The value of shopping portals – not just points but cash & big discounts!

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My Lisa wears contact lenses for astigmatism. When she went this spring for her yearly routine eye exam the bill at the end of it was outrageous at nearly  $300  with no replacement contacts, no new glasses, just the eye exam. When she questioned it she was told the exam was “coded” as a medical exam and that’s why it cost more (grrr – sounds familiar). The reason for the medical exam was there were possible pre-indicators of possible risk of glaucoma. Not actual signs of glaucoma, no diagnoses of glaucoma, just one little tiny thing the doctor thought might, potentially, someday, perhaps, maybe develop into glaucoma. Thus the change in coding and monster jump in price for a routine eye exam!

Needless to say, she was not happy about all of this by the time she got home and was in no mood to order new contacts from what we once thought was a trusted vision center. She called to request a copy of the RX for her contacts and began looking into ordering them herself online. The price quoted by the vision center was $220 for a 1 year supply of disposable contacts.

I have trained Lisa well so she started checking the various sites, 1800contacts.com, visiondirect.com, lens.com, etc. she found that Vision Direct had the best price. So all set to place the order now? Not if she wanted max points!

The first thing she checked was discount codes (gotta be careful with these), and found one through RetailMeNot for 25% off first orders. She automatically got the free shipping offer since the order was over $99. Then she found a rebate on the lenses for $10. After all of this she checked EVRewards.com & TopCashBack but found going through ShopDiscover shopping portal (you see the reasons you really should HOLD a DiscoverIt card) she would also get 15% back on the purchase even when NOT paying with the Discover card. So, bottom line, how did she do?

  • Contact lenses price $ 231.96
  • Shipping FREE
  • Volume Discount $ 28.00
  • RetailMeNot 25% off $ 50.99
  • Rebate $ 10.00
  • ShopDiscover 15% Cash Back $ 23.24
  • Net Cost $ 119.73

Paying almost  50%  of what our local vision center wanted for the same product is why you should always think points before you pay in person. Also, it will also be shipped directly instead of to the vision center where she would then have to go to pick them up. Oh, and she did earn some points too for paying with a points card; that’s my girl – René
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SPEND $100 SAVE $50 at any Best Buy Store

HT to my fellow BoardingArea blogger Deals We Like! In fact, rather than rehash what is already posted, just jump over to Deals blog and check out the post HERE! EDIT: as reader Jen commented – ENDS TODAY! (DEAL IS DEAD NOW) It is open to MC users. You may have just got a Freedom MC card or an INK BOLD MC you have spend to meet on and 50% off is just too good … Continue reading

Will Skymall 25,000 Skymiles deal be back this year?

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How to entertain yourself on a 48hr mileage run!?! Go on a points field trip!

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Today only 5x Skymiles for Sears.com shopping via skymilesshopping.com

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60,000 Skymiles & a Skymiles shopping toolbar – NOPE!

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Question: Are you forgetting about 6x points from Skymall?

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Skymiles shopping 500-5000 points, now you have my attention (well a little bit anyway)

One of my fellow BA bloggers “New Girl in the Air“, and a reader via email (thank you), talked about the 250 bonus skymiles if you spend $250 at their shopping portal by 25AUG2012  – YAWN! But then today I login and see they are offering 500 bonus (notice additional) Skymiles if you spend $250! If you find something resalable at breakeven btw you can max out at 5000 bonus miles. And, on top of … Continue reading

I now earn Skymiles paying utility bills. Do you? What is next?

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While the “cats” away the mice will play!

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$20 AMEX & Best Buy / Twitter deal with a nice payback

There are a few steps to this but it may be worth your time. Take a look at this HERE. From all reports, you can buy a $200 BestBuy gift card and get the $20 credit! Now you should read this post about earning EXTRA points from BestBuy HERE. In this case, I would NOT use the Skymiles shopping portal as they forbid the purchase of gift cards to get points. What I have found … Continue reading

URGENT – 20,000 point Delta Skymiles deal in the works check this out!

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Are airlines points becoming “Company Scrip” or are they already?

A bit before any of us, or anyone for that matter, were flying airplanes and collecting points there was a form of currency called Company Scrip. There was generally a company store, the only place where one could redeem the “money” printed by the company for merchandise. There is so much dirty about this, but the basic gist is that the company decides what things cost and what you can buy and when you got … Continue reading

Shopping portals and a follow-up on my Snow Blower points

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