CardMobili – Organize and Manage Loyalty Cards

I don’t know about you, but my keychain looks like I’m the super of a large complex. Only, instead of keys it’s all those little plastic loyalty and membership cards. And that doesn’t include the stack of them in my purse for all those places that don’t even have the keychain cards. Funny thing is, I have 22 loyalty cards on my keychain but only 2 keys.

In addition to all the loyalty cards for the various stores, I have several membership cards too. You know, library, rental car, airline frequent flyer card, hotel cards. You name a place and I probably have a card. Bet you do too! They may be tiny pieces of plastic but they hold our access to great deals! But sometimes I don’t want to look like Schneider from One Day At A Time (yes, I’m dating myself!). I want to grab that cute purse and be stylish. Not with loyalty-card-a-palooza keychain, though!

And, do you think I can get CycleGuy to remember all these cards? No way! He has enough to carry his debit card and ID, much less grocery cards and who knows what all else.

Enter CardMobili, an online website and smartphone app to help organize and manage all those loyalty and membership cards. I have an iPhone so I downloaded the CardMobili app directly from iTunes on my phone. It took about 3 minutes.

I actually set up my account online because for me it’s easier to type. And for CardMobili you will need to wait for a confirmation email before your account is activated. The email is almost instantaneous.

I found it easier to add all my cards from the their website. I had quite a few and I’m a better typer on the computer than I am on my phone. It was pretty quick. Although, I would like to have an alphabetical listing of the cards rather than having to type in the store name and hope it matches or scroll through all of the cards. It would be much faster to just click on ‘S’ and find Safeway rather than typing it in the search box or scrolling through, page by page. I’d also like for it to know which cards I use most and have those at the top. Maybe as more people use it they’ll add that feature.

I added the personal iPhone PIN feature to my app.  It was easy to set up and requires a 4 digit numeral and will ask for you to confirm it on set-up. Now, when I launch the app I enter my PIN and I’m in. It adds a few seconds, but for my peace of mind it’s worth it.

You’re supposed to be able to scan the barcode that is loaded into the app. So off I went to test this out. My library card wouldn’t scan but that could have been my issue in not setting it up correctly or their system not being able to read this type of barcode. I was able to scan at CVS which was pretty cool. Now I may actually use the loyalty cards I’ve got stashed away!

I know you’ll like the convenience of this app, so head over to CardMobili and set up an account.  If you want to do it from your phone, check out the free CardMobili app on iTunes.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Cardmobili is free to sign up and use.
  • The mobile app is available for iPhone, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and other JAVA phones.
  • Anyone can add loyalty, shopper, library or membership cards to their account
  • User can share cards with family & friends
  • At the store, just show your card’s barcode/number (my not always work)
  • Users can tell Facebook friends about cards they are adding to their account & share offers they know about.
  • There is a 4-digit optional PIN feature on the iPhone & JAVA app
DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post written by me as part of a Team Inexpensively tour, but all opinions are 100% mine.
Sara

Morton’s The Steakhouse: Dinner for 2 Under $40!

A few weeks ago I was craving steak. Not just any steak. Fancy, steakhouse steak. But, as you probably know, those places tend to a bit of a budget buster for your average night out. Morton’s The Steakhouse to the rescue! Really, you say? Absolutely! Would you believe that I had dinner at Morton’s for under $40. And I was full and took home leftover? Seriously!

Every Monday through Friday from 5:00 – 6:30pm and 9:00-11:00pm you can take advantage of Power Hour in The Bar. This is an excellent opportunity to have a nice meal at Mortons for a budget friendly price.

What’s on the menu you ask? Is there anything worthwhile? Yes! There are many tasty ‘Bites‘ and you’ll want to have them all!!

Each of the following are $5, when you order at the bar during Power Hour.

