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How to Save Money at Best Buy

Best Buy has stood the test of time in the world of electronics and has outlasted many competitors, including Circuit City and Radio Shack. Today, Best Buy is known for having a huge selection of all kinds of electronics and gadgets. Although the prices tend to be reasonable, they are often not as low as they could be, which makes it even more important to know how to shop smartly and save money. Use the following techniques to get great electronics for great prices at Best Buy.

Join My Best Buy

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Best Buy recently revamped and renamed its rewards program to attract more customers. The “My Best Buy” program is free to join at the basic level and provides a number of money-saving benefits.

You can join My Best Buy in store or by registering online at BestBuy.com. All you need to create an account is your full name, email address, and phone number. If you join in store, you can easily enter your member ID when you create an online account. My Best Buy comes with a number of benefits, including these three:

  • Rewards certificates: As a My Best Buy member, you’ll earn one point for every dollar you spend at Best Buy or BestBuy.com (excluding taxes and fees). Once you hit 250 points, you’ll receive a $5 rewards certificate. Rewards certificates work similarly to coupons and can be used for nearly any purchase that is over the certificate amount, like an iPhone case or Apple TV. You can also choose to save your points until you hit 1,000 points and redeem them for a $20 rewards certificate. Although this is a better deal, it can take longer to reach and is the maximum amount you can reach before the points reset. Note that it can take 15 days after a purchase for the points to be applied to your account and the points expire after one year.
  • Member-only exclusives: My Best Buy customers are often the first to know about upcoming sales and are given early access to many promotions and store events. You will also sporadically receive exclusive special offers, which can vary from a coupon for 15% off a certain type of product or extra rewards points when you buy certain brands.
  • Free shipping on $35+: Many expensive items, like the iPad Air or MacBook Pro, come with expensive shipping costs, which makes this offer of free shipping on all order of $35 or more even more appealing. This offer excludes items with scheduled delivery, like refrigerators.

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Elite and Elite Plus Memberships

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Although the basic free membership has its share of perks, you can also opt for the Elite and Elite Plus versions of My Best Buy if you are a very loyal customer. You must spend at least $1,500 at Best Buy in one calendar year to become an Elite member, and you must spend $3,500 in a single calendar year to become an Elite Plus member. The elevated reward status comes with bonuses, including:

  • Extended exchanges and returns: Instead of the typical 15 days to return an item, Elite members have 30 days after making a purchase and Elite Plus members have 45 days to return or exchange.
  • Point banking: While basic My Best Buy members have a cap of $1,000 points for a $20 reward certificate, Elite and Elite Plus members can accrue points with no limits. Unlike basic membership, the points never expire so you can save for a huge reward. Note that you have to maintain the Elite or Elite Plus annual spending levels to keep your points active—if you fail to spend the right amount of money in a year, you will be demoted to basic status and lose your points.
  • Bonus points: Instead of the basic one point per dollar spent, Elite members get 1.1 points for every dollar spent and Elite Plus members get 1.25 points for every dollar spent. That means basic members get $5 back for every $250 they spend, Elite members get $5 for ever $227.27 they spend, and Elite Plus members get $5 back for every $200 they spend.

If you are a frequent Best Buy customer and take great advantage of the My Best Buy program, a My Best Buy credit card could be a good option. Cardholders get 5% back in points on every purchase compared to 2% for basic members or they can choose interest-free 12-month financing on purchases of $399 or more. You can also use the My Best Buy credit card to get to Elite or Elite Plus status more quickly, as the $1,500 and $3,500 spending requirements can be met with any purchases made on the credit card, not just those at Best Buy and BestBuy.com

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Shop Deal of the Day

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Aside from its regular clearance sales online and in store, Best Buy also runs a Deal of the Day section that is similar to Amazon’s Lightning Deals. The Deal of the Day section is easy to use. Best Buy releases a new deep discount on a specific item every day, but the deal only lasts for one day before it is replaced by a new product with a deep discount. Daily Deal discounts are almost always at least 25% off and frequently more than 50% off. There are also sporadically Bonus Deals of the Day with extra items with low prices for a single day.

Because Deal of the Day products come with such great discounts, many items sell out quickly. Stay on top of the best discounts by signing up for the Deal of the Day email newsletter so you can score a product as soon as it is released.

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Shop Best Buy Outlet

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Best Buy was one of the first stores to create an online outlet shop, which is a great place for bargain hunters to get a great deal.

