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Why You May Be Unsubscribed from the Mailing Lists at the End of the Month

Why You May Be Unsubscribed from the Mailing Lists at the End of the Month

I hate ads. You can probably tell. There’s none of that garbage clogging up this website. In the same venue of thought, I pay to remove ads from the mailing list service because I can’t bare the thought of you guys getting flashy ad banners in a service being provided to you from me. So to remove ads, I pay for the mailing list service.

Every 2 months or so I clear out subscribers who haven’t opened ANY of the emails sent from that mailing list in the previous 2 months. That makes sure I won’t be paying for robots and subscribers who never even open the emails that get sent. It also ensures that if you’re one of those people who signs up for stuff and becomes too lazy to unsubscribe when it isn’t used that the emails aren’t continually bothering you. Win – win!

Integrity means a lot to me here and I want to make sure everyone is happy. And if you want to stay on the mailing list, make sure you’re opening those emails. 😉

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Friendly Ordering Reminders and FAQs for New Readers

Friendly Ordering Reminder for New Readers

I am so super grateful for everyone who visited and shared links to this site over Amazon’s Prime Day(s?). It makes me so happy that I get to upkeep a website that everyone seems to enjoy. The traffic this year almost broke my server! 😀 I’ll need to upgrade before Black Friday – that’s for sure!

I got a lot of questions on Facebook and I couldn’t respond to everyone because I was so busy, not just in posting deals, but in my personal life. I was on a flight from London when Prime Day began, plus I start a new job next Monday!

I thought I would take the time here to post any answers to questions that came up and of course if you have any more questions you can scroll down and comment or even comment on Facebook and I will update the post.

Friendly Ordering Reminder for New Readers

“The coupons aren’t working for me!”

This was the biggest complaint and of course I understand. Many readers were getting things for free left and right because in this post I listed all coupon deals you can stack multiple coupons with. They worked for some readers and not for others.

As a reminder, I don’t work for Amazon and as such I don’t know what makes people eligilble for the coupons, but there’s a bunch of stuff you can do so that next time I make a post with a bunch of free diapers and baby wipes you’ll have better luck.

Make sure you’re the Primary Prime Member – This means that you’re the family member who pays for the Amazon Prime subscription. I understand that many families share a subscription to cut costs, but trust me Amazon sees the account that pays for the subscription as where to advertise their discounts to most as they control whether the other users on the Prime Account have access.

Make sure you’re signed up for Amazon Family – Back in the day it used to be called “Amazon Mom”, which I hated because I knew of quite a few single Dads who were signed up for it. Basically it’s FREE for Prime Members and gives you access to extra family oriented discounts such as coupons for diapers and wipes… 🙂 I don’t have kids myself, but having access to the Amazon Family discounts helped me find all those FREE deals. 😀

Sign up for an Amazon Baby Registry – I am serious when I say Amazon must think I continually pop them out. I sign up for a baby registry at least once a year and I get access to extra discounts that I can even stack with Amazon Family discounts. This again is FREE and I always have one. I have a baby shower to go to about once every 4 months so I manage to get some quality baby stuff on the cheap! I have a wedding registry too, but those discounts are geared more towards jewelry and TVs. Yes, you can make both private so no one knows. 😉

Sometimes the coupons make be geographically based or only for Prime Members who have spent X amount on Y. These are things you can’t always control so they’re not worth worrying about.

Friendly Ordering Reminder for New Readers

“I was charged tax so it isn’t free!”

Oh my gosh, I know right? 🙁 I live in California which is probably the most heavily taxed state. I would have managed to get so many more free diapers if I lived in a tax free state but for $5/box for something I was going donate made me only score a few.

Many people all over America visit this site every year and some states tax a lot, some states have no sales tax – you’re lucky if you live there! Since there are individual tax rates everywhere I never list taxes in prices. Mostly people expect to get taxed at checkout already so this isn’t something I ever mention.

As for why Amazon still feels the need to tax free products, I am sure it was a change to the law in the past year. I’m not a CPA so I don’t know why this change was made, but if you are a CPA I’d love to hear your input if you have any knowledge.

If you have any questions you can visit Amazon’s sales tax page.

My Subscribe & Save page isn’t showing the prices I agreed to pay at checkout when I used an instant coupon! How do I know what they will actually bill me? This is a common problem because the Amazon S&S page isn’t correctly engineered to show you all the discounts you’re getting. In the above image, these subscriptions which will ship to me in a few days are not taking into account the coupon discount that I used at checkout.

