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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.ย ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for barring with me as I work to make this holiday shopping season really fruitful for you and your family. ๐Ÿ™‚

Join the Facebook group here >>>

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Here’s What It’s Like to Use One of Amazon’s New Pickup Facilities

Here's What It's Like to Use One of Amazon's New Pickup Facilities

Amazon investing in more physical presences? Yes! And believe it or not this one is just a couple of blocks from where I live. ๐Ÿ™‚

Amazon just opened a Pickup Facility right by me in the middle of a downtown area. You may ask why they’re choosing to pay a probably obscene amount of rent for a spacious package holding room, but it actually makes a lot of sense if you live in a downtown metro.

Here's What It's Like to Use One of Amazon's New Pickup Facilities

A couple of days ago I noticed this new link at the top of my Amazon pages which let to a page explaining I could have my packages ship to a new pickup facility which just opened.

Here's What It's Like to Use One of Amazon's New Pickup Facilities

Pick up today?! Wow. I decided to test it out by ordering a white noise machine. Earlier in the day I had read an article on cheap items that make a drastic improvement to your life and I decided to try out this highly rated $20 white noise machine. I checked out and selected the new pickup facility as my address. 12 hours later, I got this email. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here's What It's Like to Use One of Amazon's New Pickup Facilities

They will hold my package until November 18th! That’s a long time to let it chill until I can pick it up too. I headed there an hour later…

Here's What It's Like to Use One of Amazon's New Pickup Facilities

The store itself has a seating area where you can watch Amazon’s Prime Streaming service though I did not see anyone in there at the time. There were also kiosks where you could log in and start a return!

Clicking the link in my email on my phone brought me to a page where I could see a barcode.

Here's What It's Like to Use One of Amazon's New Pickup Facilities

I scanned my code on the correct numbered locker and a door just swung open! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was the easiest package pickup ever! This is pretty much the only part that’s exactly the same as going to an Amazon locker.

Very important: they also have a returns drop slot. ๐Ÿ™‚

But even better….

Here's What It's Like to Use One of Amazon's New Pickup Facilities

Don’t want to carry all that cardboard and packaging home? Recycle it there! ๐Ÿ˜€ The tables even have box cutters to help you open your package and break down the box.

You guys know how much Amazon I order, but you probably don’t know how many boxes I deal with every week. Getting to recycle the envelope there and carry a small box with my white noise machine home was such a bonus!

Here's What It's Like to Use One of Amazon's New Pickup Facilities

Making a return? Use the label you printed from the return kiosks along and use packaging on this table to package it securely!

Here's What It's Like to Use One of Amazon's New Pickup Facilities

The icing on the cake was that they were also giving away free samples of a new protein bar. Pretty cool if you ask me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to use this facility some more and it’s going to be perfect for everyone traveling over the holidays.

Here’s why Amazon opened their new pickup facility…..

There aren’t always enough Amazon Lockers – In a large city because of the amount of people living around you Amazon Lockers can also run out of storage quickly. Stores that house Amazon Lockers also impose restrictions on Amazon’s Locker access including delivery times, rent due and customers don’t want to feel obligated to buy something there just because they’re picking up a package.

Packages can get stolen on your doorstepย – If you live in a building that has access to anyone, you’re probably likely to get a few packages stolen throughout the year. Having the option for a million people to ship their items to pickup here means less packages stolen and saves money in the long run.

Amazon’s delivery personnel don’t have access everywhere – Amazon has started to employ their own delivery drivers instead of just using UPS which means that all news new delivery staff won’t have building access for apartment blocks. Often this can lead customers to print their access codes on the box’s mailing address which also presents a security risk. I also live next to a huge university and if you’ve lived on a college campus, you know what a pain it is to get packages.

On vacation? Pickup will store your package for up to 14 days – I travel a lot so this is great for me. 2 day free shipping is awesome if you want to get it fast and no-rush shipping is even better to get it in 5 days + a digital credit. But what about if I am on a 10 day overseas business trip? I don’t want my packages to sit at the doorstep waiting to get stolen!

Industrial engineering means you can get packages faster – You don’t need a math degree to know that delivering a truck full of items to one address is faster than delivering them to 100. Decreasing the amount of resources needed to get your package to you also saves Amazon money.

Amazon can advertise and perhaps even sell new products – Just as the sample stand was there it’s another opportunity for Amazon to market new items you might enjoy. I bet they may even start selling Amazon products in these facilities at some point. ๐Ÿ™‚ Owning where the lockers are housed gives Amazon more freedom to do what they want.

More people will get Amazon Prime Memberships – This facility seems to solve some of the problems with getting packages to people in cities and as such removes some of the major blockers to considering a membership. Returns are now not even bothersome if Amazon provides the packaging.

I am looking forward to seeing these in more cities!

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9 Ways You Can Find Extra Money for Prime Day

9 Ways You Can Find Extra Money for Prime Day

Amazon, the Amazon logo, AmazonSupply, and the AmazonSupply logo are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates.

I don’t know about you guys, but I had some unexpected medical expenses come up this month and I have been looking for ways to get more value out of the upcoming Prime Day. If you’re also pinching pennies, here are some ways you can free up extra money for Amazon’s Prime Day which is the second week of next month.

Shop with your Credit Card Points on Amazon.com

Shop with Points – If you have a credit card from Citi, Chase, American Express or Discover you can use your points to pay for items at Amazon. Amazon also has their own credit card that you can get rewards on with a FREE gift card if you are approved! I pay my CC bill on time and then use my points to pay for things like toilet paper, laundry supplies and paper towels โ€“ which all end up being free! FREE is the ultimate deal. ๐Ÿ™‚

Credit Card rewards

Credit Card Rewards – Some credit card companies, such as Wells Fargo, have point reward programs that you can cash in for gift cards. If you cash them in today there’s a good chance your gift card will be delivered before Prime Day.

*HOT* Amazon Wedding Registry: Rare 20% Off Completion Discount!

Get an Amazon Wedding registry (even if you’re not getting married!) – Amazon always seems to give extra discount to use on anything to those who have wedding registries so I always have one going and I enjoy the extra discounts. Sign up for one here >>>

Prime Day Offer: Get $30 off your purchase of $150 or more with the Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card

Register for the Amazon Visa Credit Card – Amazon always offers extra discount on Prime Day to Visa card holders. ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t have an Amazon Visa Card? If you register for one hereย and you can be eligible for this discount on Prime Day. Do be careful to pay it off within the grace period as the fees are huge if you don’t.

 

Return items that are unused

Return items that are unused – If you have some shoes or jewelry lying around that you purchased from Amazon within the last 30 days and you don’t think you will get any use out of them then just return them by following the steps at Amazon.com/returns. Amazon offers free return shipping on jewelry and clothing and you can get credited back in the form of a gift card within one day of mailing your returned item.

Rebate cards/Visa gift cards etc

Rebate cards/Visa gift cards etc –ย Everyone has at least one of these things lying around. Usually from a Verizon or AT&T promo, or even a Visa Gift card that you didn’t use the whole balance and there are only a couple of dollars left.

Use the number on the back of the card to check the balance and then buy an Amazon email gift card and email it to your self. You can then redeem it here back to your own account. I think it’s the 2016 digital equivalent of finding coins in the couch cushions. Hey, every little helps!

Cash in any other rewards programs

Cash in any other rewards programs –ย I work somewhere that encourages you to be active via a program called Virgin Pulse. You sync up your steps from a pedometer and when you get enough points you can redeem them for an Amazon Gift Card. Just got $25 for waking up and rolling out of bed! ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you are a member of similar programs now is the time to cash this in.

Check Your No-Rush Shipping Credit & Rent or Buy Premium Movies for FREE!

Check out other Amazon CreditsGo here to check out other Amazon credits you may have from no-rush shipping. While it doesn’t list all the credits you can see things like how much video credit you have an Amazon will have lots of digital TV and Video on sale during Prime Day.

Mpow Universal Windshield Car Mount for All Phones -- $6.99 + $5.99 No-Rush Shipping Prime Pantry Credit

Checkout with no-rush shipping – If you buy anything in the next couple of days definitely check out with no-rush shipping if you don’t need it right away. These credits may even double on Prime Day when you checkout via no-rush — they sure doubled last year! Right now on select items you can get a $1 digital no-rush shipping credit or even a $5.99 Prime Pantry shipping credit. Not bad!

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Is Fisher Price Releasing An Exercise Bike For Kids?? Yes, yes, they are…

Note: This is by no means a deal, I just found it interesting.

In my Amazon travels this morning I noticed that Amazon listedย Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle Toy – New for 2017ย as a new product. Curious, I took a look and discovered that this toy is an exercise machine for kids retailing for $99.99 (reg. $149.99).

My first thought was “wow, it’s really hard to separate kids from their screens these days, even when they want to go biking”. But what if you live in an area with lots of snow or extreme heat and you still want your kiddo to learn the fun of getting exercise and moving about? What if your kid needs a little help getting more active? Might not be a bad idea plus with gamification you can make it fun.

There are no reviews yet, but I’ve listed the features below and if anyone is interested it ships July 1st.

  • 3 ways to play: driving, gaming, and racing! The more kids pedal, the more they can learn!
  • Bluetooth technology enables play on a tablet or TV screen for an immersive play experience
  • Download the free Smart Cycle Mission to Tech City app for exciting racing & learning games
  • KID TOUGH steel construction-tough enough to take what preschoolers dish out!
  • Movable, steering handlebars with input controls & a joystick add to the play experience, putting kids in control!
  • Adjustable seat makes play more comfortable
  • Convenient adjustable tablet holder fits tablets of various sizes
  • Smart Cycle is compatible with Apple iPad, Apple TV, most Android tablets, Android TV, Amazon Fire tablets, and Amazon FireTV

See it here: Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle Toy – New for 2017 >>>

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Amazon’s Luxury Beauty Sample Box — FREE After Credit — Here’s Mine!

Amazon's Luxury Beauty Sample Box -- FREE After Credit -- Here's Mine!

Did you get your Amazon Luxury Sample box yet?

