Free Dragon Naturally Speaking Software and More at NewEgg


NewEgg is a great website for purchasing technology. This week, they are offering a rebate so that NUANCE Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Premium will be free. This is normally a $169 software.

The mail-in rebate is valued for $60 and you can use the promotional code EMCYTZG696 to bring the price down to $60. Therefore, after the rebate it will be free.

NewEgg is also running a mail-in rebate on Rosewill RHTS-12007 Canal High Fidelity Passive Noise Isolating Earbuds. The regular price is $9.99, with a $10 mail-in rebate.

If you have a membership to ShopRunner, shipping from NewEgg is free. Those purchasing the Dragon software will qualify for free shipping.

Make sure you go through eBates or Shop at Home to earn an extra 1% back on your purchase.


Just in case the rebate forms are hiding from you, I have linked directly to them below:

Roswill rebate form - Must be purchased by July 22, 2014 and postmarked within 30 days of your purchases.

Dragon rebate form - Must be purchased by July 31, 2014 and postmarked by August 31, 2014.

Weekly Back to School Deals - July 20, 2014


Back to school sales already? That's right, it might only be July but office supply stores are beginning their weekly sales. Below are the best sales for July 20, 2014 until July 26, 2014. Remember that these sales are not just for students. Some of these office supplies are needed often around the house or office. Each store has additional sales for the week however I have only posted those deals which I thought were worth purchasing. Check your Sunday fliers for additional sales.

Staples

  • Composition books, 100 sheets - $0.50
  • 1-Subject notebook - $0.17
  • Wooden one foot rulers - $0.25

Staples is offering a 110% price match guarantee:
*If you find a lower price on a new, identical item, just show us the lower price when you buy the item at Staples, we will match the price plus will discount it by 10% of the difference. If you purchase an item from Staples and tell us within 14 days that you found that item at a lower price in our stores or at Staples.com, we will refund the difference. Staples Price Match Policy covers items: sold and shipped directly by Amazon.com; and sold by any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand.

Office DepotOffice Max

While both stores still exist, Office Depot and Office Max now the same company. This year, it seems that they are also sharing their back to school sale prices.
  • School glue - $0.25
  • Pencil sharpener - $0.25
  • Poly snap envelopes - $0.25

Any deal that states "after rewards" means that you must be enrolled in the store's free reward program. You will have to pay full price for the item however they will send you a reward check which works like a gift certificate towards a future purchase.

Any deal that states "after rebate" means that you must complete a rebate form with by paper or on the internet and submit the information. Rebates can be returned to you as checks, pre-paid credit cards, and even Paypal deposits. Read the rebate offers for more details.

Free Roll of Paper Towel at CVS


This week at CVS, you can get a roll of Just the Basics paper towel. When you get to the store, scan your Extra Care with the price checker machine. A coupon will print out which you can then use.

If you don't already have an Extra Care card, they are free and often needed for discounts at CVS. If you have an account but lost/forgot your card, you can use your phone number.

Shared Reading: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Buy For Your College-Bound Kid


If you are preparing for college, or know someone that is, I recommend checking out the article 5 Things You Shouldn’t Buy For Your College-Bound Kid on The Consumerist. The article lists five items that most of us would assume college students need.
Two decades on, printers are even less essential, with a large number of professors accepting papers and other class assignments via e-mail.
Before you buy a printer for yourself, look into your school's printing situation. My college had a computer lab in each resident hall where students could print. The quality was better than a cheap inkjet and the per sheet cost was more reasonable than buying paper and ink all the time.

As DealNews points out, affordable tablets are not yet laptop replacements. And those tablets that can replace a laptop are incredibly expensive, so you might as well just get your kid a laptop.
Most affordable tablets are just large cell phones without the ability to make calls. The tablets offer games, streaming videos, and a few other things. The processing speed and memory size will not allow a student to take good notes or do actual research at a fast rate.

To see the other three items to avoid when shopping for college, head over to The Consumerist and read the entire article.

Source: The Consumerist

Weekly Back to School Deals - July 13, 2014


Back to school sales already? That's right, it might only be July but office supply stores are beginning their weekly sales. Below are the best sales for July 13, 2014 through July 19, 2014. Remember that these sales are not just for students. Some of these office supplies are needed often around the house or office. Each store has additional sales for the week however I have only posted those deals which I thought were worth purchasing. Check your Sunday fliers for additional sales.