Amazon's BEST Subscribe & Save Deals

If I go to the Amazon Orders page and find the order I made for those makeup removing wipes I can see that my final price will be ONLY $3.15 after the $1.50 coupon and subscribe & save. You will NEVER pay more than what you agree to at checkout for your first subscription!

If you’re new to subscribe & save you can find more subscribe & save answers here >>>

Just a quick note regarding the FREE Honest Company Diapers

“Will the orders actually ship?!”

This question is difficult to answer because I heard from one reader that they cancelled some of the diapers because she was able to order more than the order limit was set to. However another reader ordered a WHOPPING 160 boxes of diapers which she plans to donate locally.

One thing you can do to make sure your subscribe & save items ship right away is to change your S&S delivery date here so you get them as fast as possible before Amazon is able to cancel.

Anymore questions? 🙂 Let me know! I am friendly and happy to answer what I can or point you to where you can get answers.

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Just a quick note regarding the FREE Honest Company Diapers

Just a quick note regarding the FREE Honest Company Diapers

Mine shipped! 😀

I know a lot of you guys were concerned because they were $50 boxes of diapers that ended up being free so I just wanted to let you know that you can rest easy.

Do be sure that you go here and move your subscribe & save orders to ship as fast as possible!

I will be donating the three boxes I snagged to the local women’s shelter as I don’t have kids myself. 🙂

Did you miss this deal? Well why aren’t you signed up for the mailing lists???

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Why You Can’t Access This Website From China

Why You Can't Access This Website From China

Since everyone is making their vacation plans for the summer (even me 🙂 ), I thought I’d talk about the fact that a lot of countries are blocked from visiting this website.

This is my decision and has nothing to do with political censorship, but that there are many sellers from other countries pushing less than stellar products on Amazon. I understand their decision and to be fair, not all products are terrible but about 98% of the sellers who message me are trying to push me to post about their low quality products at terrible prices.

Crappy Deal

The anatomy of a crappy deal from a seller is simple:

  • Lots of keywords stuffed into a product name and perhaps even incorrect punctuation in product names – the most common I see is no space after the comma
  • A discount of less than 10%
  • A low product rating or a product with one or two good reviews which look fake.
  • A deal too good to be true (a seller who basically wants to harvest your email and address for future use.)
  • Electronic products which are not UL certified – a certification which makes sure you as a consumer are protected against electric shocks etc. This can also include chargers for your phone which will end up damaging the life of your battery.

Why You Can't Access This Website From China

After a recent server glitch caused this website to go down, all the country blocks were lost which led to a HUGE influx of messages I got like this. I get pinged on and respond to every message so you can imagine it was frustrating for me to have to do that at such a high volume. So the country blocks were successfully restored a week ago. 🙂

Additionally, looking at the database logs there’s a high amount of traffic from countries like Russia, China and Malaysia who constantly try to break in which makes this website slower for you guys.

Plus, EVERYTHING I post on here concerns Amazon.com, not Amazon.ru or Amazon.cn or Amazon.ca. That means all the products ship to US addresses.

At Jungle Deals Blog, we only deal in quality products. And it IS possible to get quality products at low prices. I don’t feel like I lose anything by blocking these sellers from being able to contact me. I am a fan of small business and I want sellers to succeed but not at the cost to you, the personal cost of making me hate my inbox or damaging the website infrastructure.

Great Deal

The JDB readers mean a lot to me. Every deal I post has been personally evaluated by me to be a good price on a quality product and I won’t clog this website with trashy goods. That’s why we have a blanket policy of NOT accepting any deal submissions from sellers.

If you are a seller looking to get your products out there. I honestly wish you well as I know what it is like to run a small business, but here is not your outlet for exposure and there are plenty of “GLITCH” websites and groups that happily just post anything.

Lastly, I won’t share a list of countries that are blocked besides the ones I’ve mentioned in this post, but if you are going on vacation, living overseas on an army base and have concerns about being able to get your daily deal dose then feel free to contact me at the Facebook page here. 🙂

Thank you for coming to this website every day, I value each one of you and hope you get value from this site.

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Taking a Break — Have a Great Christmas Holiday!

Have a Great Christmas Holiday!

Happy holidays everyone!

Though this site is about shopping and finding deals remember that there’s nothing more important than family and giving your time to them. In that spirit today (23rd) and tomorrow (24th) I’ll be taking time off from blogging to hang out with my family.

