Time is Running Out – Free Yankee Tickets

Yesterday I mailed out my ticket mail awayentry form and receipts for the Hess and Pepsi Yankee ticket giveaway. My brother told me he was doing the same today. For those of you that are interested in this offer please keep in mind that you have until April 25th to get your entry mailed.  Six days left, you better hurry while you still have time. For those of you who are unfamiliar you need: 

  • Four recent gas receipts from Hess, 8 gallon or more per visit.
  • A receipt from a NY Hess Express for either two 12 packs or one 24 Pack of Pepsi
  • A completed entry form.

Call some friends and ask them to save their receipts for you and get on over to your local Hess to grab and entry for and some cases of Pepsi. Time is fleeting. 

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Made in the U.S.A. Monday – Anchor Hocking Drinkware

Recently I broke another one of our glasses. Well I didn’t break it, the Bride did, but it was my fault, sorta. When I wash the dished I like to get all of them in the drying rack. This is true regardless of how many dishes there are. You could make a case, as my Bride often does, that the drying rack has a maximum capacity. I would suggest that if stacked correctly, with great skill and care, the drying rack can accommodate many more dishes then you might think.  I have acheived this feat several times and if you don’t just randomly grab the glasses from the rack the dry glass pyramid will not collapse and break any of the glasses. The moral of the story is that we need a dish washer, but in the short term we need some glasses.

I was under the impression that American made glassware would be pricey.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was wrong, very much so. The people at the Anchor Hocking Company have been making quality American made glassware for over a century. Based primarily in  Lancaster Ohio they are an American manufacturing success story, employing over 1,500 people nationwide.

As I looked through their catalogue I was very impressed by what I saw. My first thought was that this glass ware was going to be expensive. Boy was I wrong. From price searching around the web I have come to realize that all of Anchor Hocking Products are competitively priced and in many cases cheaper then their foreign made competitors. They are selling better made, higher quality glassware for less. It boggles the mind.

GlassesTake this Anchor Hocking Cinch 16 piece set. It includes 8 seventeen ounce tumblers and 8 twelve ounce rocks. These are great for small gatherings or parties, you can serve mixed drink or sodas in them. They are curvy, stylish and have heavy balanced base. How much do you think a 16 glass set like this would cost? Fifty bucks? Forty Bucks? Wrong on both accounts. This set sells for $21.99! Add to that the coupon code “MH20″ and you are knocking off another 20%.

You are getting 16 glasses for under 20 bucks, that is cheaper than what you would pay for cheap Chinese made glasses at a big box store. A better product at a better price and all I did was look. The Anchor Hocking catalogue includes so many great products and all of them are made in America. Form serving pitchers to storage containers, I can see the Bride and I buying many of our dish-ware from them. I hope you do the same.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game – Free Yankee Tickets!

The year I was born the Yankees won the world series. They would not repeat this feat until my freshman year in college. While my childhood was filled with disappointment and let down the “Jeter Era” of Yankees baseball has been nothing but excitement and joy. Now the Captain is going to retire and I plan to watch him take a few more at bats in person before he walks off into baseball history. 

Last year my family and yankeeI got to take advantage of the Pepsi/Hess offer for two FREE Yankees tickets and watched the Bombers play at home. Since my brother and I live in separate household he got his two tickets and I got mine. He took my Dad and I took my sister so all of us got to enjoy a free day at the ballpark.  I am guessing we saved over $200 on those seats. 

This year we are looking to repeat the experience and will be taking Hess and Pepsi up on their offer. For those of you who may not know this is how it works, in order to get the two free tickets you need to:

  • Provide receipts for 4 fill ups at a Hess gas station, a minimum of 8 gallons per visit. 
  • Buy either a 24 pack or two 12 packs of Pepsi at a NY Hess Express, save the receipt.
  • Mail the 4 gas receipts and the Pepsi receipt with your entry form on of before 4/25/14

Once your entry is received and everything is in order you will receive a coupon code that you can use to redeem for your Yankee tickets. 

What I really like about this promotion os that it costs me almost nothing. I was going to gas my car up anyway and my two 12 packs off Pepsi cost me twelve bucks. That’s 50 cents a can! Now I take a can to work and instead of spending $1.50 on a soda from the pizza or fast food place. Some places charge as much as two bucks for a drink, thanks to pepsi I am saving money.

That aside this is a truly great offer and a nice excuse to see a ball game at the stadium. It expires in 12 days so you best hurry. 

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Free Cone Day!

Burlington Vermont ice cream legends “Ben and Jerry” are once again Free Conecelebrating their anniversary with a free cone day. This annual tradition goes all the way back to 1979. All you have to do is go into your local Ben and Jerry’s ice cream place between noon and 8:00pm today and you get a single scoop of ice cream on a cone. So many delicious flavors to choose from, here is a store locator to help you in your quest. Enjoy. 