Staples

  • Sharpie permanent markers, fine, black 2/pack - Free (after rebate)
  • Crayola standard crayons, 24/pack - $0.50
  • Staples 6-outlet power strip - $5

Staples is offering a 110% price match guarantee:
*If you find a lower price on a new, identical item, just show us the lower price when you buy the item at Staples, we will match the price plus will discount it by 10% of the difference. If you purchase an item from Staples and tell us within 14 days that you found that item at a lower price in our stores or at Staples.com, we will refund the difference. Staples Price Match Policy covers items: sold and shipped directly by Amazon.com; and sold by any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same brand.


Office DepotOffice Max

While both stores still exist, Office Depot and Office Max now the same company. This year, it seems that they are also sharing their back to school sale prices.
  • Scholastic & OfficeMax Glue Sticks, 4/pack - $0.25
  • 5" Blunt-Tip Scissors - $0.25
  • Sharpie single permanent markers, assorted colors - $0.25

Any deal that states "after rewards" means that you must be enrolled in the store's free reward program. You will have to pay full price for the item however they will send you a reward check which works like a gift certificate towards a future purchase.

Any deal that states "after rebate" means that you must complete a rebate form with by paper or on the internet and submit the information. Rebates can be returned to you as checks, pre-paid credit cards, and even Paypal deposits. Read the rebate offers for more details.

Always Do Your Research for Big Purchases


Recently I watched someone close to me go through the process of buying a new car and wanted to share the experience with my readers. This is a big lesson on researching prices, reading fine print, and being prepared to walk away. Also, look at the final price of the car. You might be getting a great deal but if you finance with a high interest rate and long loan payback period, It might not be such a great price in the end.

The MSRP on the specific model and features that she drove off the lot with was about $24,000 however she did not pay that. When all the I's were dotted and T's were crossed, the car's total price was about $16,000. That's $6,000 less than the manufacturer suggested.

My friend test drove the car and liked it so she did some research on prices. After returning to the first dealer, they agreed on a price of $18,000 and scheduled a pick-up time. The car wasn't in stock for the color she wanted so they were getting one delivered. When the car arrived, she went to complete the paperwork and drive home in the new car. Five hours later, we walked out of the dealership without a car. The dealer only agreed to the low price because he was going to finance with a high interest rate. My friend qualified for the 0% financing but he refused to honor the companies policy. At one point he tried to guilt my friend by telling her that the salesman she worked with would lose his job if he (the manager) allowed this deal to go through.

We left the dealership and returned home. My friend continued to do research since she knew the exact car she wanted and three days later walked into a different dealership with her facts and figures ready to go. Another five hour trip to a dealership proved a much better experience. This dealer honored the price listed on the website and their commitment to the customer. He took her out to the parking lot and showed her the exact car, offering her a test drive. They then went back inside and began the paperwork. This process took forever but it was a pleasurable experience. While she signed papers, the dealership washed the car and filled up its gas tank. I even got a free lunch since they were having a barbecue to go with their tailgating theme for the weekend. Finally, we drove off the lot with a brand new car, only 14 miles on the odometer.

The first dealer, that tried to trick and guilt her refused to go below $19,000 after agreeing to $18,000 but she didn't fall for their mathematical tricks. By refusing to sign and walking out of the dealership she ended up saving an extra $2000 over the life of the car loan. She also got a better package. The car she took home had a few upgrades but the dealer still agreed to honor the price she researched.

The moral of this post is be willing to walk away. Unless you are purchasing something rare like an original Picasso, you will find another store or another item that will make you happy.

Blogger on Vacation


Until July 6, 2014 I will be away from home with limited internet connection. I am very excited because I have not taken a real vacation in a while and it will be a great time. This year, we are going back to Disney World.

While I'm gone, I have scheduled articles and site reviews to post but I will need your help to share the deals. If you find a good deal, please leave a comment on this post. Feel free to link directly to deals or to your own site's post regarding the deals.

When I get back, I will get right back to posting wonderful deals for everyone. Have a great week!

Make a Salute to Financial Independence with CaptialOne360



It's that time of year again when CapitalOne360 offers up their great deals in honor of Independence Day. I have been an account holder since Black Friday 2009 and love the ease of savings. You can open multiple savings accounts with nicknames to help budget your savings. I currently have one for home improvements, one for Benny (yes my dog has his own savings account), and one for general savings. The interest rates are higher than most of the local banks and you know your money is safe. CapitalOne360 is FDIC insured.

From June 30, 2014 until July 3, 2014 new customers can get the following deals on CapitalOne360 for opening an account.
Offer details:

Earn a $100 bonus when you open a 360 Checking account.

