Archives for November 2017

Free $50 Gift Card with Fitbit Ionic for $299

For a limited time, you can get a FREE $50 Amazon Gift Card when you purchase the Fitbit Iconic smartwatch for its current price of $299. You have to manually add the $50 gift card to your shopping cart, along with the Fitbit obviously.

Amazon is making us work for our freebies 🙂 The Ionic averages 4.2 out of 5 based on 1460+ customer reviews.

PS: I have began my smartwatch adventures after years of resistance (because I didn’t want to be a frustrated alpha tester) with the Fossil Q Explorist (FTW4004; 3rd Gen).

Most of Dynamite comics up to 50% off with coupon

Comixology has a lot of sales like most retailers. Most of them you can find by simple browsing the pages, but a few of them have coupon codes which are not advertised on their website. One such coupon is buried in a long Black Friday email from them.

The coupon is for Dynamite comics, using coupon code DE50 in the shopping cart, you can get up to 50% almost everything. Titles released after 10/25/17 are excluded, and there might be some other exclusions.

Get $10 off first two Uber rides with Citibank (new Uber customers)

The credit card company bromance with Uber continues with another offer, this one from Citibank. If you sign-up for a new Uber account (not existing customers), and use your Citibank credit card when prompted for a credit card, and use promo code CITICARD, you will receive $10 off each one of your first two riders with Uber. Terms and conditions apply as usual.

20% select Smart Home Services

If you want to install various smart home services to your home and don’t know how to do it, or don’t have the time to do so, Amazon has a new limited time offer, you get an automatic 20% off discount in the shopping cart (no coupon code needed) when you purchase select Smart Home services. The list of available options and more details are shown on their website.

I haven’t used this service, so I cannot tell you how it works or what to expect. But I know how to find discounts 🙂

Starbucks B&M (21-27): 60 Bonus Starts on $20+ purchases

At Starbucks brick and mortar stores, between November 21-27 in 2017, if you make a single transaction purchase of $20+, you will receive 60 Bonus Stars. 60 bonus stars are 48% towards a reward. You will also receive the standard bonus stars on the purchase amount (40+ regular stars on a $20+ purchase) so you are almost getting a full reward with this purchase.

Strategically this is a good way to stock up on coffee and tea and gifts and coffee mugs and such. Comparing this with “Double Stars”, purchases of $30+ would benefit from Double Stars over this. For purchases under $30, this offer wins.

Note that the $20 minimum must be reached BEFORE taxes and other mandatory local or federal fees (eg CRV) and tips.

Black Friday Freebie: Free Coffee at B&N Cafe before 10am

There are freebies on Black Friday today! The latest email newsletter from Barnes and Noble has a little banner in the middle of it all saying that if you visit their brick and mortar stores on Black Friday (11/24/17) before 10am LOCAL time, you will receive a free tall drink. “Tall” is Starbucks speak for small, that’s 12 ounces. And FREE! That’s worth about $2! Refills are 50c 🙂

Samsung Chromebook Plus drops to $349

If you are looking to buy a new Chromebook with a touchscreen, and a new Android tablet, and you’d prefer your Chromebook to have a 360-degree hinge, $349 can get you all three at the moment because the ARM-powered Samsung Chromebook Plus is now on sale as part of the Black Friday festivities for $349 at and some other authorized Samsung dealers.

I just purchased this, it arrived earlier today, and I’ve already posted a detailed and useful Text and Pictures Unboxing of the Samsung Chromebook Plus. So if you are curious about it, stay tuned to the blog as I share my findings!

If you have any questions about it, please write them in the comments here or any of the SCP (= Samsung Chromebook Plus) posts over there! Don’t by shy 🙂

AmazonFresh: $20 off Turkeys with order total of $100+

AmazonFRESH delivers locally and quickly, it is fresh food after all. If you haven’t bought a turkey yet, AmazonFRESH is running a promotion that gets you $20 off the price of a turkey (select options available over there) when you make an order total of $100+ there. You don’t have to spend $100+ on turkeys, your order total (of everything you buy) has to be over $100.

AmazonFresh requires a Prime membership. Fresh is on top of that, a $15/month membership which you can start/stop at any time. I believe they have a 30-day free trial for new members.

Triple Rewards points on Holiday Baked Goods at Peets

Monday is the day new offers come out for Peet’s Rewards members (aka Peetniks). This week’s offer ends on Thanksgiving (10/23/17) instead of Sunday night. You get three reward points (instead of the usual one) when you make a purchase that includes one of the holiday season bakery items (baked goods). If you are not sure what qualifies, pay attention to the labels and pictures, or *gasp* ask the employees there 🙂

You can use this offer as many times as you like during the promotional period. Regular bakery items are NOT eligible.

