Loco for AmazonLocal?

Are you crazy-loco for a crazy priced deal in your neighborhood? But how do you find those local deals at loco-prices? Try AmazonLocal!

What is AmazonLocal? It is a website dedicated to bringing its’ members deeply discounted products and services from local businesses, national chains, and online merchants. Sign up now and save as much as 75% off a wide variety of deals in your area. Yep, that’s a crazy-loco deal worth checking out!

What kinds of crazy-priced deals can you find at AmazonLocal? Look around your neighborhood. Just about any of these businesses has the potential to be an AmazonLocal Deal. You might find deals on restaurants, spas, events, products, and everything in between. Keep checking back as the deals are ever-changing. Here’s a sample of today’s crazy-priced deals from around the country:

  • Philadelphia, PA: A Chiropractic Package or Personal Training Session, from $59. That’s 71% off the $295 retail value.
  • Milwaukee, WI: Nine Holes of Golf with Cart Rental, for $10. That’s 50% off the $20 retail value.
  • Denver, CO: Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes for $20. That’s 50% off the $40 retail value.
  • Scottsdale, AZ: Three or Six Laser Hair Removal Treatments for $49. That’s 78% off the retail value of $225.
  • Seattle, WA: Mix and Match Scanning of up to 400 Photos, Negatives or Slides for $49. That’s 50% off the $99 retail value.

Can anyone buy an AmazonLocal deal? AmazonLocal is a members’ only local deals website, but great news: It’s FREE! So, yes, anyone can buy these deals so long as they become an AmazonLocal member. How? It’s easy. Just follow these steps and you’re on the way to your very own loco-priced local deals:

Step One: Become an AmazonLocal member in one of two ways:

  • Existing Amazon.com account holders: Sign in through your Amazon account, same name, same password.
  • New to Amazon? Simply open an Amazon account. All you need is an e-mail address and a password to get started.

All signed in? Time to set up your AmazonLocal account.

Step Two: Let AmazonLocal know the cities for which you want to receive deals. You can do this by entering either a city or a zip code. AmazonLocal then lets you know what your choices are. Choose your city and add it to your AmazonLocal subscription.

Shazaam! You’re in! That’s all it takes to have you ready to cash in on your very own local deals. AmazonLocal does all the work from here, sending you e-mail deal notifications for your selected areas. All you need to do now is sit back and wait for the deals to come your way.

And, you can sign up for as many deal cities as you want. Going on vacation near an AmazonLocal city? Sign up to access that city’s deals too. Simply remove the city from your subscription when the trip is over.

How do you buy an AmazonLocal Deal? You’ve finally found the first local deal just right for you. What are you waiting for? Buy it! And here’s a few tips to help you out:

  • Check the “Time Left To Purchase” display, found under the “Buy” button. Each deal is a limited time only offer. You can’t wait forever to buy the deal.
  • Check it out before you buy. Time permitting, (see above), do a little research to ensure this is the deal for you. Be in the know before you buy – it’s just a hassle if you change your mind after you purchase a deal.
  • Decision made. Click on the “Buy” button, review your order, and complete your transaction.
  • The deal arrives. AmazonLocal e-mails you a link to your purchased deal voucher as soon as the order is processed.

You’ve now just scored your very own crazy-priced local deal.

A few more tips on buying an AmazonLocal Deal:

  • Read “The Detail” first: Each deal comes with a detailed offer description as well as who is offering the deal. Know your deal before you buy to ensure you know exactly what you are getting.
  • Read “What You Need to Know” second: Each deal also comes with specific terms, including scheduling requirements, locations where it can be used and expiration dates. Save yourself any headaches and know a deal’s limitations before you buy.
  • Oh no! There’s no “Buy” button! So sorry. This deal is either sold out or no longer available.
  • Oops! You changed your mind after purchase. It happens. You might still be able to cancel your order, but you will need to contact AmazonLocal either by phone or e-mail to do this.
  • Not your deal today. There may be prior deals still available. Look at the bottom of the screen for more deal options for your selected city.

How to use an AmazonLocal Voucher: The voucher is how you will access your deal. Once you make a purchase, AmazonLocal e-mails you the link to your specific deal’s voucher. Don’t lose it! But if you do, that’s ok. Go into your AmazonLocal account and click on “Your Vouchers” to find a list of your purchased vouchers.

Once you are ready to use your voucher, print it and take it with you to the service provider. Or, you can access the voucher through a smartphone, Kindle with Special Offers (more on this below), or other mobile device.

Most vouchers come with an expiration date so be aware of this when you purchase as well as when you want to use it.