  • Open a fee-free 360 Checking account between June 30 and July 3, 2014
  • This has to be your first 360 Checking account.
  • Make a total of 5 debit card purchases (either signature or PIN-based) or 5 CheckMate deposits (or any combination of the two) within 45 days, and your $100 bonus will be automatically deposited into your account on day 50.
  • Customers will earn interest on their everyday cash. 

360 Savings®: Grab $76 when you open a 360 Savings® account.
  • Open a no-fee 360 Savings account between June 30 and July 3, 2014, and snag $76.
  • This has to be your first 360 Savings (including Orange Savings Accounts) account and it needs a $500 minimum initial deposit or more.
  • The bonus starts earning interest on day 1, but you can’t take it out for at least 30 days.


Disclaimer: Remember to read all the fine print before opening a new account. This post was not sponsored by CapitalOne360. The links provided are affiliate links and I will earn compensation if you choose to open an account. All opinions are 100% my own. The quoted material comes directly from CaptialOne360 regarding their promotion.

Get 31 Free Premium Apps on Amazon's AppStore


Does Amazon need a reason to give away free premium apps? I doubt it. Today and tomorrow (expires Saturday June 28, 2014) you can get the 31 apps listed below for free. These apps normally range in price from $0.99 to $8.99.
  • Card Wars - Adventure Time - Cartoon Network
  • Plex - Plex, Inc.
  • Notepad+ - Apalon
  • Sonic The Hedgehog 2 - Sega of America
  • The Room Two (Kindle Tablet Edition) - Fireproof Games
  • Dr. Panda's Bus Driver - TribePlay
  • Wedding Dash Deluxe - PlayFirst, Inc.
  • AccuWeather Platinum - AccuWeather
  • Root Explorer - Speed Software
  • Ravensword: Shadowlands - Crescent Moon Games
  • Sudoku 10'000 Plus - 1gravity LLC
  • Pho.to Lab PRO - VicMan LLC
  • Informant 3 - Web Information Solutions, Inc.
  • Business Calendar - Appgenix Software
  • Jump Desktop (RDP & VNC) - Phase Five Systems
  • CrossMe Premium - Dynamix USA, LLC
  • Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek - Big Fish Games
  • EZ Money Manager - HANDY APPS PTE LTD
  • MobiLearn Talking Phrasebook - MobiLearn, Inc.
  • Splashtop Remote Desktop HD - Splashtop Inc.
  • CLARC - Hahn Film AG / GoldenTricycle
  • Dungeon Village - Kairosoft Co.,Ltd
  • aCalendar+ - Tapir Apps GmbH
  • Travel Interpreter - Jourist Verlags GmbH
  • Pinball Deluxe Premium - GreenCod Apps LTD.
  • MyBackup Pro - RerWare, LLC
  • Loco Motors - Minority Media Inc.
  • PUZZINGO Puzzles (Pro Edition) - 77SPARX Studio, Inc.
  • 2Do: Todo List | Task List - Guided Ways Technologies Ltd.
  • Real Shanghai Mahjong - smilkobuta
  • League of Heroes Premium - Gamelion Studios

Free Screenings of The Purge: Anarchy



Universal Pictures want you to attend a free advanced screening of The Purge: Anarchy. This film is the sequel to last years, The Purge. There are screenings all over the country with over 20 locations still available. The dates and times of the screenings will vary depending on your location, so check out the landing page and see if your local area is still available.

Half Price Fandango Gift Card on AmazonLocal


Today on Amazon Local, you can get a $14 Fandango gift card for only $7. This deal states that it has 13 days left to purchase, however it is also limited quantities. Therefore, I wouldn't wait too long.
What You Need to Know:
  • Sold by ACI Gift Cards, Inc
  • Voucher must be redeemed online at www.fandango.com or via the Fandango app on your smartphone
  • Voucher valid for 1 movie ticket up to a maximum value of $14
  • Limit 1 voucher per purchaser
  • Entire value of each voucher must be used in 1 transaction at www.fandango.com
  • Multiple vouchers may be combined in 1 transaction to purchase multiple tickets
  • Visit www.fandango.com to view theaters and showtimes in your area
  • Voucher valid for any showing including those designated by the theater as not accepting coupons or passes
  • Voucher not valid toward the purchase of gift cards
  • Voucher may not be combined with any other offers or promotions and no change will be provided if ticket price is less than $14
  • Voucher may be applied toward Fandango’s convenience fee; however, if movie ticket and convenience fee are more than $14 per ticket, customer is responsible for paying the remaining balance at time of redemption via credit card, debit card, or Paypal
  • Available for use immediately after purchase
  • PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES FOLLOWING SEPTEMBER 29, 2014
  • PAID VALUE DOES NOT EXPIRE

How To Attend Comic Con (Or Other Conferences) At A Deep Discount


Every year conventions and conferences take place all over the country and even the world. This past weekend, I attended the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con. The event was wonderful and you can read my recaps by searching the label "Wizard World."

