Saturday, January 25, 2014

Checking Account Bonus Rewards

Recently I received two similar offers in the mail to receive a cash bonus for opening a new checking account with that company.  I've seen these before, and generally I don't partake because it requires too much money or many requirements like direct deposit that take a lot of hassle, but these were different.  They had a small minimum opening deposit required and nothing else.  Naturally, this caught my attention.

The first:

Discover Banking
All that was needed was a minimum deposit of $25.  On 3/14/2014 a bonus of $50 will be deposited.  There are no monthly fees.  Easy.  I wait 3 months to triple my money.

This offer has already expired but check their website frequently for similar offers.

The second:

Chase Checking 
With a minimum deposit of $100 they will give you $125.  Now this one's not quite as simple as the Discover one.  They deposit the $125 as soon as you put $100 in but the fine print states that if you close the account within 6 months of opening it, you forfeit the bonus.  So this means I have to leave the account open for 6 months to really secure the bonus.  The also have a monthly fee of $10, so after the six months, my profit will only be $65 but it's still free money!

You can take advantage of this offer still until March 31.  Go here:

So if you get offers like these, don't just toss them.  You may be able to easily qualify and get some free money!  I'm not going to keep these accounts.  Once I have fulfilled all the requirements to get the money and retain it, I will close them.  This is especially important for the Chase account since there is a monthly fee involved.

Important things to look at (this means reading that tiny print):
  • How much money is required as a deposit to get the bonus?
  • How long do I have to keep the account open to keep the bonus?
  • Are there other requirements to maintain an open account and/or get the bonus?
  • Is there a monthly fee?  And if so, is it still worth opening the account with the bonus?

Then set a reminder on your phone for whenever you need to close the account and enjoy your free money!

I probably received these because I have credit cards with these companies so I'm already a trusted customer (see Make Money With Credit Cards).  If you have seen other companies with similar offers, feel free to mention them!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Disney Movie Rewards

My fiance and I went a couple weeks ago to the drive-in to see Frozen and Saving Mr. Banks.  What wonderful movies!  Anyway, I was also excited because it would be the first time I would get points for seeing a Disney movie through the Disney Movie Rewards program!  If you are a Disney lover, this is definitely a program you need to sign up for!

Disney Movie Rewards is a program through Disney that rewards you for all things Disney.  You earn points with purchases of eligible Disney products.  There are three categories where you can earn points: Bluray and DVD, CDs, and movie tickets.  And then these points can be redeemed for prizes.  They also have special offers and sweepstakes drawings.

As with any rewards program, do not be tricked by redeeming your points too early for a small prize.  Be patient and build up the points to get something really awesome.  The Disney Movie Rewards program has some great top prizes like airline gift cards and Disney experiences.

So if you're interested, sign up for free here:  Have a magical day!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Story of the Unobtainable TARDIS Dress

For those of you who don't know me, I'm a huge fan of the show Doctor Who.  My family has learned of this and I receive many Doctor Who gifts (I'm not complaining, keep them coming).  One such gift this year was a fabulous TARDIS dress from Hot Topic, pictured below.  (For non-Whovians, the TARDIS is the Doctor's time-traveling machine which stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space).

I loved the dress but I noticed they got me a size Medium which I would normally get a size Small.  "No big deal," I thought.  Usually a Medium is okay, otherwise I'll just exchange it for a Small, we have a Hot Topic in our mall.

It was a while until my fiance and I got around to going to the various stores where we had returns or exchanges to make and where we had gift cards to because of all the different events going on around the holidays.  But Jan 2 was finally a calm enough day.  I almost had forgotten to try the dress on to see if I needed to exchange it, but before we went out I tried it on and it was a tad baggy in the chest.

I get to Hot Topic to return my items (there were other things that I already had or didn't fit as well).  I wanted to check to see if they had a Small before I returned it because I thought if not, I could make it work because I really liked the dress.  But, of course, I forgot to do that and headed straight to the counter to begin my returns.

I told the checkout person that with that dress I wanted a Small and if he knew if they had any more.  He said he believed they didn't but he will check in the back for me.  (Keep in mind this was after it had already been returned.)

He checked in the back . . . . none left.

Okay.  "Can you check to see if another store in the area has one?"

He checked on the computer at the checkout . . . .

"It's not coming up with anything.  Let me check this other computer.  It works better."

He checks the other computer . . . .

"There's only one in Shasta and one in Chico."

"Great.  Can you have that sent to this store?"

