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Deals/Deal Requests / 101 free prints from shutterfly and more
« on: July 03, 2019, 09:49:16 AM »
Use the code PRINTS for 101 free 4X6 or 4X4 prints and also 1 16X20 print and 2 8X10 prints

To save on shipping, order 100 prints rather than 101!  You can see the shipping charges depend on how many prints you get and if you get 100 its at the top of one price point, where as 101 prints is at the bottom of the next~ this might save you $1.


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Credit Cards And Finance / Chase Ink Employee Cards
« on: March 14, 2019, 12:41:26 PM »
Does anyone know if it's possible to add cards to an Ink account without a specific name/SSN attached?  Such as a card for each department in a business that just says "Purchasing Dept" or "Sales Team" rather than an individual's name?  Or do I need to put the manager's name and order a new card every time dept management changes?  Thanks.

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Credit Cards And Finance / Disposing of metal credit cards
« on: December 26, 2016, 10:55:12 AM »
So I've been out of the card-churning game for a long time, and I have a shoebox full of credit cards I've been shredding recently.  However I have a bunch of old Marriot Rewards and Chase Sapphire Preferred cards with the metal core and I'm not sure what to do with them.  Any ideas?

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Coin, bottlecap, and board game cufflinks for sale on our Etsy shop. 

www.etsy.com/shop/LinksOffTheCuff

As a long time DD follower, I wanted to announce the opening of our Etsy store.  Please let me know what you think.  New items added often!  Custom options available such as state quarters, choose your own color, and more.  Like us on facebook and twitter, and pass this link along to friends.  Have an idea that you don't see?  Ask me to make it for you! 

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General Discussion / What to buy at Mens Wearhouse?
« on: January 04, 2015, 10:52:41 AM »
I received a $200 gift card to Mens Wearhouse and I never shop there.  It looks expensive.  What am I likely to get the best deal on? 

I only buy shirts when CT, JAB, or PF is having a sale on non-irons under $40.  If Mens Wearhouse has comparable shirts for under $40 I would buy them. 

I buy my suits at Kohls usually - for under $180 I get suits that last me 2-4 years.  I usually pay under $15 for a tie and under $10 for cufflinks if I can find ones I like.

Does Mens Wearhouse have good sales regularly?  I don't mind holding the gift card until a sale comes up if I can expect a good one within 2 or 3 months.  The current promotion ending today has some BOGO items and some shirts on sale but nothing looks excitingly cheap.  The suits are more expensive than I'm used to even when on sale.

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Up In The Air / Switching planes in Charlotte?
« on: February 09, 2014, 03:21:35 PM »
Hi all,

I'm booking a flight from DAB to PHL for my aunt.  I'd like to minimize the amount of travel time but I have no experience with Charlotte airport and I'm wondering if 45 minutes is a long enough time to switch planes?  The first plane is operated by PSA Airlines dba US Airways Express and the second plane is operated by US Airways.  Does anyone know this airport?

      

    4647        
    6:04 PM DAB
    7:30 PM CLT

Operated by PSA Airlines dba US Airways Express

    1798        
    8:15 PM CLT
    9:52 PM PHL

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General Discussion / Shochet / butcher house calls?
« on: November 10, 2013, 11:22:37 AM »
Does anyone know if shochtim and butchers will come to a residence to shecht a goat or a cow and prepare it be be cooked/frozen?  Let's assume the owner of the residence is keeping the animals legally, properly secured etc.  Is it even legal to shecht something that size in a residential neighborhood?  I remember about 4 years ago Bobov got some bad press for doing this in the backyard of a "school" on Route 306 in Monsey, but I never heard anything about legal problems resulting from it.

Also wondering about the cost of such a service if anyone knows.  I am talking about the Bergen/Rockland area.

This is all hypothetical btw... I rent an apartment and don't own any animals other than some fish :)

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General Discussion / Elkins Park, PA
« on: June 30, 2013, 02:22:26 PM »
Anybody live there?  Lived there?  Visited?

Looking for an affordable alternative to the NY metro area :)

(No Dan, Cleveland is not an option!  My wife won't go 50 feet north of where we live now... West and South are the only options)

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Consider this a continuation of my post in the Maine thread.  (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1063.msg518163#msg518163

Our first stop after Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Maine was St Stephens, NS.  I believe we spent a night there.  http://www.town.ststephen.nb.ca/visitors.php

Next was St Andrews - this was a very cute town to walk around and window shop.  On our way home a week later, we stopped there again and visited Kingsbrae Gardens www.kingsbraegarden.com/ and took a whale-watching tour on the Bay of Fundy (note - even in August it is WINDY and COLD on the water.  However, we got to see several Finback whales which are the second largest in the world.)

