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News: Go To Japan For Free- 10,000 Free Plane Tickets 

Ever wanted to go to Japan? Now is your chance! The tourism agency says it plans to open a website to solicit applicants interested in the free tickets. They are choosing 10,000 people to receive free round-trip plane tickets.

To apply, would- be visitors will have to detail in writing their travel plans in Japan, and explain what they hope to get out of the trip. Successful applicants would pay for their own accommodation and meals. They would also be required to write a review their travel experiences, and post it online.

“We are hoping to get highly influential blogger-types, and others who can spread the word that Japan is a safe place to visit,” said Kazuyoshi Sato, with the agency.

More info here.

Source: Good Morning America


News: Contact Lens Recall

Amid growing reports of eye problems ranging from blurry vision to torn corneas, federal health officials are threatening to issue a public warning about recalled contact lenses manufactured by CooperVision Inc. and sold widely at stores such as Costco, Wal-Mart and LensCrafters.

A notice posted on the company’s website includes a fill-in box where customers can check to see if their lots are affected. However, it does not include a list of retailers or a complete list of affect


News: Giant Eagle Coupon Policy Update

Giant Eagle's new coupon policy went into effect last week.  You can read the full policy; the most important changes are listed below.  It seems their attempt at clarification only served to create more questions.

  • One coupon per item(s) purchased as stated on the coupon with a maximum of 12 coupons per same 12 items purchased in a 24-hour period per Giant Eagle Advantage Card® customer.
  • Stacking (combining electronic and paper coupons) of manufacturers’ coupons is prohibited.
  • If you forget to use your coupons at the time of purchase, we will accept them with your receipt and Giant Eagle Advantage Card® up to 10 days beyond the date on the receipt.
  • Coupon value cannot exceed the price of the item(s) purchased. If it does, we can only redeem up to the value of the item(s) purchased. (Excluding sales tax) (NO OVERAGES WILL BE GIVEN)
  • INTERNET PRINTABLES:  A maximum of two “like” coupons will be accepted.

Obviously there needs to be some clarification on some of the wording, but until we can get some clarification from Giant Eagle, we are taking everything here at face value, and will be posting deals accordingly.

Source: Saving In Akron


News: How To Get a Free iPhone

Apple announced Tuesday that the iPhone 4S starting price would be $199 for a 16GB version when you sign a two-year cellphone contract. As a result, the once-$199 16GB iPhone 4 is now $99 at AT&T and Verizon, and the $49 8GB 3GS is now free with a two-year AT&T contract.

Source: MSN


News: Costco Raising Membership Fees

Costco has decided to raise their membership price. Here is how it breaks down:

  • U.S. individual (Gold Star) memberships and business memberships in the U.S. and Canada will cost $55 a year, up $5.  It's the first fee increase since 2006.
  • Executive members, who earn cash back on what they spend in the stores, will pay $110, up by $10, the first fee increase for them since 1997. Also, The Seattle Times reports that "the maximum 2% reward tied to the executive membership will rise from $500 to $750."
  • The higher rates go into effect Nov. 1 for new memberships, so if you're planning to join, do it now.
  • For current members, the higher rates take effect whenever they renew after Jan. 1.


I have been a Costco member since 2005 and will stick with Costco because they offer a lot of products you can't find anywhere else. Recently, I found a tailgating chair, retail $50, for only $18. For the past 5+ years, I have found some amazing deals @ Costco. So I am sticking with Costco- though I am not happy with the price increase!


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.