Monthly Archives: October 2010

Expanded Search Functionality Now Available at BondRewards!


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

We have improved our search functionality so that shopping (and saving) can be a quick and easy experience for you! Instead of clicking directly on the merchant to shop at their store, you can now search in various ways, such as by store (Macy’s), a general product (a blender), or specific item (Leapfrog Leapster).

EXAMPLE:

You’ll notice in the screenshot below, that you can search for an item by typing a general description. The example above shows a search for “running shoes”. Once your search populates you’ll notice stores are listed where you can find that item, and then below that, a list of the items themselves. You can further refine your search results with the filters on the left. This new search functionality makes shopping quick and easy for our members while also letting them shop competitively at our 400+ stores.


GIVE US FEEDBACK:

Try it out and let us know what you think. If you do a search and it isn’t working properly send us a quick note at service@bondrewards.com. We’ll do what we can to help you out and fix any issues that you may have noticed.

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or US Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

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Last Minute Halloween Madness


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

If you haven’t bought your Halloween costume yet – you still have time. Less than a week but you can still make it! Get BondDollars and great deals below with these promotions! Remember, you can get DOUBLE REWARDS at SPIRIT, and Costume Kingdom!

       

       

     

 

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or US Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

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Generic Items that Work Great & Cost Less!


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

There are two types of people out there – the ones that love everything they own to be a designer label, and the ones that really don’t see the point and would rather go generic. Is there really any difference in a ‘brand name’ and a generic item? Is the quality really all that much different? Well, I guess the answer there would depend on the product. If you’re comparing a Honda and a Bentley – yes, there is a drastic difference. But if you’re comparing the grocery store brand hand soap and a high-end grocery store hand soap, then no, they are more than likely near identical. So, which products can you cut corners on?  Read on to find out…

CEREAL:

Have you ever actually tried these bargain brands? They taste nearly the same and cost about a third of the price! Not to mention that they come in much larger quantities so you save even more. Ditch the high-end brands with the cute characters and catchy slogans. Save a few bucks on every box and your kids will never be the wiser.

BAKING PRODUCTS:

Flour, sugar, salt, most spices, baking soda etc… they’re all the same and definitely don’t need a fancy label to get the job done. Besides, even if they did taste different (which they don’t) you wouldn’t notice it in your cookies and cakes anyways.

CLEANING PRODUCTS:

We need these products on a daily basis to keep our home and family clean, however, they come with a hefty price tag attached don’t they? Items like carpet cleaner, bathroom cleaner, hand soap, laundry soap, window spray and dishwasher soap are anywhere from $4 to $18 depending on the brand and size. These items are not only pricey but we tend to go through them quick – especially if you have a large family. Have you ever flipped over the bottles and looked at the ingredient list? Name brand labels and generic products have nearly all the same ingredients in the exact same order. There is little to no variance in these products yet the price points are so drastic. Why pay $4 for Windex when you can pay $2 for a generic item called ‘Window Sparkle’?

SODA:

If you’re like me and can’t tell the difference – go generic. You’ll save on a variety of sodas and maybe find a new favorite. If you’re a die-hard Coca-Cola or Pepsi fan – well then there’s just no swaying your decision.

CANNED GOODS:

Canned tomatoes, corn, beans, peas, carrots – whatever it may be, they’re pretty much all the same. Why pay $2.60 per can when you can pay $1.40? Although it may not seem like a huge difference when you buy just one, it really adds up when you buy ten cans at a time on every trip. The only caution here is that some of the better brands package their veggies in water whereas the generic ones package in high fructose corn syrup. Make sure to check the ingredient list when you’re comparing.

WATER:

All water needs to pass regulations, and truth be told, the drinking water that comes out of your tap is more regulated than the water in packaged bottles. Drinking the water out of the tap at your home or utilizing a Pur or Brita filter is a much more cost effective way to go. But, if you need to have bottled water for sports or travel – there is no difference in the generic brands and name brands other than the pretty packaging.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS:

Prescription generics typically cost between 20-80% less than their brand name counterparts. In 2008, the average retail price of a brand name prescription was $137.90 as compared to the average generic prescription price of $35.22. Just think of all the things you could buy with that extra $100 bucks!

