Reader deals 1/9/14

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  • Candice comments: “You may want to let your readers know about this gem that I discovered the other day while searching for books for my classes. Amazon offers ‘Amazon Student‘ which allows any student with a “.edu” email address provided from their educational institution to join. With an Amazon Student membership you get to enjoy part of Amazon Prime FREE for 6 months and then after that, you have the option to join the regular Amazon Prime for a discounted rate of $39 annually for four years! During your free trial you receive free two-day shipping like regular Prime, but you do NOT get to stream movies/videos/Kindle downloads for free. If you choose to join Prime at the discounted rate of $39, then you get all of the regular perks of Amazon Prime. During your 6 month free trial, you can join regular Prime at any time, you do not have to wait until the free 6 month period is over. Also, if you currently have a Prime membership, you can still join Amazon Student and then you will save half off Prime for four years! Sorry if this post sounds like a sales pitch, but its really about saving money and it’s a great deal for students!”
  • Jen shares: “Re: Add on items–Yes I have been seeing more of those, but they’re always very cheap things, like under $5, and I can understand why they wouldn’t want to just ship those tiny items all alone. For me it’s not a huge deal because I need the item urgently I look for it elsewhere, or else I just leave the item in my cart until I am ready to buy something else. I use my Amazon Prime membership A LOT. I really do buy tons of stuff from Amazon, and it’s been a huge bonus lately as I’m pregnant and the weather has been so lousy. It’s awesome to not have to trek out to buy stuff like pharmacy items, paper towels, etc! I also did 85% of my holiday shopping on Amazon this year, specifically because of the free, fast shipping. We also use the streaming video a lot, mostly for my 4yo. We have a refurbished Kindle Fire that he’s been using for close to 2 years now. (I admit I’m impressed it’s still working well! I thought for sure the occasional drop would have broken it by now, but nope.) We bought a few episodes of his favorite shows so he can watch them on the go, but I’d say at home most of what he watches comes from Amazon. I do NOT think the lending library is very useful, personally. There’s just not a ton in there, and there’s no good way to search for it. Plus you can only read that stuff on Kindle devices, and while we do have a regular Kindle plus the Fire (yes, we’re kind of a gadget family!) I more often read using the Kindle app on my phone, which means the lending library can’t help me. But if you’re looking for a way to stream some content AND you buy a medium to large amount of stuff on Amazon I think Prime is absolutely worthwhile. If you’re the kind of person who does more of your shopping in person and don’t need the streaming, though, it’s probably not such a great value.”

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  • Kerri noticed: “The only downside I see is that it does say offers are limited so check to see if the offers are still available before you go to the store….”
  • And Samantha found: “This is pretty cool! Checking it out, and it looks like you can order stuff online and still use the app!”


  • Stacey reports: “K-Mart off of Torrence Avenue in Lansing, Illinois had a ton of Christmas merchandise available…One in particular was the JELL-O Christmas Molds for $.70 cents…


  • From Outlander: “You know all those Corelle dishes supposedly on sale, like this one? Well their regular price is $26.99 at Meijer every day. Those are the ones listed for $27 on Amazon and Walmart. They have a smaller bread and butter plate 6.75″ not 8.5″ salad plate. The more expensive sets are $59.99. That could be a good deal at Meijer with one of their Qs.”

Reader requests

  • Caroline on Facebook asks: “Can the poster who mentioned the Wilton candy melts at Meijer tell me what colors they saw. TIA”
  • Aimee responds: “He bought the candy cane ones. I don’t know if there were any more.”
  • From Anna, regarding the Buffalo Grove Dominick’s: “This store is closing end of January. I have called there several times, and the manager did not know when the 50% off sale might start. If any one been to that store please let us know if the the sale started.”

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  1. says

    The Westchester Dominick’s is posted to close on Jan 24th. Does anyone know when they will start their clearance? Thanks in advance!

  2. Krystle says

    Couple of Jewel deals I tried today. Use the $1.10 mfg on to get the Tyson grilled and ready strips for only $0.90 each! Also buy 2 Special K hot cereals use 2 x $0.70 mfg printable from, and 2 Special K protein bars 5pk only. Use $1.50 off of 2 Special K mfg on Minus the jewel deal $2 off when u buy 4 Special K items @ $2.50 each. Equals $5.10 for 4 items, and if you are trying the new checkout51 app, you can earn $3.00 back from the Special K products purchased. Net would then be $2.10 for 4 items or $0.55 each!

  3. Ginny says

    Family Dollar had their Christmas marked down to 90%. There were still some decent things left: tablecloths, decor, candy…have fun!

  4. peaches says

    Hi- Is blarry house research only local to the San Francisco area? I just googled them, and they are not BBB accredited. I have done a lot of studies, but I had never heard of them until now. You might want to look on survey police forum to see if anybody has mentioned them.

  5. Diane says

    Ok, I admit that I am not at all tech savvy. I am wondering how do you stream movies to your TV with Amazon Prime? Is there some device that you need to buy and hook up to something? We are seriously thinking of cutting the cable cord and need your help! thanks

    • says

      It depends on your TV. Some of the newer HDTVs have streaming built in, so check the manual for your own TV. Some Blu-Ray players also have streaming built in for popular services like Prime, Netflix, Hulu, so check that as well. You can also stream through some gaming systems — we used to stream Netflix through our Wii before we got our Blu-Ray player, and now we use that.

      Otherwise, yes, you’d need a device — one popular one is the Roku, which is a little box you hook to your TV and Internet and use to stream all those kinds of services. If you are looking at Amazon in particular, they have a list of compatible devices they can stream to here:

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