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It doesn’t get much less sexy or exciting than diapers, dog food, and shipping charges. However, they are three items that the vast majority of family households need at one time or another. So, I want to make sure that you are getting the most excitement possible out of those expenses. Naturally, on this website, that excitement comes from earning as many points as possible, and spending as little money as possible. So, here are a couple tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your dog food, diapers, and Amazon shipping charges……yes, families live exciting lives! 😉
I refuse to feed our 12 year old husky dog food that they sell in the grocery store. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but she was my “kid” for a full decade before I had a real baby, and she had a pretty nice life during that time (well, at least ever since I sprung her from the pound on 9/11/01). Anyway, the level of attention she receives certainly took a nose dive after our toddler was born, but she is still very well cared for, and eats high quality food that I can’t just pick up with my other groceries. Since she is a big dog, I have to buy big bags of dog food. In case you have never picked up a big bag of dog food – it is heavy! I used to absolutely hate going to buy her food since it was out of the way, cost a decent amount, and it was heavy.
That all changed when Wag.com appeared on the scene a few months ago. They are a sister site to diapers.com, soap.com, and yoyo.com, and I love them. When you have a coupon code, there prices can actually be lower than the local pet store. Even without a coupon, I have found their prices to be fair, and they offer free shipping with a purchase of $49. Here’s where it starts to get even better, Wag.com purchases can be combined with purchases from any of the other “sister sites” that I mentioned. So, if you need some laundry detergent from soap.com, you can add that to your dog food purchase and check out from the soap.com website. They offer free shipping at just $39, so you can ship a smaller order for free.
Additionally, you may notice that the various sites have different point earning potentials through the miles and points shopping portals, so if you need to buy items from two or three of the different stores, make sure to check-out from the store that offers the best points earning potential from any of the shopping portals. For example, wag.com currently gives 3x from United MileagePlus shopping, but Diapers.com is only offering 0.5x points from the same portal. So, if your main purchase was baby items, I would think about whether you need to add some dog treats to your order and check-out from wag.com. Just a thought. 😉 If you are new to shopping portals, I plan to do some more posts about them soon.
Diapers and Amazon Shipping:
I have been a huge fan of the Amazon Mom program since it was created, however it seems they have recently devalued the program a bit (now down to 20% off diapers and wipes instead of about 30%), and I don’t think they are currently accepting new customers. Guess it was too good of a deal. Anyway, the first year I had it, it came with free Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime gives you free two-day shipping on Amazon products, including baby essentials. For a while there it felt like I was ordering something for our baby or myself almost every single day. That has slowed down now, but I still very much appreciated free two-day shipping and $3.99 one-day shipping, so I recently purchased a year of Amazon Prime for $79. Since you can have four people on your Amazon Prime membership, I have no doubt it will more than pay for itself.
So that’s the money saving piece, here’s where the miles and points come into play….. The Chase Freedom Visa card has Amazon as a 5x points retailer for the first quarter of 2012. That means it is a perfect time to purchase Amazon Prime. Pay for Amazon Prime with your Freedom card before March 31st, and that purchase will earn 5x points. I also made sure to change my primary Amazon credit card to my Freedom card so that all our diapers and baby supplies get auto-billed to that card.
Remember that in order for the points earned from your Freedom card to be valuable Ultimate Reward points, you also need to have either a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card or the Chase Ink Bold business card. You can learn more about how that combination works in harmony on this post. You can bet that we will be maxing out the $1,500 limit on Amazon and gas purchases for 5x on our Freedom card this quarter!
So, there you have it. Those aren’t the most exciting ways to earn points ever, but they are some of the most practical ways. Earning miles and points for something you were going to have to buy anyway is always a positive – as is saving time and money.
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