$50 AND MORE FROM CVS: CVS is running a promotion in some areas where you can get $50 in Extra Care Bucks when you load $150 onto a PayPal prepaid card. As per the Slickdeals thread, which I recommend reading, this is a regional deal so check your local CVS ad to see if you’re eligible. I don’t have the good fortune of being eligible for the $50 deal in my area, though I did notice they’re offering no fees on Amex gift cards, which may be useful for some of you.
CVS also has a bunch of stuff free after ECBs through this Wednesday. From the same Slickdeals thread:
$0.79 ECB wyb Hersheys Single $0.79
$0.99 ECB wyb Hersheys Theater Box 4-6 oz. $0.99
$0.99 ECB wyb Kraft Mac & Cheese 5.5-7.5 oz $0.99 *Limit 2*
$0.99 Ricola Extra Strength Cough drop 4ct $0.99
$0.99 Advil Film Coated 4 ct $0.99
$0.99 ECB wyb CVS Panty Liners 20ct $0.99
$0.99 ECB wyb CVS Training Pants 2 ct or Ultra Soft Cleansing Wipes 12ct $0.99
$1.00 ECB wyb 5 Gum 15 ct. $1
$1.00 ECB wyb Orbit 14 ct gum $1
$1.00 ECB wyb Sparkle Single Paper towel $1 *Limit 2*
$1.25 ECB wyb Glade Plug In Scented Oil Warmer $1.25
$1.79 Total Home Laundry Detergent 20 oz $1.79
$1.99 wyb Somnapure 4 ct $1.99
$2.00 ECB wyb GUM toothbrush 2 pack $2 Limit 3, *Limit 2 per transaction*
$2.37 wyb Childrens Advil 7 oz $2.37
$3.00 ECB wyb 2 Starbucks Refreshers 12 oz or DoubleShot 2/$3
$4.00 ECB wyb CVS Anti-Diarrheal 12 ct $4
$4.99 ECB wyb Mycratine Migraine Relief 2 oz $4.99
$7.79 ECB wyb Rescue Remedies Stress Relief 1.7oz $7.79
$9.99 ECB wyb CVS Probiotic 3 Billion 15ct $9.99
$12.99 wyb CVS True Result diabetes meter $12.99
$3 ECB wyb Mary Brite Star LED Light 1ct $2.99
GREAT BRIDGE GROUP CRACKING DOWN?: As per multiple posters on FWF, Great Bridge Group is cutting some people off from their extra credit card juice. People who have maxed out their rewards seem disproportionately represented among those who have been cut off. I haven’t heard anything from GBG, but then I haven’t maxed out my rewards since I forgot to update my credit cards for a couple of months.
The good news is that GBG is paying out all rewards owed to those who are being cut off. Whether this represents the beginning of the end of the gravy train or merely a business decision remains to be seen.
EARN 6% FUEL REWARDS THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR: The Fuel Rewards Network is a offering at least a 15 cents per gallon discount per every $50 spent through its online mall through December 31. Since the discount is good for a maximum of 20 gallons, that equates to at least $3 of free gas per $50 spent.
WHY HIRE AN MBA WHEN YOU CAN RENT ONE?: An interesting article from BusinessWeek:
“Companies can choose someone who is hyperspecialized and work with them only for the exact amount of time that they need to,” says Daniel Callaghan, the chief executive officer of MBA & Co., a London-based online staffing service. More than 98 percent of the 16,000 contractors listed on its website hold a postgraduate degree; 35 percent have worked at consulting and financial firms. Linio’s Cordero found Rasulova through Skillbridge, a New York-based site started in May by a pair of MBAs fresh out of Wharton. Two-thirds of the 300 freelancers listed on Skillbridge have an advanced degree.
To get listed on these sites, professionals submit their résumés to be vetted. When a company posts a project online, the site comes back with a list of qualified specialists who have been singled out for the job. The marketplaces charge companies a commission from 10 percent to 20 percent.
Fees paid to consultants-for-hire vary widely. On HourlyNerd, a service started this year by a group of Harvard MBA students who count Mark Cuban as one of their backers, businesses pay $25 to $75 an hour, according to co-CEO Patrick Petitti. At Skillbridge, the average take-home pay of an active freelancer is about $5,000 a month, says CEO Rajeev Jeyakumar.
SWEET MOTORCYCLE TRIP VIDEO: Alaska to Argentina. Let’s see you do that trip on points, smart guy!