The Hopewell Rocks were our next stop.  http://www.thehopewellrocks.ca/  This place is VERY cool.  At low tide you can walk along the sandy shoreline underneath these gigantic rock formations that were created by the movement of the huge tides that occur there.  But at high tide, the same ground you were walking on earlier in the day is now 40+ feet under water.  You have to see the pictures to get a feel for this.  You ALSO need to be aware of the tide schedule when you plan your visit.... we saw high tide on our way up...and high tide again on our way back because the tide times had changed drastically during the time we were in NS and PEI.

From Hopewell Rocks we drove on in to Nova Scotia.  We visited the public garden and spent Shabbos in Halifax.  There is a nice shul in Halifax  http://www.thebethisrael.com/

While in Halifax we spoke to many locals and they convinced us to head north to Cape Breton.  On the way up there we visited Two Rivers Wildlife Park http://www.tworiverspark.ca/index0.php which has a very nice wildlife trail where you can get pretty close to the animals - I was able to touch a reindeer through the chain link fence.   

This is taking longer to type than I anticipated.... I'll continue it another time.  Stay tuned for Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island!

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General Discussion / So I'm thinking about buying a bicycle...
« on: May 05, 2013, 10:22:05 AM »
I think I've only owned 3 bikes in my whole life.  I had one when I was a little kid.  Then I had a mountain bike from the time I was 14 until it was stolen in college.  After I got married a neighbor gave me a 1974 Schwinn Varisty that was sitting in his garage for 20+ years.  It was my first roadbike but the thing weighed 51 lbs, and I live on the 3rd floor of an apartment building so I didn't want to shlep it up the stairs every day.  I gave it to a friend after a few months. 

NOW, I am married 5 1/2 years, living in Monsey (ir hakodesh!  and the hilliest place I've ever lived...), and I just started a full time job less than 3 miles from my apartment.  I think I've got an opportunity here to get in shape and save on gas :)  I am totally unfamiliar with the bike culture and I have no idea how to choose a bike.  Additionally I have the following concerns:

1.  How in the world do I choose a bike?!  There's a ton of choices.

2.  I'm going to be biking to shul and then to work.  This means I don't want to be sweaty/smelly after the bike ride.  What can I do to minimize this possibility? (I am not physically fit, although if I'm overweight it's not by more than 10 lbs).  Additionally, is it a crazy idea to bike all that in a white buttton shirt and dockers pants?  The alternative seems to be changing when I get to work but that means storing clothes at work and getting there earlier...

3.  I will occasionally need to carry stuff (such as my laptop or tallis bag).  Recommendations?

4.  Security - I'd rather not store the bike in my apartment, but there are some questionable people wandering through the grounds of my apartment complex throughout the year.  What's the best way to keep the bike (and the wheels, seat, etc) safe from would-be thieves, as well as inclement weather? (I don't have indoor storage but I probably could stash it under somebody's porch)

4.  Any other recommendations for safety, security, or comfort?

Thanks guys!

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General Discussion / DDF Is good job training!
« on: April 30, 2013, 05:59:27 PM »
So last week I started a new job.  I am sitting at a computer the entire day dealing mostly with vendors.  Two things from DDF have helped me tremendously:

1.  I am capable of sitting at a computer for hours at a time, doing repetitive tasks.   I learned this by surfing the forums for hours every day and also from applying what I found there - ie filling out 4 identical credit card apps back to back.  Or ordering 10 HP OfficeJet printers one at a time to take advantage of the trade-in rebate a few years back. 

2.  One of our vendors has an awful customer service rep who never returns calls and doesn't say anything helpful in emails.  The usual wait to speak to her is 5-10 minutes on the phone.  But thanks to DD I've learned to HUCA HUCA HUCA, and never take no for an answer.  Or at least take no for an answer until you speak to somebody else.

Just wanted to share how DDF can help you in real life situations! lol

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Deals/Deal Requests / So whats the story with dress shirts...
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:28:38 AM »
I'm not really looking for "deals" but was hoping to find some input about shirt quality vs price.  For the past 4 years I've bought nearly every white dress shirt I own at Kohls, spending between 9 and 15 bucks per shirt after discounts.  They have served me fine in Yeshiva and in an unskilled job, but they do tend to yellow and wear out within a year or 2 years at most.  No amount of cleaning gets them nice and white again.  Are the more expensive shirts from Paul Frederick, Jos A Bank, or any of the other stores that are frequently mentioned on DD going to last a lot longer than that?  Will they stay white longer?  If a $9 Kohls shirt lasts 1.5 years and a $25 Jos shirt will last less than 4, my choice will probably still be Kohls unless the look/feel is so much better with Jos.

Another though:  dirty children and grape juice stains don't care how much I paid for my shirt.  The chances of a shirt dying an early death get greater the more kids I have lol...

