to your local shelter (either ship to your home, ship directly to the local shelter, or use in store pickup – whichever you prefer.) If the shipping costs are prohibitive or you don’t have a store, feel free to use the Fort Walton Beach, FL store and I will be so happy to pick up your order and donate it on your behalf. Just put “Unveiled Savings” when it asks who’s picking up your order and email me a heads-up.

If you’re wondering what to do with your $5, keep in mind that most Kmart stores carry tons of consumables – groceries, paper products, toiletries. Shop Your Way Rewards even offers coupons for these products.

Don’t hesitate to comment or contact me with any questions you have. I’d love to go pick up 100 fuzzy blankets for our four legged friends.

From me and my rescue mutts to you and yours…happy holidays!

 

PS If you’re interested in hearing about these offers, receiving coupons directly to your Shop Your Way account or email, and personalized money-saving opportunities, please add me as your Personal Shopper. Disclosure: Sears pays me a 1% commission – thank you in advance!

Massive 100% Back in Points, In Store Only – YMMV

While I was waiting on my $4.99 Sears oil change and tire rotation (VIP Platinum perks!!) I was surprised to see the Craftsman Bolt On Attachments with a “100% Back in Points” sign. I asked an employee if the promotion was current. From my previous post, these were 100% Back in Points online…now, they appear to be 100% Back in Points in-store.¬†Your store’s promotions may vary significantly, so I apologize in advance if I get your hopes up and your store isn’t participating.

With this finding, I asked if there were any other 100% Back in Points promotions going on. I was told ‘yes’ and passed around a few employees who were all very willing to help find what the offers. Three employees later, I was shown a 22 page (!!!!) spreadsheet listing items that were¬†all¬†100% Back in Points. This promotion began 11/30 and runs through December, but very few of the items were tagged on their shelves. I took a handful of photos of the categories I was interested in, rather than drag the employee around the store with the list, and started hunting. An hour later, I had accumulated around $275 worth of products that were all 100% Back in Points. Note that many of the items had small blue square “100% Back in Points” tags, so be on the lookout. Here are a few hasty photos of my treasures:

Sears Blue Hangtag

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Free Garden Tools
Sears 100% Back in Points
Free Kitchen Products
Sears 100% Back in Points
Free Extension Cords

 

There were items everywhere! Here’s a list which is at least partly available in the catalog here:

  • dish and bath towels
  • Libby glassware
  • Butter dishes, salt and pepper shakers, square bowls and serving trays
  • Pyrex baking dish
  • Kenmore loaf pan, kitchen tools, Oxo kitchen tools, french fry basket (heehee)
  • Craftsman garden tools
  • Air fresheners
  • Dazzle jewelry cleaner
  • Neoprene hand weighs
  • extension cords
  • LED flashlights
  • Pillow cases and twin sheet sets
  • Shoelaces and insoles
  • Pool and table tennis accessories
  • Spark plugs (and things that don’t make sense to me)
  • Bike accessories
  • Yoga products

I expect that all items will be marked in the next day or so, but you may have some luck checking in with a friendly Sears employee.

Important details:

  • Offer valid 11/30/2017-12/30/2017.
  • Points probably do not roll, but good luck if you try!
  • Points are valid for 30 days.
  • There does not appear to be a spending cap – my $275 purchase resulted in $285 worth of points (thanks, Sears!)

What do I do with all of these points?

If you’re wondering what to do with all of those points, remember that they have an extensive auto center. Sears and Kmart are affiliates, so you can do your grocery shopping for a few weeks and use up those points. I like to order consumables (paper towels, toilet paper, hand soap, garbage bags, etc.) At the very least, consider this a “buy one, get one” promotion – if you buy one $5 item and get 100% back in points, you can go spend that $5 in points on a second item. That’s two $5 items ($10 value) for only $5. Not that you will generally not earn points on a purchase that is paid for with points!

Can I save even more on this purchase?

Before you go…for the latest on great promotions, please consider selecting me as your personal shopper. I’ll send you coupons that can make this deal even better – such as a $15 off $150 purchase, which sweetens the deal! Plus, you’ll help me earn a very (itty bitty) commission, which helps cover the costs of running this site. I appreciate it! I’ll help you load coupons to your account if you don’t already know how to do that (there are directions around the blog, but the short version…go to shopyourway.com, click “Rewards” then “Coupons” and start loading!)

Don’t forget – if you have an American Express card, check out your offers for a $10 back on $50 purchase. You’ll get the $10 credit on your account plus all $50 back in points!

Any luck?

Did your store have any great promotions going on? What did you find?

Craftsman Tools, Better-Than-Free After Points!

I love these deals!

I’ve added all of the items that are free after points to this catalog (please consider adding me as your personal shopper – I’ll earn a 2% commission on your purchase from Sears, which is such a nice way for you to give me a thumbs up on this deal.)

