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Amazon Prime: Keep or Cancel? Help Me Decide!

A while ago Amazon announced an increase to their Amazon Prime fees. And even though there are ways to keep the fees at the $99 yearly for a bit longer, it still seemed to me I should take a closer look at whether or not I was getting value from having Amazon Prime even at the $99 rate.

I always say, “Let math be your friend” and in fact, I enjoy math. And I enjoy using spreadsheets, too. I’m not exactly Don in The Rosie Project, but I can come awfully close to his obsession with tracking things.

So let’s take a look at what I actually DO use Amazon Prime for, because I think a lot of people see all the potential uses of Amazon Prime but don’t really use them. Continue reading

How to Maximize Wishlist Rewards (Employee Appreciation Gifted Experiences)

Good morning everyone.  This post will not be very useful to most people, but if I can help 1-2 people, I will be happy.  Wishlist Rewards is a service that companies use to thank their employees (employee appreciation gifted experiences).  For example, my company provides gifts to employees on their work anniversary.  Instead of giving the same gift to everyone, they hired Wishlist Rewards to fulfill experience gifts (intangible gifts like show tickets, massages, sunset sailboat rides, whitewater rafting and much more).  In this post, I will show you how to maximize the value you get from Wishlist Rewards.  Here is the email I received from my company congratulating me on my 3 year work anniversary.  I clicked the View Your Wishlist link to explore the possible experiences.

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Office Depot Boise Paper 2 Cases Rebate ($80 OD/OM Gift Card) Timeline

Last month, Doctor of Credit shared a deal from Office Depot / OfficeMax where you could buy $116 worth of paper for $60 (with coupon) and get an $80 OD/OM Gift Card as a rebate.  I immediately jumped at the offer to spend $60 and get an $80 OD/OM Gift Card, plus I could donate the paper to my girlfriend’s elementary school (win-win).

A few days later, Office Depot changed the terms of the rebate so that you had to buy the paper in-store, not online.  I was waiting and hoping for the best since I had already submitted my rebate before the rebate terms were changed.  I have good news to share.  I purchased 2 cases of paper online, submitted 1 rebate form, and received an $80 OD/OM Gift Card.  In this post, I will document the dates of the rebate.  I purchased the 2 cases of paper on April 10 around 4pm.

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My New Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card Arrived & Upgrade Offer Discrepancy

Good morning everyone.  A few days ago, Doctor of Credit reported that you could upgrade your Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card to the new Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card.  There were upgrade offers between 0 Marriott Rewards Points and up to 50,000 Marriott Rewards Points.  I was offered 20,000 Marriott Rewards Points to upgrade and I accepted the upgrade offer.

I made sure to take screenshots before and after accepting the offer, just in case.  Turns out, that was a really smart move because when I called Chase this morning to verify the upgrade details, I was told that my account only had an offer for 10,000 Marriott Rewards Points.  I sent these screenshots into Chase via Secure Message (SM) and am waiting for a response.  While that happens, I will show you the welcome letter, card art, and compare the new card design to the previous card design.

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Happy Mother’s Day! Let’s Celebrate with an Amazon Gift Card Giveaway [10 Winners Announced]

Updated 6am PT on 5/15: 10 winners announced, please scroll down to see the winning comments.


Good morning everyone and happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there – especially my mom!  I might be a bit biased, but I think know I have the best mom in the world!  My parents got me hooked on travel at a very young age and my love for travel has only grown larger as I have gotten older (and the ability to earn thousands of miles and points from credit card sign up bonuses has helped too).  There are so many family trips around Europe, to various tropical Caribbean Islands, and long road trips around California, picking a favorite family vacation would be impossible.  Every trip is special in one way or another.

To celebrate Mother’s Day and to give you all a chance to brag about your mother’s, I decided to set up an Amazon Gift Card Giveaway.  Read on to find the details of the giveaway…

My family in St. Kitts (my dad is taking the photo).  Cheer’s to all the moms out there!

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