Half Price Amazon Gift Card Today Only

January 19, 2011 by  
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Get a $20 Amazon Gift Card for $10, today only, Wednesday January 19 2011. (Although it runs into the early hours of Thursday morning.)

This is a one-day deal: you pay $10 and get a $20 Amazon gift card. In other words, you get a totally free $10 to spend at Amazon. You can use it on any Amazon purchase: books, electronics, music, Kindle, household stuff, you name it. Unfortunately, the tiny type says you can only buy one per person (drat).

The Half Price Amazon Gift Card offer is offered in all national cities via Living Social.  We don’t know if there’s a cap on quantities available, but sometimes there’s a cut-off point with this kind of mega promo – over 680,000 people nationally have already snapped up this shopping deal! Yikes.  So buy sooner rather than later.  Otherwise, the deal runs all day today, January 19.

The card does not have an expiry date. I’m not sure how long I could wait to use it though – I’m going to buy mine straight after writing this post. I need a new headset for my phone and have been putting it off, but as I’ll get $10 off using this deal, there’s no excuse to wait any longer!

–Tania  FYI - I’ve given you my Living Social affiliate link. If you plan to take advantage of this deal and feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap, please use the links. Thanks!


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Free Amazon Prime 2-Day Shipping for College Students

January 18, 2011 by  
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If you need your text books (or anything else) in a hurry, the Amazon Prime service offers two-day shipping for speedy delivery, with no minimum order. The service usually costs $79 a year, but college students signing up for the free Amazon Student membership program also get Amazon Prime free for one year!

Other Amazon Student membership benefits include student discounts and news on offers and promotions. If you can’t wait for free two-day shipping, one-day shipping within the plan costs $3.99. To sign up for the free Amazon Student with Amazon Prime, you need to prove that you’re a current student at a college or university by providing a .edu e-mail address. Once that .edu address is verified, use any email you choose to manage your Amazon account.

I’d always encourage you to support your local independent bookstore such as Bookworks and Page One, or of course the University of New Mexico Bookstore if you study at UNM.  But if you buy online anyway this is a great way to save on shipping costs, especially if you need your books in a rush because you’ve left your studying till the last minute (Tsk tsk! Yeah, I know, we’ve all done it…)

You can use the Amazon Prime student deal for products other than books, and existing Amazon Prime members who are eligible can still register for Amazon Student, and get a refund on the remainder of their subscription.

NOT A STUDENT?

The free Amazon Mom membership program is not just for moms – anyone caring for a baby or child can join – and benefits include free two-day shipping for three months, not just on child products but across all categories, 30% off diapers, and if you shop in the Baby Store, for every $25 you spend they’ll add another month of free two-day shipping to your account, up to a year’s worth. It’s not necessary to give info about your kids, but they offer other discounts and promos if you provide details such as gender and birthday, or your due date if you’re pregnant (congratulations!) There’s no restriction on the child’s age and the program is open to dads, grandparents, aunts, or anyone caring for a child - the Amazon Mom Frequently Asked Questions gives the full skinny.

Everyone else can still try Amazon Prime with a free one month trial. Be sure to cancel your subscription before the free trial ends or select “do not upgrade” once you’re registered for the freebie, if you don’t want your credit card to be automatically charged for the $79 subscription at the end of the trial period.

You don’t need to cancel the Amazon Student and Amazon Mom deals – once you’ve used up your free shipping time, the Amazon Prime membership just stops – although other discounts and benefits continue. It’s a totally free deal.

–Tania.  Note: I’ve given you my Amazon affiliate link. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap, please use the link. Otherwise, just go to Amazon directly. Thanks!

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$10 Amazon Credit When you Spend $30 on Magazines

December 22, 2010 by  
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APOLOGIES if you received a link to this old post via email today.  There is a technical problem with Google Feedburner having a New Year’s  fit and emailing random old posts. This is beyond our control till they fix it, and it’s affecting other blogs too, not just us.  The deal below has now expired, but they DO have a $6.99 annual subscription sale on some health and fitness titles (Backpacker, Vegetarian Times, and Yoga Journal) till January 8, 2011, if that makes your visit here less of a waste of time! We’re sorry you were inconvenienced! Thanks for your continued support of ABQ on the Cheap.

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This Amazon deal could be a good idea for last minute gifts, or as a freebie for yourself if you want to take out or renew magazine subscriptions.

Get a $10 Amazon credit when you spend $30 at the Amazon.com Magazine Store until December 25, 2010.

New subscriptions and renewals both count towards the $30 purchase, and you can combine multiple orders to reach the $30 total. Magazines that are on sale also count (there are a lot of reduced priced mags during December) so you can take advantage of $5 or $7 subscriptions or gift them to meet the $30 minimum.

Once you meet the $30 total order in the magazine store, you’ll get a $10 Amazon.com promo code via email by December 31, 2010. The promo code is valid on all Amazon purchases until January 21, 2011, with the exception of Kindle subscriptions, Prime subscriptions, used items, or products sold by third parties.