Here’s how it adds up:

Total Price: ~$450

SYWR Points Earned: ~$480

Coupons Applied: $20 off $150 and $20 in surprise points

You can make the deal better by starting at cashbackmonitor.com and picking a portal to shop through. I was unable to redeem gift cards on this purchase without severely reducing the cash back…this doesn’t make any sense and 45 minutes on the phone with customer service didn’t get me anywhere. I shopped through British Airways as we are in the midst of planning a spring vacation and paid¬†with my¬†Discover card to earn 5% back with the category bonus (don’t forget to activate this perk!) You should be able to count this as an additional $25 in savings.

What am I going to do with the points I received?

I’m going to buy the main body of this tool, which is currently on sale for $80. I might order some consumables – garbage bags, laundry detergent, etc – from Kmart. Or, I’ll just shop around for items to sell on Amazon/eBay/craigslist (I’ll share what I find.) We also recently purchased shelving units for about $45 and are looking for a few more, I need an iPad mini for my drone, and we’re hoping to pick up an end-of-season clearance set of patio furniture. I guess that’s the great thing about Sears and Kmart – we’re always finding something the house needs.

I don’t need this stuff!

These items appear to be popular on eBay and Amazon. You can likely sell them for ~$200, plus Sears is going to give you more store credit back than you spent in the first place. You could also donate the whole kit and write it off. At the very least, it’s an easy $500 on your credit card and the cash back can be used on almost anything at Sears/Kmart.

Good luck!

 

Free (After Points) Headphones Etc At Sears!

They keep saying there aren’t any good deals at Sears…that’s because “they” aren’t using Unveiled Savings as their personal shopper!

If you buy the items pictured below, you’ll get them ‘free after points.’ This means you’ll pay the ~$75 out of pocket and receive back the equivalent of ~$75 in points. You’ll need to use three promotions, which should automatically be added to your cart if you are a Shop Your Way member. A chat representative will be able to provide coupon codes if you need them. In the interest of time, I’ll leave you to search for those deals on your own (from Sears.com, hover over “Your Account” then “Your Clipped Coupons” and/or go to shopyourway.com, hover over “Rewards” and click “Coupons.”)

Item Numbers 05750096000,¬†05727219000, 05737562000,¬†05727220000 (in no particular order) – for your convenience, I’ve made a catalog so you can add them directly to your cart (plus you’ll have to manually add the TV Cleaning Kit):

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Here is the text of the coupon codes:

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Here is the final tally:

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Don’t forget to start at a portal!

I used a gift card I purchased during the 9% back deal and used Ebates to get 3% back. New to Ebates? Please consider using my referral link and reading about how you can get a bonus when you refer shoppers, too!

Add me as your personal shopper!

Like this kind of deal? Think the catalog is helpful? Add Unveiled Savings as your personal shopper! Thanks!

 

Win a Roku 3 (or how to ‘buy’ one for FREE)

Happy 4th of July!

How to Win

Unveiled Savings is celebrating with a Roku 3 giveaway to one of our Shop Your Way clients! Simply navigate to our personal page and sign up; you will automatically be entered into this and all future contests.

In case you don’t win, you can get a Roku 3 from Sears for FREE! Unfortunately, it appears the supplies are very limited, so act now!

How to Buy for FREE After Promotions

  1. Navigate to Sears by way of Splender, currently offering 9% back in cash. Use my link for a $5 bonus if this is your first purchase through Splender.
  2. Purchase a Sears digital gift card or reload one of your plastic cards. You’ll need $100 plus tax. If your transaction isn’t processed within an hour or two, call Sears at 1-888-396-5299 for validation.
  3. Navigate to Sears by way of Ebates. Use my link for a $10 bonus if this is your first purchase through Ebates.
  4. Add the Roku 3 to your cart (item number¬†05739369000P) and a small filler to make your cart total reach $100 (what’s a filler? It helps top off your balance. I added¬†00960443000P for $0.99).
  5. Check out with your gift card.
  6. Earn the following rewards, as shown in the image below:
    1. $50 (50% back on Roku 3)
    2. $15 ($15 back on $75)
    3. $20 ($10 per $50 up to $20 per transaction – that’s why we needed the filler!)
    4. 6% back on $100 from Ebates, or $6 (plus the $10 bonus if you’re new to Ebates.)
    5. 9% back on $100 from Splender, or $9 (plus the $5 bonus if you’re new to Splender.)
Win a Roku 3 or Buy One FREE!
Win a Roku 3 or Buy One FREE!

Will you buy the Roku 3?

Keep in mind it’s a great way to “spend” $100 and get $100 back!! You could sell the Roku 3 on eBay, Craigslist, or Amazon – and get even more back for your effort.

Have a great holiday and God bless America!

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Terms and conditions? Shipping address must be in the United States. Each entrant name must be unique. Minimum of 15 entrants required to trigger contest.


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?