Mini Prime Cheeseburger Trio – Morton’s USDA Prime beef, topped with cheddar cheese, tomato slices, iceberg lettuce and onion, and served on silver dollar rolls

Four Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches – Morton’s signature filet mignon sandwiches with mustard mayonnaise sauce, served on seeded ciabatta dinner rolls

Chicken Goujonettes – Crispy fried chicken strips served with mustard mayonnaise

Jumbo Lump Crab, Spinach & Artichoke Dip – served with toasted bread croutons

Blue Cheese French Fries

Iceberg Wedge Bites – a smaller version of the full salad served in the dining room

Three Mini Crab Cakes

Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell – $1.50 per piece

Colossal Shrimp – $2.50 per piece

There are also drink special for beer ($4), wine and cosmos ($7). I did not order any alcoholic drinks because I was there with my best BabyGirl.

We ordered Tomato-Basil soup (not pictured, because BabyGirl started in on it before I could get the camera out), Mini Cheeseburgers, Filet Mignon Sandwiches, Blue Cheese Fries and the Iceberg Wedge Bites. It was all washed down with a very tasty lemonade ($3).

I realize this is probably not a place you’d take your 7-year old. But, BabyGirl and I were having a little celebration. And she’s a great dining companion because she enjoys good food and is always up for something new.

BabyGirl loves soup! She will eat soup every day all year ’round if she could. So, when the server mentioned soup BabyGirl was all over it. It was a Tomato-Basil soup that looked creamy but was not cream-based. It came in a very large bowl, similar to what is served in the dining room. It was smooth and creamy and the perfect temperature to begin eating without worry of burning your lips off. This is always my biggest concern with BabyGirl having soup at a restaurant. The soup tasted like fresh tomatoes and the basil was fragrant but not overpowering. I was able to convince her to let me have a few spoonsful, but she was not really wanting to share. Her words to describe the soup: “Absolutely delicious!”

[Pretend there is a photo of the Tomato-Basil soup here]

I started with the Iceberg Wedge Bites. This is a substantial salad. Wedges of iceberg lettuce (I know, not all that nutritious), chopped tomatoes, bacon bits, and blue cheese dressing and blue cheese crumbles. It was a bit much with the crumbles, according to BabyGirl. This is basically a smaller version of the salad they serve in the dining room. It was crispy and full of flavor. I picked off the bacon bits because I didn’t want to eat them but I wanted you to see how the salad was served. I think it is a big enough salad to share and still feel full if you’re having one of the other Bites.

BabyGirl wanted the Mini Cheeseburgers. They were the perfect size for her, although 3 was too much. She ate one – and she took off the lettuce and tomato. These alone would be a filling meal. The roll was crispy on the outside and soft inside. They toast the buns, like a nice restaurant should. And the burger …. just as you would expect from Morton’s. Juicy, tasty, lean and melt in your mouth. We ordered the burgers medium and that’s exactly how they came out.

I chose the Filet Mignon Sandwiches. The bread is grilled, and although I’m not supposed to eat wheat (without getting too personal, let’s just say it doesn’t like me), I took one for the team and had a complete sandwich. The filet mignon steak is tender and juicy, again, just as you would expect from a steak at Morton’s. Each steak has a 1oz piece on it. It sounds tiny but I assure you that it is sufficient. Combined, you have 4oz of steak which is a good portion size.

We also ordered the Blue Cheese Fries. BabyGirl did not want the blue cheese on hers, so we ordered it 1/2 and 1/2, which you’ll see in the picture. For fries, they were pretty basic. The blue cheese was just too much, especially since we had the salad and that had blue cheese dressing and crumbles. Really, though, who doesn’t love hot and fresh fries.

All said, we had a very substantial meal and still took home fries, 2 mini cheeseburgers and 1 filet mignon sandwich. With our 2 lemonades (they put BabyGirl’s in a to go cup for us), soup, salad, mini cheeseburgers, filet mignon sandwiches, fries and a 15% tip, we were out the door for $36. [Don’t get on me about the tip. Normally, I tip a minimum of 20%, but our server was slow and not attentive at all. So I went with the 15%] Maybe not ultra budget, but for a nice meal with quality ingredients I’d say this is a great frugal dining experience. We also had enough for lunch the following day.

If you’re looking for a nice place, that is quiet and can be frugal for a ‘dinner and a movie’ date night or meet-up with friends I’d definitely recommend Morton’s The Steakhouse Power Hour. Find a location near you!

Disclosure: I paid for this meal. This is my opinion. I was not provided anything free in exchange for my review or opinion.

Sara