Archives for February 2015

Whole Foods: Donate $1, Spin the Wheel, Guaranteed Win

I don’t know if this is happening in every Whole Foods store or not, but in some stores, they have a new spinning wheel promotion to encourage customers to donate to the Whole Foods charities. You donate $1, and you get to spin a wheel to win prizes. Everyone is guaranteed to win something. The prizes may change. Since most items at Whole Foods are over $1, the chances are you are going to get a better value for your $1, and at the same time, donate to a good cause. And I’m sure Whole Foods is taking the tax deduction for the prizes and of course the donations for their non-profit. So everybody wins!

I don’t know how long this will last or how many stores have it, so there is a big YMMV element since I obviously can’t check every single WF store 🙂

1lb Gunpowder Green Organic Loose Leaf Tea (Davidson’s Tea) for $10

Amazon is offering 1 lb (16 oz) of organic Gunpowder Green Loose Tea from Davidson’s Teas for $10 per sealed bag. This is USDA Certified Organic, and Kosher. You can buy as many bags as you like. You can also get a small discount if you sign up for a Subscribe & Save option. This tea averages 4.2 out of 5 based on 269 customer reviews. This is currently the lowest priced of the 1lb Davidson’s loose leave teas offered at Amazon.

Note: some of the loose leaf teas shown there are sample size. Make sure you pay attention to the listing, look for the “1 lb” or “16 oz” quantity mentioned in the product title and description.

[DEAD] 3oz Oolong Orange Blossom Teas Etc Tea Leaves for $5

This limited time sale expired…
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Free Compilation album: Marfa Myths Compilation (13 tracks)

If you like to explore and discover new music, Mexican Summer (aka Kernado Records) has a new 13-track sampler that is currently free to get at Amazon. This was also mentioned as free in the 7digital email newsletter, but as of the time of writing, it costs $5 at their website. This was released today (2/24/15).

NBA League Pass Free Preview February 21-22

At least on the Uverse service, on February 21 and 22 (Saturday and Sunday) in 2015, you get a free preview of the NBA League Pass pay package. This means that during those days, you will be able to watch any and all NBA games that are part of the League Pass. Check local listings or navigate your cable box’s channel line-up to find the League Pass group of channels.

Fellowes Saturn2 95 Laminator for $30 after $70 Easy Rebate

If you are looking to get a laminator at a good deal, Staples brick and mortar stores, per their Weekly Ad of Febr 15-21 (2015) have the Fellowes Saturn2 95 Laminator on special for $30 after a $70 Staples Easy Rebates. Easy Rebates can be submitted online, by entering information from your cash register receipt. You don’t have to mail anything, you don’t have to cut bar codes from the product. Just enter the data, and 4-6 weeks later, you will receive the $70 Easy Rebate by mail. This is product code 356070. This is a “while supplies last” offer during the week.

Free Pilot: ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat

ABC’s brand new “Fresh Off The Boat” sitcom is generating some buzz. If you missed the Wednesday 2/4/15 two episode premiere, fear not. The first episode of the series (aka the pilot) is (for a limited time) FREE to purchase and watch (commercial-free) at Amazon Instant Video and and Vudu. As of the time of writing, Google Play does not offer the pilot for free.

The TV series is based on the Fall 2013 memoir by Eddie Huang with the same name, published by Random House, 290 pages long (see and other bookstores).

Free after $15 Statement Credit (via Easy Rebate): Staples Mobile Register Card Reader

At Staples brick and mortar stores, good until 4/2/15, if you purchase their $15 Mobile Register Card Reader (SKU 572566), you can receive $15 as a statement credit via an Easy Rebate. You won’t receive a $15 postcard-check by mail like their other Easy Rebates, but a statement credits. Their weekly ad describes the rebate process in this way:

  1. (if you don’t already have an account) register for account access at the Staples Merchant Services website
  2. logon to your account, and go to References tab
  3. select Rebate from the list and follow the instructions
  4. you will receive a $15 statement credit on your second monthly statement

Feb 8-14: Pay $20, get $25 AMC or Regal Gift Card

At Staples brick and mortar stores, during the week of February 8-14 in 2015, you can get a $25 AMC or Regal gift cards for $20. No coupon, no rebate, the gift cards will be automatically discounted at the register. Limit one per transaction/customer says the circular ad fineprint.

In parallel, during the same time period, if you purchase a $200 Nordstrom gift card, you can receive a $15 VISA prepaid gift card via Easy Rebate. Easy Rebates can be submitted online, you don’t have to mail anything in. This offer is limit one per household.

LeBoulanger: Double Reward Points on Tuesdays (limited time offer)

At the LeBoulanger chain of bakeries, for a limited time only (expiration date not mentioned in their email), you can earn Double Reward Points on purchases made on Tuesdays. The offer is good for lunch, coffee or bread purchases. Typically you earn one point per eligible purchase, and you need 12 points to redeem them for a reward. With double points, it only takes six coffees for a free coffee, six lunches for a free lunch, and so forth. This is a limited time offer and only good on Tuesdays!

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Kindle First choices for February 2015 are up: you get two free!

February is here, and a new month, among many other things, means a new free pre-release e-book for Amazon Prime members. Except this time, just like January 2015, you can pick two of the four choices for free!

The four options this month are:

  • “The Mermaid’s Sister” by Carrie Anne Noble under Fantasy
  • “The Dead Key” by DM Pulley under Mysteries
  • “Wreckage” by Emily Bleeker under Contemporary Fiction
  • “The One That Got Away” by Simon Wood under Thriller

You get to read two of these books right now. The rest of the world can read them on March 1st when they get released to the general population. So if you happen to be interested in more than two of the above, simply pick two now, and buy the others on March 1st. They all have the same list price of $5.

You can see the choices at the Kindle First page.

Free ebook by U of Chicago Press: on Ambergis

On the free e-book front, the University of Chicago Press freebie for February 2015 is a book by Christopher Kemp, “Floating Gold: A Natural (and Unnatural) History of Ambergris”. It is 232 pages long, published in 2012. It is not a DRM-free e-book, it requires a reader app compatible with Adobe’s DRM abomination.

You need to give the publisher your email address at their website in order to get it. They will email you with a link to BiblioVault where you can download it. Once in their email list, they will send you a monthly reminder for the free e-book of the month.

LG Tribute PrePaid (Sprint or Virgin) for $40

Prepaid smartphones are the new budget portable media players these days. Case in point, for just $40, you can get the LG Tribute in either the Sprint Prepaid or Virgin Mobile configuration, with a limit of three per customer, at No contract, and you can always use this as a wifi-only device without a plan. However, for cellular service, each one is locked to Sprint or Virgin respectively.

It has a 4.5-inch WVGA IPS display, 1.2 GHz quad-core budget Snapdragon 400, Android 4.4, removable battery (!), 4GB memory (about 1.5GB is user-usable) and microSD slot (up to 32GB), and more. Check the user reviews and answered questions for more details over there.

Whole Foods: $1 Lara Bars (ends 2/10/15)

At Whole Foods stores, you can get Lara bars for $1 each. You can buy as few or as many as you like. They have a handful of different flavors, so this sale is a good way to try all available options without committing to more than one bar per flavor. The promotion expires on 2/10/15 according to the yellow Sale sticker in the stores.