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

How about an $8 ottoman?

If you’re wondering why things are kinda quiet over here, it’s because I post deals a few times a week via my Unveiled Savings Facebook group. It’s a bit quicker to access and respond to questions, and I have continual contact with members on my mobile device.

In case you aren’t a client and member of the group, I thought I’d share this bargain to give you a glimpse into what you’re missing! Just select me as your Personal Shopper to be invited to the group right away. Remember that the service is 100% complimentary and includes all the custom bargain hunts you need. It’d be my pleasure!

Head over to Kmart for this deal. Don’t forget to shop through a portal to make it even better. If you haven’t used the $15 back on $30 bonus, that would make this A FREE OTTOMAN if you purchase and redeem a Kmart gift card!

Don’t miss deals like this – become a client today!

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?

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 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.

wrench

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!

Last Day! $15 off $15 at Zappos.com!

Check your email! The title will be “$15 Delight Code Ends Soon!” I have successfully applied this to my cart to receive $15 off a $15 item.

Use $15 off $15 to get this for free!
Use $15 off $15 to get this for free!

Just don’t forget to enter your promo code at checkout!

Save on Wedding Shoe Insoles

This is a great opportunity to bring the price down on a pair of great insoles that will help you feel better throughout your big day!

Save money on your wedding day accessories!
Save money on your wedding day accessories!

What did you buy with your $15 off $15 coupon?

Maybe you’ve purchased a gift for a member of your wedding party or an accessory for your big day – leave a comment to share!