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I love the big scores and huge bonuses as much (or more) than anyone else, but I also have nothing against some of the smaller savings and bonuses you can rack up travel or everyday expenses. Those savings can really add up over time and sometimes they are more sustainable routes to stretching your miles and dollars than the big scores. While none of this is likely to blow your socks off, I still want to share some of the five small ways we have saved money and earned miles in the last few days in case it inspires you to do the same. Of course I really want to hear about your small ways to save and earn in the comments!
1. Easy $20 statement credit for paying AT&T cell phone bill thanks to an Amex Offer
Instead of letting the monthly auto-pay for my cell phone to my Ink Plus go through to earn 5x points as normal, I recently made a $200 online payment from my registered Amex card to get a $20 statement credit for the $200+ AT&T payment. I also did that last month and will do it again next month for an easy total $60 in savings for doing very, very little work.
2. 5x points and $10 off Disney at Office Depot
We head to Disney World soon, and I’ll take every opportunity to earn extra points and save money on our expenses there. Along those lines, I recently headed to Office Depot to buy a $50 Disney gift card use up an Amex Offer that gives me $10 statement credit on a $50+ Office Depot purchase. That is a quick and easy $10 off at Disney! While I was there I also got another Disney gift card I purchased with my Ink Plus to earn 5x Ultimate Reward points since I bought it at an office supply store. I will add the caveat that on one of my recent Office Depot trips I was told by three people that the register no longer allowed any gift card to be purchased with any credit card, but I’ve made two successful trips since then, so that must have not been 100% accurate.
3. Get a $10 Amazon Credit at CVS
Right now there is an interesting Amazon promo that can net you $10 in Amazon credit per Amazon account for essentially loading just $20 to your Amazon account balance. The catch? You have to load that $20 in a participating store such as a CVS Pharmacy or Game Stop via the “Amazon Cash” program, but if you do that you get an easy $10 in Amazon savings!
4. Rack up untold savings by tracking recent purchases with Citi Price Rewind
My girls’ feet are growing at exceptional rates right now, which means that the shoes I thought would get them through the summer probably won’t. So that they don’t end up just roaming around barefoot, I stocked up on a few more pairs in bigger sizes over the weekend. While I did my best to find deals, I still paid with a Citi credit card and am having the Citi Price Rewind tool track the prices for me for the next 60 days so I can get an automatic statement credit for the price difference if the tool finds a lower price during that time.
5. 50% Off + 10x miles on Panera delivered
My all time favorite Panera salad (hello watermelon feta!) is back, so I placed a lunch order for us and it turns out it was even cheaper to have it delivered by using the code CBDJUNED to save 50% off the delivered order (max savings of $12.50). It also stacks with any Panera Rewards you may have racked up. If you plan to use that code, be aware that Panera codes inexplicably work for some locations and not others…
On top of the discounts we then took the $17.94 we still owed and bought a Panera gift card for that amount via the MileagePlus X app to earn 5x United miles through that app + 5x Ultimate Reward points by paying for that gift card in the app with the Chase Freedom that is awarding 5x at restaurants this quarter. I often have trouble leaving a tip on a Panera gift card, so we did that separately.
By themselves none of these things are huge deals, but when you approach life looking for ways to save and maximize rewards it truly adds up. Just these five easy ways to save over the weekend added up to $50 in cash in our pockets, over a thousand easy bonus miles and points, and the potential for even more savings via the Price Rewind tool. What are some ways you have recently saved money or earned bonus miles?
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