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The Next Big Thing Is Actually Quite Small – Spotting an Investment Opportunity

One of the best investment strategies is to be early. ideaSpot a trend in its infancy and capitalize on what you believe will occur down the line. For example, I remember when I heard that Newark, NJ was going to get a new sports arena. I don’t how much you know about Newark, but chances are its probably bad. Riots, violence, crime, gangs, murder, Newark’s image is pretty bad and this arena was meant to revitalize the city and turn things around. 

So here you are its 2002 and you have just read in the newspaper that Newark is getting this massive state of the art arena. What do you do? What is the smart move? I met a man in 2006 who capitalized on this. As soon as he heard about the arena he bought an empty lot two blocks away and built a big beautiful bar. He was told the arena would open in 2007 and he had his place up and running the year before. He knew that the Devil’s would call that arena home and his place would be packed with hockey fans or concert goes many nights a year.  His place was so close that people could park near by and would pass his establishment on there way to the arena. He saw and opportunity and grabbed it. 

The stock market works the same way. Right now social media stocks are on fire. Two years ago you could have bought Facebook stock for 18 bucks, now its over 50. In the 90′s internet stocks exploded. Google IPO’ed for 80 dollars, look at it now. In almost every case the news came out as a trickle and then turned into a flood. If you pay attention early on you can beat the crowd.

That’s all good and fine, but where is the future. Looking back is easy, where is the next trend. I believe from what I have heard and read that the future is so small that you can’t even see it, Nano technology. Smaller than a cell Nano technology aims to fix big problems using tiny solutions. It may be possible to dramatically increase the capacity of a battery using Nano particles to improve its chemistry. Sounds complex? Let me simplify, with this technology you could improve your smart phone battery so much that you would only have to charge it once a week. What is that worth? 

Nano particles could be used to detect and treat disease, improve the strength of building materials, making cars lighter and safer, cleaning up chemical spills. We are on the cusp of a revolution. It has been identified, we are early, now we have to figure out what to do. Who are going to be the leaders of this radical new technology? The answer to that question is going to make some people very wealthy. Right now, time is on our side, we are ahead of the crowd. The best thing to do is to keep your eyes open, keep that word “Nano” in the back of your mind and when you hear it pay attention. Be ready to seize the opportunity. 

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Made in the U.S.A. Monday – Ariens Lawn Mowers

As the Bride and I make the transition from renters to home owners we have begun drawing up a list of all the things we will need once we are in our new home. A majority of the items fall into the “lawn and garden section” and at the top of that list is a lawn mower. When I was a kid we had a “Snapper” law mower. It was red, self propelled, it lasted many years and was very reliable. It was my job to mow the lawn as a kid and the only problem I can remember was the mower stalling because I let the grass get too tall. That was my fault not the mowers. 

As I researched different models of American made mowers, I came across a brand named Ariens. Touting themselves as “the mower that cuts the White House lawn”, Ariens makes an impressive line of American made lawn mowers and snow blowers. Based in Wisconsin this company is a text book example of  lean domestic manufacturing. When many better know brands chose to close down their favorites and export those jobs Ariens held fast and worked with their workers to cut costs.

It can be difficult to find honest reviews sometimes so I often turn to consumer reviews from sites like Home Depot. mowerI found Ariens to be among their top rated mowers like this one. Selling for $479.00 this mower is competitively priced with similarly well reviewed mowers offered on the site.  It is self propelled, has an electric start, a height adjusting handle, and an adjustable height blade. 

Ariens lawnmowers come with a 3 year limited warranty and a legacy of reliability. This mower is on my short list and if I do decide to buy one I will make sure to stack my deals for another 8% off. Saving money, buying American, that’s what I am all about. 

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Free Eats – The Birthday Round Up

I always hope that my birthday falls on my day off and if it doesn’t I usually take off. Some of my friends argue that that is a waste of a vacation day. I disagree, your birthday is the one day of the year where you celebrating you. The moment that you entered this world. Why shouldn’t you spend it doing what you want and while your at it how about some free food to add to that celebration. Here is a list of five places that will reward you on your birthday with some free grub. In most cases all you have to do is sign up in advance. 

  • AppleBee’s – Always a “PiggyBankBuilder Giveaway” favorite, applebees dessertAppleBee’s will give you a free dessert on your birthday if you sign up to their e-mail club. I have a well founded suspicion that your dessert will also some with some free signing from the wait staff. 
  • DairyQueen – Keeps the dessert goodness going with a DQ Birthdaybuy one get one free coupon for one of their famous “Blizzards”. Not exactly free but who wants to eat ice cream alone anyway. All you have to do is join their fan club which will enter you into their contest and will award you a buy one get one free coupon just of enrolling. 
  • Houlihan’s – Will give one free entree(up to $15) houlihans birthdayto any Birthday girl or boy who joins their club as well. They will even give you one free appetizer just for joining, you are winning now and later. 
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill – A personal favorite of the PiggyBankBuilder, moe'sMoe’s will give one free entree (no fajitas) as well as chips and salsa to you on your birthday provided you join their club prior. There is a good chance that I will take them up on that, I really enjoy Moe’s. 
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Will give you a free smoothie on your birthday. That makes sense. If your birthday is on the summer, like mine, you will tropical smoothie birthdayappreciate a nice frosty beverage to heat you beat the heat. All you have to do is join Club Tropical”.

