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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

AMEX Rewarding Small Business Shopping this Month

Edit 2014: It's on again this month! It is a promotion happening around the world in different capacities and for Australians #ShopSmall is happening this month. In America, the offer is something like spend $10 and get $10 cash back. However, for Australians who have registered their AMEX at https://amexnetwork.com.au/shopsmall you are able to shop at small local businesses and every time you use your AMEX for a purchase of $20 or more, you will be given $10 credit back to your AMEX. This can be done five times per card (per person?) There is no complete list of small businesses that are participating but you can look at their Shop Small Map to see some of the businesses that are participating.

If your husband/wife also has an AMEX, you could possibly split the bill into transactions over $40 to get $10 credit for each card. Remember, this offer is only available until Saturday 30 November 2014. Seems like the ShopSmall map is not working at the moment but here are some examples of some southern suburb businesses around Perth participating in this offer -
  • Emperor's Kitchen Leeming - Chinese restaurant (verified working)
  • Limes Supermarket Myaree (confirmed)
  • Happy Star Myaree 
  • Mai Thai Restaurant (confirmed)
  • Pacific Rim Mix Plate Applecross - Japanese restaurant
  • Il Ciao Applecross 
  • The Gala Restaurant Applecross
  • Caffissimo Southlands
  • Market City Tavern Canning Vale
  • The Willetton Butcher
  • Fruit Basket Groceries store in Brentwood (confirmed)
  • PLE Computers
  • Clancy's Fish Pub Applecross
  • Mancini's Pizza Applecross
  • Sushi Master
  • Kailis Bros Fish Markets (Trigg, Myaree and Perth)
  • IGA stores including Mt Pleasant, Captain Stirling, Rivervale, Beckenham
Some stores that are on the AMEX map but do not appear to be accepting AMEX
  • Netplus Melville - has actually closed so not sure why it shows up on the AMEX map
  • Pastacup Melville - is not accepting AMEX but shows up on the map (write to AMEX to get your credit anyway)
  • South Ocean Kardinya - only for purchases over $50
Some petrol stations apparently take AMEX and qualify according to some forums online
  • Gull Petrol - Corner of Brady and Ocean Reef Road Wangara
  • Gull Petrol - Candlewood Blvd Joondalup
  • Gull Petrol - 40 Kent St Rockingham
  • Gull Petrol - 375 Bussell Highway, Broadwater (Busselton) 
  • Kwikfuel Cnr Hutton St and Howe St in Osborne Park
  • United Petrol stations perhaps?

Let us know how you go with the promotion in the comments below especially if you can verify businesses that did or did not accept AMEX. 

How do you know when it works? You should receive an email almost instantaneously when your card is charged.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Turn off Research in Microsoft Excel Word

There are times we might run into something that took a while to figure out but we wish we didn't waste so much time on it. This is one of those things.

If you are finding that every time you select a cell in Microsoft Excel the Research button starts looking up the contents of the cell in Bing etc, you can turn this off.

Hold down the LEFT ALT button + R
Then press R again

That's all, you can go back to work now.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What You Need to Know Playing Maccas Monopoly 2014?

McDonalds Monopoly has started again. First of all, what are the food items that can get you a Monopoly entry?


  • Any 16 oz cold cup medium soft drink (Coca-Cola Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite and Fanta) and Orange Juice;
  • Any 22 oz cold cup large soft drink (Coca-Cola Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite and Fanta) and Orange Juice (“Large Cups”);
  • Any Tall McCafé® cup (Long Black, Cappuccino, Mocha, Flat White, Latte and Vienna);
  • Medium Fries;
  • Large Fries;
  • Warm Chicken Salad;
  • Crunchy Noodle Chicken Salad;
  • Hash Brown;
  • McFlurry®;
  • Grand Angus®;
  • Mighty Angus®;
  • McChamp®;
  • McSpicy®; and
  • McGrilled®.
There seems to be a larger range of prizes with "Attraction Pass" being a generic prize which can be redeemed from a number of attractions but don't hold your breath, it doesn't include Adventure World or anything like that. More like Timezone (half an hour play) and the Bull Creek Aviation Museum.

How many prizes are available?

Generic Ticket No. Instant Win Food Prize RRP each Max No. of Prizes
779AUS Chicken & Aioli McWrap $5.95 399,297
789AUS Big Mac® $5.03 931,693
788AUS McChicken® $5.03 399,297
787AUS English Brekkie Wrap $4.95 261,609
780AUS Sml Frappé or Smoothie (ex McCafé®) $4.00 1,064,792
784AUS Small Hot McCafé®Beverage $3.56 1,996,485
786AUS Sausage McMuffin® $3.04 1,330,990
782AUS Small Sundae $3.04 1,996,485
781AUS Cheeseburger $2.45 1,330,990
785AUS Macaron $1.95 399,297
783AUS Small Fries or Fruit Bag $1.00 3,327,475

But the main reason we play Maccas Monopoly is to win the big prizes which brings us to figuring out which are the rare pieces. For this year's game, the following are the rare monopoly pieces that you need for each prize.

Collect one Ticket for each of these Monopoly properties Collect to Win Prize Value of Each Max No. of Prizes
Oxford Street Jeep® $32,101.52 15
Regent Street Jeep®
Bond Street Jeep®
Strand Sharp®Home Ent $10,498 2
Fleet Street Sharp®Home Ent
Trafalgar Square Sharp®Home Ent
Park Lane UK Holiday Up to $10,000 1
Mayfair UK Holiday
Leicester Square Sea-Doo®PWC $9,000 3
Piccadilly Sea-Doo®PWC
Coventry Street Sea-Doo®PWC
Pall Mall $5K Ozsale Voucher $5,000 2
Whitehall $5K Ozsale Voucher
Northumberland Avenue $5K Ozsale Voucher
Whitechapel Road Ski Trip Up to $5,000 1
Old Kent Road Ski Trip
Bow Street Honda Dirt Bike $3,598 1
Vine Street Honda Dirt Bike
Marlborough Street Honda Dirt Bike
The Angel, Islington $2K Caltex®StarCash $2,000 2
Euston Road $2K Caltex®StarCash
Pentonville Road $2K Caltex®StarCash
Fenchurch St Station HP®Notebook $1,000 25
Liverpool St Station HP®Notebook
Kings Cross Station HP®Notebook
Marylebone Station HP®Notebook