Over coding, A/C, and MailChimp

Can you feel my aggravation from here? I figured out why Mailchimp stopped sending my blog posts to subscribers. Unfortunately, it’s far more complicated than starting over. Apparently, my links and photos add unwelcomed code to the feed and Mailchimp rejects it.

I can not win. I’m not sure where that leaves me. So many people were following me through email. Bear with me while I try to figure something out. In the meantime, know that I post Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 7am CST.

That said, I think I’m going to make an exception for this Tuesday, July 12th. Tuesday is Prime Day at Amazon.

Last year was pathetic. First, they didn’t have enough inventory, and navigating the web site for these deals was clumsy. It wasn’t like the old Amazon at all. Apparently, they knew they goofed big time, and promised an easier shopping experience and more inventory.

From what I understand, the deals are only for customers with Prime memberships. But here’s where you can beat the system. You can opt for a FREE 30 day trial for Amazon Prime. (Just don’t forget to cancel after the 30 days are up.) Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.


The Gold Box deals have historically been good ones. I’ll be interested to see if they continue the trend for Prime Day. I suspect Amazon learned it’s lesson from last year, so I expect them to do better this year.

I was slow to get my Prime Membership, but we finally did it because the shipping costs were getting out of hand. The other reason is that Amazon has virtually everything!

Yesterday our air conditioner went out. My handsome mechanic/husband, Greg took a look and figured out it was the capacitor. We replaced the capacitor four years ago. We searched all over locally and finally found a place that sold it to us for 90 bucks.

We later learned that $90 was highway robbery, but we were desperate. Yesterday, on a fluke, Greg said, I wonder if Amazon carries these capacitors. They did. Nearly 75% cheaper than the local store. Oy! We ordered two.

Do you have a Prime Membership? If you don’t I recommend the Free Trial. You’ve got nothing to lose and you might score some good deals. I’m already shopping for Christmas so I’ve got my radar on for deals. My mother’s birthday is next month too and I want to get her something special.

Happy Amazon Prime Day July 12 – Exclusive Deals for Prime Members – Start Free 30-Day Trial


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  1. Boo for MailChimp complications! I’ve never liked their user-interface, though, personally. I feel like I have to relearn it every time I go in. *sigh*

    I just used up my free trial of Amazon Prime for this year (I did it when I needed to get the incubator ASAP), but it’s probably a good thing because I don’t have anymore extra money right now!

  2. Rebekah: That’s how I always felt about Mailchimp. It’s incredibly hard to find anything. And forget about it if you need help, that’s only for paying customers.

    I would’ve gone for their paid plugin too but if the free one is this much trouble I sure as heck don’t want to pay for it too.

    • Madeline: I’ve never liked going to the store, but online shopping was made for me. I can compare without wasting gas or my feet.

      I haven’t yet gotten to the point of buying groceries online yet. I want to be able to examine fresh foods.

      • Online grocery shopping is becoming the norm over here. Amazon are trying to muscle in on that too, though I have my doubts. Our existing big five grocery stores are in ferocious competition offering free deliveries and every so often discount vouchers to keep you sweet. That and the power of the subliminal might tell against, Amazon, which we associate with hardware and books. Can’t explain but perhaps those and perishables don’t mix happily. We’ll see.

  3. I’ve been a Prime member for a while. I’ll probably look around a bit tomorrow but I’m not sure if I’ll buy anything. I watch free movies and TV with my membership and of course, the free shipping is worth the cost. All college students should have a prime membership and they get it for half price.

  4. Glad you figured out the problem with the email notifications, but sorry it is not a “quick” fix. Yes I’ll definitely be by, I just have to remember your blogging schedule 🙂

    I probably won’t buy anything tomorrow on Amazon Prime; don’t really need too much if anything, but it is nice that they are offering the 30 day trial membership. They are probably thinking there will be a few people that will forget to cancel it.

    Wise to buy a few extra capictors for the air conditioner to think ahead and be ahead of the game!


    • Betty: I could kick myself for not thinking about Amazon for the capacitors but we really thought it was too specialized an item for them.

      Makes me mad too that a local store (specializing in AC parts) charged that much more for the exact item. That’s gouging in my book.

  5. I take it MailChimp is linked to your blog (wordpress)? I use MailChimp for my newsletter and don’t notice any problems. I guess it’s two different things, though, huh?

    As for Amazon, I end up spending enough to get free shipping anyway, so I don’t see the need to pay for Prime. And it would be great to shop early for Christmas, except I don’t know what anyone wants! That, and I’m liable to forget I bought presents early. Done that before. 😛

    • Stacy: Yeah, Mailchimp is embedded with WP.

      I wasn’t spending over $35 at any one time so I had to wait to buy things in a group. It got to be a pain.

      I’m surprised you don’t get Prime for the Amazon Prime movies. That alone was worth the membership for us.

    • Not sure what Amazon Prime movies are, but if it’s something I have to watch on my computer, forget it. I usually pick up the DVDs of movies we want at Walmart, but even lately we haven’t been watching many movies. Trying to get caught up in watching the television shows we recorded on the DVR. When Hubby teaches, we get behind in our watching.

      • Stacy: The movie database on Amazon Prime is like Netflix, but it’s part of the membership. Music downloads and Kindle books are available too.

        Some movies are free, others are for rent or purchase. If it’s a first run movie I’ll probably only see once, I rent it. You stream the movies directly to your tv.

        I imagine some people like to see them on their computers, but I’ve got a 65 inch, Bose surround entertainment system, so no way I’d watch anything on a dinky monitor. LOL!

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