Celebrate Today with Some Green Back in Your Pocket

On this day of green, cash back site is celebrating, by doubling already high cash back rates at their site on the below merchants.  TopCashback strives to regular give back as much as possible to consumers and frequently ranks the highest at sites like Cashback Monitor.  

The site also strives to save you time and money, for doing savings stacking, by finding you eligible coupon codes that could work for your purchases as well.  We have definitely had success with this site in the past.  Sometimes cash back doesn’t necessarily post right away, and may show as pending, so it does take some patience.  But unlike some sites, once it posts, you can cash out whatever amount you want, vs having to wait to hit a certain dollar threshold.  

Here are the participating retailers:

Lord & TaylorWas 8%Now 16%
Aéropostale Was 4%Now 8%
Catherines Was 5%Now 10%
COACH Was 2%Now 8%. Shop COACH Bestselling Handbags + Free Shipping + Returns!
Dell Home & Home Office Was 5%Now 10%
eBags Was 12%Now 24%
Frye Was 6%Now 12%
Gilt Was 3%Now 6%
Groupon Was up to 10%Now up to 20%!
Lenovo Was 4%Now 8%
Magazines.com Was 20%Now 40%
Moda Operandi Was 8%Now 17%
MyProtein Was 10%Now 20%
Nike Was 6%Now 14%  

​If you do not already have an account, please feel free to use our link to sign up and help support the site to bring you deals like these.  Thank you as always for your support!

Amazon News: Have 5% of Your Purchases Go To Charity and Alexa Coming Soon to your iOS Device

To celebrate their #1 ranking on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), today only, March 16, Amazon is donating 5% (10 times their usual donation rate) of the purchase price of eligible products you buy at AmazonSmile.  It’s the same shopping experience as what you get normally on the site, but the difference instead is that each purchase you make can help to support a charity of your choice.  To date, the company says that they have donated over $46 million.  At a time when many non profits and charities aren’t sure of what funds and funding they may receive down the road, now is the chance to make a pretty good impact!
Then in other news, according to VentureBeat, starting today, and soon to all iPhone users next week, you will be able to talk to Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa while using the Amazon app.  Of course, the AI assistant will be able to assist you with your shopping and tracking of those Amazon Prime orders, but it can also mimic many of the things a regular Alexa unit like the Echo can already do, such as tell jokes, provide updates about the weather, play music, control your Smart Home devices and more.  

Wonder how Siri will feel about this?

UPDATE: While the Smile promotion may have ended, we here at Script-Notes would like to encourage you to still consider going this method when making purchases.  Charities can always use revenue for their causes!

Discounted iTunes Gift Cards Available for Costco Members

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Wholesale club Costco has always been known for having some good deals from time to time, and today at Costco.com, you can get some pretty decent discounts on iTunes gift cards.  Even if you’re not necessarily in the market for new apps, albums, etc, any more in the era of recurring subscriptions available via services like Netflix, Apple Music, Hulu, Spotify, etc, this can be a great way to score some discounts on those services if you have billing through iTunes!

Discounts include:

$200 iTunes Gift Card for $164.99
$100 iTunes Gift Card for $84.49
$25 iTunes Gift Card for $21.49

The offer is good through 3/19 or while supplies last.

HT: Slickdeals

Get Ready for Spring With Some Fashion Discounts via CardCash.com

Script-Notes gift card favorite CardCash.com is back with another spring deal just in time for the weekend for you to show some flair.  If you use code “FLAIR” you can knock an additional 5% off of already discounted gift cards at merchants Belk, Lululemon, Victoria’s Secret, Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus and H&M!  

We know parts of the country are still digging out, but spring can’t be too much further around the corner, can it?

Capcom To Go Retro with 6 Disney NES Classics

PC, PS4 and Xbox One owners who might be feeling a little nostalgic will probably appreciate Capcom’s latest release, following up on their release of their Mega Man Legacy Collection and DuckTales remaster.    

Familiar titles include Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2, Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, DuckTales 2 and TailSpin.  Features include getting 1080p graphics on the original 8 bit sprites, as well as rewind feature should you struggle with certain levels or sections within the games.  Also included are a boss rush mode, a time attack challenge, and a Museum section showcasing Capcom’s original concept art and the development process that went into each game.  

Look for it to debut on April 18, for $19.99.

HT: 9to5Toys

McDonald’s Starting To Roll Out Mobile Ordering

You may soon be able to get the french fries of the golden arches soon via your smart phone.  According to Reuters, McDonald’s Corporation is starting to test its U.S. mobile ordering app, hoping to avoid some of the initial troubles that have haunted fast food chains like Starbucks Corp.  Mobile ordering proved to be so popular for Starbucks, that it would create queues that would drive away walk-in customers who preferred not to wait it out.

