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Uber’s “$30 Free Ride” Is Ending


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Uber - GiveRidesGetRides+logo+30+CMTUber’s $30 sign up bonus for newbies ends this Saturday night.  If you have not signed up yet, click here to sign-up for Uber.  Then you will get $30 off your next ride. I will too, but his isn’t about me.  It’s about you, right?  The $30 bonus will drop to $20 when your chariot turns into a pumpkin Saturday night at midnight.  Sign up now and use the free ride later!

As I said in my review of Uber, there may be times when you should leave your car and grab a cab.  Grabacab is also the name of my favorite Genesis song.  That’s GOLD!  What, I can’t repeat my jokes?  C’mon, the Rolling Stones still play Satisfaction every show.

Go on now, git!  Here’s that fancy link that will get you $30 off your next ride.

Get $225 By Spending $500


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225 dollarsWould you spend $500 to get $225 tax-free cash back?  For a limited time – you can!  Chase just increased the sign-up bonus on their Freedom card from $100 to $200 cash back.  They also sweetened the pot with an extra $25 if you add an authorized user.  The card has 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months.  See details below.

This is the Visa that I carry in my wallet.  It never has an annual fee.  You always get 1% cash back on everything.  You get 5% cash back on various categories that change every three months.  For example, now through December 31st you get 5% cash back at Amazon.com, Zappos and these Department stores.  January 1- March 31st, it is grocery stores, Starbucks, and movie theatres.

To get the bonus, you need to meet the $500 spending requirement in the first three months your account is open.  That might be pretty easy to do by just paying your phone, internet and cable bills.  $500 in three months is an average of only $5.55 per day.  Like I said, it’s pretty easy to achieve.

Remember, you don’t have to give a card to an authorized user.  You just have to give a name that gets printed on a card for the authorized user to use.  Maybe you get one for the President or First Lady.  It’s your call.

Read my post 11 Ways To Meet A Spending Requirement for some  helpful ideas.  Click on Chip’s Favorite Credit Card Offers and then “Cash Back”.  Email me if you have any questions!
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It’s Not Water, It’s H2O


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We just had our first November rain in Los Angeles.  That means it’s time for my annual post about turning off your sprinklers.  Woo-Hoo!!  That’s right.  “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle” also applies to money tips.

The reason you should do that is really SEXY: Saving on your Sewer Service Charge (SSC). Hubba-hubba. My most recent bill’s SSC was only $15.46. It had been TEN TIMES as high – as much as $155.55 until I wised up.

I will tell you the answer first, because the explanation could put you in REM 3. If you have automatic sprinklers and you live in an area that charges you a sewer usage charge based upon water you use – you might wanna shut them off until spring time. I live in the warm and sunny, drought-riddled Los Angeles “Valley”. I turn off my lawn sprinklers between the first rain in November until March-April.

To be clear, the savings I just mentioned was not money I banked from bill to bill by cutting back on the water itself, that I used to soak my lawn.  That was additional savings in the “Water” portion of the bill.  I’m talking about a separate part of the bill under “Sanitation Charges” called the Sewer Service Charge.   See below.

I started doing this a few years ago and my lawn, in full sun, has not suffered a bit. Individual results may vary. Void where prohibited without the expressed written consent of Major League Baseball.

Serve your environmentalist side with your “green” stance on water conservation while currying favor with your inner capitalist by keeping “green” in your wallet.

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I’m a One Cent’r


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Dan Danger - The PilotsIn my post Jock Straps, Bunsen Burners and Passive Income, I talk about different kinds of passive income streams.  One such stream from which I drink is residual payments from acting gigs.  Yesterday, I got my all-time lowest residual payment: one red cent.  That’s right, a penny.  This was for some voices I did on the animated pilot “Dan Danger”.

I covered up my address cuz I don’t want y’all knowing I have this kinda cash sitting around.Dan Danger Pilot check 3

 

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Three Years of Loaning Money to Strangers


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3rdBirthdayCupcake2A few years ago, I started loaning money to complete strangers via Lending Club and Prosper.  Here are my posts after Year One and Year Two.  $25 was the most I lent to any of the 30 people.  I spread it around to (clear throat) diversify my portfolio.  Of course, I said that with a swagger and deeper than usual voice.

I got returns of 6.72% and 5.78% respectively.  Over the three years, only one borrower defaulted.  So, I had to eat that, just like a bank does when someone bails on what they owe.

People who are looking to borrow money will say the reason they need the money.  I tend to go with those who want the loan to pay off a high interest credit card or start a new business.

Are you more inclined to borrow than lend?  You can do that too.  It’s anonymous for all parties.  Use Lending Club and Prosper to borrow money from regular people at a rate cheaper than your high interest credit card or a personal bank loan.

