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  • Plastic Jungle Closes Their Doors

    On the evening of Monday, May 13th gift card exchange website, Plastic Jungle, sent out a surprising email to all of their consumers. Plastic Jungle announced that they would no longer be buying and selling gift cards directly to and from consumers. Plastic Jungle has been an industry leader in the gift card exchange business for seven years. They were funded in 2006 with a $40 million venture capital. This allowed them to offer the best discounts and rates on gift cards in the market.

    As a boot-strapped start up business, we are happy and proud to say that we are still continuing to thrive in the gift card exchange industry. Our success has not come easy. We are an extremely small business, so being able to outlast a company as large as Plastic Jungle is an eye opener for us. We only continue to grow in this highly competitive industry. We pride ourselves for offering some of the best rates in the business and providing our consumers with a safe, fast and reliable gift card marketplace.

    Below you will find the text of the email that Plastic Jungle sent out yesterday:

    The team at Plastic Jungle would like to thank you for your participation in our gift card programs over the past seven years. Since 2006, Plastic Jungle has been a leader in providing you with great deals on gift cards in a secure marketplace.

    As our business has grown and evolved, we have seen that the greatest potential for Plastic Jungle’s long-term success is in working directly with our business partners. As a result, we will no longer be buying and selling gift cards at This change is taking place effective today.

    With this transition, there are a few important things you should know. First, all orders currently being processed will be honored with the same guarantee of service and safety that we have upheld for seven years. Second, our website will be available to allow you to access your account and retrieve gift cards until November 1, 2013. Third, Plastic Jungle will continue to offer gift card exchange services to customers through our partners. Finally, our customer service desk will remain open during this period to answer inquiries and resolve any concerns. If you have any questions, we encourage you to visit our FAQs page or contact Plastic Jungle Customer Success at

    Thank you again for being an important part of the Plastic Jungle family over the past seven years. We appreciate all of your support as we begin this exciting new mission as a company.

    All the best, The Plastic Jungle Team

  • How-To Work More Efficiently Online

    With all the distractions that the internet provides, sometimes it’s a struggle just to stay focused on the task at hand. With social media, gossip websites and online shopping, some people find themselves spending the majority of the day not getting any work done. The truth is no one’s completely attentive to their work 100 percent of the time. I think it’s safe to say we can all use some guidance when it comes to avoiding interruptions in the office. If you regularly lose focus at work, here are some things you can do to avoid temptation and stay on task:

    1.) Get in the Zone-Surprisingly, music doesn’t contribute to us being distracted at work, it actually does the complete opposite, so go ahead and crank up your favorite tunes (just not TOO loud). Some sites that’ll allow you to get a good flow with awesome music streams are Spotify, SoundCloud, and Incredibox.

    2.) Remove the Clutter-Today, there are multiple tools available that will help you become a lot more organized and efficient with your online tasks. The first tool, Blossom, is a web app that helps you keep track of your development and personal goal tracking. The second tool is called MindMeister this is an amazing tool that helps you to brainstorm your most important tasks and capture them as mind maps. The last tool, Kippt, is a brand new approach to keeping your bookmarks. This tool lets you save links, read articles, watch videos and share notes as a public streams and engage in an amazing feed of content.

    3.) Put Your Health First- Now, you may be wondering how this will help you work more efficiently online, but it actually makes a huge difference. Getting at least eight hours of sleep a night is vital to your productivity. Lack of sleep makes you tired, irritable, and erodes your lack of focus. Also, make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Even being a little dehydrated can make you sluggish and more susceptible to distractions.

    4.) Read for Motivation-Inspire yourself to be more productive by reading articles. They’ll help kick your productivity up a gear and stay on task when your feeling distracted. The first article is written by the master of productivity, Leo Babauta of ZenHabits. How To Be Insanely Productive and Still Keep Smiling is not just about getting more done, it’s about developing a happier self. The second article, The 10 Laws of Productivity, provides some very valuable lessons, as well as, how you align your productivity with your day. The last article, Why Boredom is Good for Your Creativity, is an interesting post about where creativity comes from.

    5.) Reflect & Prepare-At the end of every work day, take time to reflect on your work and think about what you want to focus on tomorrow. Make a short list of your priorities and goals for the next day, then review the list when you come in. Once you start doing this, you’ll also be able to look at your priority list at the end of the day and see what you did/didn’t accomplish. Use this list to keep you motivated throughout your work day.

  • Boost Your Income: Earn $300 This Month

    Running low on cash? Thanks to the internet, making money from the convenience of your own home has never been easier. Today, there’s an abundance of websites that allow you to make money online. These are our top five ways you can boost your income by $300 this month:

    1.) Turn outgrown kids clothes into cash! The website, allows you to buy and sell practically new children’s clothing from your home. You can earn cash for clothes you’d otherwise give away and you can spend it where you’d like. Their site makes the selling process fast, easy and convenient! Simply order a free thredUP Clean Out bag online, fill the bag with like-new children’s clothing and put it outside for pick-up (yes, shipping is free)! ThredUP will inspect your clothes and pay you up to 40% of the resale value upfront.

    2.) Sell back your electronics that you no longer use! is a great place to help you upgrade your devices faster or just help you put a little extra cash in your pocket. Gazelle will pay you for the cell phones, iPads, Macs and other Apple devices that you no longer need. Getting an offer for your electronic devices is quick, easy and free. Gazelle offers free shipping and free removal of all your personal data from every item they receive.