While attending the conference, I saw lots of people in bright yellow shirts that said "volunteer" on the back. These volunteers were all fans of the convention that helped to keep lines organized, crowds moving, and celebrities happy. Volunteers trade a few hours of helping for free admission to the convention. Wizard World hosts Comic Cons all over the country so even if you're not in Philadelphia I recommend checking out their other cities.

The best part about volunteering at Comic Con? I asked a few of the volunteers and the resounding answer was that they were able to make new friends within their fandoms. A few questioned my motives for asking before admitting that the opportunity to work near a favorite celebrity was a huge benefit. Depending on the celebrity, volunteers can often (but not always) get quick photos or autographs without paying the fee once the lines slow down.

At Wizard World Comic Con, there are different types of volunteers. The volunteers wearing yellow shirts were the most noticeable. These volunteers answered the questions and directed fans to specific areas. They also assist with the celebrities and line control. The other type of volunteer was the digital team. Digital team members wore green shirts instead of the bright yellow.

The digital team was responsible for getting lots of pictures which were uploaded to Flickr, Instagram, and other social medias. I wasn't able to speak to any members of the digital team but I did see them at every panel standing towards the stage. They were also walking around the convention center taking pictures of the fans that participated in cosplay.

While this post is specifically about Wizard World, other conventions and conferences also trade volunteer hours for free admission. I know that the year I attended BlogHer, most of the people at registration were volunteers. They traded a few hours of handing out name badges for free admission to the conference. Professional organizations also offer admission in exchange for volunteer hours. If there is an event you truly want to attend, check their website and inquire about volunteer opportunities. You'll save money, make new friends, and still enjoy the conference. Please note that not all conferences offer free admission in exchange for volunteering. Some offer a discount based on the number of hours you volunteer.

$5 Instant Reward for AMC Stubs Card Holders (New and Current Members)


From now until June 30, 2014, sign up for AMC Stubs text message alerts for a bonus $5 loaded into your rewards.
Bonus Bucks promotion is a limited-time offer. Limit of one $5 AMC Stubs Bonus Bucks reward per member during the promotion time period. AMC Stubs members who are already opted in to receive AMC Stubs SMS are not eligible for this offer. AMC Stubs Membership must be active during promotion to receive Bonus Bucks. Offer valid through June 30th, 2014. AMC Stubs Bonus Bucks will be available for redemption within 48 hours of opt in, and will expire at the end of the promotion, at 12:01am on July 1st, 2014. AMC associates are not eligible for this offer.
If you aren't currently a member of AMC Stubs, membership is $12 for a year. The $12 fee seems high but it gives you free upgrades at the concession stand and a $10 reward for every $100 you spend. Additionally, AMC is always running specials for their members including free screenings. The free movies are normally worth more than the $12 fee. If you join AMC Stubs and then sign up for text messages, the instant reward will bring membership down to only $7 for the year.

There's a rumor that membership has been reduced to $8 until August 31, 2014, but I can't find that on AMC's website. If true, your actual cost would be $3 after the instant reward.

Source: Slick Deals

Wizard World's Philadelphia Comic Con - Day 2 (Saturday)


Day two of Comic Con began much different than day one. First, I arrived in the morning, instead of later in the day. Second, the crowds. I thought Friday seemed busy but it was a ghost town compared to Saturday. When I got off the train, it was like cattle being herded. It seemed that every person at Market East was heading to the convention center. Upon arriving, volunteers were yelling directions for those ready to enter and other people that needed to first register. I already had my bracelet from Friday so I was set to walk directly in.

As I walked with the crowds, I noticed that booths that were crowded yesterday were actually blocked off due to over-popularity today. For example, Norton had a great exhibit about X-Men while subtlety advertising their technology. Yesterday I could walk in and take a picture with the cardboard cutouts as a X-Men, but today the tent was so full that they had to wait for it to empty before allowing the next group of people in. Other areas had similar problems.

While yesterday I just wore a Mario themed t-shirt, today I thought I'd brave a little cosplay. I didn't want to dye my hair though so people didn't really get it. If I said something first, then I would get "oh, I see it now." While others didn't get it, I thought my River Song looked great in the Tardis.