Lucky Rewards: FREE Stacey’s Pita Chips

If you are participating in the Lucky’s Rewards program, you have a freebie! The freebie is one bag of Stacey’s pita chips. To get the freebie, these are the steps:

  1. you have to be a member of the Lucky’s Rewards program (free to join)
  2. logon to the Rewards website or the Luckys app
  3. locate the offer and add it your account
  4. go to the Lucky’s store and buy it, making sure you scan your rewards card or type in your phone number
  5. their cash register will deduct the value, making it FREE

The offer expires Sunday night 11/19/17, so don’t delay!

New Prime Pantry coupon, $1 off shipping

Prime Pantry is a different kind of an Amazon beast. They ship products you buy in a single box, and that box is bundled up by your nearest Amazon Prime Pantry facility. So items you buy must be in-stock at order time at that particular place. They won’t ship Pantry overs from all over the country like they do with regular Amazon orders.

For a limited time, to encourage holiday shoppers, Amazon launched a $1 off coupon towards Prime Pantry shipping. Use coupon code HOLIDAYSHIP to drop the Pantry Box fee from $6 to $5.

One dollar may not be glamorous but it has a very good use. Prime Pantry has another Buy 5 eligible items, get $6 off your order total. This essentially offsets the shipping fee, but if you combine it with the coupon mentioned above, you actually get a $1 off discount on your order total, in addition to the discount.

It is important to note that you don’t need to buy five different eligible items to get the $6 off promotion. You can get five units of the same item, or two of this and three of that, or any combination of eligible products that is five units or more.

Glad Container or Zipper Bags for $0.25

AmazonFRESH has a new doorbuster! If you are placing an order anyway, you can add to your order your choice of 25c (that’s a quarter, $0.25) of Glad products. Two of the participating, a 5pk of 24oz medium storage containers or a 40 count of freezer bags. I’m not sure how many of these you can buy as the sale price.

In order to buy these, you have to be an AmazonFresh subscriber. In order to be that, you must first be an Amazon Prime subscriber. AmazonFresh is now a month to month service, Netflix style, you pay $15 per month. Previously they had an annual membership of $300 like AmazonPrime but that’s gone now. The previous $300 Fresh subscription included Prime I believe, but you had to prepay it all.

Blomkamp³ Limited Edition Collection for $13

This is a great deal! Three great scifi movies (okay, 2.5 since Matt Damon is in one of them), the Blomkamp³ Limited Edition Collection on blu-ray is on sale again, going for $13 at with up to five sets per customer at this sale price. Free shipping for Prime members or with a $25+ order.

This set is encased in a 64-page digibook, with additional features on District 9 and Elysium found on the discs. Chappie has an hour of extras, including an alternate ending.

The set averages 4.6 out of 5 based on 141 customer reviews. It is in the list of things to get when I place my next Amazon order! Nom-nom!

Hot Deal Alert: Load $20 or more in Starbucks App using Chase Pay, Get 300 Bonus Rewards Points

This is a massively epic Starbucks Reward member promotion! This showed up in the Starbucks Android app earlier today while I was in-store. If you load $20 or more using the Starbucks app, and pay for it using Chase Pay, you will receive 300 bonus Starbucks rewards points (stars).

300 stars translate to two full rewards and an extra 50 points (40% towards a reward). If you use the rewards to buy the most expensive items you like, or the largest most loaded drinks they have, you are essentially getting about $20 worth of food and drinks by redeeming the rewards. It becomes a virtual BOGO 🙂


I did not babysit the offer, I was driving around and running errands, but 1.5 hours after the $20+ load with Chase Pay I checked my Starbucks Rewards History and there they were 300 Bonus Points!

There seems to be a bug in their system because the rewards show earlier in the day, maybe they flipped the AM with the PM. You will notice your score skyrocketing and the number of Rewards increasing by 2 or 3. Here’s the screenshot of the notification:

New Customers: Get 12 RxBars for $20 with Free Shipping [updated]

UPDATE 3/8/18: Welcome to 2018! The coupon mentioned is back on again and running until 4/30/18. It is good for new customers only. New customers at the website that is 🙂

UPDATE 12/21/17: the coupon has been extended to December 31st in 2017… Coupon rxbarnew17 gets you 12 RxBars for $20 at the RXBar website with free shipping included. This is the sample pack that includes six different bars, a good way to try many of them out without committing to a larger quantity 🙂

UPDATE 11/9/17: the coupon code rxbarnew17 has been extended until 11/30/17 for this promotion.

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