Coupon counterfeiter “Purple Lotus” sentenced to prison

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Last year, I shared the story of “Purple Lotus,” a man who ran a massive coupon counterfeiting scheme on the Dark Web. Today, the man behind the Purple Lotus moniker, Beau Wattigny, was sentenced to 41 months in jail and ordered to pay $74,855 in restitution, the amount he earned selling counterfeit free-product and high-value fake coupons.  

Jewel-Osco MyMixx ecoupon issues continue


Two problems still exist with MyMixx: Instant-savings deals in store prevent MyMixx ecoupons being applied to your purchases, and ecoupons for two items do not apply to two items purchased during a Buy One Get One Free sale.  

2016 Coupon Insert Schedule

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Which weeks will we have coupon inserts in the newspaper? Here’s a guide to 2016 that will let you know which inserts to expect each week…  

Kmart and Sears, this is why you’re losing customers…

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Kmart and Sears’ death rattle has been sounding in the media for a few years now, and admittedly, I don’t shop at either store very much anymore. That changed this month when I began trying to track down a Kmart-exclusive Star Wars action figure. Finally, it was in stock at… or was it?  

Current National Catalina offers: December 2015

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National Catalina offers for December 2015 include Annie’s, Bacardi frozen mixers, Breyers gelato, Jack’s pizzas, Lemi Shine, Motrin, Mrs. Smith’s pies, San Pellegrino, Tylenol, Wish-Bone, Yoplait and more!  

I’ll appear on Chicago’s ABC 7 news on Thanksgiving


If you’re in Chicagoland and happen to be lounging on your couch around 5:00pm waiting for the Bears game to start (or perhaps, waiting for guests to arrive for dinner!) turn on the ABC news on Channel 7. I’m scheduled to appear on the I-Team’s Black Friday shopping segment talking about Black Friday deals…