Saving Money on Funko Pop! Figures

funkoOver the last year, and especially during the last couple of months, I’ve gotten pretty big into collecting these Funko Pop! figures.  It started innocently enough, I did a couple of the subscription boxes, I started finding some more that I really liked.  Then I hit a tipping point.  Not only was I looking in stores, I started searching online for some of those grails.  Nothing too over the top, but I’ve found a few hard-to-find figures online.  I’m sure we all have some tricks to saving money, but I wanted to share some of mine here (and yes, many of these have referral or affiliate links – You don’t have to use them but if you do I’d appreciate it!).

First of all, I use one of two sources to start my search.  The first is ebates.  We’ve all seen the ads, and they’re pretty straightforward.  Start your shopping through their site, they get a referral fee and give a portion back to you.  I’ve been using ebates for a while and over that time I’ve received over $350 back.  It’s a great resource not just for Pops but for any online shopping.  So start there.  If you haven’t signed up yet, use my referral link:  https://www.ebates.com/r/JAIMEH27?eeid=28187

My other starting spot is the ibotta app.  Ibotta works in two ways.  First, for normal shopping trips (say to Target or Walmart) you unlock offers, then scan your receipt and get a rebate.  The other way it works is if you launch from their app, you can get a percentage of your purchase back (for example, as of this writing you can get up to 2% back on your ebay purchase).  If you don’t have ibotta, use my referral link to sign up: https://ibotta.com/r/itvfdas

OK, so you’ve found the Pop you want.  You’ve used one of the two methods above to save some money.  Now it’s time to pay.  For this I’ll use Raise.  Raise is a website/app that lets you buy and sell unwanted gift cards (in my case, I’ll generally be buying them).  Depending on the site and the availability, you can get pretty big discounts, but even smaller ones are pretty nice!  For example, the last time I checked an ebay gift card was at a 1.5% discount.  Just buy the amount you need, and apply the gift cards at checkout!  And as a bonus,use that ebates link I mentioned above to get a rebate on your Raise purchase!  If you aren’t a Raise member, use my referral code: http://geta.raise.com/jhorio

Let’s run a quick example.  Say you find a pop on ebay that you really want, and you’re able to get it for $25.  You started through ibotta, so you’ll get 2% back.  That’s $0.50.  You want to use a gift card, so you start at ebates and use that referral to get a 1% rebate on your Raise purchase.  That’s another $0.25.  And you saved 1.5% on the gift card, so that’s another $0.37 in savings.  That’s $1.12 off.  It doesn’t seem like a lot, but it starts to add up.  Plus if you’re using a rewards card for the purchase you get that bonus as well (I won’t get into that in this post).

As an added bonus, the referral links above generally have a signup bonus as well!

I’m sure there are plenty of other ways to save on your Pop purchases, but I wanted to share my main method when I’m splurging on those rare figures!  If you’ve got other ways you save, tell me in the comments!

And come see parts of my collection and my new finds on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/funkopopquest/

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Predictions

The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi

It’s that time again!  With “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” just over a month away, I’m going to make some predictions.  I’ve had good ones (see Rogue One) and bad ones (see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2).  But the point is, I want it written down if I happen to be right!

A few weeks ago I might have made a prediction about what “The Last Jedi” means, but that’s already been explained.  It’s actually in the opening crawl for “The Force Awakens” that Luke is the Last Jedi.  So that’s not really an option.

Let’s start with Rey’s parents.  I don’t think we will find out definitively who her family line is.  There may be some hints, but I don’t think we’ll find out anything until the last movie.  I know some people will be disappointed, but I think this is a good way to handle it.  Leave some mystery for the future.

This may seem obvious, but Leia will die.  With Carrie Fisher’s passing, Lucasfilm and Disney had to make some changes.  Episode VIII was supposed to be Luke’s story and Episode IX was supposed to be Leia’s story.  Obviously this won’t happen.  The latest preview teases that Kylo Ren will kill her.  I think this may be some tricky editing, but ultimately I think he’ll be the one to kill her even if it’s a different scene.

I just love these guys. Seriously.

I just love these guys. Seriously.

And now for one of my favorite subjects: Porgs.  These adorable creatures leaked out a few months ago and made their screen debut in the last trailer.  I think the hints are there that Chewbacca will form a bond with at least one of them.  All this talk about eating them is sort of nonsense.  There won’t be anything like that.  I’ll go out on a limb and say they will play some sort of crucial role at some point in the story.  I don’t remember where I saw it, but I read that they are force sensitive (think Chirrut Imwe in Rogue One).  It may not be a crucial plot point, but there will be a point where they will do something important force-wise in a scene.

OK, there it is.  I may have more to add later (I’ll do a different post if I do), but this is what I’m standing by for now!

Do you have any predictions for The Last Jedi?  Leave your thoughts in the comments section!

Another Look at Harry’s Razors (and other Harry’s Products)

Harry's ProductsIt’s been about four months since I first posted about Harry’s Razors (http://www.jaimeh.com/2017/04/15/ive-tried-harrys-razors-for-1-week-now/).  Since then I’ve tried a few more of their products and come to the conclusion that I love this company.

