Friday, December 26, 2014

LOTS of iPhone/iPad apps on sale right now

Maybe Santa brought you an iPad or iPhone for Christmas?  Or maybe you're just looking to kill some time on a post-Christmas day-off.  Read on ...

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sign up for Ebates.com (if you haven't already) and get a $10 Ebates credit or Walmart gift card (and help me!)

Warning:  this is a bit of a self-serving post, but it does benefit you without too much effort (but some!).  Read on ...

Merry Christmas!

Hope you got some "deals" on some presents!  Even if they were for you!  As always, read on ...

AMEX "Offers" - a primer on a GREAT source for deals

If you have any American Express (AMEX) cards at all, you should read the links in this post.  If you don't have an AMEX, you should at least consider getting one (even if it is a free/prepaid version of their card - like the AMEX Serve) - just to take advantage of these deals.  Read on ...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Half Off (or more) at Home Town Buffet (and related restaurants)

I doubt that many of you eat at Home Town Buffet (or its partner restaurants), but just in case.  Read on ...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

(DEAD) HURRY! 20%+ off at Sears (or Sears.com) and possibly Amazon (and other retailers/restaurants)

This is the same VERY limited time deal that I posted a couple weeks ago.  But it's around again and a great deal, so I'm posting an update ...

Friday, December 5, 2014

$10 FREE spending in GAP stores! (hurry!)

This one is pretty straightforward.  Read on ...


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Get $40 in Amazon eGift Cards for $29 (act quick!) - or possibly as low as $19!!

You may have gathered by now that I love finding deals at Amazon.  Their prices are already so good (on most items), so getting any discount is a bonus.  Read on to find out how ...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Free 2000 IHG hotel reward points (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental, & more)

Put this in the category of "why not" ... get 2000 free reward points.  Read more ...

Amazon.com purchases for 20-50% off

This (especially the 50%) won't work for everyone.  But I'll give you the details below.  It is a particularly good deal, since Amazon sells just about everything, has great prices, and has free shipping for most orders above $35 (or 2-day free shipping if you have paid for Amazon Prime).  Read on ...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Nice deal for HOTEL rooms at a discount via Orbitz - up to 20% (plus $25!) off travel through 6/30/15 (booked by 1/4/15)

I tend to not use a lot of 3rd-party travel websites (like Orbitz or Travelocity), but this is a pretty good deal that I used a few times recently.  Read on ...

Some nice deals at Portland Perks - Golf, Xmas trees, carpet cleaning, Nutcracker & more

Some good deals available, for an extra 20% off today (and just a bit less the next few days).  Read on ...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

How to get $3000+ in Southwest Airlines airfare, including an unlimited "Companion Pass" for nearly 2 years

This is a great Southwest Airlines deal that is typically always available in some form or another, but is:  a) easiest to do a certain times (like now), and b) most beneficial to do (timing-wise) at certain times (like now).  Read on for more details ...

A truly GREAT DEAL - this Saturday (11/29) only - $10 FREE (multiple times) if you have any American Express (AMEX) card(s)

This deal is about as good as it gets, in terms of "free money" - so read on ...

FREE 8x10 print from Walgreens (same-day in-store pickup available), good through this Saturday (11/29)

This one is pretty straightforward.  Read on ...

Audible.com audio books - 2 free months subscription or $10 free credit, even for existing subscribers

I've written about Audible before.  It's a great audio book subscription service.  Read more ...

FREE (or worst-case cheap) unlimited 2-day shipping for many online retailers via ShopRunner

If you aren't familiar with ShopRunner's free 2-day shipping from many websites, read on ...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Have any American Express cards? Know about AMEX OFFERS?!? You should!

I have mentioned AMEX Offers a few times here recently, and it is really something anyone with an American Express (or considering getting an AMEX) should know about.  Read on ...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nice Sign-Up Bonus on a Credit Card Worth Considering - Chase Freedom

Full disclosure, as you will read below, this one has the potential to benefit me.  But I'd only want you to do it if you think it's a good deal for YOU.  Read more ...

Google Play Music - FREE unlimited music for 3 months (don't forget to cancel)

I've long been a fan of "renting" unlimited music, versus paying "by the song (or album)" on iTunes.  Read more ...