"Ooooooo I hate to tell you this . . .  But they just stopped letting us do that . . .  yesterday."

"Oh."  WHAT?!!!!  Not only is it crazy that a lot of stores don't do that anymore, but my fiance and I were going to do this a couple days ago.  Grrrrrrrr.  Very frustrating.

"Do you want me to put one of them on hold and you can pick it up?"

"Haha.  I'm not that desperate for it."  They are roughly 2 to 3 hours away.  It's okay, I'm sure I can find it online.  "Can you see if it's online?"

"Sure."  He tries to check.  "Sorry the internet's not working."

I'm still hopeful.  Even if I can't get it on their website, I should be able to find it somewhere else online.  When we get home, I immediately look.  I can't find it on their website.  I'm getting pretty nervous now that I returned this dress I love and may not be able to get it again.  So I check my go to site, Amazon, they have everything.  Not there.  Starting to panic a little.

Well obviously this dress is only made by Hot Topic and therefor is hard to find other than through them directly.  Except one place, ebay.  I check out ebay.  I think I see it!  Yay!  Cool how much is it?  $60?!  WHAT?!

The original price for this dress was around $32.  If you could find one at Hot Topic right now, they are on sale for $13.  This is ridiculous.

I search the whole internet, nobody else has it for sale.

Well I reluctantly order the dress on ebay for $64.  That night, trying to go to sleep, I stay up pondering what I can do to offset the insane cost of a dress that was supposed to be a gift.  After a while, it finally came to me.  I will go back to the Hot Topic where I returned the original dress, and get that with the gift card I had and then resell that one on ebay for the high price.  Let's hope they still have it because this must be a really popular dress.

The next day I went back and luckily they still had it.  So now here's my ebay listing for the original dress.  I started it a little high, but it is a dress that there are very few left of, especially in a popular size like Medium, so why not?  Let's see if I can sell it that high.  After a week if it hasn't sold yet, I will probably lower it.  I'll update this post when it has sold. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

SodaStream: A Healthier (And Cheaper!) Way to Drink Soda

Happy New Year!  This week I'm going to talk about a product that I received for Christmas that I absolutely love!  It's the SodaStream.  My fiance and I were going to have this on our registry but my mom ended up getting it for us for Christmas instead.  If you're like us and drink a lot of soda, then this is definitely for you!

What SodaStream Is
SodaStream is a home soda maker machine.  SodaStream soda makers are fashionable, fun, sleek and easy to use!  Turn tap water into sparkling water in under 30 seconds, with no clean-up.  Fizz to your taste and add the flavor of your choice to make your favorite drink.  Simple to clean and reuse. 


Why I Like This Product:

 It's healthier!  My fiance and I were limiting our soda consumption because of health reasons.  We didn't like how much sugar we were consuming and how much unnatural sugar.  SodaStream lets you enjoy the great taste of soda while having less Calories, Carbs, Sugar, Sodium, and Caffeine with all their flavors!  They also have totally natural selections as well!

It's convenient!  I was getting tired of constantly going out to get drinks at 7eleven.  We like to vary our drink and hate that 2 liter sodas flatten out so quickly.  With SodaStream, you can have a variety of flavors to make whenever you need it.  And trust me, it's quick and easy to make.  You can even choose how much carbonation you want in it!

Calories Carbs Sugar Sodium Caffeine

Pepsi® 100 27g 27g 25mg 25mg
Coca-Cola® 100 27g 27g 35mg 23mg
Pepsi® Edge™ 50 13g 13g 25mg 25mg
Coca-Cola C2™ 45 12g 12g 30mg 23mg
Sodastream Cola 34 9g 9g 2mg 15mg
7-UP® 100 26g 26g 50mg 0mg
Sprite® 100 26g 26g 45mg 0mg
Sodastream Lemon Lime 36 9g 9g 25mg 0mg
All Sodastream sodamix uses a mixture of Splenda® and sugar, with the exception of diet flavors. Diet flavors are sugar-free. Most of our diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener. Comparison is based on 8 fl. oz. serving size (0.34 fl. oz. of Sodastream Sodamix per 8 fl. oz. of water).

And . . . It's cheaper!  Since this blog is about saving money, the whole reason I made this post was because it can save you money.  Most SodaStream flavors are $4.99 that makes 12 liters worth of soda.  That's $0.42 a liter!  Yes there's a large initial investment to buy the machine, but it will definitely make up for it in the long run.

Interested in getting one?  Click here: SodaStream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker Starter Kit, Black and Silver