Amazon Fire Tablet Giveaway

First off, Happy 4th of July!  America rocks!!  Here’s your chance to own a brand spankin’ new Amazon Fire 7 tablet with Alexa (special offers).  I’m in love!  I love giftaways (as I call them)!  Yes, please!

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Specs are linked here in case you want to know more about this tablet.

Too bad I can’t enter my own contest because I actually don’t have a Fire tablet right now.  Although, I do want one pretty badly given that Amazon Prime Day is right around the corner.

Here are the easy rules to this Amazon Fire tablet giveaway:

  1. Please go to tofugami on facebook and write something just so I know you exist.  (How easy is that?) No, you need not like my page although if you love giveaways, you might want to remember it for later because I have some cool stuff I am dying to gift.  Please don’t comment on this blog, as I will state again, go to the tofugami facebook page if you want in on the fun.
  2. This contest is open ONLY to U.S. residences.  Sorry international folks.  I love you but at this time, I can only offer this contest to Americans. 18 years or older please.  Family members, unfortunately at this time, no one in my direct family household can enter this contest (sorry, Hubby).
  3. Please comment/ enter by Sunday, July 15th, 11:59PM pacific time.  Entries/ comments will be screened for appropriateness such as no foul language, extreme hate, etc.  I will make the call for disqualifying you.  Remember, this site is totally family friendly!
  4. Winner will be selected at random and contacted if possible on Monday, July 16 which surprisingly will also correlate with Amazon Prime Day.  How sweet is that?  Announcement will be made here and on the Facebook site as well.
  5. Note: Amazon, Facebook, WordPress, and other entities are not a part of this giveaway.
  6. The winner has 30 days to reply to me with his or her address. I will be sending this amazing and new Amazon fire tablet by USPS mail with tracking to you unless there’s some other agreement between you and I.   After 30 days, I am sorry but if I don’t hear back from the winner, then prize is forfeited.  So if you are the lucky winner, be sure to communicate back with me in a timely fashion.  😉

If you should be the lucky winner what’s the first thing you will be doing with your Amazon Fire tabletListen to Shake It OffDownload Cut the Rope?  Buy that 40 variety pack of Doritos?

 

 

 

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Freebie Alert: Chex Party Mix Seasoning

I was waltzing through Wal-Mart to buy supply for 2 upcoming projects and this is what I saw:

Nothing like a freebie. I took a free Chex Party Mix Seasoning. Yum!

If you want the recipe, please head over to chex.com to get a ton of variation recipes including this original recipe.  There’s a gluten -free chocolate mint mix.  I think the campfire one looks delicious.  Which Chex party mix will you serve up at your next party?

Easy Rice Sensory Bin

Move over fidget spinner.  It’s time for a quick DIY sensory bin that has passed the test of time.  It’s time for a quick and easy rice sensory bin.  I spent some time with hubby and my son making 30 bins, one for each classroom.  We used 50 lbs of rice which I bought from the Asian store.  I highly recommend that if you are doing class sets, get at least another 50 lb bag.

  1. Throw rice into a bin.  The bin will need a secure cover for when you are done playing.  I LOVE these cheap less than $2 bins I got from my local Walmart.

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2. Add some optional color such as a beads.  Varying sizes will make great textures.  I got a large bin of these for a few days from the thrift store.

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3. Play!  Xhaun is an expert at playing with a rice bin within seconds.

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$20 Starbucks Gift Card for $10

sbThe school year has officially began so that also means a new open season of coffee drinking and meeting.  I just bought a $20 Starbucks gift card for half the cost at $10.

This extra goodness basically means an extra Caramel Frappuccino right before an IEP meeting or a surprise drink for someone else.  I usually like to pay for the drink of the person behind my car since it means I can provide  good karma and contribute to the idea that karma is not always a bitch.

I received an email and it linked said to go here: Starbucks link and be on your way to drinking a little more happiness.

You must have Visa checkout in order to get the deal.  If you are not already a member like I am, you should sign up because they offer a secure way to shop online without giving vendors your Visa card number.  There are also other nifty deals offered at different times throughout the year as well that’s just as good as this Starbuck’s coffee lover’s dream.

 

Creepy? Amazon.com took a Picture of My House

Yesterday, I blogged about how I love Amazon Prime.  I can easily shop online and get what I need within 2-3 days.  When my package came in late, I was able to get an extension on my Prime membership.  Check out yesterday’s blog here.

Today, I wanted to keep on the same subject of Amazon because when I went to check online on progress of my delivery, I saw this:

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In a way I wasn’t shocked.  When we first moved into our home, our maillady told us that she saw an open box with our information on it about two blocks down.  Hubby found it and brought the torn and empty box back.  Someone had stolen the goodies for my not yet born baby.  Oh, how I wished we had a camera set up so I could catch the person who would be so bold as to steal from someone who had not yet lived a day outside my womb.

