Update to Make Online Walmart Shopping Even Better!

In my recent article “Why Are You Driving to Walmart“, I completely forgot about saving even more money by shopping at Walmart.com through Upromise.com!  If you aren’t familiar with Upromise, it’s a college savings service that basically gives a percentage of your purchases back to you in a personal savings  account to be used for educational expenses or loans. Over 800 online shopping stores have partnered with Upromise, plus you can increase your financial rebates through their dining and grocery store programs.  I’ll save the details for another post, but with regard to the online shopping I recommended at Walmart.com, you can receive 5% of your total purchases back into a savings account for educational and even personal use! And, if you use a credit card that gives you points for airline rewards, the benefit is even greater.  To recap why I love shopping at Walmart.com THROUGH Upromise.com:  1) save time, 2) save gas, 3) free shipping, 4) 5% back into a savings account, and 5) airline reward miles!

How to Setup Your New iPhone 5

Your new iPhone 5 has arrived, and it’s time to set it up with all the information, apps, settings, etc. from your old iPhone.  If you haven’t completed my tips for Getting Ready for a New iPhone 5, do that right now.

Once you’ve done your housekeeping on your old iPhone, turn it off and turn on your new iPhone 5.  The following instructions are for setting up your phone with Wifi access using iCloud.

  1. Follow the onscreen instructions to access your Wifi network.  If password protected, you will need to know the password.
  2. When prompted, select to restore from an iCloud account.
  3. When completed, press Continue.
  4. Sign in to your Apple ID.
  5. Select your phone number and/or email address for receiving messages or Facetime requests.  For now, I would recommend just checking the phone number assigned to your iPhone 5.
  6. Select Use Siri.
  7. Register your iPhone 5 with Apple by selecting ON.
  8. Congratulations, you’re done! Touch Start Using iPhone.

It is so easy to switch from an older iPhone to the iPhone 5 with iCloud.  It takes a little while for all the apps to load into your new phone and they will be slightly darkened until they are fully loaded.  When the apps are finished loading, check out your new iPhone 5!  Every app is on the page as you arranged it on your old iphone.  Your email, calendars and contacts are set up properly.  You did all the laborious “housekeeping” before your new phone arrived.  Now, put your new screen protector and case on and enjoy you’re new iPhone 5!


Getting Ready for a New iPhone 5 from an older iPhone

A few housekeeping reminders if you have a new iPhone 5 coming soon.

  1. Order a good case to protect your new phone immediately.  Amazon.com is a an easy place to see lots of different options and user reviews.
  2. Order an extra screen protector.

    Brand new screen protector and clean phone. It never stuck at the edge!

  3. If you’re switching from AT&T to Verizon start the process to unlock your old iPhone.  It takes about 5 days.  Here’s the link to request the unlock: https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/
  4. Get rid of useless apps on your old iPhone.
  5. Get rid of those same useless apps in your iTunes account.
  6. If your phone is showing that you have apps that need updating, update them now.
  7. Rearrange your apps and group them by most used and/or similarity.
  8. Clean up your contacts just because it’s a good time to do so.
  9. Delete photos from your camera roll that you don’t want anymore.
  10. Clean up docs from apps on your phone.
  11. Delete old notes.

When your new iPhone 5 arrives and BEFORE you turn it on, back up your old iPhone. I recommend backing it up to iCloud like this:

  • On old iPhone, touch Settings.
  • Touch iCloud.
  • Scroll down and touch Storage & Backup.
  • Make certain iCloud Backup is ON.
  • Touch Back Up Now.  This will may take 30 or more minutes.
Next post will be about the initial set up of your new iPhone 5!


Why Are You Driving to Walmart?

Do you ever make a special trip to Walmart, Target, etc. to purchase non-food items like toiletries, paper goods and cleaning products?  If you don’t, then read no further.  If you do, please understand that this post is not a pitch for big box discount stores.  It’s a pitch for saving time.  Support your local businesses as much as possible.

How long does it take you in driving time to go to Walmart or a similar store?  There’s a good chance that it’s at least a 30 minute round trip.  Of course that doesn’t include the time it takes for shopping and standing in line.  If driving to and shopping at Walmart-type stores is not a fun or meaningful activity for you, stop it.  Let Walmart come to you.  You’ll save money and your precious time.

Does this take a little extra planning before you run out of everything? Yes. So what?  Here’s how you do it.  When you first notice that you are nearing (not at) the end of deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.  Go around your house and see what other items may be close to needing replenishing.  Paper products are good for this.

Go to walmart.com and start shopping and add items to your cart. If you don’t reach the $45 minimum for free shipping, increase quantities of things like toothpaste or deodorant until you get to $45.  Walgreens has an even lower minimum order requirement for free shipping, but not as many options or the best pricing.  Amazon is a great “store” for many things, but Amazon’s prices on these types of items are generally higher than Walmart’s.  Walmart even offers higher-end or environmentally friendly brands like Mrs. Meyer’s, Tom’s and 7th Generation.

Place your order in about 15 minutes, and pat yourself on the back for giving yourself an extra 45 minutes today.  Be sure to recycle the shipping boxes!

Note: Not a paid advertisement. The above Walmart link is not part of any affiliate program. I just love the convenience and wanted to share a liberating tip with you!