    3.) Trade your unwanted and unused gift cards for cash! Gift card exchange websites such as,, allow customers to sell unwanted gift cards for up to 90% cash back and purchase discounted gift cards from over 250 major retailers. With over $1.7 billion in gift cards unspent each year, provides the easiest, safest, and fastest way to get the most of out of your unused gift cards. To sell a gift card, log onto their site, click the “sell gift cards” tab, type in your gift card merchant, value, and expiration date. Once you have completed this, you’ll be sent an instant offer with instructions on how to redeem your payment.

    4.) Make money from your iPhone and become a mobile app tester! provides in-the-wild testing services that span the entire software development cycle. People that have the time and desire to test iPhone apps and discover bugs can be rewarded payments for their efforts. When you sign up for uTest, you build a reputation on the basis of the testing they have done so far. A better reputation signifies access to more profitable app testing opportunities.

    5.) Make money by completing easy tasks! Amazon Mechanical Turk lets you earn money working on Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs). These are tasks that computers and software cannot do, so it requires a person to get the job done. You choose an assignment, and on completion, are credited with payment to your account. The jobs include simple tasks such as labeling images, visiting a website and giving feedback, translating audio files into text, and rewriting a sentence in your own words. They usually only take a few minutes to complete and can pay up to $30 or more per task!

  • Savvy Saver Tip #129

    Welcome to week #3 of our Savvy Saver Tips!

    Not only does boiling water in the microwave energy and money, but it also cuts the boiling time in half! This is because the microwave’s heat waves are focused on the liquid inside, not on heating the container around it. Therefore, most (if not all) of the energy generated is used to heat the water only. When you use the microwave to boil water instead of the stove, make sure that you stir the water to ensure that it’s heated evenly!

    Hope you all are enjoying these quick & easy money-saving tips!

  • SnipSnap Mobile Couponing App: Couponing for the Hectic Lifestyle

    Are you trying to live a frugal lifestyle, but find that clipping coupons is not worth all the trouble? The task is not only time-consuming, but extremely frustrating. Just to clip and organize the dozens of coupons you have to dedicate an entire afternoon to the task. If you’re like me, that’s the absolute last thing you want to do after working an 80 hour week. Thanks to the mobile couponing app, SnipSnap, you no longer have to worry about that! SnipSnap allows consumers to scan, save, and redeem printed coupons on their mobile phones! I don’t know why I didn’t think of this idea before?! SnipSnap Spokesperson, Elizabeth Licorish, explains her experience using the app and why she loves to SnipSnap:

    “I pride myself on my organization skills, resourcefulness, and patience. I’m happy to live below my means and I hate spending money, even when I have the cash. I take joy in simple pleasures; I’d rather go for a long meditative run or sip an inexpensive bottle of wine with friends than spend a fortune at the mall or the movie theater on a Friday night. So I’d always been frustrated with my inability to extreme coupon like the super women I’d see on TV. I could never justify the time it took to clip coupons with my hectic lifestyle. Plus, even when I managed to set aside coupons, more often than not, I’d forget them on my kitchen table whenever I’d go shopping.

    All this changed when I figured out my iPhone could do all the extreme couponing for me. When I found SnipSnap in the app store, it was love at first download, because, finally, my coupons were forget-proof. SnipSnap is the first mobile couponing app to completely mobilize printed store coupons. All shoppers have to do is take pictures of their print coupons and SnipSnap does the rest, creating digitized bar codes that scan right from your smart phone screen and compiling all other important information like expiration dates and promo codes so your coupons are always at your fingertips. SnipSnap also reminds you when your coupons are about to expire and when you’re near a store for which you’ve snipped a few deals. Not only is it impossible to forget your coupons at home with SnipSnap; it’s also impossible to forget to use them. Best of all, SnipSnap is social, so even if I haven’t snapped any coupons myself, I can search and snip all the thousands of coupons other users are uploading to the SnipSnap database every second.

    As soon as I started using SnipSnap, the savings began piling up. I figured out pretty quickly that I’ll never have to pay full price while eating out again; with SnipSnap coupons, I save $5-$15 every time I go out to eat. I regularly save 10-50% shopping for clothes at the mall and I’ve even scored lots of freebies, from cosmetics to cat food.

    The more I started to save with SnipSnap, the more I sought out easy, unconventional ways to save more money. I discovered apps like Ibotta, which allows you to earn money back for your grocery purchases, simply by scanning your receipts into the app. I shopkick to earn incentive rewards, just for walking into my favorite stores, and I love exchanging free mobile gift cards to stores like H&M and Victoria’s secret with the Wrapp app.

    When I discovered Gift Card Rescue, I honestly couldn’t believe I hadn’t been exchanging store gift cards all along. The business model is a complete win-win situation; over the years, I’ve received so many gift cards to stores I absolutely never shop at. Unfortunately, they’d get lost or expire (just like my old, print coupons) and that was a total lose-lose situation. Knowing I can trade my unwanted gift cards for cash is knowing I’ll never waste a good gift ever again. Better yet? Being able to buy discounted gift cards to stores I love and shop at all the time means automatic savings every time I hit the sales racks. If I shop with a Gift Card Rescue gift card and a SnipSnapped store coupon, I’m instantly stacking my savings with almost zero effort. Now, I can’t imagine shopping any other way!”

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