Fast forward to now, we have security cameras set up.  And so has Amazon.  In a way, I appreciate how Amazon has taken steps to secure my package arrives safely with documented proof.  But I’m not sure if everyone would be excited about this.  Amazon is aware of this and as shown in the screenshot above, there is a “Don’t take delivery photos” opt out button.

According to an article on May 22, 2015, from Dailymail.com, which is a UK site, people felt Amazon was invading their privacy.

20 days ago, someone posted on Reddit.com that he also received a photo delivery as proof.  Another Reddit user confirmed that the Amazon app for delivery was updated 3 weeks previously to include taking a pic.

Here is Amazon’s policy on it:

About AMZL Photo on Delivery

Amazon Logistics (AMZL) may take a photo on delivery when a package is left unattended. The photo will focus on the placement of the package. This is to help customers see that their package was safely delivered and where. If a photo on delivery is captured, it may show up when you track a package from Your Orders.

Accessing a delivery photo requires signing in with your user name and password on the Amazon website. Customer Service may look at delivery photos to troubleshoot what happened to a package if you contact us or report a problem with the photo. The photos may also be audited for quality purposes.

For orders shipped to an address marked confidential, such as a Wish List or Registry address, Amazon won’t post a delivery photo on the order in order to protect the privacy of the recipient.

Remember that baby package that was stolen from our house I spoke about earlier?  Amazing Amazon replaced all the items they could and the ones they could not were refunded.

What do you think?  Do you also think Amazon’s photo delivery proof is a sign of good business?

How You can Extend Your Amazon Prime Membership for FREE in only 5 Minutes

I love shopping from home so it’s easy to fall in love with Amazon Prime.  I first heard how you can extend your Amazon Prime membership through Slickedeals.net for free if your package is late but had never tried it.
Today when my Amazon prime package arrived,  a day late and I thought I would give it a try. I got my Amazon prime membership extended by a month which means I will get in on prime when Cyber Monday comes around since I subscription ends Nov. 23rd and it has not been extended into the holiday period as Dec. 23rd. (Hello great buys.)

When you make an eligible prime purchase from Amazon, you will see that there’s a button noting their policy on guaranteed delivery date as shown below.

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Clicking the “details” link will send you here to explain their delivery guarantee policy.  Which states:

About Delivery Guarantees

We offer guaranteed delivery on certain fast delivery speeds and select products. When guaranteed delivery is available on an order, it will be clearly marked on the checkout page with an associated delivery date and fee (if applicable).

If we provide a guaranteed delivery date and a delivery attempt is not made by this date, we will refund any shipping fees associated with that order. To inquire about a refund, please contact us and click “An Order I Placed.” Select your order, then select Problem with an order > Shipping or delivery issues > Shipment is late.

 

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I simply followed the directions by contacting Amazon and opted to chat with a  representative.  Akshay, the Amazon rep was friendly and quick.  In only 5 minutes of my time, I was able to get a free month of prime. Sweet!

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5 Tips to Save over $300 on Your Next Mattress Purchase

SLEEP and SAVE

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I just saved a bunch of money on a new mattress.

Mattress shopping can be a bit overwhelming like that first house you are hunting for.  You want the perfect one but second guess yourself every step of the way.  You either totally miss all the signs that the house needs work or you read every sign as a sign from the heavens that this home is a must buy.

Well, congrats because you are reading this and you are about to keep more money in your pocket.  Buying a mattress really isn’t as hard of a commitment as you thought.  As a previous furniture sells person, I’m about to tell you 5 tips that will help you sleep better with more money in your pocket the next time you buy a mattress.  The price is always negotiable.  Don’t listen to the sales person who is insisting that it’s not.  Like a house or a car, the pricing is always negotiable.  Now that you know that the price of a mattress isn’t set in stone, let’s look at the top 5 ways you can save on your better sleep. First you need to ask for the “out the door” price.  This is the final price with all the works that you want including delivery, removal of old mattress set, frame, fees, and tax all included.  Then work at on these 5 discounts:

  1. Ask for No Tax.  Yes, this can get you a nice savings.  And relax, Uncle Sam will still get his share because the tax will be recalculated into the total purchase.
  2. Ask for Free Delivery.  Sometimes this fee can be anywhere from $20 to $100.
  3. Ask for Free Removal or Pick Up of Old Mattress Set. If you have an old mattress, make sure it’s getting picked up because Goodwill no longer will take mattresses and the cost to take your mattress to the dump cost you a fee plus a lot of heavy lifting effort.
  4. Ask for a 10% Discount.  Really here you can just ask for a discount.  It’s better to name your percentage off.
  5. Ask for Free Pillows, Mattress Pads, or Frame.  Nothing like a freebie.  These things can add up and if you can get them free, then more savings to you.

Remember that you should always be reasonable and friendly when negotiating.  If things don’t work out to your budget, don’t be afraid to ask for a written quote on a business card.  You can always shop around and find that happy medium. With extra savings in your pocket, you’ll sleep better than a baby on your new mattress.