Let me give you a quick rundown of what I’ve tried so far.

My initial order included a handle, blade, shave gel and post shave balm (more details in the link above).  For me personally, I’m sticking with my current shave gel, but the post shave balm will be replacing what I’m currently using (I had purchased a big pack of four bottles, so I’m still working with that).

Since that initial order and post, I’ve only had to order blades once.  I did also receive a sample pack from Harry’s that included another four blades, as well as a face wash and face lotion.

Let’s start with the razors.  That’s a total of 13 blades (the initial trial, an order of eight, and a sample of four), and I still have some.  Although Harry’s plans will set you up to receive an order every month or every two months, I haven’t had to make another order since April.  These blades last a long time without wearing down.  Fortunately, you do get a warning of a couple days before your get charged for your recurring order, so you can always delay it by a month.

Moving on to the other products.  The face wash has become a part of my daily routine.  It’s not medicated, so there’s no need to worry about it bleaching your towels.  It does include peppermint and eucalyptus, which really does feel cooling when you use it.

Finally, the face lotion.  I love the smell, plus it has some SPF protection, which has been great during our hot central California summers.  The lotion is soothing, and another product that I’ll be adding into my ongoing orders.

So there it is.  Across the board, I’ve been loving the Harry’s products.  Not only are they priced better than some of the bigger companies, but the blades themselves actually last longer.  The other stuff they are making are also clearly high on my list.

And their subscription model is huge today.  I use subscription services for lots of my basic items, and the fact that Harry’s gives you the notice before shipping is a great feature.

If you’ve been considering using Harry’s, give it a shot!  Even if you don’t end up liking the service, the $3 shipping fee you’ll pay for the initial trial is less than you would pay in the store for what you’re getting.

Use this link to get your free starter kit, just pay shipping harrys.com/invite/9jrxu (*this is a referral link)

Movie Prediction: Thor Ragnarok

Thor Ragnarok

It’s time to do another movie prediction!  I’m still going to cling to my success from my Rogue One prediction (http://www.jaimeh.com/2016/11/06/bold-prediction-rogue-one-a-star-wars-story/) and hopefully I can get back on track!

The next big release I want to make a prediction for is Thor: Ragnarok.  I really have two predictions and a wish.  Let’s start with the trailer, then get to my predictions.

Here’s my first prediction: I think we’ll see the Guardians of the Galaxy in this movie.  Why do I think this?  There are two reasons.  Well, we know from the trailer that Thor is trapped on a planet battling in an arena.  He’s trapped in space and needs a rescue.  The Guardians would be a perfect fit, plus they need to get tied into the MCU before Infinity War.  

And I think there were a couple of hints in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.  First, we see the teams jumping through portals to cover large distances in their space travel.  A bunch of these portals open up on the planet where Thor ends up which is presumably how he ends up there.  Second, during the closing credits of GOTG Vol 2 we see Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster character dancing.  Maybe it was just for fun, or maybe it was a hint!

My next prediction is that Thor will find a new or different hammer.  We see Mjolnir destroyed by Hela during the trailer, but there’s really no way Thor can be without his hammer, especially in the movies.  In the recent Unworthy Thor comics, Thor has lost his hammer and is seeking another.  There is another hammer that needs a worthy Thor that has torn through dimensions to come to ours.  So there are other options, one of which ties into my (wishful) prediction….

Beta Ray Bill

That’s right, Beta Ray Bill.  The Korbinite also makes an appearance in Unworthy Thor, even offering his hammer Stormbreaker to Thor.  In the comic Thor declines, but it would be an interesting way for the movie to go.  Even if he doesn’t play an ongoing role in the MCU, it would be cool to see this character show up.

There you go!  My three (well, let’s say two and a half) predictions for Thor Ragnarok!  Do you have any predictions, guesses or wishes for this movie?  Leave them in the comments below!

I’ve Tried Harry’s Razors for 1-Week Now

I started using Harry’s razors a week ago, so I thought this would be a good chance time to look at how things have been going.

Let’s start with the “why”.  Why did I decide to switch from what I’ve been using for the last, oh, 17 years or so?  A big part of it was the timing of needing some new blades, and the cost.  I had a promo code from a podcast I listen to, so I was able to get the complete starter kit for $3 and some change, all delivered to my door.  That included a blade and handle, a bottle of shave gel and a bottle of after shave balm.  Plus I’ve heard good things about the razors (from that same podcast, but I got the impression it was genuine and not just because Harry’s is a sponsor).

Worst case, I got a pretty good deal on this.

Worst case, I got a pretty good deal on this.

So what did I use before?  For years I’ve used Gillette, through a few different iterations (I think one was the Mach 3, currently the Fusion, and it seems like something else was before all of that).  They do a great job of hooking you early.  I remember getting a free razor in the mail when I was 18 after registering for the draft.  Brand loyalty is huge in this country, and they do a great job getting customers early in life.

I use Nivea sensitive skin shave gel and after shave balm as well.

Re-read that last paragraph.  That’s kind of a key of something I was looking for with Harry’s.  I do have fairly sensitive skin.  Especially along my neck I’ll get irritate after shaving.