I’m sure on Christmas there will be some blog worthy deals so I will be back then but for now enjoy some of the links below where I usually find deals or update deals posted:

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12 Reasons to Give Gift Cards this Christmas

12 Reasons to Give Gift Cards this Christmas

Gift cards get such a bad rep. People often view them as the lazy gift or the gift that you give to someone who you don’t know what to get them. I think gift cards are amazing and I always give them out for holiday gifts.

  1. The End of Year Sales! December 26th that $100 set of headphones or the $100 toy set will be $60. So the money you give someone in gift card form will end up going a lot further than you even imagined.
    The End of Year Sales
  2. It’s like an extra gift! Christmas isn’t over after all the gifts have been unwrapped. You would still have an extra gift card to buy whatever you like! Kids go wild after unwrapping a gift card because they unwrapped something adults usually get and they have 100% say in what they want.
  3. For the kid who didn’t get everything they wanted… Gift cards allow someone to get something they were really hoping for after they didn’t get it. Maybe your mind slipped up and Santa forgot something they really wanted. Gift card to the rescue!
  4. Expansion packs? Often kids toys or games will be able to be expanded with expansion packs. The gift of a gift card is giving them the choice of the expansion pack they might want.
  5. Balance out the gifts. My much younger brother got a few more gifts than his older brother so I bought the older brother larger gift card to balance out the disparity. 🙂 I can’t be accused of favoritism.
  6. No returns or refunds. No one returns a gift card – unless it isn’t to Amazon. 😉 When I get a gift I don’t like, like a shirt with a gift receipt, what you really bought me was an errand.
    Gift Card
  7. Teach kids to budget! The only way kids learn the true value of a dollar is by getting to budget the amount of money they have.
  8. Gift cards can be practical. You never know how much someone is struggling. If you give a $100 gift card you may expect a college student to buy a brand new designer bag, but they may actually more wisely spend it on food and personal care products. The things they really need. If you know someone is struggling, but don’t want to give an awkward gift of groceries, a gift card will help them retain dignity.
  9. You can buy gifts from home! It’s so tough to find the time to go to the mall, find parking and shop around but everything is on Amazon and you can get it delivered right to your door! Give me 10 mins at work and I can do my weekly grocery shopping on Amazon Prime Now for FREE delivery!
  10. The designs are really fun. Check out this cute little Amazon box gift card. 🙂Amazon box gift card
  11. Send on-time! You can set up gift cards to email out on Christmas!Gift Card
  12. Nobody hates gift cards. 🙂

See all the available Amazon gift card formats here >>>

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Closing Down Two Mailing Lists & Reviving the Facebook Group

Join Our Closed Facebook Group -- Less Public than Facebook Page

In preparation for the HUGE amount of Black Friday deals coming this way I am doing two things:

  1. Shutting down two mailing lists – daily round up and RSS feed round up (don’t worry, hot deals, prices mistakes and special offers will all be active.)
  2. Reviving the Facebook Group – it is a closed group, but free to add yourself and I will get you approved.

Long story short, these two mailing lists were not really being used. I don’t have the energy at night to post long around ups and I wouldn’t be able to put in prices in posts in a way that is compliant with Amazon’s rules. It would also take readers multiple clicks to get to the Amazon links and I think it would be too annoying for readers to get any value out of.

Secondly, you may be wondering where the Facebook group has been all this time… Well, right as I was about to transfer the group to be a part of the page I got flagged for having two accounts and after two weeks of fighting Facebook I just lost interest in trying to fight for it back. I had two accounts because I keep personal and business private, but Facebook does not seem to like that.

Facebook restored my account access recently and I transferred group ownership to the page!

Closing Down Two Mailing Lists & Reviving the Facebook Group

What’s the group for?

I recognize that being frugal isn’t something that everyone is proud of all the time. Society is shaped in such a way that people only want to show off on Facebook photos of themselves looking glamorous on private jets, not saving 75% off of laundry detergent.

The closed group gives you guys a way liking, commenting and interacting in ways that your friends won’t see. Facebook will also notify you if there’s a HOT deal. ?

This is not the first deal website to have a Facebook group, many seem to and I wondered if it was right for this site, but with 800ish members and a lot of them missing the posts I am moving forward with this decision. 🙂

Thanks for barring with me as I work to make this holiday shopping season really fruitful for you and your family. 🙂

Join the Facebook group here >>>

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