OhmConnect Will Pay Californians to Skip Laundry Day

As if you needed another excuse to not do the laundry today, here’s a totally valid one — Californians can actually make money for skipping a load.

How? Well, just by wearing your jeans a third (or fourth) time, you’d be giving the energy grid a break. And one company wants to say thanks — in cold hard cash.

If you have a utility account with PG&E, SDG&E or Southern California Edison (which cover nearly every county in California), a company called OhmConnect will pay you to hold off on doing laundry.

OhmConnect is a free service that will text you when a lot of people in your area are using power. Your job is to simply use less electricity for about an hour a week. You could turn off your A/C, grill chicken outside for dinner or — you guessed it — wait to do your laundry until tomorrow, during odd hours.

Here’s How to Get Cash from OhmConnect

  1. Sign up for a free OhmConnect account here.
  2. Sync it with your online utility account through PG&E, SDG&E or Southern California Edison. You must have an online account with one of these electric companies to qualify for OhmConnect.
  3. Wait for OhmConnect to text you during high-energy-consumption hours
  4. Head outside, or at least turn the TV off until the hour is up. Heck, you can even play games on your phone during this hour — just resist plugging in any electronics.
  5. Profit! OhmConnect rewards you with cash, prizes, gift cards and more.

This all works because the California electricity market (or California ISO) pays OhmConnect to help them avoid turning on an expensive, dirty power plant. The company then passes the savings on to you.

If you want to automate the process, you can even connect a smart thermostat or plug and let OhmConnect do this automatically. Even connecting some of your biggest energy-hogging devices to a smart plug can help you save $350 a year — effortlessly.

But you don’t need a smart device to save: The more you do, the more money you can make.

Enter your ZIP code here to open a free OhmConnect account, then sync it with your online utility account to start earning cash. Your whites can wait until tomorrow.

Kari Faber is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Citi Premier Adds Cash Out Option at One Cent-Per-Point

Citi Premier cardholders can now cash out ThankYou points at one cent per point using the Cash Rewards or Statement Credit options. (More Ways to Redeem > Cash Rewards or Statement Credit)

Back in 2017, Citi added the option for Prestige cardholders to cash out ThankYou points at 1-cent-per-point, and now they seem to be implementing the same for Premier cardholders. Other Citi cards get just .5 cents per point when cashing out ThankYou points. There were always creative ways of the getting the 1 CPP with mortgage payments, but this makes everything easier, and only requires the $95 Premier card.

Perhaps this is to make up for the negative change of losing the 25% travel center bonus which was just implemented. It is odd that we haven’t heard anything yet from Citi directly about the change.

Hat tip to philonous03 and TheFascination

Source: doctorofcredit.com

OhmConnect Sends You Cash for Cooking Dinner on the Grill

Enter your ZIP code here to open a free OhmConnect account, then sync it with your online utility account to start earning cash. Plus, who doesn’t love to grill?
Source: thepennyhoarder.com
It’s time to cook dinner, and you’ve got a decision to make: Do you use the stove, or do you go outside and cook on the grill?
This all works because the California electricity market pays OhmConnect to help power companies avoid turning on expensive, dirty power plants. Your company then passes the savings on to you.

Here’s How to Get Cash from OhmConnect:

  1. Sign up for a free OhmConnect account here.
  2. Sync it with your online utility account through PG&E, SDG&E or Southern California Edison. You must have an online account with one of these electric companies to qualify for OhmConnect.
  3. Receive energy usage notifications during “OhmHours” and “AutoOhms” — high-energy-consumption times that trigger non-green power plants to activate in order to support the overtaxed grid.
  4. Head outside or at least turn the TV off until the OhmHour is up. Heck, you can even play games on your phone during this hour — just resist plugging in any electronics.
  5. Profit! OhmConnect rewards you with cash.

OhmConnect will send you a text when a lot of people in your area are using power, and it will pay you to cut back for an hour — whether that means going outside to grill, turning off your lights or A/C or even turning off your breaker. The more you do, the more money you can make.

What if someone paid you to choose the grill? Would that make a difference?
We talked to one woman, Tanya Williams, who recently earned an extra ,700 in one year with OhmConnect — more than 0 a month. A few evenings each week, the 45-year-old stay-at-home mom shut down her home’s electrical panel and took the kids to the pool, or just played board games. Talk about easy money.
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Here’s the thing: You’re not the only person in your area cooking dinner. And all those appliances running at the same time stretches the power grid thin. If you live in California, a company called OhmConnect will pay you to skip the oven at dinner time and give the grid a break.

Why the Capital One Venture will be the next card I add to my wallet – The Points Guy


Why the Capital One Venture will be the next card I add to my wallet – The Points Guy


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3 Credit Cards That Help Music Fans See the Coolest Shows

[UPDATE: Some offers mentioned below have expired and/or are no longer available on our site. You can view the current offers from our partners in our credit card marketplace. DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.]