So what did I experience?  I wasn’t sure after my first few moments.  The shave gel seemed thing when I rubbed it on, but it actually worked really well.  I’m very used to the gel I’ve used in the past that is very thick when I rub it on my face.  This was a change, but still effective.

The shave was clean.  I don’t know that it was necessarily any smoother than my old blades, but one thing I’ll be watching for is how long they last (this is one of the main things I’ve heard about Harry’s blades, that they last a long time).

More importantly, I’m very pleased with how my skin has reacted.  I had a few days where my skin felt a little bothered, but once I put the aftershave balm on everything calmed down.  I did have one day where I had some red spots along my cheek and neck.  But that’s better than what I’ve experienced in the past, so I’m pleased.

Another perk I noticed is the cost.  The cost for 8 blades is just over $2 (with taxes and shipping and everything), which is less than the per-item cost of Gillette when you buy in bulk at Costco.

All-in-all I’m very happy.  Harry’s uses the subscription model (another perk, and definitely something I think a lot of people are looking for today), so I’m scheduled to have blades ship in about another week.  I was using this trial time to decide what to do, and I’m going to let that order go through.  I want to continue to try these blades out and see if I remain this happy going forward!

*Disclaimer* I received nothing for this post, it is just my personal opinion.  This post is not sponsored, although if anyone from Harry’s is reading this and wants to hook me up just send me a note on my Contact Page

 

Who wants free stuff?

Well, the free stuff is admittedly copies of my book, but it’s still free!  Anyway, I’ve got some copies of my book “Kauai The Garden Isle” available for your kindle.  These are leftover from a previous giveaway, so it’s sort of “first come first served” today!  If you’ve got a kindle or the kindle app and want a copy of my book, just visit http://www.amazon.com/acceptgift and enter one of the following codes.  They’re only good once, so if it’s used just try the next.  I’ll try to update this as they get redeemed.

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And if you missed out on the giveaway but want a copy anyway, you can buy one for $1 at https://smile.amazon.com/Kauai-Garden-Isle-Photo-Collection-ebook/dp/B013OA36JY/?tag=jaimwrit-20

Movie Prediction – “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

It has been a little while since I did one of these, but I think I was just riding the high of being (pretty darn) accurate on my Rogue One theory (which you can find here: http://www.jaimeh.com/2016/11/06/bold-prediction-rogue-one-a-star-wars-story/

If you’ve read my “Bold Predictions” before, then this one might look a little familiar.  Back when Doctor Strange came out last year, I had predicted that we would meet Captain Marvel.  Maybe it’s because Captain Marvel is currently one of my favorite comic characters, but I’m going with this one again.  Since we don’t really know the story for the Captain Marvel movie, we don’t know if we’ll meet her on Earth or in space, so I’m going to go with space in some way.  I think that we’ll meet her in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Captain Marvel

But Captain Marvel isn’t all I have for this one!  This is also really a wish more than a prediction, but I’ll go with it anyway.  Guardians comes out on May 5, with the early screenings on May 4, which is Star Wars Day.  I may be going out on a limb, but I’m really hoping that we get a teaser trailer for Star Wars The Last Jedi before Guardians.

Again, this may be a pipe dream, but I’m going to stick with it!

What else are you predicting or even just hoping for in Guardians of the Galaxy?  Leave your hopes and guesses in the comments below!

Baby #2 Announcement Idea

We recently got to make the announcement that my wife was pregnant with baby #2.  We went through a couple of ideas on how to announce it before she came up with this idea.

It’s pretty simple really.  She got a box of various-sized safety pins and chose the appropriate ones to represent me (dad), her (mom) and our current little one.  Then she bulged the “mom” pin a little bit and put a tiny pin inside to represent the new baby.  She was able to snap the picture below.

Baby Announcement Idea

Baby Announcement Idea

What do you think of this idea?  If you like it, feel free to use it for your own announcement, or change it a little to make it just right for you!

The Last Jedi

“Star Wars: Episode VIII” has a name, and we now know that it is “The Last Jedi”.  The image below was released today, giving us an official name for the next Star Wars movie.

The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi

There has of course been no end to the speculation in the last few hours.  Let’s start with my own speculation:

If the Jedi do die out, it doesn’t mean they’re really gone.  I’m thinking of what Maz Kanata said in “The Force Awakens”.  She says that she’s seen evil in many forms: the Sith, the Empire, the New Order.  Ultimately, even though the Sith are no more, the Dark Side still exists.  Maybe we’ll see something similar with the Light Side.  If Luke dies, the Jedi are gone, but the Light Side carries on through Rey.

In “Return of the Jedi” one of Yoda’s last words to Luke are “When gone I am, last of the Jedi you will be.”  Maybe this is just a reference to that.

And we can’t ignore the fact that the words “Star Wars” are in red, rather than the typical yellow.  No way that Disney accidentally did that.  It means something.  And it seems very foreboding.

What other thoughts and theories do you have for Episode VIII?  I’m sure there will be plenty more to come in the next 11 months (including from me), but I’d like to hear what you all think!