Last day for free shipping and shipping for arrival in time for Christmas was to be yesterday. There is still some online businesses that are offering free shipping still.
If you go to freeshippingday.com they will give you a list of the retailers that are still offering free and one day shipping. They are offering Free Shipping Codes & Coupons!
freeshipping.org – This website also has a list of companies that still have free shipping for Christmas arrival and coupons for discounts.
Often when you go online and you place something in the checkout basket, but for some reason you decide that you are not going to buy the item and close the site. It could be because you don’t want to pay the shipping or you are hesitating because of price.
Now some companies have computer software that will notify them that you were interested in that item but changed you mind. These companies that have this type of software may contact you via email and try to entice you to buy. They may offer you a discount coupon.
I for one have experienced this with Victoria Secret. I hate paying shipping. At times I browse the site and maybe have a weak moment and put something in the checkout basket and then once they add the shipping I change my mind and click out of the site.
Last time I did this they sent me an email asked for my return to the site and offered free shipping. I made a purchase so it paid off for them.
Self Service Checkout – When you use this service it is advised to use your credit card and not your debit card. The reason for this in some states there are a group of criminals who are putting ‘Skimmers’ on the ATM slider register at the self-service checkout. This electronic device captures your vital information on the card and that information is used in some cases before you even leave the store.
The reason you use the credit card is that you can dispute any extra charges but with a debit card you are going to have to fight with the bank to retrieve the funds.
Batteries – Most of the toys we buy, especially at Christmas seem to need a battery. The Consumer Report have done research on the best value and the longest lasting and came up with these results.
For the longest lasting – Lithium batteries took more photos than the other types, so they don’t need to be changed as often. The best performer, Energizer Advanced, costs $5.40 per pair but just 33 cents per 50 shots. The top alkaline battery, Duracell Ultra Advanced, costs $3.65 per pair but ends up costing 70 cents per 50 shots. Use lithiums in high-drain devices such as cameras and alkalines in low-drain devices such as remote controls. For toys that are used a lot, consider high-capacity rechargeables (2,350 milliamp-hours or more).
To save money – Costco Kirkland batteries and Eveready gold.
1. Put that phone or camera away – Do not take it out of you bag or pocket. Then you can object to anyone else using their phone or camera to take a photo that you may not want distributed.
2. Party organizer – Ban the use of camera’s and phones for the use of a camera.
3. Refrigerator test – If you do take photo’s ask yourself would I like it if the same photo was taken of me and would I put it on my refrigerator for my Mom to see.
4. Bring your spouse – Yes, if you want to keep out of trouble bring your spouse so he can keep an eye on you.
5. Ask permission – If you take a picture that may be questionable ask, do they mind if you put it on Face-book. If the answer is no then respect their privacy.
Oil Changes – The motor industry has now published information about how often you need to change the oil in your car. The industry suggests every 5 thousand miles rather than the normal recommended 3,000. Modern cars do not need their oil changed as often as previous models. Save money, time and oil. Source – Car Talk