Macys’ Thanks for Sharing program is back!
If you have a Macy’s credit card pay $25 now to earn 10% of your purchases back, from the day you enroll until December 31, 2014. Yes, you’ll earn 10% back on your Christmas shopping. Plus, you’re still free to use all the coupons you want during the accumulation period. I receive “20% Off” and “$20 Off” coupons weekly.
Earnings are distributed via a gift card that you’ll receive sometime in February or March 2015. I earned $114.43 last year (Really $89.43 when you factor in the $25 I paid, but it’s still a savings!)
If you don’t have a Macy’s credit card you can apply for one. Beware though. The current APR is 24.5% on a Macy’s revolving credit card. If you are not able to pay the balance in full each month, it is NOT worth the savings.
Target just sent me an email for $10 off on a $40 purchase of select Up & Up products, now until 9/20/2014. If you buy online and choose Store Pickup, you get an extra 10% off. Use your Red Card and save an additional 5%. Online code: SAVE10. To use the discount in-store, click here. If you’re shopping in-store, check Cartwheel, too. Up & Up product discounts are prevalent on there.
Up & Up is Target’s “private label” aka generic brand. I always choose Up & Up products over the brand name, if it’s available, and I’ve never been disappointed.
Saturday September 27th is the next free entrance day at our national parks. You still have enough time to make some plans. November 11 will be your last chance to get in free in 2014.
Get free admission to The California Academy Of Science this Sunday! Go bright and early because it’s bound to be crowded. When you get in, go straight for the Planetarium ticket counter and get your show tickets. Then go get in line for the rainforest. It’s a fun place for kids and adults.
The NoKidHungry program is partnering with restaurants around the country this month to help feed underprivileged kids. You donate a little bit of money, making you feel good about yourself, and you get a little bit of savings. Win-win!
- If you have a Corner Bakery near you, from now until September 28th, if you go in and donate $5 to NoKidHungry, you’ll get a book of coupons that will save you over $25 in the cafe. If you donate $1, you get a free Whoopie Pie.
- Donate $1 or more at Togos, and get a free 20 oz. fountain drink.
- Macaroni Grill will give you $10 off your bill if you donate $5 or $5 off if you donate $2.
- Like seafood? Joe’s Crab Shack is offering a $20 off coupon (bill must be at least $40) for a $10 donation or $10 off (bill must be at least $20) for a $5 donation. Buy it online because the coupon isn’t good until October 1, 2014 but it doesn’t expire until December 22, 2014. If you’re going to Happy Hour, this is a very good deal.
You can search for participating restaurants in your area here.
I’m not a doctor, so I’m not going to lecture you on why you should get a flu shot. I have an 8 week old niece and I see her every day. So I’ll keep on getting my flu shot for her sake.
I don’t really like getting shots. But if I’m going to get one, I might as well get a cheap one or get some added financial benefit for getting stuck with a needle.
Here’s what I’ve found:
- Safeway – Safeway pharmacies offer walk-in & by-appointment vaccinations AND you get a coupon for 10% off of one grocery shopping trip. If your insurance covers your shot, then it’s sort of like you’re making money here.
- CVS – I still call this place Longs, because that’s what I grew up with. Anyway, CVS is offering a 20% off savings pass with a flu shot. Again, if your insurance is paying for your shot, you’re getting decent kick-back here.
- Walgreens (for those with insurance) – Walgreens isn’t offering a discount to those with insurance, but they are making you feel better about getting your flu shot. They have the Get a Shot. Give a Shot. program. For each flu shot given at Walgreens, one lifesaving vaccine will be given to a child in a developing country through the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.
- Walgreens (for those without insurance or who are underinsured) – Walgreens will be providing more than 400,000 flu shots with vouchers provided by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Individuals who are eligible for vouchers can call 1-800-925-4733 to find the nearest Walgreens location offering flu shot vouchers, as availability is on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
- Costco – If you don’t have health insurance or your insurance won’t cover the shot, Costco offers the lowest retail price on the shot at $14.99.
I’ve already called and confirmed that my insurance covers the entire cost of my flu shot, so I’m making my Safeway shopping list.