OVER THE COUNTER MEDS:

Did you know that all over the counter medications must be approved by the FDA? It’s true, and this includes everything from pain relievers and sleep aids to allergy and cold medications. There is no difference in the quality between name brand drugs and generic drugs. The only difference you’ll find here is the drastic price tag. You can save at least a few bucks on each medication, which over the course of a year really add up.

BATTERIES:

Batteries may claim to last longer than others but the difference is so minimal that it hardly makes it worth the inflated price tag. Buy generic here as well and save on every purchase. Remember to properly dispose of your batteries by recycling them.

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or US Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

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4 Tips To Keep Your Yard Winter Ready & Spring Healthy!


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

Plants, shrubs, trees, flowers, and well, landscaping in general can be costly. What’s worse is that it’s especially vulnerable during the colder months when it’s health is tested by the harsh weather. Protect your plants (and your wallet) by properly preparing your backyard and front yard for winter. By taking the proper precautions now you can avoid unnecessary loss now and their pricey replacements later.

1. CLEAN UP:

Clean out dying/dead leaves, plants, branches, shrubs and so on. Plants work hard trying to keep dying growth healthy, so do your plant a favor and get rid of them early. This will help promote healthy development in the spring so it’s important to properly maintain now. Removing dead leaves on the ground eliminates any areas where unwanted bugs and slugs may be festering. Since more leaves are sure to die as fall progresses you’ll need to keep an eye on these loose leaves and remove as necessary. Once it starts to get windy you don’t want thousands of leaves everywhere that can potentially clog drains, waterways, and gutters.

2. TRIMMING:

Many plants will hibernate in the winter so cutting them back aggressively can actually be helpful. If you’re not sure which plants tend to hibernate, go to your local Home Depot Garden Center and ask. They should be able to tell you which ones need specific care, grooming, and maintenance. Bringing in pictures of your plants isn’t a bad idea either. This will help them identify the exact species rather than trying to explain a plant that ‘looks similar to the one over there’. For all plants be sure to remove all the dead leaves and flowers so that the plant isn’t wasting energy on them. Cutting back extra tree limbs, palm tree frawns, and branches will not only promote healthy growth as mentioned above; but this will also help you to avoid any branches that may be in danger of falling during harsh winter winds and storms.

3. TRANSPORTATION:

Potted plants and many flowering plants tend to be very fragile and would have a better chance of survival indoors. If you can, move them inside where the temperature is regulated and more agreeable. Placing them in well lit areas will help them thrive even in these dreary months.

4: INSULATION:

Remember all those leaves you raked up and gathered? Take those and mix them with some bags of soil, compost, or fertilizer to create a nutrient rich mulch. Once you have your mulch ready place it around your outdoor plants so that it provides a 5 inch thick bedding. This offers nice insulation and helps the temperatures of outside plants stay regulated. Although your plants are still vulnerable to frosts and snow – it’s the rapid freezing and thawing of plants that can be detrimental.      

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or US Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

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10 Tricks to Save $1,000 Before the Holidays Hit!


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

Saving is one of those things that for some odd reason challenges us all. We all ask ourselves questions internally debating whether we can spare any money from our accounts. Can I go without that premium coffee today? Do I really want to skip the movies? Can I actually bring my lunch to work every day? The list goes on and on while in the back of your mind you know you have to save for the upcoming holidays. We at BondRewards want to help you save a cool $1,000 by the time the holiday season rolls around so read on for 10 simple tricks to start saving today!

1. DINING OUT & EATING IN MORE:

It’s obvious that you’ll save money by omitting the inflated prices of dining out. Cooking at home has so many more benefits than dining out. 1. You know EXACTLY what ingredients are going into your food. 2. If you use basic ingredients your meals will contain far less preservatives, sodium, and saturated fat than restaurant food. 3. You’ll have more quality time at home with your family versus waiting at the local Chili’s for a table. 4. You’ll actually use all those groceries that you bought but just sit on the shelves collecting dust. 5. You’ll pick up new skills, learn new recipes, and create a better home environment for your children. The amount saved will vary on your dining patterns and the number of people in your family but roughly $30-$90/per meal. If you utilize the extra groceries in your house and avoid grocery shopping this can save you $100/week.

2. IMPULSE PURCHASES:

You don’t need those $5 magazines at checkout, or the $1.50 pack of gum, or the $3.99 chap stick. Just avoid eye contact with these items and you’ll instantly save. You also don’t need the bag of chips that come with your sandwich for an extra .70. Or any other little ‘package deals’ for that matter. These are just ways that companies trick us into thinking we’re saving when in fact we’re often purchasing items or services we would normally have avoided. Don’t be fooled and save at every corner.

