PSA: Truvia class action lawsuit settlement

en_product_80packetsCargill has agreed to pay claims for persons who purchased their Truvia sweetener.  They are offering either free product vouchers or cash. Here’s the link to the main page of the Settlement.  Here’s also the link to the August 10, 2012 deranged.me post, which had Jewel paying us to shop for a very expensive sweetener!  I bought at least 36 boxes.

“Under the proposed settlement, all persons who from July 1, 2008 through July 24, 2014 (the “Class Period”) resided in the United States and purchased in the United States any of the Truvia Consumer Products for their household use or personal consumption and not for resale are potential class members may be entitled to participate in a proposed class action settlement.”

This Settlement is the result of two lawsuits filed that challenge the labeling and marketing of Cargill’s Truvia Natural Sweetener products as natural products.

PSA: Home Depot credit breach

If you’re starting to think that the only store that hasn’t yet reported a credit breach is Dominicks, you’d probably be right!  Today’s news comes in the form of a massive hack at Home Depot, possibly stretching back to May!  Here’s the entire story from CNN.

My favorite part of the article is the link to the CNN’s What Hackers Know About You, based on where and when you shopped.

Walgreens database crashes during upgrade – no Rx @ 8200 stores

Walgreen Co.’s pharmacy database crashed and remained down for several hours on Friday morning, blocking customers from filling prescriptions.

The Deerfield-based drugstore chain said the systems were restored at all of Walgreen’s 8,200 pharmacies by 1 p.m., said Jim Graham a spokesman.

The outage, which affected all Walgreens pharmacies across the country, occurred during a routine database update that went awry, requiring the entire system to shut down, Graham said. To read the entire article from the Chicago Tribune, click here.

Hahahahahahahaha…must be the same people doing the register upgrades…

PSA: Walgreens new RR wording

Been much talk about the new wording on the RRs:  Save $XX Off your Next In Store Purchase Over the value of Coupon.  People were thinking that if the RR were for, say $4, you would have to have at least a $4 item to use the RR.  That’s why there were so many glitches lately at Walgreens…or so the story went.

Balderdash!  Ever since Walgreens went to the cards and “upgraded” their registers to prevent impulse purchases and take control away from the managers, they’ve had a total clusterf**k there.  I figured the wording change was to prevent any employee from reducing the value to match a sale price (usually by a penny, right?).  Just got back from Walgreens where I rolled my $3 L’Oreal RRs into $4 P&G RRs on the Crest toothpaste and mouthwash deal:  Each set of two was $6, less the $3 RR and two $1 coupons (for rinse) plus a .13 pencil.  Paid $1.57 and got a $4 RR and 300 loyalty points.

Now let’s hope there’s something to buy in the next two weeks.

2nd Stockpile Swap – Saturday, July 12

stockpileswap2The first Mashup Mom and deranged.me Stockpile Swap Meet was so successful that we’re holding another one!  No registration required – show up and say hi!

Join us at the Lisle Public Library on Saturday, July 12th in Meeting Room A from 1-3.  Running low on peanut butter and hoping to swap for your extra jelly? Stop by and see what you can find. If you are looking to swap a lot of something or looking for something special, feel free to comment.

♥   Bring one/take one – this ain’t a stockpile shopping trip
♥   Everyone should be able to leave with something new
♥   If you have lots of items, leave most in your car and bring in a few samples or pictures –      you can bring in the rest as needed
♥   This is a caveat emptor meet: You check for expiration, condition, etc.

No selling is allowed at this event per Library rules.  No money can change hands; bring items with the understanding that you’re giving them to others.

Remaining stockpile items will be donated to the Lisle Township Food Pantry, which serves residents of Lisle and unincorporated parts of Lisle, Naperville and Woodridge. I’ve donated here for years and can vouch that they’re a very dedicated group of mostly volunteers who serve a very large number of households.

FYI on finding dry & wet dogfood

Been finding a lot of dry dog food and now cans and tubs, too, at the big chain pet stores.  Everything from Pedigree to Purina Pro.  Found out that they’re discontinuing all the stuff you can find for cheaper at warehouse and grocery stores!  I’ve seen cans of Pedigree dog food marked down to 20¢ with dates well into 2015 – use the $1/6 coupon  from 4/27 rp and you’ll pay just 20¢ for six cans!  I saw IAMS tubs for 40¢ but I’m not rich…

Lots of Purina Pro – apparently they aren’t completely dumping the line, but will only carry the more exclusive types like grain-free.  Great time to stop in to any and all stores and see what’s available.  Like I said, this isn’t stuff they’re marking down because it’s getting close to expiration – these are almost new and there’s never a better time to stock up (many of the brands are in those thick plastic bags, too) when the stuff is so cheap.

No coupon inserts this holiday weekend

A quick reminder that we are expecting no inserts in this Memorial Day weekend’s paper.  Once in a while we get surprised, but there’s been no mention from anyone receiving early papers, nor have I gotten any of the coupon previews to share.

Back in the “old days,” people would put their newspapers on Vacation Hold for non-insert weeks and get credited, but no more – you pay one way or another.  I’ve never tried this because I was always afraid of messing up subsequent weeks with the carrier!

PSA: More bank card fraud?

screwJust got an email from my BOA credit card alerting me to possible fraud activity.

“We have learned that your Bank of America® Small Business credit card information may have been compromised at an undisclosed merchant or service provider. This does not mean fraud has or will occur on your account, but we are taking precautionary steps to help protect your account.”

I called and yes, this is a blanket email sent out to all their customers; customer service hasn’t been told the wheres and whens…which means more news stories and possible/probable aggravation for other card holders, especially anyone who uses their cards for automatic payment!  this card is primarily used at the post office…uh, oh!

DEAD – here’s a printable, instead! KFC BOGO coupon giveaway

2pc_BOGORachel just informed me that there is a printable coupon for this same offer on the KFC website, so those of you who were without — are now not.  Click here for a KFC coupon for a BOGO 2-piece chicken dinner with two sides and a biscuit.  I’ll end this giveaway now, but leave the post up as a header for a couple more hours.

For those of you missing parts of your Sunday paper or just need more KFC coupons, I have acquired “a few” of those BOGO coupons and want to play nice.  Please comment on this post and I’ll be pleased to share:  6 people will get 5 coupons each.

And if you say how bad fast food is for you…the grilled chicken is very tasty along with a side of cole slaw and potato wedges.  Plus the biscuit, of course!  And, when you’re all discombobulated by rushing around with the errands, it’s nice to be able to grab something even slightly meal-like, kwim?  I paid $5.99 plus tax for two orders – not sure if all locations have the same price.

This giveaway ends at 6 pm on Tuesday – I’ll keep this post as the header until then, too.  Coupon expiration date is May 11, so plenty of time to enjoy.  Each winner will have until 6 pm Wednesday to reply to my email or another name will be selected.