Track your driving for rewards?

There are apps that will let you earn coupons just for visiting a particular store, or for traveling in a particular area. But what if you could be rewarded no matter where you go, just as long as you’re going somewhere?

That’s the idea behind “Miles”, an app that launched on Apple’s app store last summer and is newly available for Android devices. But whether you’ll find the rewards to be worth earning, depends on whether you shop at the stores offering them – and how you feel about being tracked everywhere you go.

“Mobility is a universal behavior that largely goes unrewarded,” Miles CEO Jigar Shah said in a recent company blog post. So he and his co-founders decided to invent what they call “a frequent flier program for ground transportation”.  Here’s the entire Coupons in the News article.

Purex Settlement – submit your claim

If you purchased Purex Naturals between May 19, 2013 and March 8, 2019, you may be eligible for a payment from a settlement.  As I’ve stated many times in the past, the Linen & Lilies scent is my favorite laundry detergent and I’ve bought hundreds in that time frame… unfortunately, without receipts or other proof (wonder if an old photo of lines of bottles in the basement would qualify?), you are limited to 10.  Click here for more info.

Coupon counterfeiting hits the big screen

Coupon counterfeiting may not be particularly funny, but it sure is fascinating. So Hollywood once again has its sights set on a notorious counterfeit coupon case, that will be played for laughs in a feature film that could be coming soon to a theater near you.

The Hollywood trade press is reporting that The Good Place’s Kristen Bell and Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones are set to star in Queenpins, a dark comedy based on the 2012 arrests of three Phoenix women who ran a $40 million counterfeit coupon ring.  The whole enchilada from Coupons in the News here.

ALDI is cheaper…except when it’s not

t’s not news to committed deal-seekers that you can often pay a lot less for your groceries by using coupons and shopping the sales at traditional grocery stores, as compared to paying deep discounters’ “everyday low prices”. But discounters like ALDI and Lidl continue to make inroads among shoppers who have grown tired of clipping coupons and playing pricing games.

So what are the big grocery retailers to do – give up the games and just cut prices like their competitors do? A retail advisory firm says pricing games aren’t the problem, it’s how you play the game that matters. And in order to win the battle for your business, grocery stores need to get smarter about having the right prices, on the right products, at the right time, for the right customers. Coupons in the News article here.

Walgreens Rewards: forward into the past

It’s not exactly a corporate mea culpa or a public plea for forgiveness, but Walgreens appears to be acknowledging that changes to its Balance Rewards loyalty program late last year didn’t go over well. So it’s rolling back some of those changes – not quite returning the program back to the way it was, but making it much better than it is now.  Here’s the entire Coupons in the News article.

To shop or not to shop: the Whole Foods ?

Unless you really, really need mixed-medley cherry tomatoes, organic bunched rainbow chard or sustainable wild-caught halibut – and you need it now – you might want to wait until tomorrow to head to Whole Foods. Those items, and hundreds of others that may be more likely to actually appear on your grocery shopping list, will be getting new price tags overnight.

Amazon-owned Whole Foods is unveiling new long-term lower prices on about 500 items effective Wednesday, in what it calls its third and largest round of storewide price cuts since Amazon acquired the grocery chain nearly two years ago. Amazon Prime members will get access to even more savings, while non-Prime members will be enticed to join with a $10 off a $20 purchase coupon (available here on Wednesday). Coupons in the News article here.

Remember that “clip all” button?

If you remember when digital coupons first started becoming commonplace, many stores used to have a “clip all” button on their digital coupon page. No need to browse through all of the offers, just clip them all without even looking at them, and enjoy whatever discounts happen to apply to your purchases!

But those “clip all” buttons went away under pressure from brands, who didn’t want to squander their promotional dollars giving away discounts to shoppers who didn’t actively select them. And the coupon industry started going after anyone who tried to bring the “clip all” button back. Here’s the entire Coupons in the News article.