3. PREMIUM CABLE:

Remember the days before there were 100+ TV shows playing every hour? We used to partake in activities, sports, and actually had hobbies. We had no television and yet we managed to keep perfectly entertained. Ditch the premium cable and you’ll save about $80/mo. Not to mention you’ll have more quality family time and stay more active.

4. AUTO DEDUCTABLE:

By increasing the deducible for your comprehensive and collision coverage you’re reducing your premiums by over 10%. Try this method out for a few months and you’ll save about $54/mo.

5. ADJUST YOUR TAX WITHHOLDING:

This is a big money saver. Go to your HR office, get a new W-4 and adjust your tax withholding so that more is placed on your paycheck versus getting taken away. This trick can save you over $240/mo depending on your current claims. Click here for an Easy-to-Use Tax Withholding Calculator from Kiplinger.

6. UTILIZE FREE RESOURCES:

Utilize the people you trust in your life such as your neighbors, family members, and friends. These close connections are great assets for pet-sitting, baby-sitting, and house-sitting. Repay the favor when they need assistance and you’ll have a nice little network going. Savings for these services run around $60-300/mo.

7. GARDENERS:

Unless you’re never home and have a vast amount of land you really don’t need to pay for gardeners – especially now. In the Fall and Winter your landscaping will need little attention and more than likely won’t get used that much anyways. How many more backyard barbeques are you really planning to have in the next few months? Eliminate this unnecessary cost and save $50-$100/mo.

8. PHONE LINE:

I’ll state this one simply. Why do you need a landline when your use your cell phone that offers free long distance calls? Keep this in mind – if you don’t use it – lose it. Saves $50/mo.

9. REWARDS PROGRAMS:

Just about every company has a rewards program and are more than willing to give away free cash, rewards, benefits, miles, or services. Who says you can’t get the best of both worlds? No matter what you’ll still need to buy shampoo, socks, groceries, gas and so on. Why not get paid back for all the money you spend and take advantage of these free to join services?! Join one that offers cash back, like BondRewards.com or just about any credit card or bank, and start saving instantly. By utilizing these programs you’ll get 1%-30% back on all your purchases. Redeem for cash and there you go – extra money for the holidays!

10. GYM MEMBERSHIP:

Although staying active and fit is always a good habit, you probably don’t need that expensive gym membership. Ask yourself this, can you use your old college gym? The gym at many universities is free for Alumni but seldom get used by them making it a wasted resource. Or perhaps your work or apartment offers a free facility? There are so many alternative ways to work out that people seem to have forgotten about. Play organized sports, run with your dog, go out and dance, or take up hiking! Last time I checked you don’t need a gym for push-ups and crunches. Check out the sites below for ideas and get fit the old-fashioned way! Save $25-$65/mo.

eHow: How to Get a Total Body Workout Without Belonging to a Gym

Body Results: No Gym Required

Military.com & Men’s Health: Who Needs a Gym

AskMen.com: Weight Training Without Weights

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or US Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

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What Do You Want Us To Blog About?


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

Is there a topic you want to know more about but you don’t have time to do the research or you just don’t know where to turn? Do you have questions or perhaps feedback on our program? Well we want to know! Tell us your thoughts, your troubles, your inquires and comments. Have a cool idea for BondRewards.com – tell us and we’ll see what we can do to put it in action.

We want to make sure we’re offering you everything you need and more but we need your ideas and feedback to make it happen!

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or US Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

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Your October Double Rewards Stores are Here!


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

Obviously we have Halloween on the brain this month and hopefully you do too. This month we’re featuring two of our Halloween Stores – Spirit Halloween Superstore and Costume Kingdom! Both stores have a wide variety of costumes for the whole family as well as décor, accessories, makeup and more. We have a couple other Halloween stores that aren’t a Double Rewards Store this month but shouldn’t be overlooked; don’t forget to check out Costume Craze and Costume City too.

Once you have your costume, don’t forget to visit our other stores Double Rewards Stores and get Double BondDollars on all your purchases! Remember, the Holidays are just around the corner so shop smart, plan ahead, and earn BondDollars with every purchase! Shop our Double Rewards Stores each month and rack up your BondDollars even faster – bringing you that much closer to redemption!

   

   

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or US Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

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