6/19: SYWEVERYWHERE Deal

For at least the last six months, SYWEVERYWHERE.com has run amazing weekly promotions. They generally run from Monday-Monday. EDIT: I’ve corrected the Spend Requirement information. Thanks, MMKate, for the help!

Key Information

  • Expiration Date: This deal ends on 6/25.
  • Spend Requirement: Receive 15% Bonus, Up to $30
    • You’ll earn 15% on up to $200. Multiple shopping trips should combine to a total $30 bonus payout limit.
  • Fine Print: “*Member offer: Earn 15% back in Shop Your Way points (max award $30 in points) on qualifying purchases, valid June 19th, 2017 – June 25th, 2017. Points valid for 60 days. Limit one (1) offer per member. Points awarded after gift cards and discounts and before taxes and other fees are applied. Offer cannot be combined with other Shop Your Way offers and promotions. Void if purchase is cancelled or returned. Must initiate offer online through ShopYourWay.com, SYWEverywhere.com, or at participating in-store locations. Points may require up to 10 days to be awarded. Not valid for Sears, Kmart, Lands’ End, and the following partners: Energy Plus, LifeLock, Lingo, local restaurants, Sears licensed businesses, Sirva Home Benefits, Sirva Mortgage, Intercontinental Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Expedia, Best Western and Hotels.com. Offer valid for original recipient only. We reserve the right to cancel or modify the offer at any time in the event of fraud, abuse, unintended virality, or if technical or other issues arise. By accepting Shop Your Way member benefits and offers, you agree to the Shop Your Way terms and conditions, available at www.shopyourway.com/terms.”

Final comments…

Take care at your shopping portal of choice to ensure the vendor doesn’t deny rewards with the payment of gift cards or external coupons. Many will claim this, few will actually impose it. Your choice, but I would continue without concern.

Please also note that some users have reported a conflict in receiving this bonus PLUS whatever normal payout percentage is advertised (in particular, the 10% back from Raise.) Your feedback is helpful in pinning down how the rules actually apply! Thanks!

 

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!

6/12: SYWEVERYWHERE Deal

For at least the last six months, SYWEVERYWHERE.com has run amazing weekly promotions. They generally run from Monday-Monday. 

While you’re reading this post, think about how it might apply to great Father’s Day purchases.

Key Information

  • Expiration Date: This deal ends on 6/18.
  • Spend Requirement: Receive 10% Bonus, Up to $25
    • You’ll earn 10% on up to $250. Multiple shopping trips should combine to a total $25 bonus payout limit.
  • Fine Print: “Member offer: Earn 10% back in Shop Your Way points (max award $25 in points) on qualifying purchases, valid June 12th, 2017 – June 18th, 2017. Points valid for 60 days. Limit one (1) offer per member. Points awarded after gift cards and discounts and before taxes and other fees are applied. Offer cannot be combined with other Shop Your Way offers and promotions. Void if purchase is cancelled or returned. Must initiate offer online through ShopYourWay.com, SYWEverywhere.com, or at participating in-store locations. Points may require up to 10 days to be awarded. Not valid for Sears, Kmart, Lands’ End, and the following partners: Energy Plus, LifeLock, Lingo, local restaurants, Sears licensed businesses, Sirva Home Benefits, Sirva Mortgage, Intercontinental Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, Expedia, Best Western and Hotels.com. Offer valid for original recipient only. We reserve the right to cancel or modify the offer at any time in the event of fraud, abuse, unintended virality, or if technical or other issues arise. By accepting Shop Your Way member benefits and offers, you agree to the Shop Your Way terms and conditions, available at www.shopyourway.com/terms.”

 

 

 

Final comments…

Take care at your shopping portal of choice to ensure the vendor doesn’t deny rewards with the payment of gift cards or external coupons. Many will claim this, few will actually impose it. Your choice, but I would continue without concern.

 

Last Day for SYWEverywhere Deal

This deal ends on 4/2. Combine promotions to save across the internet – note that the ebates 14% deal expires in just a few hours.

Step 1: Go to SYWEVERYWHERE.com and be sure you’re logged in (while you’re there, do me the favor of selecting me as your Personal Shopper – it helps keep the lights on here at Unveiled Savings and there are bonus coupons in it for you, too!) This makes you eligible for the following offer:

 

Step 2: Search for RAISE.com where you’ll buy a discounted gift card for the store of your choice. In this case, I’m going to stock up on dog food (although there is a super opportunity to make a profit with the steps I’m outlining here by reselling on eBay or Amazon or Craigslist.)

Step 3: Visit ebates.com (not a member? Please use my link – we’ll both get bonuses!) and find the 14% bonus at petco.com

Step 4: Check out using your e-gift card, purchased from Raise.com in an earlier step.

To tally up your savings, let’s assume $100 worth of gift cards were purchase in Step 2.

  • Step 2: Discounted gift card savings: 6%, or $6. Pay $94 for $100 gift card.
  • Step 1: Receive Shop Your Way credit – 15% bonus and 8% standard, or 23% of $94 – to the amount of $21.62.
  • Step 3: Receive 14% back in ebates cash credit on the $100 purchase, to the amount of $14.

Final result: for $100 worth of merchandise, you can earn a $14 ebates credit, save $6 on the purchase, and earn $21.62 in SYWR credit. That’s $100-14-6-21.62 = $58.38, roughly 40% off. Remember that SYWR credit can be used for household consumables at Kmart and Kmart.com.

This deal gets better with steeply discounted Raise cards. Sorted by highest discount, take a look here at how this promotion really adds up.

Final comments…

Take care at ebates to ensure the vendor doesn’t deny rewards with the payment of gift cards. Many will claim this, few will actually impose it. Your choice, but I would continue without concern.

Remember the SYW promotion is limited to a $50 bonus, so you’re good on up to ~$350 value gift cards at Raise.com before that tops out.

Feel confident using whatever coupons you have. Ebates will say that external coupons will invalidate the returns, but I’ve never seen it happen. There’s always a chance, but this promotion gets better when you stack other savings. Sears has a bunch of wild points back offers going on through this evening, so consider those!

 

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.

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!

 

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!

 

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!