So there you are, a fine collection of birthday freebies for you to enjoy when that joyous day comes around. 

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Stacking Up Savings to Build the Best Deal

The odds are pretty good that if you have found your way to this site you are someone who likes deals. Well my friend you are not alone. I am always looking for a deal, because like you I know that a few bucks saved here and there can really add up to some meaningful cash over time.  The trouble most people seem to have when searching for the best prices comes from quitting too early. 

You find a pretty good sale price and you think, “That’s pretty good”. I would argue that “pretty good” just won’t do. Are you paying with a cash back credit card? How much back 1%? Really? Did you use BigCrumbs or Ebates? You don’t belong to those sites? WHAT! You need to use all your available resources to get the best deal possible. Here is an example:

Let’s say you want to buy a microwave. Your old one is on its last legs, its big and dirty, it takes up too much counter space. You want something modern, energy efficient, quiet, with lots of features. You search around and you find a well reviewed unit that also happens to be on sale at home depot. microwaveThis stainless steel over the ranger Whirlpool microwave is exactly what you are looking for. It has over 1000 reviews on the home depot website and almost all of them are 5 stars. To sweeten the deal home depot is selling if for $228, that’s 12% off the retail price and they are going to ship it to you for free. Mission accomplished right? 

Pump the brakes for a second here, if you act now you are leaving a lot of savings on the table. You found a great microwave for a good price and who doesn’t  like free  shipping? Here are two more step you can take to sweeten the deal even more.

Click on over to BigCrumbs and Ebates and search Home Depot. You will see that Bigcrumbs is offering 3% cash back and Ebates is offering 4% and ontop of that they are giving you a $10 coupon code for an order over 100 dollars. Looks like this time Ebates wins, you link over to home depot, select your microwave, and enter your coupon code. You just saved and additional $18.72.

Don’t stop there. As you may recall I recently wrote about Discovercard’s 5% cash back offer at home improvements stores. At checkout you pay using Discover and you knock another $10.90 off the price. 

Two extra steps saved you over 30 bucks and knocked the price of that microwave down from $228 to $198. Those two extra steps took mere minutes but the savings were huge. 

So remember even after you get a deal you can still build on it with these simple steps. Build those deals!

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Would You Like $5.6 Million Dollars? Can You “Beat the Streak”?

All across America opening days are getting underway and fans are welcoming the start of another baseball season. Veteran players return and new players get their chance as sports talkers theorize and measure them against a sea of statistics. Baseball, more than any other sport, is about numbers and records. Arguably one of the most impressive feats in all of baseball is the single season hitting streak held by Joe Dimaggio. Back in 1941 the Yankee great got a hit in 56 consecutive games and no one has even gotten close.

To honor this record MLB.com has offer a prize to any fan that can create a hitting streak of their own. beat the streakAll you have to do is pick one or two players from either league to get a hit, just one hit in their 3-5 at bats for that game. If you are successful and pick more than 56 players in a row, you will have beaten the steak and will win $5,600,000. Sounds easy right? Well for the last 14 years no one has been able to do so and millions have tried. 

Last year I tried my hand at this contest, my best steak was 26. I learned of it mid season so this year I will have a full schedule to give it a try. Presently my streak is a zero, in my first three attempts at least one of my two hitters failed to get a hit. 

I won’t let that slow me, I have continued to submit my selections and hope to climb my way up the rankings. I’ve even gotten my brother and dad in on the action. Perhaps we will take a side bet to see who can get the best streak amongst the three of us. 

I’ve had a lot of fun trying to beat the streak and I recommend it to any one who is even remotely interested in baseball. It’s free to try and sooner or later someone will win that 5.6 million, why not you or me or you, if it is you it sure would be nice if you bought the PiggyBankBuilder a car. I’m just saying, it would be nice. 

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Discover Card 5% Cash Back Bonus

As far as cash back on credit card purchases go 5% is pretty much the gold standard. I have seen 6%, but its very rare. Most cards give you 1%, some 3% and only the most generous top out at 5%. In that category Discovercard has developed a reputation for offering a healthy variety of offerings. The categories change every quarter and April 1st marks the start of a new one, “Home Improvement”.

cashbackRegistration is very simple and very easy, it literally involves clicking a box to activate the reward category. Once you do you will be eligible to earn 5% cash back from home improvement stores, furniture stores, and Bed Bath and Beyond. So if you have any big projects slated or you are just looking to do a little Spring cleaning than this promotion is for you. Please note that the cash back bonus is only on your first $1500 in purchases so if you are remodeling that kitchen you are probably good for an appliance of two. 

For everyone else this is a great feature that should help you maximized savings when you are out looking for home improving deals. 

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