I’ve got a bunch of magazine subscriptions coming up for renewal in the new year, so I’m going to check this out because a $10 Amazon credit for buying $30 worth of magazines I was going to purchase anyway seems like… FREE MONEY!

Thanks to mag maestro Jennifer at Cities on the Cheap for the tip!

– Tania. Note: I’ve given you my affiliate links to plug you directly to the Amazon deal. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap, please use the link.

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Amazon Free Two-Day Shipping for Parents

November 5, 2010 by  
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The free Amazon Mom membership program is not just for moms – anyone caring for a baby or child can join – and benefits include free 2-day Amazon Prime shipping, 30% off diapers, and other discounts.

This could be an excellent time to join Amazon Mom as you’ll get free two-day shipping for three months at Amazon – and not just on child products but on millions of products in all categories. I’m thinking free shipping on holiday gift shopping too – heh, heh!

Basically you get all the benefits of Amazon Prime for 3 months: free shipping with no minimum order (usually $79 a year), and if you shop in the Baby Store, for every $25 you spend they’ll add another month of free two-day shipping to your account, up to a year’s worth.

Other benefits include 30% off diapers and wipes, and although it’s not required to share information about your child or children, they offer member discounts and promotions if you choose to provide details such as gender and birthday, or your due date if you’re pregnant (congratulations!).

The free membership is open to anyone caring for children – moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, etc – with no restrictions on the child’s age, and the free shipping is valid on products other than child care. Existing Amazon Prime members can also get a refund on their paid subscription if they trade it in for the freebie! See all the Amazon Mom Frequently Asked Questions for the full skinny.

We’d always encourage you to support local Albuquerque stores, but if you buy online anyway, this is a great way to save on shipping costs AND get other perks!

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College students get a similar deal with Amazon Student – except they get free two-day shipping for a full year, and special student discounts.

Everyone else can still try Amazon Prime with a free one month trial. Be sure to cancel your subscription before the free trial ends or select “do not upgrade” once you’re registered for the freebie, if you don’t want your credit card to be automatically charged for the $79 subscription at the end of the trial period.

You don’t need to cancel the Amazon Mom and Amazon Student deals – once you’ve used up your free shipping time, the Amazon Prime membership just stops – although the other discounts and benefits continue. It’s a totally free deal.

Thanks to Evelyn at The Big Apple on the Cheap for tipping us off to the deal – and Evelyn shares a brilliant tip to save time, packing, and shopping when you’re traveling:  Have Amazon deliver a box of diapers to the hotel where you’re staying on vacation, or to a family member’s house on your next visit!

–Tania. Note: I’ve given you my Amazon affiliate links to plug you directly to the deal pages. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap, please use the link. Otherwise, just go to Amazon directly. Thanks!

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Free Amazon Prime 2-Day Shipping for College Students

September 7, 2010 by  
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If you need your text books (or anything else) in a hurry, the Amazon Prime service offers two-day shipping for speedy delivery, with no minimum order. The service usually costs $79 a year, but college students signing up for the free Amazon Student membership program also get Amazon Prime free for one year!

Other Amazon Student membership benefits include student discounts and news on offers and promotions. If you can’t wait for free two-day shipping, one-day shipping within the plan costs $3.99. To sign up for the free Amazon Student with Amazon Prime, you need to prove that you’re a current student at a college or university by providing a .edu e-mail address. Once that .edu address is verified, use any email you choose to manage your Amazon account.

I’d always encourage you to support your local independent bookstore such as Bookworks and Page One, or of course the University of New Mexico Bookstore if you study at UNM.  But if you buy online anyway this is a great way to save on shipping costs, especially if you need your books in a rush because you’ve left your studying till the last minute (Tsk tsk! Yeah, I know, we’ve all done it…)

You can use the Amazon Prime student deal for products other than books, and existing Amazon Prime members who are eligible can still register for Amazon Student, and get a refund on the remainder of their subscription.

NOT A STUDENT?

If you’re not a college student and want to try Amazon Prime anyway, they offer a free one month trial. Be sure to cancel your subscription before the free trial ends or select “do not upgrade” once you’re registered for the freebie, if you don’t want your credit card to be automatically charged for the $79 subscription at the end of the trial period.

As far as I can see from the terms and conditions, the Amazon Prime deal for students is NOT automatically upgraded / charged at the end of the year. It’s a totally free deal.

–Tania.  Note: I’ve given you my Amazon affiliate link. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap, please use the link. Otherwise, just go to Amazon directly. Thanks!

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$10 off Movie Ticket for Eat Pray Love, Salt, or The Other Guys

July 18, 2010 by  
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Get a $10 certificate for movie admission to one of these (bound-to-be) summer blockbusters when you buy a qualifying DVD or Blu-ray. Or use the $10 certificate as concession cash.

The movie Eat Pray Love starring New Mexico’s own Julia Roberts  (well, she’s not completely our own but as she has a ranch up near Taos, that’s good enough) opens across the US on August 13.  Bearing in mind how popular Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir was, and how popular OUR Julia is, it’s bound to be a summer blockbuster.

