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Coinbase Earn – Learn About SKALE (SKL) & Earn $3 In SKL

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • Coinbase Earn is offering $3 SKALE (SKL) for watching short videos on the cryptocurrency [$1 x 3 videos]. Answers are as follows:
    • What is SKALE Network?
    • What is the SKL token?
    • What is SKALE Network’s mission?

Our Verdict

You can find more free coins by clicking here. You can find more cryptocurrency deals by clicking here. $3 isn’t much but I just do these deals and hold the coins and hope they go up lots.

Hat tip to A M

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Deposit Account Information To Be Shared To Help Credit Approvals For Those Without Credit Scores

A number of large financial instutitions (JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank) have agreed to share data on customers deposit accounts. The aim is to be able to extend credit to individuals without credit scores but are financially responsible and is part of a government back initiative (Project REACh, or the Roundtable for Economic Access and Change). It will looked at consumers overdraft history and their balances over time.

In 2018 credit scoring company FICO introduced the UltraFICO score that is based on checking history and includes factors such as: Current checking balance, Length of checking history, Transaction frequency, Overdraw history. Individual financial institutions have been using their own customers deposit account data to help in lending decisions, with JPMorgan being able to approve an additional 700,000 credit cards. Under this new pilot program that information will be shared between lenders.

Hat tip to WSJ

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CDC: Masks Not Required Indoors For Fully Vaccinated (Unless Required By Local Laws/Regulation)

CDC has relaxed it’s guidance for wearing a mask indoors for those that are fully vaccinated. The update section states (emphasis ours):

Risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection is minimal for fully vaccinated people. The risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from fully vaccinated people to unvaccinated people is also reduced. Therefore, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Fully vaccinated people should also continue to wear a well-fitted mask in correctional facilities and homeless shelters. Prevention measures are still recommended for unvaccinated people.

As always, play nice in the comments. We will probably lock them after awhile as nothing good ever comes from the comments on these types of posts.


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Meijer: Coupon for 10% Discount Off Most Giftcard Brands (5/14 – 5/15)

The Offer

Direct Link to offer (search ‘gift cards’)

  • Meijer has a digital coupon to get 10% off most gift card brands available in Meijer stores on 5/14 – 5/15. Limit $50 discount ($500 purchase).

The Fine Print

  • Maximum discount of $50.
  • Excludes Meijer gift cards, gaming, SlingTV, Google play, HBO Now, Hulu, CBS All Access, Spotify, Amazon, Prepaid Debit, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Phone cards.
  • Limit one use per coupon.
  • No cash back. Not to be combined with any other manufacturer coupons.

Our Verdict

This works on most gift cards, with a few big exclusions.

Hat tip to GC Galore

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Amazon: $5 Kindle Credit When Ordering Alexa

The Offer

Direct link to offer (our affiliate link)

  • Amazon is offering a free $5 Kindle credit when you order through Alexa

The Fine Print

  • Offer applies to Kindle eBooks made available using Alexa Voice Shopping on an Echo Device, including eBook gift purchases that are redeemed within the offer period.
  • Offer not available using Alexa in the Amazon app.
  • You must complete your purchase by 11:59 p.m (PST) May 28, 2021.
  • Offer does not apply to eBook pre-orders, physical goods, digital magazines, audiobooks (including Audible companions for your Kindle eBook purchase), print books, or digital subscriptions such as Kindle Unlimited.
  • Offer limited to one per customer and account.
  • The maximum benefit you may receive from this offer is $5.
  • Discount automatically applied at checkout.
  • Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold. Digital content and services may only be available to customers located in the U.S. and are subject to the terms and conditions of Amazon Digital Services LLC.
  • Shipping charges and taxes may apply to the full value of discounted and free promotions items. Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. If any of the products or content related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product or content, subject to applicable refund policies.
  • If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid. Offer expires at 11:59 p.m. (PST) on May 28th, 2021.

Our Verdict

Nice offer for anybody that uses the Kindle/Kindle platform.

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Citi Rewards+: 25,000 Point Sign Up Bonus

Update 5/13/21: The link below is now increased from 20,000 to 25,000 (standard offer on Citi website is 15,000). Not sure if the in-branch 30,000/40,000 offer is still around.

Update 10/14/19: This deal is being offered again. Keep in mind there is an in branch 30,000/40,000 points. Hat tip to reader Khmalh

The Offer

Direct link to offer (seems to only be available via Credit Karma)

  • Citi is offering an increased sign up bonus on the Citi Rewards+ card, 20,000 Citi ThankYou points after $1,500 in purchases within the first three months

Card Details

  • No annual fee
  • Card earns ThankYou points
  • Earn 2x points on grocery and gas, up to $6,000 per year, then 1x
  • Earn 1x points on everything else
  • Bonus ThankYou Points are not available if you received a new cardmember bonus for Citi Rewards+℠, Citi ThankYou®Preferred, Citi ThankYou® Premier/Citi Premier℠ or Citi Prestige®, or if you have closed any of these cards, in the past 24 months.
  • Low intro rate on purchases and balance transfers
  • 3% foreign transaction fee
  • 10% rebate on all redeemed points each year, on up to the first 100,000 redeemed points

Our Verdict

Launch sign up bonus was 15,000 points, we also saw a 10,000 point + $100 live nation credit. Still not really worth it because of the 24 month restrictive language, better to get a sign up bonus on the Premier or Prestige.  If you have any questions about Citi cards, read this post as they are most likely answered there.