Boo! My Location isn’t listed at AmazonLocal. Don’t see your city? Don’t give up hope! AmazonLocal continues to add more locations across the U.S. How can you find out when AmazonLocal has added your location? You can subscribe now to local e-mails for your area and as soon as AmazonLocal adds that area, they will begin sending you the deals.

Have a Kindle? Great news! Kindle owners can now purchase AmazonLocal deals direct from their Kindles. You will  need to subscribe to the Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers, though, to activate this feature. Read more about activating AmazonLocal on a Kindle device at AmazonLocal Help.

Are you now loco for crazy-priced local deals with AmazonLocal? Have you purchased and used an AmazonLocal Deal? Let us know in the Comments section below.


12 December Deals to Make Your Holiday Complete.

Have you finished your Holiday shopping yet?

Are you looking to pick up those remaining gifts on your list? Read on for some ideas to help you save more! But act fast … several of these deals end tonight at midnight!

Amazon.com Gold Deals and Lightning Deals: Amazon daily deals continue with its Gold Box Deals and Lightning Deals. Need a few more toys? Today’s Gold Box Deal is 50% off select Melissa & Doug toys. This week’s Lightning Deals have included toys, gaming system supplies, tools, and fitness equipment and many other items. Who knows what tomorrow may bring? Perhaps just what you are looking for, and at a great price.

TargetTarget’s “3-Day almost-last-minute Sale” starts today, and goes through Saturday. Eight pages of sales and deals to help finish out your Holiday shopping list. Or perhaps something special for yourself! You’ve been working hard finding all these great deals! Don’t forget to use your Target REDcard and save an additional 5%. But wait … there’s more! Now through Saturday, you can also get a $10 Target GiftCard with the purchase of $50 or more. A coupon is required for this deal: Link to Target $10 Coupon

Mr. Rebates: Shopping online? Be sure to check out Mr. Rebates’ “Cash-Back Christmas” special: Over 500 Mr. Rebates stores have increased their rebates just in time for all your holiday shopping needs. Walmart increased its rebate from 1% to 5%. Nordstrom is now 8%, Famous Footwear is 12%, ShoeBuy.com and ShoeMall.com are both 15%. Now that’s what I’m talking about! 15% back! And better yet: each time you shop one of these “Santa’s Extra Cash-Back Stores”, you could win an instant $100 bonus prize. What’s not to like about that!

Want to know more about how Mr. Rebates works? Check out my blog-post: Save More With Mr. Rebates

Kohl’s: Don’t forget about Kohl’s! Their 20% off sitewide through Sunday, is a sweet deal (use promo code, “SECRETSANTA”). Want more? Then how about $10 Kohl’s Cash for every 50$ spent! Wait … did I hear you say more again? Then make that Kohl’s purchase through Mr. Rebates, earn another 5% cash-back and qualify for a chance to win a $100 Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas bonus!

Toys-R-US: So many deals and toy offers at Toys-R-Us, I’m going to direct you to their website to find them all! Shop online through Mr. Rebates, add another 5% cash-back and have yet another chance to win a $100 Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas bonus. And if your online purchase is $49 or more, free shipping. Go on, get that extra toy.

Sears: What doesn’t Sears have? Bet you can find something on your list here, and with their 2-Day sale, get an even better price. Shopping Sears.com? Use promo code “REALJOY”, and get free shipping. Add more savings by clicking through Mr. Rebates. You get an additional 4% and qualify for a chance at that $100 Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas bonus.

TigerDirect.comA new camera on someone’s wish list? Maybe TigerDirect’s 48 hour camera sale will have just what you are looking for. Better yet: make your purchase through Mr. Rebates and get a 6% rebate on top of the great sale prices! Even better: TigerDirect.com is one of Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas stores, meaning a chance to win a $100 bonus.

ShoeBuy.com: ShoeBuy’s Once A Year Holiday Kickoff Sale might be just the ticket to kick off those last remaining items on your gift list! Using coupon code “KICKOFF”, you will get 15% off your order and free shipping. Make that purchase through Mr. Rebates, add on another 15% cash-back rebate and another chance to win a $100 Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas bonus. What’s not to like about that! And remember: ShoeBuy.com sells more than just shoes.

Lands’End: Does $40 off orders of $100 or more sound like a good deal to you? With free shipping? Then check out Lands’ End today as this offer ends at midnight tonight, Dec. 8th. Click through Mr. Rebates and get another 5% cash-back rebate and have another chance to win a $100 Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas bonus.