You can get $10 off admission to see Eat Pray Love, or to the movies Salt starring Angelina Jolie, or The Other Guys with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, if you buy a DVD or Blu-ray disc at Amazon, between now and September 6. Or you can use the $10 certificate as concession cash.

To get the Amazon $10 movie certificate to see one of these films, you have to buy one of 56 movies on DVD or Blu-ray.

Qualifying movies include:

  • Steel Magnolias
  • Casino Royale
  • The Wedding Planner
  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • Stranger than Fiction
  • Made of Honor
  • Tortilla Soup
  • My Best Friend’s Wedding
  • Bad Boys II…
  • …and the DVD list goes on.

Just be sure to purchase by September 6, 2010(Note: It looks as if the purchase must be with Amazon, not their other sellers. You should get a message at the last stage of checkout confirming you’ve qualified for the certificate. See the comments below for more info.)

Then you get an email with a promo code to enter at the Sony Movie Cash Summer Promotion page.

Print out your certificate, and off you go to the movies! Each e-Movie Cash certificate is valid for up to$10 off one admission to Eat Pray Love, Salt, or The Other Guys, or to use as concession cash.

You can find your nearest participating e-Movie Cash theater online (they include Regal and Cinemark, although there’s no guarantee which ones which show which movies.)

The Amazon $10 movie certificate must be redeemed by October 9, 2010.

We think some other retailers may also be selling DVDs with the Eat Pray Love, Salt, or The Other Guys promo code on the package, but haven’t been able to confirm which ones yet. If you’ve seen them around – let us know and we’ll add it to this post!

FYI: I’ve given you my Amazon.com affiliate link. If you feel like sending a little love this way to support the ABQ on the Cheap site, please use the link.

–Tania

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May Discounted Magazine Subscriptions

May 6, 2010 by  
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Discounts to May 31 on titles from Popular Mechanics to Allure (both $7) to Redbook & Good Housekeeping ($10 for 2 years), Wired ($10), Seventeen ($5) and more in Amazon’s magazine deals.

In a Mothers Day Amazon special, a bunch of magazines are down to $5 or $10 subscriptions, including Redbook, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Parents, Prevention, and Pregnancy all at $5, and O The Oprah Magazine ($10). That’s a pretty good price for a gift that’ll keep giving all year.
Find all the Mothers Day sale magazines – offer expires May 9, 2010.
Update: This deal has now expired

Other discounted magazine subscriptions continue through May 31 with savings of an additional $5 or $10 on a number of bestselling titles, including:

  • Town and Country ($5)
  • Marie Claire ($7 for two years)
  • Redbook, Harper’s Bazaar, and Good Housekeeping (all $10 for two years)
  • Esquire ($9 for two years)
  • Popular Mechanics ($7 for one year/$10 for two)
  • O The Oprah Magazine ($14 for two years)
  • Allure ($7)
  • Wired ($10)

…the list goes on, find all the Amazon May magazine deals .

I’m definitely going to renew some of my subscriptions now to lock in those prices… happy reading!

Note: I’ve linked you to the deals via my affiliate’s link. If you feel like sending a little love my way, please use the link. Otherwise, just go to Amazon directly. Thanks!

–Tania

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Free $10 Gift Card with Coinstar Transaction

November 25, 2009 by  
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coinstar_promoMany thanks to our buddy Dan, at DaddyODeals.com, for sending us this complex, yet highly rewarding, offer!

Between now and December 6 (2009), when you take $40 in coins to a Coinstar machine and convert them to a certificate, you can get an additional $10 gift card FREE!

Here’s how it works:

  • Take $40 in coins to a “participating” Coinstar machine by 12/6/09
  • Dump the coinage into the machine
  • Convert the transaction into a gift card or eCertificate (which costs you nothing)
  • Complete the claim form at the end of your Coinstar receipt
  • Submit the claim form per the instructions
  • Make sure it’s postmarked by 1/6/10
  • Receive your FREE $10 gift card in 6-8 weeks!

Coinstar partners with major retailers, so you can convert your cash into eCertificates or gift cards to places like Amazon, Lowe’s, iTunes, and many others.

You may be aware that Coinstar charges a fee if you convert your coins to cash. However, it costs you nothing to convert your coins to an eCertificate or gift card. As Dan says, if you want to convert your coins to paper money, simply visit your bank; they’ll do it for free. Other advice from Dan:

  • The offer is only valid for single transactions of $40, so if you don’t have (or don’t know if you have) $40 in change, get $40 in quarters from your bank or a retailer and then convert that to a gift card in order to get the free $10 card.
  • Make sure the machine you’re using is participating in the program. However, we can’t tell from reading the rules and combing the website how to tell if any particular machine is “participating.” Maybe it’s posted on the machine itself? We encourage you to use the comments thread to report machines that ARE participating.

PLEASE be sure to read all the fine print in the Official Rules. We cannot stress this enough! Basic restrictions apply: limit one offer per person, address, or household; void where prohibited; etc.

There are approximately a bazillion Coinstar locations in the greater Albuquerque area. Good luck!

–Elizabeth Hanes

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