Yesterday I walked around and got the lay of the land, today I decided to take in some panel discussions. I went to Sean Astin, Whoopi Goldberg, David Boreanaz, and Jason David Frank. The first three were in the ballroom, while Jason David Frank was in a smaller room. I also saw panels for Christopher Lloyd and Nathan Fillion listed but there was too much to do and some times overlapped.


Each panel had microphones set up for fans to ask questions. After a brief introduction, the moderator would point to a microphone for you to ask a question. I only asked a question to David Boreanaz. Sorry for the shaky filming but it was hard to keep the camera steady and bend down to the microphone at the same time.


After the panels, I went back to the main floor to walk around again before leaving. My first Comic Con was a great experience and I learned tons of stuff. First, avoid Saturday if possible. It seems that everyone goes on Saturday. Even people that paid for pictures and autographs had to wait twice as long. The celebrities are there the entire weekend, unless specifically noted. You're better going on Friday or Sunday when the crowd is smaller. Second, cosplay is not important. It's fun to see all the costumes but it doesn't make the convention. The final thing I learned was bring cash. While some vendors have credit card readers on their phones, many of the vendors didn't take plastic. I only bought one thing, but the guy's credit card reader broke and he became cash only.

Although the convention is continuing on Sunday, I decided to skip the final day. There were a few more interesting panels but there was another event this weekend here in Philadelphia that I decided to check out. So Sunday I will be at the Manyuank Art's Festival.

If you want to see more photos from Wizard World Philadelphia, check out the Making Cents of It Facebook Page. I've created an album with the pictures that came out decent.

Following the convention, I will be writing a full post on how to attend Comic Cons for cheap, possibly free. Keep an eye out because with ticket prices starting at $45 for a single day's admission, and autographs costing another $50, Comic Con can quickly add up to a huge expense.

Wizard World's Philadelphia Comic Con - Day 1 (Friday)


From the moment I stepped off the train at Market East, I could see that the convention was indeed in town. People all around the train station were in costumes, carrying yellow "Wizard World" bags, and heading towards the convention center. Once there, I was a little disappointed when I walked in to see the ground floor almost empty. Surely a convention of this size would take up the entire convention center. I checked in, got my bracelet and headed to the escalator. I can now say that they didn't need the ground floor. Unlike the car show which needs space, Comic Con was tight packed into the second floor. Break out sessions were held on the first floor (more on those tomorrow).

I walked around and took in my surroundings. The middle area was full of booths. There was a lightsaber booth, a classic video game booth, a tower of t-shirts booth, and more. This was a geeks dream flea market. Booth after booth of geekdoms. To the left were tons of artists selling prints and signing comic books.

The back was where the autograph opportunities took place. I walked by to check it out and was blown away. Autograph prices ranged from $30 for some lesser known celebrities to $195. I didn't get any autographs but that didn't stop me from checking out the lines. Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy) was starting her signings when I walked by so I was able to see the beginning. Karen came in from the back of the curtain, said a few words to the crowd before sitting down to sign autographs.

I continued on my journey of Comic Con and saw some awesome stuff. There was a full size Tardis for photo-ops. I took a picture but I'm going to wait until tomorrow to retake them in my costume. Yes, for my second day of Comic Con, I'm going to cosplay as River Song. Perfect costume for a Tardis picture. Other photo-ops included the Delorean, a Jurassic Park Jeep, becoming an X-Men, and more. Some cost money, others ask for donations, and a few were free. Most of the more extreme cosplays are also more than willing to take pictures. I saw both Loki and Arrow taking pictures when asked. I met a doppelganger for Silent Bob and he was more than willing to pose for pictures, just don't ask him anything that can't be answered with hand gestures. The guy was really in character and didn't say a word.

I finished off day one with a little speed dating, Comic Con style. Over an hour period, I met about thirty guys. Did anything come from it? That's for me to know. I will tell you that it was an interesting experience and you can tell that it was easy to spot the posers vs the hard core fandoms.

Tomorrow I will take the journey back to the convention center for another day of geeks and fandoms. I will try to update on Twitter but I needed to make a choice between good pictures or instant uploads. I choose to take the pictures with my camera and upload them when I get home. Otherwise, you'll just be looking at cell phone images and where's the fun in that? I am also planning to attend some panels and Q&As. Today was about learning the setup, tomorrow is to actually experience the convention.

Following the convention, I will be writing a full post on how to attend Comic Cons for cheap, possibly free. Keep an eye out because with ticket prices starting at $45 for a single day's admission, and autographs costing another $50, Comic Con can quickly add up to a huge expense.

 
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