The outlet section of BestBuy.com features clearance, open-box, refurbishes, and pre-owned items. This is a great place to pick up Apple products for less. Search by category, brand, or savings level to find the perfect item. Outlet items can be picked up for free at Best Buy stores and can even be returned or exchanged, which is rare for online outlets. Products fall into the following categories:

  • Clearance: Items that are discounted by the manufacturer or that are no longer in stock
  • Open box: Practically new items that have been returned
  • Refurbished: Items that have been repaired so they are as good as new
  • Pre-owned: Restored used items that have passed tests to make sure they are in like-new condition

Clearance and open-box items from the outlet still qualify for manufacturer warranties, but pre-owned and refurbished items may not have an applicable warranty, so be sure to ask customer service before making your purchase.

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Use the Best Buy Price Match Guarantee

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Best Buy rewards loyal customers with an extensive price match guarantee that allows them to shop for everything at Best Buy while knowing they are getting the best possible price. Best Buy will match any local competitor’s in-store or online price and the price of identical items sold at online-exclusive stores like Amazon.com, bhphotovideo.com, crutchfield.com, HP.com, newegg.om, and tigerdirect.com, as well as BestBuy.com

The price match guarantee applies to identical products from other retailers, but it doesn’t apply to third-party marketplace sellers on BestBuy.com, Amazon.com, or other similar sites. Clearance items, coupon offers, flash sales, mail-in rebates, open-box items, and refurbished and pre-owned outlet items are also disqualified from the price match guarantee. Best Buy doesn’t match any sale prices from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, so don’t plan on price matching during Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

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Buy Discounted Gift Cards at CardPool.com

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Save even more money at Best Buy by purchasing a discounted gift card from CardPool.com, a site that also sells discounted gift cards for many other stores. CardPool.com sells Best Buy gift cards at a great 5.5% discount, which can add up to great savings online or in store. Best Buy allows up to 10 gift cards to be used in a single transaction, which means you can buy two Best Buy gift cards from CardPool for $181.50 and save $11.59 instantly on a $200 purchase. In addition to selling the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and Apple TV, Best Buy now sells the Apple Watch (*hint* *hint*). When used with sale or clearance items, the savings can be even greater. The smallest amount for an electronic gift card is $20, but physical gift cards can be mailed with free shipping and come in amounts as small as $10.

This great Best Buy Store Guide was brought to you by ZipfWorks, which seeks to revolutionize the way you shop by making you a smarter and more empowered shopper. Check out their other great services, like StyleSpotter, which helps you find the lowest price on more than 12,000 clothing brands, and DealSpotr, which shows great deals with coupon codes for national companies.

Seven amazing tricks you didn’t know you could do on your iPhone

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The iPhone can be argued as one of the greatest inventions of mankind and rightfully so since there are millions of people around the world using one. We all have one and have been through every app imaginable on the iPhone. We have pressed every button, seen every feature and used every design, or have we? In our post, we will show you seven amazing tricks that you have never before seen on your iPhone.

1. Call on Hold

When you are on the phone with someone, pressing the Mute icon will silence yourself to the other person while pressing and holding the Mute icon will place the caller on hold.

The Mute icon turns into the Hold icon when the caller is placed on hold.

The Mute icon turns into the Hold icon when the caller is placed on hold.

 

2. View Multiple Email Drafts

If you are working with multiple email drafts, press the Compose icon (bottom right of your inbox) to view all of your saved drafts.

Drafts

Previous drafts can also be deleted by swiping to delete.

 

3. Quick Add Bookmark

In Safari, tap and hold on the Bookmark icon (open book on the bottom) and select to add this page to your Bookmark, Reading List or Shared Links.

Bookmark It

 

4. Sharing Article Text Only

When viewing an article in Safari with Reader, tap the Share icon (square with arrow) and only the text will be shared with the link (instead of the entire webpage with ads and all).

When sharing content in from the Reader, only the text and images will be shared.

When sharing content in from the Reader, only the text and images will be shared.

5. Compared Edited Photo to Original

After editing a photo in Photos, but before saving it, tap and hold on the picture to see the unedited version. Release to see your edits.

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6. Fall Asleep Listening to a Podcast

In the Music app, you can create a Timer that, when it ends, whatever is playing on your device will stop playing. Just select Stop Playing at the bottom of the list for When Timer Ends. This works for both content in the Music app and Podcasts app.

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7. Stop Directions

When you’re using the Maps app to give you turn-by-turn directions, tell Siri to “stop navigating” or “stop directions” to stop the Maps app. You can also tap End inside the app or exit the app with the app switcher.

