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News: Groupon Rewards

From the Groupon Blog:

Today we’ve announced Groupon Rewards, a new program allowing consumers to unlock special Groupon deals from their favorite local businesses through repeat visits. Consumers earn rewards at participating merchants simply by paying with the credit or debit card they have on file at After spending an amount set by the merchant, the consumer unlocks the ability to purchase a special Groupon for that business. 

See if your local city is participating


News: Bank of America Announces $5 Debit Fee 

Bank of America customers who make purchases using their debit cards will be charged $5 a month, starting next year, the bank announced today. Customers will be charged the fee whether they make one purchase or several in any given month.

Source: Wall Street Journal

My thought: As predicted, banks are coming up with more and more fees, after losing billions after the overdraft law was passed in 2010.


News: Kindle Price Drop To Only $79

As the Amazon tablet made its debut Wednesday, Amazon also announced that it would reduce the price of its e-ink Kindle to $79.

The most expensive of these is the Kindle Touch 3G, an eink reader with 3G connectivity and touchscreen support. A Wi-Fi-only version is available for $149, and a regular eink Kindle — i.e., one without a touchscreen — is priced at $79. The latter is lighter and faster than its predecessor, the Kindle 3.

All three devices will go on sale Wednesday at

See the commerical here.



News: Reebok Refund

Reebok is issuing $25 million in refunds to consumers who bought its toning shoes based on advertising claims that simply wearing the shoes could get them "better legs and a better butt with every step."

Consumers who bought any Reebok toning products – not just shoes, but apparel as well – can apply for refunds online. The amount each consumer gets back depends on how many people apply.

A purchase must have been made after Dec. 4, 2008, to be eligible.

Consumers do not have to provide a receipt or proof of purchase when they initially apply for the refund, but they may be asked to do so later.



News: New CVS Coupon Policy

CVS has released a corporate coupon policy today that is available to print from their website. You’ll want to print this and bring it with you when you shop in case there is confusion as to the CVS corporate coupon policy.

Some key points, as pointed out by Couponing to Disney:

    * In the event that any item’s price is less than the value of the coupon, CVS/pharmacy will accept the coupon only to the price of the item. CVS/pharmacy does not provide cash back in exchange for any coupons.
    * The coupon amount will be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied. (For example, a $5.00 coupon for a $4.99 item will result in a $4.99 coupon value).
    * CVS/pharmacy accepts one third-party manufacturer coupon and applicable CVS/pharmacy coupon(s) for the purchase of a single item, unless prohibited by either coupon offer.
    * CVS/pharmacy accepts valid internet/print at home coupons containing a barcode.


News: Walmart Is Offering Holiday Layaway

The convenience of Christmas Layaway is now available on eligible toys and electronics that you purchase at your nearby Walmart store. It's easy to take advantage of Christmas Layaway from Oct. 17 until you make your final payment and pick up your items by December 16, 2011. Just place your eligible items on layaway at the desk in your local store, where you will also pick up the items. Each item must be $15 or more and your total purchase must be over $50. There is a $5 service charge, and you can make payments on your Christmas Layaway items at any register in your Walmart store.

Christmas Layaway is not offered on Friday, November 25, 2011 and is not offered on wireless phones that require contracts. Cancellation and service fees may vary by state and are non-refundable. Our store associates can provide you with complete details on these fees and any other restrictions that may apply. So get ready for the holidays with the convenience of Christmas Layaway at Walmart stores.

Source: Walmart Press Release


New: Chase Class Action Lawsuit

You're eligible to claim cash if you had a Chase credit card and got charged for a payment protection product between Sept 2, 2004 and Nov 11, 2010, thanks to a recent class action settlement.

The suit alleges that JP Morgan Chase enrolled cardholders in Payment Protection Plans without being completely upfront about the terms of the plans. These plans suspend interest on balances and let you make only minimum monthly payments for up to two years. They are supposed to be for when a major life event or tragedy makes it impossible for you to keep paying your credit card bill. While normal interest is suspended, the program charged .8% of your balance as a monthly fee.

Additionally, in order to increase enrollment, Chase sent out $20 checks to prospects. If you cashed the check, you were enrolled in the program. The lawsuit, and complaints online, like this one on Consumerist, say that canceling was difficult and customers were subjected to a lengthy retention process.

Chase has admitted no wrongdoing and agreed to settle, creating a fund of $20,000,000.

You have until August 8th to make your claim and only people who fill out the claim form will get checks. The checks will be $15, $30, or $60 depending on how aggrieved is the class you fall into.

Thanks Consumerist for this information!


News: Tax Free Shopping Dates

Just in time for back to school shopping.

The sales tax exemption is limited to and may vary from state to state:

  • Clothing – any article having a taxable value of $100 or less
  • School supplies – not to exceed $50 per purchase
  • Computer software – taxable value of $350 or less
  • Personal computers – not to exceed $3,500
  • Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $3,500


States Tax Free dates and links: