Three Ways Save Big On Amazon’s Black Friday Sales

I don’t know about you, but the idea of Black Friday never excited me much. I get chills just thinking about standing in line with a crowd of people just to fight my way through a crowded store to possibly get a TV for half price. Not my idea of fun, and not just because we hardly ever watch TV at home anyway.  You get the idea. Needless to say, I’m not the target audience for the traditional Black Friday sales.

When the consumer-created shopping day of Cyber Monday developed, I didn’t get the appeal either. That’s mainly because when I go to work on the Monday after Thanksgiving, I have work to do and no time to shop online. Apparently, many other people do and now we have a week full of sales from Pre-Black Friday to the newly coined phrase ‘Cyber Week.” but as a Dr. Who fan I’m not sure I like that one as it reminds me too much of these guys.

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Expecting A Package While Away? Here’s What To Do For USPS, UPS, FedEx And Amazon

When you used to go on vacation, it was easy to put a hold on your mail delivery. You just told your friendly U.S. Postal Service mail carrier that you’d be away and could they hold the mail until you return next Monday. Problem solved. Personally, we just left a cardboard box under our mailbox inside our screened-in porch, since our mail carrier walked his route, door to door. Things aren’t that simple anymore. We hardly see our mail carrier because the mailbox is located five houses away from us and is for the twenty houses on our street.

In addition, not only do you need to alert the Post Office but what about those packages you’re expecting from UPS or FedEx, or your Amazon deliveries?

Here’s a guide to walk you through how to hold or redirect deliveries for when you’re out of town.

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Farewell Google Express, We Never Really Knew Why You Existed, Anyway

Google Express was the shopping website/portal that never really knew what it wanted to be when it grew up. Not to be confused with the “Shopping” tab when you Google an item, this was a separate service. You could search for an item and it would show you which one, of several online stores you’d never heard of before, carried it and what price you’d pay.

It always felt as if this was the idea of a VP at Google who said: “We need to compete with Amazon.com for online shopping, but we sell no merchandise.” The reason the service existed seemed unclear. Why would you need to buy items to get shipped through Google’s shopping portal? Google already provides you information about where you can buy an item with their main service and that search isn’t limited to the stores who are signed up for the Google Express platform. So why bother?

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And now they’ll never get a chance to figure it out:

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Hidden AMEX Offers Revealed, New Lounge Fees, Don’t Be THAT Guy, Would YOU Do This?, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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Time To Sign Up For My Favorite Discover 5% Cash Back Categories Of The Year

One of the only reasons I put any spending on my Discover card is the rotating 5% cashback categories. Every three months they have a category, or categories, where you can earn 5% back on the first $1,500 spent. That’s a max of $75 back and that’s not bad for a card with no annual fee. You can net $300 per year if you max out each category.

I’ve been a bit underwhelmed with the offerings so far this year, mainly because I can earn about the same amount or more with other cards.

  • Jan – March – Grocery Stores
  • April – June – Gas Stations, Uber & Lyft
  • July – September – Restaurants and PayPal

However, I am excited about the category for October-December. No question that it’s designed to arrive just in time for holiday shopping.

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