Bath & BodyWorks: Celebrate the season with something special from Bath & Body Works. Make it even more special with their 2-day 20% off deal using promo code “CELEBRATE20”, and free shipping with orders of $50 or more. Add another special touch with a Mr. Rebates 3% cash-back rebate. Keep everyone smelling nice over the Holidays!

LLBeanNeed something for that “outdoorsy” member of the family? Consider these LLBean deals: 10% off your entire purchase through Dec. 15th, $10 gift card for purchases greater than $50, and free shipping. Note: To take advantage of the 10% offer, you will  need to click through an LLBean-originated offer which are available via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and on-line advertising posting, or use coupon code CVJ0121. Purchasing through Mr. Rebates adds 3% cash-back to your wallet. Note: LLBean is not part of the $100 bonus Mr. Rebates Cash-Back Christmas offer.

Want to surprise the whole family with a winter or spring getaway? SouthWest Airlines might just be your ticket to that perfect getaway at a great price:

  • Southwest Airlines Click ‘n Save Deals: Check out Southwest Airlines 3-Days of Click ‘n Save Deals for some sweet deals. I just found a $352 fare from Philadelphia to San Diego, and $304 for Baltimore to San Fransisco, and $200 for Baltimore to Orlando. Not bad! NOTE: This special offering ends today, Thursday, Dec. 8th, so if you want to take advantage of this deal, don’t delay!
  • SouthWest Vacation DealsBook a SouthWest Vacation package through Mr. Rebates and receive a 2% cash-back rebate in addition to some already nicely priced vacation packages.

Are you ready now complete your holiday shopping list? What are you shopping for today? Share your favorite shopping deal.

Time for Cyber Monday … Today!

“Special Edition”

Wow! Just like Black Friday, Cyber Monday sales are coming in early! So if you  missed the deals for Black Friday, check out Cyber Monday deals … today!  Here are some of my favorite Cyber Monday deals already posted and ready for you to shop; you can take advantage of most of these today, before you head back to work tomorrow!


Amazon.com: Historically a “biggie” in the Cyber Monday deals,  Amazon.com is beginning its Cyber Monday sales today. Be sure to check out Lightning Deals and Gold Box deals for some great bargains.

Target.com’s Cyber Monday deals last all week! Always something good at Target!

BestBuy.com’s Cyber Monday begins today, and includes free $10 e-gift cards for purchases of $100 or more online and scheduled for store pickup. They save on shipping costs, you get another deal.

Walmart.com is also extending its Cyber Monday through Friday, and to entice shoppers to keep coming back, they are adding items daily. So if you can’t find what you are looking for right now, check back later in the week, and you might just find it then.

 AnnTaylor.com and AnnTaylorLoft.com are offering 40% off ANYTHING online.  Great time to get the women on your list something special.

GAP Brand stores each offer a sitewide Cyber Monday sale, all available today. Use promo code HYPERCYBER. If you have a GAP card, also add MYCARD for free shipping.

  • Athleta.com has 30% off sitewide. Got a woman who loves the more athletic inspired clothing? Check out Athleta’s products.
  • GapBrands GAP, Old Navy and Banana Republic are also 30% off any purchase. Get the whole family something warm and cozy.
  • Piperlime.com 20%: complete the outfit with some great shoes and accessories from Piperlime.

Endless.com has a wide shoe and boot selection as well as many other items, so if footwear is on your shopping list, consider their Cyber Monday deal:

  • $30 off $100 purchase
  • $60 off $200 purchase
  • $100 off $300 purchase

SierraTradingPost.com has a Pre-Cyber Monday sale beginning today: an extra 20-30% off their already discounted products. But wait … it gets better! An additional 35% off AND free shipping for orders of $125 or more!

Staples.com: Yes, that was easy! And possibly at a great price this Cyber Monday, and available today. Staples can be a great place to find some really nice deals, and to sweeten their Cyber Monday online sales, they have free shipping with NO minimum order.

Overwhelmed? I know I am! So much to look at! My advice: limit your searches to your favorite stores or items on your shopping list. I just scored big on a pair of boots I’ve been watching and waiting for a price drop for several months now! 30% off the sale price and free shipping with a Cyber Monday sale available today. Gotta love a great deal!

So tell me: where will you be Cyber-shopping this week? And what deals are you finding?

I think it’s time for me to do some more Cyber shopping!

How Prime is Amazon Prime?

Hey Friend,

Just wanted to let you know that I have relaunched my blog at a whole new site, with a whole new look! Check it out, re-bookmark the new site, and follow me over there. Lots of new posts to read, like this post, Wouldn’t You Rather-Be-Shopping?