Concerts let you experience your favorite musical artists with a community of like-minded fans in a live setting. Live music fanatics know the thrill of the concert experience, and they’re constantly watching to secure tickets for the best shows.

Whether you prefer bombastic arena events or intimate venues, you could benefit from a credit card that helps connect you with tickets. Some cards can help you hit shows from your favorite artists and earn rewards for everyday spending.

1. Citi ThankYou Preferred Card

Rewards: Two points per dollar spent on dining and entertainment, one point per dollar spent on everything else
Signup Bonus: 15,000 bonus points when you spend $1,000 in the first three months
Annual Fee: None
Annual Percentage Rate (APR): 0% for 15 months on purchases and balance transfers and then 15.24% – 25.24% (Variable) ongoing APR.
Why We Picked It: Dining and entertainment purchases earn double points, and cardholders get access to presale tickets and VIP concert packages.
Benefits: This card earns two points for every dollar spent on dining and entertainment, which includes live concerts, record store purchases and music streaming services. Other purchases earn one point per dollar. Points can be redeemed for dining, entertainment, retail goods and more. Plus, with Citi Private Pass, cardholders get access to tickets for thousands of annual events, including concert presales and VIP packages.
Drawbacks: If you tend to prefer cheaper shows and don’t dine out often, you won’t be taking full advantage of the double points. (Full Disclosure: Citibank advertises on Credit.com, but that results in no preferential editorial treatment.)

Rewards: 2X points on dining at restaurants including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases worldwide
Signup Bonus: Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That’s $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
Annual Fee: $95
APR: 15.99% – 22.99% Variable
Why We Picked It: Cardholders can get presale tickets and exclusive access to many live music events in New York City.
Benefits: Cardholders earn double points for every dollar spent on dining and travel and one point per dollar spent on everything else. Points can be redeemed in many ways, but the greatest value is reserved for travel redemptions made through Chase’s booking platform. Chase Inside Access grants VIP access and presales to exclusive events at venues including Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theater.
Drawbacks: When it comes to concerts, Chase is primarily focused on New York City venues, so if you aren’t an NYC local (or reasonably nearby) you may want to look elsewhere. The card’s greatest value is also reserved for frequent travelers.

Rewards: 3% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $6,000 per year in purchases, then 1%).
Welcome Offer: Earn $200 back after you spend $1,000 in purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. (See rates and fees here.)
Annual Fee: $0
APR: 0% for 15 months on purchases then 13.99%-23.99% Variable
Why We Picked It: Card Members have exclusive access to tickets before the general public during a specific sales window – just use your card to pay for the purchase.
Benefits: Cardholders earn 2% Cash Back at U.S. gas stations and at select U.S. department stores. and 1% cash back on other purchases. American Express customers often get access to presale tickets and special events when buying tickets through the Membership Experiences website. Plus, points can easily be redeemed directly with Ticketmaster for ticket purchases.
Drawbacks: The card’s points system is only valuable to those who spend a lot on groceries.

How to Choose a Card for Live Music

Credit cards for music lovers should reward cardholders as they spend and grant special access to tickets and events.

When evaluating cards for your live music habit, look at the purchase types that earn the most rewards. You’ll want to choose a card that incentivizes the type of purchases you already make.

You’ll also want to look at the types of events and tickets your card can help you access before you take the plunge and apply. The events should reflect your live music preferences. If they don’t, you probably won’t get much use out of them.

One last thing to keep in mind is that most “exclusive” ticket programs are available through all or many of the credit cards offered by the issuer. If the main appeal is access to these programs, look at all available cards from the issuer. Chances are, they’ll have a card that fits your lifestyle.

What Is Required to Get a Card for Concerts?

Cards that provide live music rewards often require good to excellent credit. You should be aware of where your credit stands before you apply. A hard inquiry from a credit card application can cause your credit score to dip a few points. If you aren’t sure where your credit stands, you can check two of your credit scores for free at Credit.com.

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At publishing time, the Citi ThankYou Preferred Card and Amex EveryDay Card from American Express are offered through Credit.com product pages, and Credit.com is compensated if our users apply and ultimately sign up for this card. However, this relationship does not result in any preferential editorial treatment. This content is not provided by the card issuer(s). Any opinions expressed are those of Credit.com alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the issuer(s).

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[Public & Referral Offer] American Express Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant 125,000 Point Sign Up Bonus + $200 Restaurant Credit

Update 4/8/21: This increased 125k + $200 offer is now showing via referral links as well. Hat tip to pfdpfd

The Offer

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  • Sign up for the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant card and earn 125,000 bonus points and up to $200 back at U.S. Restaurants:
    • Earn 125,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
    • Plus, earn up to $200 in Statement Credits for eligible purchases made on your new Card at U.S. Restaurants within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

Offer Ends 5/12/2021.

