Free $20 to Spend at Gilt

January 15, 2016

Sign up for an account at Gilt and you'll get $20 in free credit.  Select the "Join" button at the bottom. I'm not sure how long this will last because the normal offer is $20 off a $50 purchase.  

Once you've established an account (don't use Facebook, it wouldn't work for me) select your item.  To get free shipping, choose pay with MasterPass during checkout, you can sign up if you have a Mastercard. Once you've selected MasterPass as your payment option, enter code MPFREE in the promotion area.  Then change shipping to standard and it should go to $0. Doing all that should get you a free item $20 and under.  I got a badly needed new wallet. But there are hundreds of other options to choose from.

H/T: Dan's Deals

 

Playing the Powerball Now Makes Mathematical Sense

January 12, 2016
It is now a smart economic decision to play the Powerball*, assuming you don't split your payday with some other chump. Assuming the payout is $1.4 billion, you take the lump sum of $868 million and your total tax rate is 40%.

Odds of Winning = 1 in 292,200,000

After Tax Payout => $868,000,000 X .6 = $520,800,000

Expected Return on Each Powerball Ticket:

Jackpot Payout => 1/292,000,000 X $520,800,000 = $1.78 +
Non-Jackpot Payout (Approximate) $200,000,000/500,000,000 entries = $.40

Mathematical Exp...
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It's a Perfect Time to get the Southwest Companion Pass

January 4, 2016
As I've written here many times and in my book, the best deal in travel is the Southwest Companion Pass.  If you get it today, you will have until Dec 31, 2017 to fly a friend with you for free, whether you're paying with dollars or points.  To get the pass you need to obtain 110,000 Southwest points in a year.  That would be a lot of flying...instead you can get an easy 100,000 points by applying for two Southwest credit cards and spend $10,000 on the cards to get to the 110,000 point requir...
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Easy Hilton Status Match

December 23, 2015
If you have any type of elite status at any hotel chain, use this form to request that Hilton match it.  I was Hilton Gold, but I used my IHG Platinum status to get Hilton Diamond (top tier).  Hilton's mid-tier status is Gold and I have found it quite valuable.  You get free breakfast, free internet, free upgrades (if available) and they will almost always give you a late checkout.  At the very least, they're not going to stick you in the crappy room next to the HVAC.  These benefits work at ...
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Super Cheap Smoking Loon Wine at Fry's

December 11, 2015
Check your local Kroger family store (Fry's, Fred Meyer, Smith's, Ralph's, etc) and see if they are running a 30% off 6 bottles of wine sale which will end tomorrow, Saturday, December 12.  If they are, look for a coupon tag on top of Smoking Loon bottles...Fry's stores are offering $18 off 6 bottles.  In addition, they are on sale for $5.99 per bottle instead of the usual $9.99.  Stack it all together and I got 6 bottles of Smoking Loon for $13.66 out the door.  Can't really beat that.

Anytim...
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The Best Place to Buy a TV: Dell Deals

October 16, 2015
For my money - literally - the best place to shop for TVs is the Dell Deal's website.  They usually have 6 - 10 TVs that come with a substantial Dell gift card (ranging form $100 to $400).  Right now you can get a Sharp 43" 4K TV for $597.99 with a $200 gift card.  That drops the price to $398.  Improving your price further, Ebates is offering a whopping 13% cash back on Dell purchases right now.  So that's a further savings of $77.  If you use a 2% cash back credit card you save another $12 ...
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Class Action Lawsuits October 7 2015

October 7, 2015
Here are a bunch of class action lawsuits you may be eligible for:

1) Nike+ Fuelband - Receive either a $15 check or $25 Nike gift certificate if you purchased one of these fitness trackers. You must have your Fuelband's serial number.  In addition, they sent claim ID and access numbers on a letter to Fuelband owners via USPS. You don't need those numbers to file a claim, however.  This lawsuit claims that the Fuelband did not track every single step taken but Nike said it would.  Time to comp...
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Inspiration Before Saturday's Iowa v Pitt Football Game

September 20, 2015
This was the scene before the start of Iowa's football game last night.  Former player Brett Greenwood, who suffered an anoxic brain injury in 2011, led the team onto the field.  Doctors doubted if he'd walk again.



This is how the game ended:






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4 Straight Best Western Best Rate Guarantees

September 8, 2015
I'm on a hot streak with Best Western, I just booked my 4th straight hotel with them via a Best Rate Guarantee.  If you're not familiar with Best Western Best Rate Guarantees, here's how it works...if you can find a lower rate than the lowest rate shown on their website, they will a)match the lower rate and b)give you a $100 travel card (you get the travel card after you've stayed at the hotel).  Just last week I stayed at a Best Western in Tucson via a Best Rate Guarantee and the room was $7...
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Chipotle: 3 Meals for the Price of 1

August 25, 2015
It's easy to get three burrito meals from Chipotle for the price of one.  What you want to do is order a bowl and ask for as many tortillas as you want "on the side" (those are free).  Then, make your own burrito by scooping out of the bowl and into the tortilla.  You can make a large meal this way and you'll have a lot left over - probably enough for two more meals.  Look at how much I had left after making a pretty good-sized DIY burrito:



I don't find that their tortillas keep well, so I go ...
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