Hope to see you there!

Link to the new and improved Let’s Get Deals Today Home Page.

Link to the How Prime is Amazon Prime? new and improved look.


So How Prime is Amazon Prime? That depends, but for me, it’s primo prime, especially with the latest benefits added to the Amazon Prime membership.

Why would you consider an Amazon Prime membership, when free shipping is an every day option with Amazon’s Free Super Saving Shipping? Consider the following benefits of being an Amazon Prime member:

1. Free 2-day shipping. Yes, free, with no minimum purchase required! So go ahead and order that $5 item; it will be at your door in 2 days. Compare that to the $25 minimum purchase to qualify for Free Super Saving Shipping. How many times have you added an extra item to your order simply to get the Free Super Saving Shipping? I have, but not anymore with Prime!

2. Instant Streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows, including selections that are free only to Prime members. Movies and TV shows are updated constantly, keeping the viewing library fresh. Want to watch past episodes of Lost? All six seasons can be streamed for free with your Prime membership.

3. Instant Access to select Kindle books with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Books can be “borrowed” from the Lending Library for as long as you want, no return date. Want to borrow the book, Elizabeth Street? Free with Prime, otherwise $7.99 for Kindle. That represents $79.90 savings if you borrow ten similar priced books a year.

All this for the low price of $79 a year. The savings alone from the Owners’ Lending Library will pay for my Prime membership. Amazon Prime also allows up to four members of one household to share one Prime membership.

Better yet, Amazon offers a FREE 30-day Prime membership trial offer.  Why not sign up now, maximize your holiday shopping with free 2-day shipping? Not only will this save you time this busy holiday shopping season, but money too! Think about all the gas you would use to drive around to five stores to complete your shopping list, when you could have used your Amazon Prime membership, from the comfort of your own home, and have these items on your doorstep in two days? My gas savings by shopping with Amazon Prime really adds up.

Sometimes your savings may be measuring in time saved, not dollars saved. Consider this: Your son tells you Wednesday morning that he is invited to a birthday party Friday night. You have to work, and the kids have after school activities. When are you going to get to a store to buy that gift? Amazon Prime can save the day! By noon, that gift is bought and on its way, and with the 2-day shipping, at your door with time to spare for that Friday night party.

Need a gift for that “someone special?” Consider an Amazon Prime membership if your someone special shops online, watches TV, and/or owns a Kindle. They too can now reap the rewards of Amazon Prime. Gifting a Kindle-owner an Amazon Prime membership is like gifting him with a Book of the Month membership, with fringe benefits! Wow, I just figured out what I am giving that someone special on my Holiday shopping list!

Christmas gifts.

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A few more tidbits on Amazon Prime:

Maximizing the Free 2-Day Shipping:

  • Only items with the “Prime Eligible” next to the price qualify for Prime Free 2-Day Shipping. If you don’t see “Prime Eligible”, then you might incur shipping fees, as well as longer than 2-day shipping with the purchase of this item.
  • No minimum purchase required to qualify for the free shipping.
  • $3.99 shipping is also available for 1-day shipping. Just beware that this is a per-item fee, and not per order.

Maximizing Prime Instant Streaming:

  • Utilize the free streamings by searching for your favorite movies and TV shows in Prime Instant Video.
  • Not all Amazon Instant Streamings are free, even to Prime members. Prime-eligible free streaming is a sub-category of Amazon Instant Video, which offers over 100,000 different movies and TV shows.
  • The new Kindle Fire is a perfect companion for streaming. Simply be logged into your Amazon account, and the video library is wide open.
  • Streaming your favorite TV shows through your computer does not require anything special other than an internet connection and being logged into your Amazon account.
  • Streaming through your TV might require additional hardware depending on your TV.
  • Click on this link to discover more details on Instant Streaming with Amazon: Ways to Watch Amazon Instant Videos

Maximizing the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library:

  • Only Kindle owners can utilize the Lending Library.
  • Books borrowed from the Lending Library can only be read on your Kindle. You cannot borrow nor read these books on your smart phones, iPads, or computers.
  • Check out the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library before you purchase a book.
  • When searching Kindle books outside the Lending Library, check the purchase options to see if the book is also in the Lending Library.
  • Amazon limits the number of books you can borrow to one book per month, per Prime membership, not per Kindle registered. If you have more than one Kindle on your Prime account, you may need to coordinate who gets the free book this month!

Are you sold on Amazon Prime?

Let us know what you like best about Amazon Prime.

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