Make Some Extra Cash With Plastic Jungle

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So it’s now the start of a new year and a new decade. The holidays are over, and the reality of 2010 is starting to sink in. So what to do with all those useless gift cards? Sure, you could just spend, spend, spend, but aren’t you tired of spending. Wouldn’t you rather have some cash?

You can do just that with Plastic Jungle. Sell your unwanted and unused gift cards that are just laying around for up to 90% of the balance or up to 95% if you take an Amazon.com gift card ($25 minimum). Or you can buy gift cards at up to a 35% discount. Free shipping whether you buy or sell. With over 1400 retailers you should be able to find your retailer and sell that gift card you’re never going to use.

So I decided to try it out. This is actually my second time using the service, but the first time reviewing it. I had a $100 Chilli’s gift card which I am never going to use, so I decided to sell it.

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The process is simple. Just click on “sell cards” and start typing your merchant. It will come up with a list of matching names. Then enter the card balance and click “See Offers”.

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You will then see Plastic Jungle’s cash offer and Amazon.com gift card offer. You get more money with Amazon, but if you’d rather use the cash to pay down debt or something else like save it, take the cash offer. You’re going to get less with the cash offer. These numbers also change depending on supply and demand.

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Then type in your card number and PIN (if applicable) and click “Continue”.

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On this screen, you can add another gift card or even choose to donate part of the money to charity. A nice idea if you weren’t going to use the gift cards anyway and would like to do some giving. Next click “Continue”.

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Here you can print out a prepaid envelope label and the receipt. They’ll also send the receipt to your email. Include the receipt along with your gift card(s) in the envelope and just drop it in the mail. As soon as Plastic Jungle receives your shipment and verifies the balance on the card(s), they’ll send you either a check or an Amazon.com gift card (depending on what you chose). And that’s it! Extra cash for the new year!

Now if you have gift cards that you would’ve used anyway, go ahead and use them. You’ll lose money by selling them for cash. But if they’re just gathering dust in your wallet, why not sell them for some extra green and use Plastic Jungle? They are the largest gift card card exchange site on the Internet.

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$50 ING Direct Electric Orange Bonus

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ING Direct has a rare $50 bonus for opening an Electric Orange online checking. Open an account by June 20, 2009 and then just use your debit card to make 3 signature-based (non-PIN) transactions within the first 45 days. On the 50th day, ING Direct will deposit $50 into your account! Make sure you use reference code EM275 when you open the account, otherwise it won’t work.

I’ve used my Electric Orange account for years now and I like it. Mine’s connected to all my online accounts and it’s also connected to my main checking account at WaMu (Chase). The electronic checks are unique and I find myself rarely using paper checks anymore. However, I actually use this as a secondary checking account (currently WaMu’s my main). If you don’t need paper checks (you can still mail checks), this would be a good choice for you.

I’ve found ING’s customer service to be excellent and they don’t have many fees that most big banks charge like overdraft fees. Please note that they will do a hard pull on your credit because of the mandatory overdraft protection. There is no minimum deposit to open an account, but obviously you need money in there to do the 3 transactions.

The interest rate isn’t that high, but you can open an Orange Savings account and you can get a better rate (1.50% as of this writing). If you want a $25 bonus for opening an Orange Savings account with at least $250, let me know. I’m not sure if you can use both, though.

Free Money Matters Larry Burkett Download

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Logos is offering a free ebook download of Money Matters by Larry Burkett. Just add the Money Matters ebook to the cart here. Use coupon code BIBLESTUDYMAGAZINE at checkout. You do not need to add anything else to the cart. A valid credit card is required, but it will not be charged. It should show $0.00 at checkout. It only has 2.5 stars on Amazon, but hey, it’s free. And I respect Larry Burkett as a leader in personal finance from a Christian perspective. God bless.

Full details here.

Free Quiznos Sub!!

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Quiznos is giving out one million subs! Who doesn’t like free food? I sure love it! I actually redeemed mine today for lunch. You can pick a small Everyday Value sub or a small Signature Classic Sub. I ordered a Turkey Bacon Guacamole! Mmmmm.

But be aware, some restaurants might not participate. I rolled up to the one right next to work and there was a sign on the door, “We are not giving out free subs today!” So I had to drive to the other one in town.

All you have to do is register your name, email, and a few other things to have your coupon sent my email. Make sure you use your real name as they might check ID at the restaurant. You can use a disposable email so you don’t have to give your real one out.

Hurry, there have already been 425,688 as of right now given out. They’re only giving out 1 million!