Highly Targeted (might not work for you) FREE $15 at Amazon.com for American Express cardholders

Early evidence (and personal experience) so far tells me that this deal is highly-targeted (may or may not work for you) and tends to have most success if you have an AMEX "Blue" or Platinum card. Read more ...

Friday, November 14, 2014

$350 of value for $300 at Staples (possibly works elsewhere too) - good through tomorrow (11/15) or while supplies last

This deal is definitely good if you need to buy anything at Staples (who price matches other stores), but might also be good for use elsewhere.  Read more ...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Nice deal at 1-800-Flowers (and website AND affiliated websites) + potential AMAZING travel-related angle!!

There is a simple/easy angle on this deal, and a way-over-the-top (complicated but potentially hugely lucrative/beneficial) version.  Read on ...

Non-Deal: Is it snowing in Portland?

An important resource for you local Portlanders ...

100 AA batteries for $15 (free shipping)

Just in case you go through a lot of AA batteries ...

Possible FREE $10 credit at Amazon.com (if you have a Citi credit card of any sort)

This one is pretty quick & easy, if you have a Citi credit card of any sort.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Up to $450 for opening a Chase checking & savings account

This is for new customers only and requires a few steps, but might be worth it.  Read on if interested ...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Great deal on a 47" TV (probably won't last long)

PARTIALLY DEAD DEAL:  Here's a great deal on a 47" LG flat-screen TV (still available as of 11/11) ...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Possible free $15 (if you qualify) + a Few Random Deals (10/30/14)

If you bought a computer in the 2000-2002 time frame, you likely qualify for a $15 settlement.  And a few more random deals ...

Monday, October 27, 2014

EXPIRED: Make that 15-20% off at Sears (and possibly Amazon)!!

If you read my previous blog post and were interested (and/or want to buy more), here's some updated info ...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

EXPIRED: Get 10-15% off anything at Sears ... maybe even Amazon, too!?!

Need anything at Sears? Tools, tires, house goods, Lands End clothes? You might be able to get the same 10-15% off at Amazon.com too.  Read how ...

(UPDATED - read if you signed up for this deal) Free Spirit Airlines miles - can use for FREE magazines (good ones) AND/or WSJ newspaper (easy & legit & no credit card required)

This is about as easy as it gets to get some good/free subscriptions, to publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, the Economist, InStyle, and Golf Digest (and MANY more).  Read on for more details ...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ever needed a second (or third, etc.) email address? Easy solution if you use Gmail.

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you need a second personal email address?  If so, and if you are a Gmail user, read on ...

EVER bought a Red Bull? Want to make a QUICK $10?

This one is pretty simple ...

Monday, October 6, 2014

Are you always getting the BEST DEAL on everything you buy???

Let's start the re-launch of my blog with a simple premise.  If you are going to spend your hard-earned money, don't you want to do make sure you're always getting the best possible deal (i.e. - not wasting money)?

As many of you know, I've been a connoisseur of "good deals" for quite some time.  And I love sharing these good deals with my friends, which is one of the purposes of this blog.

Whether it's "deals" or other personal finance (such as travel tips), that's what I intend to share here.  So if you're interested, read on ...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Earn CASH BACK (or other rewards) or REFERRAL BONUSES on everything you buy online!!

You may or may not be aware of websites like FatWallet.com or Ebates.com (or the shopping portals of your favorite airlines), where you get cash back (or rewards) for every purchase that you make online.  If you're not, you should be.  If you're not already, you should be earning cash back or rewards (think of it as a discount) on everything you buy online.

I have to admit that this is not an area I have spent enough time thinking about or utilizing, but I intend to going forward.  What amazes me is the sheer number of these websites out there.  So what should be your strategy for earning from these websites?  Read on ...

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Credit Card WARNINGS and Disclaimer

Using credit cards to buy things is a GREAT way to SAVE MONEY (in the form of cash-back or rewards - whichever you prefer), as long as ...

Friday, October 3, 2014

Have a Credit Card STRATEGY!

