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.



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