“We can’t impact the speed or the quality of our food,” mentioned Jim Sappington, McDonald’s executive vice president of operations, digital and technology.  He brings about the example of if mobile customers should have to wait for orders, “you get a question of ‘Why did I use the app?’,” he says.  “Our focus is to make the overall experience clearly better.”

The company says that the automation enhancements should assist in reducing transaction times, error and free up employees to be able to bring food to tables or cars in spots that are designated for mobile order.  

So when can you expect to see this?  

The company plans to begin testing the mobile ordering process and payment app at 29 restaurants in Monterey and Salinas, California today.  After that, the pilot test will roll out to an additional 51 restaurants in Spokane, Washington, on March 20.  

A unique feature to the app will be that it will be able to track a customer’s location to ensure that orders for one, get sent to the right restaurant, but that it is also timed so that food isn’t left to it’s own devices under heat lamps.  Then, when the customer arrives, the app will ask for confirmation and payment before sending any orders into the kitchen.  As one investor asked, “if they don’t start your order until you pull in the lot, are you really gaining that much time?”  The finalized version of the app will also allow customers to choose table service, counter or drive-through pickup, or curbside delivery.  

Interestingly, McDonald’s Chief Exec Steve Easterbrook mentions that if 20 percent of drive-through customers use curbside and another 20 percent use the lanes for pickup only, restaurants could serve another 20 cars per hour, which would lift business at U.S. drive-throughs that account for approximately 70 percent of sales in the country.

What do you think readers?  

Starbucks Rewards Members Can Earn 10 Free Bonus Stars

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Coffee giant Starbucks has been running a recent promotion for their Starbucks Rewards program members, where if you complete “certain” challenges in a Bingo format, you can be on your way to earning 300 bonus stars.  When you reach 125 Stars, you can earn a free drink, food item, etc.  If you’re still needing help completing a challenge, it’s recommended to use code “KEEPBINGOING” (look for link in upper right corner), for a quick 10 bonus stars on the “Coffee With Friends” challenge.  You would normally have to spend $12 to complete that one.  

​Good luck and certainly let us know if you have any questions!

Free Guac at Chipotle for T-Mobile Customers

One of my favorite things about being a T-Mobile customer is not only have we been able to save quite a bit on data usage, but a unique exclusive is their ongoing T-Mobile Tuesdays promotions where customers have been able to score some free swag.  I was even able to pick up some free magenta socks for my wife recently from our local store.  While some customers were previously able to enjoy a Tuesday pizza with Papa John’s, the mobile giant switched up today where the majority of customers should be able to get free guac at Chipotle with chips!  

T-Mobile customers can also have a chance to win the below, but the majority should win at least the free guac and chips:

Additionally, players will also have a chance to win the items listed below for free:
Chipotle For a Year
Chipotle For 20 Friends
Chipotle Dinner for Two

​Enjoy!

Receive $400 Fee Free Dollars at Plastiq

In this day and age of lucrative credit card rewards, many people are looking for continued ways to be able to earn points and miles.  Growing bill payment service Plastiq.com can provide just that, and for a limited time if you sign up with our unique referral code of 520134, you can earn $400 fee free dollars which can be huge as normally the site charges an additional percentage for credit card transactions.  I will put this code up on the Opportunities page as well, in case you don’t get a chance to sign up right away.  Ideas could include using credit card to pay rent, mortgage, taxes, etc, and perhaps you can then get even closer to that dream summer vacation!  For example, we were able to do something similar to this with our Rapid Reward Credit Card to fund a good chunk of our honeymoon!

Notes of Interest:

* For a referral to count toward this promotion, he or she must make their first payment of at least $20 between March 14, 2017 and April 18, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT.  
* Please note fee-free dollar crediting can take one business day.  

HelloFresh Freebies Available!

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As I had made mention in an earlier post from last week, grocery home delivery is starting to pick up in popularity, as evidenced by major retailer Meijer recognizing this, as well as the availability of Amazon Fresh available in select markets.

Well, not too long ago, we thought we might try this out as well, and chose HelloFresh to start with.  Needless to say, the meals have been quite tasty, including entrees like Crusted Pork Chops with Brussel Sprouts and Cranberries to Tater Chicken Pot Pie as well as Butter Basted Steaks with Spinach.  We’re anxiously awaiting our next delivery tomorrow!  It has certainly helped save time (and money) I’m sure to be able to have everything perfectly portioned out.  

That said, I received a message today saying I have four freebies that I can send out, where you can try a box for free yourself!  If you are interested, please leave a comment below.  The first four comments that I receive, I will send the link to for the free box.  Once all emails go out, I will update the post accordingly.  Should you miss out, feel free to use the link on the opportunities page under Hello Fresh, and still get $40 off your first order!