Archives for December 14, 2017

Last-Minute Gifts: Amazon Gift Card Discounts including Starbucks, Whole Foods, Boston Market, Hotels.com, Free Holiday Tins, Etc.

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Look for Amazon to offer up lots of discounted gift cards and/or bonus stuff with gift cards for procrastinators, most guaranteed to arrive by Christmas. Click, click, done. Some of these deals are good enough for self-gifting.

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Up to 20% off Various Retailer Gift Cards. These go in and out of stock and the retailers vary. They had Whole Foods but that sold out quickly (may go in and out, waitlist was available for me). Right now I see Boston Market, Coldstone, Hotels.com, and Famous Footwear.

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Get $5 Amazon promo credit if you buy $50 in Starbucks gift cards. Applies to digital gift cards only. Use promo code COFFEE. You should see details under “Special offers and product promotions”.

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Free Snowflake Gift Tin with Amazon Gift Card. Make your gift card stand out and feel more substantial with a free tin. Also available in Snowman tin, Santa tin, Holiday Pop-Up box, and red ornament tin.

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Free Limited Edition Gund Teddy Bear with Amazon Gift Card. Posted about this earlier, looks like the minimum is still $100 for now.

I’ll keep updating this post as I’m sure Amazon will roll out some more deals later.

MMB Ultimate Interest Rate Chaser Calculator

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calc150Thinking about moving your cash to a different bank account with a higher interest rate? It’s been a while, but the short-term rates on online savings accounts are going up. Don’t get paid nothing by your megabank. Use this handy calculator to find out how much more money you could earn by switching, which you then can weigh against the time and effort required.

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How much money are you going to move? (no commas) $
Enter the interest rate (APR) currently being earned:   %
Enter the new interest rate (APR):   %
How many days of lost interest will you have?   day(s)
The approximate number of days you must keep your money at the new rate to break even money-wise is:   days
Assuming the rate difference remains the same,
in 1 month you’ll have earned an extra (estimated):
  
After 6 months, you’ll have earned an extra (estimated):   

Notes

  1. This calculator is based on a rate-chasing breakeven time formula developed previously which takes into account the “days of lost interest”, or the time in between transfers where the money is not earning interest in either account.
  2. Although you will get a very similar answer either way (especially for low interest rates), note that it asks for APR, not APY. I also made a APY to APR calculator if you only have APY and want to be exact.
  3. Usually, there can be between 0-3 days of lost interest when going from one bank to another. This depends on the policies of either bank and also which bank initiates the transfer. This value can significantly affect the break-even time.
  4. The 6-month value (182 days) isn’t simply 6 times the 1-month value (30 days), as the calculator takes into account the time needed first to “break-even”.
  5. Another factor to consider is how likely the current rate difference will persist. Interest rates on savings accounts can change at any time, whereas certificates offer a fixed rate over the guaranteed period.

Last updated 12/14/17.

Gyft Promo Code: $5 off $50 Lowe’s Gift Gard

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gyft0Gyft just sent me an e-mail that you can get $5 off a $50 Lowe’s gift card with promo code holiDIY, good for existing customers. Offer ends 12/25/17 at 11:59pm ET or while supplies last. The terms say that the promo code can be redeemed 5 times per household/account while supplies last. So technically this could be $25 off $250 in Lowe’s gift cards.

You could stack this promo with this 11% off Lowe’s mail-in rebate (may need to scroll down to 2nd page). This rebate offer is only valid at specific Lowe’s locations (scroll down to last page).

Here are some other gift card deals from Gyft:

  • Get $5 off a $40 Chef’d Gift Card with promo code CHEFHAT. Offer ends 12/31/17 at 11:59pm ET or while supplies last. Promo code can be redeemed 2 times per household/account while supplies last.
  • Buy a $25 Domino’s Gift Card and get an extra $5 card with promo code PIECEFUL. Offer ends 12/31/17 at 11:59pm ET or while supplies last. Promo code can be redeemed 2 times per household/account while supplies last.
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