Unlike Amazon’s other sample boxes, this one is its own separate box complete with bow! The unboxing process was really awesome and it felt like Amazon’s Christmas present to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Amazon's Luxury Beauty Sample Box -- FREE After Credit -- Here's Mine!

The box itself was STUFFED full of samples of lots of premium products.ย ๐Ÿ˜€

Amazon's Luxury Beauty Sample Box -- FREE After Credit -- Here's Mine!

Not bad for being FREE after credit!

If you’re new of the Amazon Sample Boxes, you basically buy the box for a small cost and then get the equivalent credit back to spend on a multitude of items, not just items in the box. In fact the credit I got back for ordering this box applies to over 6,500 products listed here! ๐Ÿ™‚ A fewย of which go on sale for amazing prices frequently.

Get your Amazon Luxury Beauty box here >>>

Amazon Cyber Monday: 3 NEW Sample Boxes -- FREE After Credit!

Did you already get the sample box and want to get another one as a gift or for stocking stuffers? It’s possible to order another box and get another round of credit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Jungle Deals Blog Updates: Focussing on Mobile!

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You may not know it from my lack of updates today, but I spent the day in front of the computer – mostly improving the mobile design!ย Looks much better right?ย I was starting to really hate the purple. ๐Ÿ™‚

Because I spend all day on my laptop and only really see the site through the desktop design I haven’t really been that attentive to mobile users and that stops now!

Jungle Deals Blog Updates: Focussing on Mobile!

About 70% of you viewing this site are actually doing it through a mobile device – it is kind of where the internet is going and from now on I will be working to give a really beautiful mobile experience by using the site on mobile when I am not writing posts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There are a few things I still need to tweak and a lot I want to improve…

  • The load time of the site – it’s around 5 seconds because all the prices from Amazon are actually pulled from the API. It really sucks to have to wait so long for the page to load and trust me no one hates this more than me since I’m looking at my site all day.
  • Fonts and font sizes – I really want to find a more readable font.
  • Make the tools on this site easier to use for mobile users.
  • Improve the usability for sharing content to social networks.
  • Load comments on all posts
  • Remove the RSS Feed…

Yes, I will be removing the RSS Feed. ๐Ÿ™ For those of you following on sites like bloglovin’, feedly, newsblur etc this feed will be removed soon. This is because I am just really tired of seeing the full html of my posts show up on other websites without any content attribution and with affiliate links changed. This is an unfortunate problem and no other way around it.

This means that I will also be changing the mailing list service I use since the current one uses RSS feeds to get the post content to an email to be sent to you guys. I will update more closer to the time.

But for now just know that I am committed to giving you guys a great experience – if I wasn’t there would be ads on the site. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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How I got 5% Back on Every Amazon Purchase Last Month!

How to 5% Credit Back on All Amazon Purchases!

Yeah the answer is a credit card, but hear me out!

If you shop on Amazon a lot, and pay all your credit cards back on time it’s actually a good deal. Imagine if there was an offer to getย 5% off all your Amazon purchases – you’d do it right?ย Well, this is it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided to write this post because I logged into the Amazon Store Card portal and saw this.

How to 5% Credit Back on All Amazon Purchases!

It took me a minute to realize what was going on with my account because I thought I paid everything off and didn’t at all think I over paid at all. (The blurred part is my account limit which is personal.)

My Amazon Store Card is paid off fully but I earned $75.15 from my purchases in December soย my accountย has a negative balance of $75.15 meaning the next $75.15 I spend on my store card is FREE!

I Just Made $32.08 From Amazon Anytime Gift Cards!

If you do the math is means I spent around $1500 in December, which sounds like a lot butย around $700 of that is gift cards that I can redeem back to my own account at any time with $2 Amazon Credit per $10 gift card bought (deal mentioned here but no longer available).

Amazon Prime Day: 20% Off Select Gift Card Lightning Deals!

There wereย also lots of lightning gift card deals where gift cards to places I already shop throughout the year were on sale for 20% off so that was 5% off on top of those deals.

prime fresh now

I also do all my grocery shopping through Amazon Fresh, and shop a lot in the sale section so I got an extra 5% back on all of my groceries. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas presents

And gosh, don’t forget all the Christmas presents I bought last month! My family were really happy with what I got them and my sister loved all the Barbies which were super cheap with all the deals! ๐Ÿ™‚

How to 5% Credit Back on All Amazon Purchases!

So now on top of saving on groceries, the FREE $2 per $10 credit from Amazon anytime gift cards, coupons savings, subscribe & save savings, Amazon Sample Box credit, other promotional credit and even no-rush shipping credit – I got 5% back on every dollar I spent!

Wow.

Iย plan to just let the credit chill in my account and use it towards the next purchases of household supplies like toilet paper, trash bags etc because if I put it towards the things I truly need to live it’s the best deal possible. ๐Ÿ˜€

Though I have to admit, I did almost put it towards a new kate spade new york bag… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thinking about an Amazon Store card? Check it out here and read the fine print to make sure it’s right for you. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s only a great deal if you’re financially responsible enough to pay it off on time.

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