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Cheese Checking Account Review: No SSN Required, 0.3-3% APY Savings, Debit Card Rewards

[This review has been revamped and reposted on 5/13/21. Originally posted on 1/6/2020. These have been written by Evan Mullen. See his prior posts here.]

The Cheese Checking Account is now available for iOS, and should be available for Android in June. The account structure has been revamped since originally writing about it, updated review can be found below. 

Cheese Checking

  • Direct Link
  • My iOS referral link, which gets you an initial 3% APY (must be used on mobile)
  • My Android referral link (TBD), which gets you an initial 3% APY

Cheese is targeted for immigrants and Asian Americans, but the account actually offers several competitive banking features. Here are the major highlights of the account:

  • No SSN required to open account (this feature should be available in May)
  • FDIC-insured up to $250,000
  • No Fees
  • Paycheck up to 2 days early
  • Cashback debit card
  • Interest checking

They are also currently donating $10 for every new user until June 10th, up to $90,000.

Cashback Debit Card

There is a base 0.25% cashback rate on the debit card. They also have higher cashback offers from Dosh, and some additional exclusive cashback offers which they plan to continue to grow. Here are the current exclusive offers:

  • 5% on phone bills (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Mint Mobile, Cricket)
  • 1% on pay later services (Klarna, Affirm, Afterpay)
  • 5% at McDonald’s
  • 2% at Target
  • 2% at Uber Eats
  • 2% at Instacart
  • 2% at Wendy’s
  • 5% at Asian Lifestyle: Chowbus
  • 3% at Weee!
  • 3% at Yamibuy
  • 2% at Fantuan
  • 2% at HungryPanda
  • 2% at Doordash
  • 2% at 99 Ranch
  • 2% at H Mart
  • 2% at MINISO

There is a $25 minimum cashback redemption and a $10 daily maximum for the 0.25% and exclusive offers. (Dosh maximums are separate.)

Interest Checking

The basic APY is 0.3%.  If you are referred, you and the person who referred you will both receive a boost to 3% APY for 30 days. The referrer stacks on another 30 days to the 3% boost for each additional referral. The 0.3% APY has no cap, but the 3% APY has a monthly cap of $25. So if you have the 3% boost for the month, anything over about $10,000 would only earn 0.3% APY.

Final Thoughts

Though targeted for immigrants and Asian Americans, this account could also be very useful to international students and people with poor or no credit history. Even if you don’t fall into any of these categories, the account still has some unique aspects. The current features that stand out the most for me are the 5% cashback categories and the 1% on pay later services. It will be interesting to see what other exclusive offers get added in the future.


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Chase Offers: Get 10% Back on Chevron Gas ($5 Cashback Max)

The Offer

Check your Chase Offers for the following deal:

  • Get 10% back on gas pump purchases at Chevron. Max $5 cashback.

Same deal might be found with Bank Amerideals and the other banks which share the same back end. 

The Fine Print

  • Expires 6/17/21
  • Valid one time only
  • Pump purchases only

Our Verdict

Max this out with a $50 fillup. It’s only valid for one transaction.

Hat tip to reader EW

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[Targeted] IHG: Earn 5K Points/Free Night Certificate

The Offer

Targeted offer, sent out via e-mail. Subject line is ‘Just for you…’

  • IHG is offering some people bonuses on stays until July 29, 2021. Some standard offers:
    • Earn 5,000 points with one stay
    • Earn a free night certificate with two stays (valid on nights up to 40,000 points. Valid until November 30, 2021)

The Fine Print

  • Must be an IHG® Rewards member and must be invited to participate in Just For You: Stay One Night, Get 5,000 Points (“Offer”).
  • You must register your member number in advance to participate in this Offer. 5,000 bonus points will be deposited into your account after completing one qualifying night between April 30, 2021 and July 29, 2021, at InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, Kimpton®, EVEN®, avid™, voco™, Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Principal® Hotels, HUALUXE™, IHG® Army Hotels, Mr and Mrs Smith properties, or participating Six Senses properties worldwide.
  • Members who are invited to participate in this Offer may also participate in other IHG point offers.
  • A Qualifying Stay is defined as a minimum 1-night stay booked under a Qualifying Rate, with total spend exceeding $30 per night.
  • Only one room per member per Qualifying Stay will be eligible.
  • If more than one member checks into the same room, only one member is eligible for the Offer.
  • No retroactive credit will be awarded for Stays prior to enrollment.
  • Please allow up to 3 weeks for bonus points to be posted onto your account.

Our Verdict

Stacks with other IHG deals:

Hat tip to FM

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