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General Discussion / Anyone here work at Apex in Monsey?
« on: April 09, 2013, 09:01:35 AM »
I am starting there next week or possibly the week after :)

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Credit Cards And Finance / Chase first-year fee waiver
« on: December 05, 2012, 09:25:02 AM »
I noticed that most if not all of the cards that Dan has links to waive the fee for the first year.  However, Chase has a ton more cards that don't - Ritz-Carlton, Fairmont, and many others.

Does Chase ever offer these cards without a fee for the first year, like on a limited time basis?  And if not, maybe we can put pressure on them to do so :)  Start a letter writing campaign with FT and BoardingArea? hehe ;)

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Credit Cards And Finance / Denied bonus on SPG card
« on: October 21, 2012, 08:35:17 AM »
In the 2-3 years I've been churning cards I've never been denied a bonus due to churning.  It seems I may have to deal with this now.  Any suggestions?  I just figured my luck would hold lol....

Quote
Dear BEM684's wife,

I completely understand your concern.

I would like to share with you that this welcome bonus offer not available to applicants who have had this product within the last 12 months or a similar Card product in the last 90 days.

I see that you already had a Starwood Preferred Guest Card ending in &*^$ within the last 12 months.

Therefore, I am afraid you would not receive any bonus points on your Starwood Preferred Guest Card ending in !@#$.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you.

Sincerely,                                                                                               
                                                                                               
[name deleted to prevent CSR from finding this message board by googling his name]
Email Servicing Team                                                           
American Express Interactive Services

I am probably going to call customer service and ask for the bonus.  Has anyone ever had a CSR on the phone who looked at their online correspondence in the secure message center?  I don't want the rep to know I already contacted CS about this.

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On The Road / Sheraton "Going Green" Incentive
« on: August 21, 2012, 01:52:37 PM »
I didn't notice any mention of this program on the forums, so excuse me if it's been mentioned already. 

I recently stayed at the Sheraton Inner Harbor in Baltimore for 4 nights.  Since it was very booked the only room they could give me was on the Club floor for 11k points per night (this is exactly what I wanted anyways!) 

After check-in I noticed a little card in the room that said that if I refused maid service I would get $5 credit toward spending in the hotel for each day I refused service.  And if not used in the hotel, these little cards can be turned in for 500 starpoints upon checkout.  They do not count the day you check out so I earned 1500 starpoints for refusing maid service (which I would have done anyways). 

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I did a 3bm with Amex in May and it took three weeks to get the cards approved.  I never once called recon but they seem to have done some sort of slow approval process.  Regardless, they ended up pulling my credit report 3 times (once per week)!  I know, I know, "that's the risk we take."  But I'm wondering if anybody here has ever convinced Amex or any other bank to remove a hard pull from your credit report (or convert it to a soft pull?).  What can I say to them? 

This is making my report look bad because I already have 2 Citi pulls in the past 6 months plus these 3 from Amex, and now one from Chase (the Chase denial said to many applications for credit so that's why I checked my report).

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On The Road / How to get the most out of a St. Regis hotel stay?
« on: July 26, 2012, 03:54:49 PM »
I'm staying at the St Regis NYC next week for one night.  I've never stayed at anything close to this nice (when I pay cash it's usually more in line with Days Inn or Red Roof!).  What can/should I ask for, what can the butler do for me, etc? 

I'm thinking to start by having the hotel get flowers for the room.  Can i just call concierge before I check in and tell them to spend up to X amount of dollars on flowers?  I will call ahead for that so it's ready when we check in.

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Credit Cards And Finance / Barclays mileage cards
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:54:23 AM »
Anyone have the Lufthansa card?  I see that there's an offer floating around out there for 50,000 points after $2,500 spend in 90 days.  I know nothing about Lufthansa miles..... is this worth adding to a future app binge?  All I know is they fly to Israel and partner with United 

I see they offer many different airline cards:

Aer Lingus,
China Airlines,
Frontier,
Icelandair,
USAirways,
and Virgin America

If the offer is still good I also see that the USAirways card is giving 40k miles on first purchase and first year fee waived

What are your experiences with these cards?

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I finally decided to just hold off on Chase this time because I have 4 chase cards open (Freedom, SPP, and 2 UAs) and just this morning put in a request to close both UAs and transfer the credit to one of the other cards.  I really don't need or want a Southwest card, and I want to hold off on Hyatt or Marriott for a few months.  And the ink bold spending is too rich for me right now.  That being said, I'd like to try the following applications and could use advice:

Amex:
Starwood Personal (I have two of these open already....is this a dumb thing to do?)
PRG
Delta

Citi:
ThankYou (have no idea what offers are out there but please let me know!)
I also need another Citi card to apply for - I have an open AA card and a Hilton card open as well so count those out.  Maybe a different TY card could work as the 2nd app?

Bank of America:
Hawaiian Airlines
Virgin (whichever one transfers to Hilton)
does the 2bm work on BofA?

Please give your (constructive) feedback, thanks!

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