Card Details

  • $450 annual fee
  • $300 in statement credits each year of card membership for eligible purchases at Marriott properties
  • Card earns at the following rates:
    • 6x points per $1 spent at participating SPG & Marriott Rewards hotels
    • 3x points per $1 spent at U.S. restaurants and on flights booked directly with airlines
    • 2x points per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Free night award every year after your card account anniversary (can be used at any property that costs under 50,000 points per night)
  • Complimentary gold elite status
  • Platinum elite status after you spend $75,000 or more on the card in a calendar year
  • 15 nights towards elite status (you’re restricted to getting this benefit once per Marriott Loyalty program number)
  • Unlimited complimentary priority pass lounge access for you and up to two accompanying guests
  • Statement credit for Global Entry ($100) or TSA PreCheck ($85) every four years
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Free, unlimited Boingo Wi-Fi access
  • Free in-room premium internet access at SPG & Marriott participating hotels
  • Welcome offer not available to applicants who (i) have or have had The Ritz-Carlton Credit Card from JPMorgan or the J.P. Morgan Ritz-Carlton Rewards® Credit Card in the last 30 days, (ii) have acquired the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase or the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase in the last 90 days, or (iii) received a new Card Member bonus or upgrade offer for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card from Chase, Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Bold Credit Card from Chase, the Marriott Bonvoy Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase or the Marriott Rewards® Premier Plus Business Credit Card from Chase in the last 24 months.

Our Verdict

Previous best bonus was 100,000 points + 25,000 anniversary points + elite status. This offer is the best we’ve ever seen with 125,000 points + $200 credit. Unfortunately, this offer is not available via referral, so no double dipping with a friend.

This can be a good offer for some people, but just keep in mind the massive annual fee. I’d make sure you have a good plan for the Marriott points and resort credit before signing up. We will add this to our best credit card bonus post. There is also an increased offer on the Marriott business card from American Express.

Source: doctorofcredit.com

Pros and Cons of using Gas Credit Cards

The choice on whether to go for gas credit cards or use other financial tools at the pump is not an easy one. This cashless system is marketed as a convenient and easy way to fuel your car. That said; there are high rates and other limitations to contend with. To help you make an informed decision, here are the pros and cons of using gas credit cards.

Pros

Discounts on Purchases

Gas Credit CardsGas Credit CardsOne of the driving factors of having a gas credit card is the discounts associated with their use. With most of these cards you get to pay less per gallon than the fuel pump price. Considering the ever increasing gas prices, this cash backs can go a long way in saving you money which can go towards other purchases.

These programs are structured in a way that you get larger discounts during the first few months after card issuance. For example, the ExxonMobil fuel card offers 12 cents off per gallon for the first 2 months and 6 cents off thereafter.

Accumulating Reward Points

Another incentive to using a fuel card is the reward program. These are points per gallon that you accumulate with each gas purchase. A typical reward of 1 point per gallon gives the average American driver about 540 points yearly. This calculation is based on an estimate of 25 Miles/Gallon and 13,476mi which is the average annual miles per driver. Reward points can be redeemed once they accumulate to 100 and over. These can be used for gas or other needs like snacks and carwashes at select businesses.

A Hassle-free and Convenient Payment System

When using cash, one has to line up at the till to pay for gas. This can lose you precious time from your busy life. However with a gas card, all you need is to pull up at the gas station, fuel and swipe at the pump and in a few minutes you are back on the road.

Another plus on using a gas card is the convenience that it offers. This comes in handy because you may not always have cash to fuel your car. Just like other credit cards, you get billed at the end of the month for your purchases. This helps you in keeping track of your gas bill; essentially making you stick to your budget.

Cons

High Interest Rates

One of the major disadvantages of using a gas credit card is the high interest rates that they attract. On average they charge 24% on interest. That is 9 percentages points more than the average rate for all credit cards which is currently at 15% APR. A card whose balance is not cleared at the end of the month can end up accruing a sizable debt. This may be much more than the discounts and rewards can make up for.

Simply put, continued misuse of the card can lower your credit score. One of way to mitigate this is going for cards with a 0% introductory offer. This will at least cushion you for a few months as you get your gas budget in order.

Ease of Spending

When using cash, you can’t gas your car with more than what is in your wallet. A gas card on the other hand eliminates this ‘inconvenience’. However the card can lead to uncontrollable spending with total disregard to your budget.

Think of it this way; without gas money, you will probably have to do with public transport. This will unconsciously save you money when you are cash-strapped. But why would you go through the hassle if that small plastic card can fill up your tank?

Usage Limitations

If you depend on your credit card for all your fueling, you may find yourself with fewer options on where to buy. This is because the cards are mostly issued by gas stations to be used in their own branded outlets. This puts you at a disadvantage if you move or drive to a state where the brand doesn’t operate, or has few outlets.

Bottom Line

Gas credit cards are a convenient way of fueling your car. They come with reward points and can save you money via their discount programs. The advantages can however be diminished by high interest rates and the danger of overspending. It is therefore advisable to weigh both the pros and cons before you make your decision.

Source: creditabsolute.com