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Friday
Mar112016

Recall: Trader Joe's Pistachios


Recall of In-Shell, Roasted Pistachios that the following products with the "BEST IF USED BY" date codes from 2016 OCT 27 through 2016 NOV 04 may be contaminated with Salmonella:

Trader Joe's Dry Roasted & Unsalted Pistachios (UPC 0007 9990)
Trader Joe's Dry Roasted & Salted Pistachios (UPC 0007 9983)
Trader Joe's 50% Less Salt Roasted & Salted Pistachios (UPC 0011 1348)

These products are packaged in 16 oz plastic bags with the with code information on the back of the package, along the bottom. The products were distributed to Trader Joe's stores nationwide.

Out an abundance of caution, all lots of our Dry Roasted & Unsalted PistachiosRoasted & Salted Pistachios, and 50% Less Salt Roasted & Salted Pistachios have been removed from store shelves and their sale has been suspended while the issue is investigated.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

If you purchased any of these In-Shell, Roasted Pistachio products with the specified BEST IF USED BY dates from 2016 OCT 27 through 2016 NOV 04, please do not eat them. We urge you to discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe's for a full refund.

If you have any questions, you may call Trader Joe's Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 [Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time].

Friday
Mar112016

Consumer News: Apple E-Book Class Action

The settlement is not for people who purchased books from Apple’s iBooks store: they’re included, but the price-fixing settlement includes people who purchased any e-book from Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Group USA, and Simon & Schuster. Thanks to the vast array of imprints each publisher puts out, those could be under any of dozens of names: you can find a full list of imprints that would have been included in the suit in this PDF document.

$400 million of Apple’s settlement is earmarked for refunds to e-book customers. Appleinsider reports that you can expect between $6.05 and $6.54 for each bestseller purchased during the key period, and between $1.39 and $1.50 for each non-bestseller. You will not receive settlement funds for books that you downloaded for free, rented, or received as gifts. The books had to be purchased between April 1, 2010 and May 31, 2012.

However, the easiest way to know whether you’ll be receiving money from Apple is if you have already received money from your e-book platform(s) of choice. Google required affected users to file claim forms by October 31, 2014, and Sony issued payments automatically, but as paper checks. The other major e-book platforms automatically issued credits to users, and will do the same again once the Apple settlement is finalized.

If you need to update your contact information with the e-book stores, the state attorneys general behind the antitrust suit can direct you to the places where you should update your information for each store.

How to find out if you are included in Apple’s $450M e-book settlement[Appleinsider]
Attorney General and Class Apple E-book Settlement

Source: Consumerist

Thursday
Mar102016

Recall: Nestle Stouffer's, Lean Cuisine, DiGiorno

Nestlé USA says several customers found glass in some of the products, though no injuries have been reported.

“Although our investigation is ongoing, we believe the source of the glass is spinach that was an ingredient common to the products subject to this recall,” the company said in a press release.

Consumers who may have purchased the products listed above should not consume them but should instead contact Nestlé Consumer Services at 1-800-681-1676.

The recall is limited to the products listed here.

Friday
Feb262016

Domino's: New Rewards Program

Domino's Piece of the Pie Rewards programHave you joined Domino’s Piece of the Pie Rewards program? If not, head over here, log in/create a Pizza Profile and then be sure to check the box to join Piece of the Pie Rewards when you check out. Then each time you place an online order of $10 or more (including tax and delivery charge), you will earn 10 points – limit one per day. Once you have earned 60 total points, you can use these points online to score a FREE medium 2-topping pizza by simply clicking the REDEEM button in your Free Pizza Meter.

Tuesday
Feb232016

17 Cool Birthday Freebies for Kids

Here are 17 cool things your kiddos can get for FREE for their birthday!
Tuesday
Feb232016

27 Ways to Save on Groceries

Keep reading for 27 ways to save on your groceries.
Tuesday
Feb232016

Consumer News: Amazon Increases Min. Free Shipping

The minimum FREE shipping threshold, for NON-Prime members, has been raised from $35 to $49. 

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Tuesday
Feb232016

How To Find Working Promotion Codes

If you've looked for coupons online, you know what a hassle it can be--expired coupons, wrong descriptions, and fake offers abound.  When you're trying to find valid offers there are several ways to get passed all the junk if you know where to look. 
The best place to find working promotion codes is the stores themselves--typically signing up for a newsletter will get you codes by email for free.  The drawback is these can end up in your spam folder and unless you're going out of your way to find them, they can get neglected.  An alternative to this is becoming a fan of the store on Facebook.  Simply by following them, you'll automatically see the offers they post to social media.  Since both of these are coming from the source itself, you don't have to worry about these deals being wrong or out of date. 
If you want the best deals, though, you'll need to get off the beaten path.  When you're on a store's checkout page you'll likely see something like "If you have a coupon code then enter it here".  If you don't have one, it's the perfect time to open up Bing/Yahoo/Google and type in a query like "Verizon Promotion Code" and see what's out there.  You'll likely encounter some of the most ubiquitous coupon sites in the results but those aren't necessarily the best or most accurate.  Sites like RetailMeNot have coupons for tens of thousands of stores but with huge size comes a lack of quality control--and it shows. 
You're better off finding a smaller and better-curated coupon site like PromotionCode.org or Groupon.com, a relative newcomer to the realm of retail coupons, to find coupons that are both working and up to date.
Finally, a tried-and-true technique is calling the customer service department for your favorite retailer and simply asking what coupons are available.  Stores like Sears explicitly authorize their salespeople to provide coupons in this way to aid with customer retention.  Even if they don't have the coupon you need right then, it's worth investing the 30 seconds on a call to find out.
Sources: PromotionCode.org, Groupon.com, RetailMeNot.com 
Bio: Steve Pame is a consumer finance expert located in Madison, Wisconsin.