Got the new iPhone? Great, now, what to do with the old one?

Like many of us out there, getting a new iPhone is pretty exciting. New features, new design, that new phone smell. But, now that you have a new phone (or other electronic device), what do you with your old one? Or, old one(s)? Electronic waste is a huge problem to which we all can take blame for creating. It’s very easy to get caught up in the latest gadget while forgetting that we currently have is probably going to end up in the bottom of your drawer, or worse, landfill. But, you can do something about it, and make some money, too!

I recently sold an old phone to Cash For Laptops and got $60 for it. Hey, since the phone was “free” from my provider, I gladly took the money. Cashforlaptops takes IPhones, cell phones, laptops, and tablets. The process is pretty simple: fill out the online form, get a quote, and send in your device using their pre-paid envelope they send you. I got a PayPal credit in about a week.

Do something good after buying a new iPhone

new iPhone

Photo credit: Wikipedia

Changes in Starbucks Rewards program (harder to get free coffee)

One aspect of Starbucks Rewards is sadly changing. Up until recently, if you bought Starbucks ground/bean coffee at the grocery store, you could turn in your empty bag into free coffee at Starbucks. Depending on where you live, that could be about $2! I probably took advantage of the deal a dozen times or so (wish I knew about it before!) And, it was an awesome win-win, I thought. You get free coffee and the bag gets recycled so the Earth feels a little cleaner that day. And, you might just buy additional items while at their store, which is the whole point of loyalty marketing, right?. Well, that benefit is changing and so the planet and I are going to have to find other ways to cope with this loss. There’s good news, though.

Most of the Starbucks Rewards program is not changing. As previously discussed, and noted above, when you buy those ground/bean coffee bags at the grocery store, they come with a gold star on them. That gold star, when peeled off, reveals a code that you enter on the Starbucks Rewards site. As you enter stars and move up levels (Welcome/Green/Gold), continue to use a linked Starbucks gift card to earn perks such as free refills, food, and discounts. Now I am smiling again.

Starbucks Rewards is free to join!

starbucks rewardsHow else can you save on coffee at Starbucks? Watch my YouTube video for a hint.

Slice also helps ensure you paid the best price

Yesterday, I discussed how using Trackif can help you ensure you will pay, or paid, the best price by tracking item prices over a 90 day period. They seem to be among a growing number of other sites offering a similar service, and today I learned of another, Slice. And, they do differ. While Trackif not only can track your online purchases, or monitor price fluctuations, it also can monitor changes in stock, vacation, and home prices. And also helpful, changes in classified and job ad listings.

In addition to what they both can track, here’s where the two services also stand apart. Instead of adding your purchases somewhat manually to their site, as what must be done with Trackif, Slice can scan your inbox and catalog what you purchased by examining order confirmation emails. That’s different from Trackif in that you have to forward your confirmation directly, or plug it into their site. But, the goals are the same: save you money!

Slice helps you get the best price

best price

Credit: Slice.com

As soon as I set up the free Slice account, it started scanning my inbox and reported back 26 purchases (in a similar roll-up to the screen shot above) I had made in the last few years.Granted, they were old and no longer of use for price refund purposes, but still, it was amazing how quickly it found and cataloged my purchases. Slice is also pretty keen on tracking your purchases for shipping changes, such as delays. That can be helpful for really timely items, such as birthday gifts, but usually I don’t pay much attention to when something is supposed to arrive. Amazon, especially, seems to deliver BEFORE the promised date.

Again, like Trackif, Slice will also alert you if a price has dropped after you purchased an item. If it has, this can help assist with a price adjustment request. Let’s take a look at how Slice works.

The bottom line is that there are many tools that can aid your online shopping experience and help ensure you paid the best price. Since the services are both free, you might as well sign up for both and see which one is better for you. I am looking forward to trying them both out the next time I buy something to see if I paid the best price. And, if I didn’t, will discuss my experience with any price adjustment requests that are possible.