What do YOU get for buying something on your credit card?  Do you have a game plan?  Are you sure that you are maximizing the value (measured in dollars and/or enjoyment!) that you are getting for using credit cards?  Are you buying everything you possibly can buy on a credit card, to make sure you're maximizing the "free money" rewards they offer?  Intrigued by the questions???  If so, read on ...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My Current Favorite Credit Cards!

There are two primary reasons why I like to use credit cards and now have a decent number of them in my wallet (actually they don't all fit in my wallet anymore!).  The first is the benefit of rewards (or statement credits that are effectively cash-back) earned via spending on the cards (as detailed on THIS LINK).  The second reason is the potential to earn very lucrative sign-up bonuses when you first get the card.  I'll highlight some of my favorite cards here ...

Monday, September 8, 2014

EXPIRED: ACT FAST! Unlimited pasta & soft drinks at Olive Garden for just over $2 (yes there's a catch!!! LOL)

I like a good deal as much as the next guy (probably more), but this is pretty extreme ...

Earn 6% of Groupon ALL THE TIME -and/or- 20%+ off of any one Groupon "local" deal (like a great movie offer from Cinetopia) through tomorrow

Probably everyone knows that Groupon can be a great place to find deals, but did you know you can get an even better deal when you buy via Groupon.  Read on for more details ...

EXPIRED: Easy/Quick $5 (off $6 purchase) of anything using PayPal

PayPal is giving people a quick/easy $5 (off a purchase of $6 or more) for jumping through a few quick hoops.  Read more details ...

Friday, August 29, 2014

EXPIRED: UPDATED INFO ... Potentially FREE ($4 worth) of Starbucks drinks (in retail, not coffee shops)!

Buy 2 Starbucks drinks at retail (grocery store, etc.) with a "$4 off" coupon, and potentially get your coffee fix for free ...

EXPIRED: Potentially FREE ($4 worth) of Starbucks drinks (in retail, not coffee shops)!

OLD INFO:  Buy 2 Starbucks drinks at retail (grocery store, etc.) with a "$4 off" coupon, and potentially get your coffee fix for free ...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Saturday, June 28, 2014

EXPIRED: Free movie screening (Guardians of the Galaxy) on Monday, July 7th

Here's the LINK to sign up.  Good for two people.  As you will see, it is available at a limited number of locations (two in Portland area - Bridgeport and east Vancouver).

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ever run out of phone or tablet battery when traveling? (info & DEAL)

If you don't already have a portable/external battery charger, you should consider getting one.  Read on for more info and a current/decent deal ...

EXPIRED: $7 Movie via Fandango.com (worth up to $14)

Looks like this deal COULD be around for a couple weeks, but it says "limited quantity" and could expire soon.  Read more info ...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

EXPIRED: A few random DEALS (6/24) with various expiration dates

Here's a quick little random sampling of deals ... not necessarily sure how long each will be available ... details below the break ...

Monday, June 23, 2014

EXPIRED: A few random DEALS (6/23) with various expiration dates (UPDATED)

Here's a quick little random sampling of deals ... not necessarily sure how long each will be available ... details below the break ...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Free (for some) 2-day Shipping from MANY Websites with ShopRunner (kind of like Amazon Prime)

You might be familiar with Amazon Prime, Amazon.com's service that gives you "free" 2-day shipping (as well as access to some online videos and music) for an annual price of $99.99 (recently raised from $79.99).  ShopRunner.com works in much the same way (excluding the videos & music), but gives you free 2-day shipping at 85 (or so) different online retailers.  If you're interested in potentially getting this service for free or learning more about it, read on ...

EXPIRED: Get a Voucher for a FREE PIZZA!!! (Today only - noon PT - WILL GO VERY FAST!!!)

Sorry.  As expected, this deal went VERY fast - and is no longer available.

Today at exactly NOON pacific time, you will have a chance (if you ACT FAST) to get a free Domino's medium pan pizza!  Read on if you're interested ...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Chromebook Laptop for under $100 (*update: $108)

Get a manufacturer-refurbished Acer Chromebook laptop here for $99.99, after $20 mail-in-rebate.  (update:  now $107.99, with no rebate - after 10% off coupon good through 6/21/14)