Amazon Prime + American Express Promotion: Fire Tablets from $20

fire7Updated. Here’s a targeted deal for Amazon Prime members that also have American Express Membership Rewards points. First, all Amazon Prime members can get the following prices today (20% off all Alexa-enabled devices):

However, if you have an American Express Rewards account, click here and check eligibility for up to a $20 discount when you pay with at least one AmEx point. You may need to first link your American Express card. The result would be:

Finally, here is another targeted coupon link that checks your eligibility to save $30 off $60 at Amazon when you buy anything (not just Fire Tablets) with Membership Rewards points.

Be sure to select your linked American Express card as payment method, select the option to Pay with Points (you can use just 1 point), and apply the promo code to trigger the discount.

PSA: Check Your Facebook Privacy Settings and Third-Party Apps


If you use Facebook regularly, you should read this Buzzfeed article about how to check your third-party app settings. It’s completely separate from your privacy settings. Even though I use Facebook very sparingly, I was surprised to find that I had linked 54 different third-party apps and shared varying levels of personal information with them. You get distracted by a giveaway (free miles!) or trivia game and quickly forget that they can keep collecting (and selling) your data forever. Here’s how to find them:

[Visit this link, or] on the desktop interface, click the downward arrow in the top-right corner and select Settings. Then select Apps from the menu. On the apps page, you’ll see all the apps where you’ve logged into Facebook. On mobile, tap the menu bar (bottom-right for iOS, top-right for Android), and select Settings > Account Settings > Apps > Logged in with Facebook.

I just deleted them all; I figured I can always add them back later. You can also contact the apps and request your existing data to be removed. The same author Nicole Nguyen also wrote about other ways to limit your Facebook data gathering. I decided to remove the Facebook app itself and only use their website when needed. I suppose I’ll have to do something similar with other social media sites, but Facebook and Google seem like the scariest by far in the amount and types of information they can analyze together.

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Updated “About Me” and “My Money” Pages


We're in the midst of an extended Spring Break vacation, so posting will be light for the next two weeks. I have some pre-written content scheduled, but the comment moderation may be delayed. I also updated the "About Me" and "My Money" pages, … [Read the rest]

Audible Promo: 12 Audiobooks + Echo Dot for $99.50


Do you enjoy audiobooks? Check out this Audible promotion. Membership usually costs $14.95 per month (1 audiobook per month), or $149.50 if you buy an annual membership upfront (12 audiobook credits). New members can get a 1-month free trial. … [Read the rest]

Google Express: 25% Off Costco Orders (Both New and Existing Customers)


Yet another new code, $15 off Target. Google Express has a couple of coupon codes that may be of interest: 5RTC4Q545 - $10 credit towards your first order (i.e. $10 off $10). This is my referral code and I will get a $10 credit. After … [Read the rest]

Modern Newspaper Delivery Boy = Kid’s YouTube Channel?


While reading the intriguing autobiography of successful investor and mathematician Edward Thorp, it was mentioned that he was a newspaper delivery boy. Warren Buffett was famously a newspaper delivery boy, and still conducts a newspaper-throwing … [Read the rest]

PSA: Spend Your Toys R Us & Babies R Us Gift Cards and Rewards Dollars


Well, it's official, Toys R Us (and Babies R Us) has announced that it will close all of its 700+ US stores by the end of the year, while other reports have the business running out of cash by May. They stated that they "expect" to accept gift … [Read the rest]

CIT Bank Review: New Money Market 1.75% APY, 11-Month No Penalty CD 1.85% APY


Update: New Money Market 1.75% APY, 11-Month No Penalty CD 1.85% APY, recommended actions for existing customers! CIT Bank (not to be confused with Citi Bank) has become one of the larger online-only banks with a multi-year history of competitive … [Read the rest]

Chase Pay: Make 1 Purchase, Get 300 Bonus Stars (Redeem For Any Two Drink or Food Items)


Ready for more free coffee? Starbucks and Chase Pay have another new promotion for 300 bonus stars at Starbucks. Expires 3/19/18. Install the Chase Pay app on Android or iOS, if you haven't already. Chase Pay requires you to have an eligible … [Read the rest]

Chase Total Checking $300 + Savings $200 Bonus ($500 Total)


Here's a Chase Bank Total Checking + Savings account promotion offering up to $500 total for new customers. The major catches are that you must switch over a "real" direct deposit to get the $300 checking bonus, and you'll need a $15,000 deposit … [Read the rest]

Amazon Dash Wand With Alexa: $20 w/ $20 Amazon Credit After Purchase w/ Prime


The Amazon Dash Wand With Alexa lets you talk to the Alexa voice assistant and do Alexa-type things like ask the weather or order stuff (though it doesn't play music), or you can scan physical barcodes with it. It costs $20 but comes with a $20 … [Read the rest]

Never Worth It? Overdraft Protection, Student Loan Assistance, and Payment Accelerators

A lot of financial articles are all about optimizing or finding the "best". The best bank account, best credit card, best mutual fund, etc. However, this article Nothing For Money takes a different perspective. They outline … [Read the rest]