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News: Giant Eagle Lettuce Recall

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has told Giant Eagle about the presence of listeria in a routine test of Giant Eagle Farmer's Market eight-ounce package of shredded iceberg lettuce, the company said in a statement dated Wednesday and appearing on the FDA website.

The lettuce was produced by River Ranch Fresh Foods LLC, with a use-by date of Oct. 14. There have been no reported cases of customer illness because of eating the food, it said.



News: Making a Profit Off Selling Coupons

I've seen coupons for sale on Ebay, but never thought the sellers could be making that much profit. But according to this article, at least one person is making up to $400 a month! It brings up a few issues- first, isn't it illegal to sell coupons? And where are these people getting the large quantities of coupons? For more, keep reading.


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