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We have more amazing tricks, but we didn’t want to overload you. Stayed tuned for part 2, ahead of the iOS 9 release in the fall.

How to change your iPhone ringtone and text tone

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Right out of the box, every iPhone comes with the same default ringtone called “Opening” and text tone called “Note.” When iOS 7 was released in fall 2013, the default ringtone and text tone were changed to these and over twenty new tones were added.  In this guide, you’ll see how to change your ringtone and text tone. You can even change back to the pre-iOS 7 default tones.

How to change your iPhone’s ringtone

1. Open Settings app

2. Tap Sounds

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iPhone Basics: How to download apps on your iPhone

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The App Store, which is the place to download applications (or apps) on the iPhone, has over 1.2 million apps worldwide. These apps differentiate the cell phone from the smartphone. There are apps that can count calories, play movies, make stop motion films, help you to relax, get you organized, save you money, help you shop online, find out when your tax refund is coming back and more. To download a few apps, follow this guide:

1. Open the App Store

The App Store has over 1.2 million apps in it.

The App Store has over 1.2 million apps in it.

2. Select an app

Each square icon with rounded edges represents an app.

The square icons with rounded edges are apps.

The square icons with rounded edges are apps.

3. Tap the blue box

There are four different icons that blue box may look like.

The app is free to download.

The app is free to download.

The app costs $1.99 plus tax to download.

The app costs $1.99 plus tax to download.  Depending on where your location is, it may show a different currency.

This app has already been purchased/downloaded and can be downloaded again at no charge.

This app has already been purchased/downloaded and can be downloaded again at no charge.

This app is already installed on your device.

This app is already installed on your device.

4. Tap Install

The blue box will now turn green and either say “INSTALL” or “BUY” depending on if the app is free or not.

Tap "Install" to start downloading.

Tap “Install” to start downloading.

5. Put in your Apple ID password

Enter password

Your app will now begin to download.

6. Press the Home button to exit the App Store (or Tap Open to start the app)

Once downloaded, the app is ready to use from the Home Screen.

Thanks to this guide, I now have four new relaxation apps!

Thanks to this guide, I now have four new relaxation apps!

iOS 8.3 beta lets you download free content easier

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While going through my iPad mini, which has the first beta of iOS 8.3 installed on it, I found a new setting option that will make it easier and more enjoyable to download free content.

In iOS 8.3 beta, there's a new setting under your Apple ID called "Password Settings"

In iOS 8.3 beta, there’s a new setting under your Apple ID called “Password Settings”

In the iTunes & App Store settings in the Settings app, you now can switch off the requirement to input a password when downloading free items.  Once enabled, you can download free apps, books, movies, etc. without having to input your password. You can also turn on the password for every purchase made or let one password last for fifteen minutes before it asks you again.

You can switch off having to enter in your password for free downloads.

You can switch off having to enter in your password for free downloads.

If you have the developer’s beta of iOS 8.3 installed on your device, you can view this setting in iTunes & App Store –> Password Settings –> tap on Always Require or Require After 15 Minutes to enable the option to switch off “Require Password” for free downloads.

The public version of iOS 8.3 is expected to come out in April.

iPhone Basics: Customizing your iPhone's Home screen

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When you first turn on your new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for the first time, you’ll see many applications are pre-installed on them, like Mail or Messages.  These apps cannot be removed; however, they can be moved around on the Home screen and placed into Folders. When you download other apps, you can move them around and/or place them in folders too. In this guide, we will show you how to move apps and how to create a folder.

The Home Screen

The Home screen is the place where are your apps are located. Home screens can span multiple pages and hold anywhere from one app to hundreds (with the use of folders). The bottom row of apps never change though and are limited to four spaces on the iPhone and six spaces on the iPad. A space can be one app or a folder with dozens of apps inside.

iPad mini Home Screen

iPad mini Home Screen

How to move apps

1. Tap and hold your finger on any app on any of the Home screens

2. The apps start to wiggle when they can be moved

3. Place the app wherever you want it

4. To advance to the next page, take the app to the side of the display and hold it there until the page moves

5. Once you are done, press the Home button (circular physical button on the below the device’s display)

How to create a folder

Folders are like mini Home screens that can hold up to nine apps per page and only the first nine will be previewed in the folder’s space.

1. When moving apps, place one app directly on top of another and hold it there

2. A folder will be created and will blink a couple of times before taking up the screen

3. You can rename the folder here, change the order of the apps, or separate the apps onto different pages. You cannot create a second folder in a folder.

