The cashback program typically offers 2-25% cash back on purchases, and some retailers are ramping up the offers to entice last minute Bing cashback shoppers. To try it out, just search for the next purchase you’re planning to make on Bing. Also, don’t worry how small or large your cashback amount is as Microsoft has said it will remove its current constraint of at least $5 in savings before sending you the money. Here are a few great deals this week.
Once Bing cashback is gone the big question is where to go instead for savings. Thankfully there are a number of similar sites out there that are similar. Although, an actual cashback rewards style program will be hard to find, the deal sites below offer great discussions of the latest deals retailers are offering. To test a site out just click a link below and search for the product you want to buy. I tried searching for Macbook Pros on Slickdeals.net and was able to find a local retailer offering $200 off the going price everywhere else.
ING Direct is my favorite online bank. They offer decent rates with excellent services. They have been lagging, though, in the mobile banking market until recently when they unveiled a great new iPhone app. The app provides core services like checking your balance and transferring money, and it only lacks a few small options that would make it nearly perfect.
Getting Started with ING Mobile
The ING iPhone app is a significant improvement over their previous app offering which simply forwarded the user to their online website. Now ING customers will find a familiar loginscreen that requires a username, picture verification, a few questions, and a PIN. Similar to the online website, you can allow the app to save your username and skip to the PIN when you open the app on your iPhone. This allows for a quick sign on, but may be a security concern on the mobile platform.
ING Direct iPhone App Features
After logging into the app, you’ll be happy to find a simple and clean interface. Just swipe right or left at the menu on the top to access accounts balances, bill pay options, customer support, and a “Refer a Friend” link. The bill pay option allows you to send checks to friends when you owe them money making it easy to pay back friends on the spot (similar to Venmo). One feature I found lacking was the inability to add a friend to your bill pay list via the mobile app. Only those people who you have added to your online address book are available which is a significant setback to making this iPhone app very useful. Additionally, the app doesn’t integrate an ATM finder which exists as a standalone app.
Bill pay and friend pay
Refer a friend for a commission
All together this app is a great start for ING Direct as they enter the mobile market, and it is helpful to those concerned about their current balance while considering their next big impulse purchase. Loyal users will enjoy the friendly comments like “Hang On” and “Sorry, we thought you left & signed ya out” that have made the web version an enjoyable experience. Since ING users tend to like banking online this is a necessary step to maintaining their online reputation, but until options like adding friends to the bill pay address book are available via the phone this app is incomplete.
Are you an ING customer? Have you tried the iPhone app from ING or other banks and what do you think/expect from mobile banking? Let me know your thoughts below.
Saving money helps us make the most of the money we have no matter if it’s a lot or a little. Sometimes saving money may not be worth it if it takes hours to save a few bucks, but generally we all benefit from easy ways to save money and this can be done everyday. Continue reading Deal Sites That Help You Save Money Every Day→
I recently spent some time teaching myself on how to maintain my lawn well without paying big bucks for someone else to do it. The situation arose after realizing that I love spending time in my yard and, because of that, would rather do it myself than pay someone else to do it. This provides me with a hobby I enjoy along with some financial savings. Continue reading How to Maintain Your Own Lawn→
To all my readers new and old, it’s a pleasure to be hosting the Best of Money Carnival this week. This carnival is one of the most well known in the personal finance blogosphere and always features a great collection of personal finance articles. After perusing a long list of outstanding articles, I have picked my favorites. Thanks to all the entries and continue to enter for a chance to be featured.
My Top 10 and Thoughts
Starting with the best, here they are.
The Winner! 11 Great 40 Dollar Investments â€“ A great simple list of ways to spend 40 dollars well. A nice article without all the overwhelming information you see in other blogs.
In America, driving is one of the most popular ways of getting around. After trying out my local public transportation system recently, I realized that my car provides a ton of value in convenience and comfort. Often times though, we forget the costs of a car and how different factors impact the cost. We pay for gas and maintenance separate from each trip so it can be difficult to associate the two. I’ll try to provide a simple overview of the costs of driving so that you can make better decisions on when to drive and when to fly or even skip a trip.
Most of us have a bunch of old electronics lying around. If they still work you may be able to recoup some value from them by selling them online, and if they don’t work you can recycle them for free. There are a score of websites out there that you can use to sell or recycle your old electronics which is great both for you and the environment.
When I bought an iPhone, one of the selling points was that it replaced my regular cell phone and iPod. These still worked well and I didn’t want them to just go to waste. I knew they had some value but wasn’t sure how to get it from them. Here are some tips I found when researching ways to extract value from old electronics.
What You Can Sell or Recycle Online
Almost any electronic you have can be sold online. The better the condition the more money, but even if it is broken you will probably enjoy clearing out space in your office or closets by getting rid of old electronics. Here are some of the most common items you can sell online.
Where to Sell Them
Online recycling sites ask questions regarding the condition of your device to determine value and will pay for your shipping costs. They do almost all the work for you making the process of cleaning out your old electronics extremely easy. I tested the interfaces and value calculators with an old iPod mini that I am planning to sell or recycle.
BuyMyTronics.com – offers great value, erases all data, and is environmentally friendly
For a little more work and potentially more value, check out the online auction site eBay. On eBay you will have to go through the process of setting up an auction, receiving money, and shipping the item, but it may be worth it. Research recent auctions to determine the going price and decide if it’s worth your time.