U.S. Bank is at it again! Through January 3, 2011, open a new checking account at any in-store U.S. Bank branch (Oregon & Washington, Albertsons, Fred Meyer, Kmart) of U.S. Bank and they will give you $75. No joke. And there are no gimmicks. They just want to earn your business with excellent customer service.
As always, if you live on the eastside of Portland, I strongly suggest you do this deal at the Happy Valley Albertsons branch (148th & Sunnyside Rd in Happy Valley/Clackamas). The tellers at this branch are incredibly helpful and they know you are coming in just for the $75. Just tell them Frugal Living NW sent you! They will walk you through the entire process.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Go to an U.S. Bank in-store branch in Oregon or SW Washington. They are open every day.
2. Open a new, no-fee checking account.
3. Deposit at least $75 into the account; you will immediately receive a temporary debit card.
4. Go through the store and purchase at least $75 worth of groceries or gift cards using your new debit card. This must be a non-PIN purchase (meaning the cashier presses the “credit” key and not “debit”).
5. Immediately take your receipt(s) to the U.S. Bank counter and the teller will reimburse your account the $75 by the next business day.
You do not have to immediately make your purchase nor do you have to do it at at the store. You can bring in receipts worth $75 from any store and receive the credit. Just make sure you use your new debit card in a non-PIN transaction (the cashier pushes the credit key instead of the debit key). I always suggest just doing it in the store so you can get it done in one trip.
Yes, this offer takes a bit of work: driving to the bank, setting up the account (10 minutes if there’s no line), buying $75 worth of stuff or gift cards while you’re in the store (10 minutes), handing in your receipts (5 minutes), and driving home. Even if you live super far away, you’re looking at making at least $20 per hour.
You will probably get a tax form either this or next January describing that you received the $75 as income, so you’ll be taxed on it for 2010.
This offer is open to new U.S. Bank customers only.
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