If you have extra cash, this might be a good way to help folks dig out of debt or fund other projects, while getting a better return than in a CD or savings account.  Lending Club and Prosper do all the work for you.  You just sign up to lend or borrow.

You can see my original post about Peer-2-Peer Lending. It got the attention of people who put me on FOX Business to talk about it. Here is my video:

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


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Donating to charity is a great way to help meet a credit card spending requirement.  That’s how I paid off my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Donation.  There are TWO fantastic 50,000 mile sign-up bonus offers right now.  You must apply for United’s by Tuesday (September 2nd).  You have a week to apply for Delta’s (September 8th).  Both offers are usually 30,000 miles, so 50,000 is mucho better!!  Apply while you can!

Click on Chip’s Favorite Credit Card Offers for up-to-date deals, terms, and conditions on this card.  Email me if you need help or have any questions.

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11 Ways To Meet A Spending Requirement


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SpinalTap11Nigel-2You’re not a maroon.  You see a sweet sign-up bonus for a credit card.  The bonus is yours if you get the new card and spend a thousand dollars or so in the next few months.  AWESOME!  But, $1,000?!!  You realize it doesn’t make sense to waste $1,000 on stuff you don’t need, just to get a free plane ticket or points worth $500.  What do you do?

1)  $11/day

Use your new card for purchases where you’d normally use cash.  Then pay off the new card with the cash you would have used in the first place.  If you are afraid that you will use a card to spend money that you don’t have, I suggest signing in to your card account online and paying off the card balance as frequently as you wish – even daily!

$1,000 divided by three is only $333.33 per month or $11 per day.  You can probably reach that spending requirement using your new card only paying the bills for your telephone, internet, cable and groceries.

I use my credit card everywhere for everything – instead of cash.  I use a card for any purchase I make online or in stores.  Heck, I just used a card to buy a banana at 7-11.  I use it EVERYWHERE possible.  I don’t write checks.  I don’t use a debit card.  A credit card puts a firewall between my money and other people.  The only things I have not been able to pay with a credit card, without being charge a fee, are my mortgage, property tax and natural gas bills.

2)  One Fell Swoop

Maybe you are like me.  You’d rather not upset your system by involving another card.  You already pay for everything with a credit card, and then pay the card off in full.  Some of the bills are automatically charged to your credit card.  Instead of getting 10

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United Explorer Card Bonus Increased to 50,000-55,000 Miles


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For a limited time, Chase United MileagePlus Explorer card has increased its sign up bonus to 50,000 miles after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.  But you must apply by September 2nd.

Click on Chip’s Favorite Credit Card Offers for up-to-date deals, terms, and conditions on this card.  Email me if you need help or have any questions.

You will get an extra 5,000 miles if you add an authorized user in the first three months.  Instead of adding your cat Mr. Tibbers or The President, this may be a good emergency credit card for a college student.

The sign up bonus is usually 30,000 miles, so this is a sweet deal.  If you are like me and got this card a couple months ago, call the number on the back of your card and ask if they will honor the 50,000 mile offer.  They did for me!

This card comes with many perks:

- Free checked bag (up to $100)
– Priority boarding
– No foreign transaction fees
– TWO United Club lounge passes per year
– The $95 annual fee is waived the first year.
– Any Seat, Any Time. Cardholders have access to award seats that non-cardholder riff-raff scum does not!

50,000 miles can get you two round trip coach tickets!

If you are concerned about meeting the $2,000 spending requirement, there are many ways to achieve that, frugally.  I use a credit card to pay for everything possible, then

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Get NFL Sunday Ticket for FREE


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>>>>>>>>>>>>> Click HERE to get your NFL team’s Visa card! <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

I just got NFL Sunday Ticket MAX ($330 sticker price) for free. I’m on a nice little run here. I’ve gotten NFL Sunday Ticket for free – 3 years in a row!

Here are a few ways you can get it free:

A) You could steal it. But, it’s probably best to not spend the 7th day resting while simultaneously shattering one of The Commandments.

B) You can get it free if you are a new customer to DirecTV_Refer_Friend-smDirecTV, and sign a two-year contract with the “Choice” package or higher. If you are going to be a new customer to DirecTV, you can also get $100 off if you are referred by someone who has it. The referrer also gets $100 in statement credits. Order online at directv.com/refer or by calling 1-800-507-4045. Please give them my account number 15929124 when asked who referred you – so we can both get rich. Rich, I tell you. RICH!

C) If you are already a DirecTV subscriber and eschew thievery, here’s one way I got it free. I called DirecTV. I told the robot that I wanted “Customer Retention”. This got me a human.  If you aren’t going to utter the words “Customer Retention” – just hang up the phone. You are wasting your time.

In 2013, I politely asked MJ in Customer Retention if there was any way I could get NFL

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