4. Tap anywhere on the screen outside the folder’s area to return to the Home screen and tap the Home button when you’re finished.

Watch this video:

The following video will show you how to move apps and create folders.

How to delete contacts on your iPhone

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If used incorrectly, the Contacts app may be a complete disaster.  With Facebook, Twitter and your contacts all syncing together, you usually wind up with two or more contact names for the same person.  In an earlier post, I showed you how to fix this duplicate contacts problem. In this post, I’ll show you how to delete a contact for good.

There are a couple ways to delete contacts on your iPhone and it all comes down to how they were added:

Added by yourself:

1. Open Contacts app

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How to find out basic details about your iOS device (storage capability, model, carrier, etc.)

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Time and time again I see iPhones put up for sale on eBay and Craigslist with the wrong details about the device. The sellers believe they have an iPhone 4S when really it’s an iPhone 4, they have no idea the storage capacity or they think their phone is on Verizon when it’s really AT&T. These minor errors may seem insignificant, but they can mean a lot for the person buying the phone. In today’s guide, we show you where you can find these details so if you ever decide to sell your phone, you are confident in what you say.

About iPhone

Most details about your iOS device can be found in the Settings app. Go to General then tap About. Here is what we see (going from top to bottom):

  • Name– your iPhone’s name. You can change it by tapping the right arrow next to it or through iTunes when your iOS device is plugged in. This name will appear on another’s device when using services like Personal Hotspot or when connecting with Bluetooth.
  • Songs– the number of songs stored on your device
  • Videos– the number of videos stored on your device (this includes movies, tv shows, music videos and videos taken with your camera)
  • Photos– the number of pictures stored on your device (every picture that is stored in the Photos app)
  • Applications– the number of applications stored on your device (not including the ones Apple automatically puts on your phone)
  • Capacity– the amount of gigabytes available on your phone AFTER the operating system has been installed (so my 32GB iPhone has a capacity of 27.4GB running iOS 8.1.2)
  • Available– the amount of gigabytes available AFTER the operating system and everything you have downloaded has been installed
  • Version– the iOS version you are running (example: 8.1.2)
  • Carrier– the cellular carrier of your device (example: Verizon, AT&T)
  • Model– the model number of your device tells you which device you have (example: model number ND144L/A belongs to the 32GB iPhone 5). A second model number is display on the back of the iPhone in tiny lettering and this is specific to the device version, like Verizon iPhone 5 or AT&T iPhone 5s.
  • Serial Number– the unique identifier of your device. If you go to Apple’s support page, you can determine what warranty your device has and it will also tell you the type of device you have (example: iPhone 5, iPad mini 3, etc.) This number is also found on the back of the original box your device came in.

The other information below this are unique identifiers like IMEI and MEID that are found on every cellular version of iPad and iPhone. They may be required by the carrier when setting up the device, but they don’t have much significance in daily life.

To identify which iPhone, iPad or iPod model you have, there’s a few things to try. First, Google the model number of your device from the Settings app. This will give you specific information about the storage capability and device you have. Second, Google the model number found on the rear of the device for general information about your device like the carrier and generation of iOS device. Finally, input the serial number into Apple’s support page for the generation of your device. If you are still unsure, Apple has set up a few pages that help you identify which device you have based on the model number found on the rear of the device for iPhone and iPad and the look of the device for iPod.

If you need any more help, please comment below and we will do our best to help you out!

How to change Personal Hotspot password on iPhone [How-To Guide]

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The iPhone 4 and later have the ability to allow other devices to connect to the Internet via their cellular connection. This feature, called “Personal Hotspot“, is something great to have. The feature is very easy to turn on, but it requires a password for others to use it. The default password is usually a mix of numbers and letters so it makes it difficult to remember. I change it to something easy like “starbucks” or “applestore” since only my iPad mini or my friends’ devices will be the only ones connecting and you can turn off the setting if someone else tries to access your cellular connection. Here is how to change your Wi-Fi hotspot password:

1. Open Settings app

Settings app

2. Tap Personal Hotspot

This feature will allow other devices to use your cellular connection to access the Internet when Wi-Fi is slow or not working. Data charges may apply especially if you have a limited data plan.

Step 1

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How to access all your music on your devices [How-To Guides]

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If you live in an area where you constantly have access to the Internet via Wi-Fi or cellular and you paid through your music on iTunes, then storing your music in the cloud instead of on your device would be the best option. This would allow you to access to all your music without using any of your precious gigabytes (GB).

1. Open Settings app

Settings app

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