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How I Saved A Bunch Of Money By Leaving CVS For A Locally Owned Pharmacy

Comparison shopping can save you a lot of money, and the difference can be dramatic in the case of prescription drugs. Susan ventured to CVS to fill her first prescriptions after leaving her former employer’s insurance, and was shocked to see that a medication she was used to paying a $10 copay for would cost $54.99 out of her own wallet. This certainly isn’t the biggest prescription sticker shock we’ve ever heard of (or experienced ourselves) but it did motivate Susan to shop around. That’s when she learned that loyalty to a pharmacy doesn’t really pay all that much. She left CVS behind, and now her bank account and her soul are much happier. [More]

Book Chains Won't Honor My Exchange Unless I Buy Discount Cards

Book Chains Won't Honor My Exchange Unless I Buy Discount Cards

Clifton says two book stores, both part of large chains, refused to accept his receipt-less returns unless he signed up for the stores’ discount cards. A former bookstore employee, Clifton balked at clerks’ assertions that the exchanges weren’t possible unless he signed up. [More]

CDC Used Shopper Loyalty Cards To Solve Mysterious Salmonella Outbreak

CDC Used Shopper Loyalty Cards To Solve Mysterious Salmonella Outbreak

The shopper loyalty cards that your grocery store provides can have a higher purpose than giving you discounts, profiling your shopping habits, and racking up points for rewards programs. Loyalty card data can also help track down the source of foodborne pathogens, retaining records of specific brands and items that customers probably won’t remember. Trying to find the source of a mysterious salmonella outbreak, the CDC mined grocery loyalty card data to narrow the source down to specific brands of Italian cured meat. [More]

Ticketmaster Tries To Evade California Law By Calling "Gift Card" A "Discount Card"

Ticketmaster Tries To Evade California Law By Calling "Gift Card" A "Discount Card"

See this gift card, the one that says “GIFT CARD” in big letters? Ticketmaster insists it’s really a “Discount Card,” and thus, not covered by the California law preventing gift cards from expiring.

Cut Down on Extraneous Discount Cards

Cut Down on Extraneous Discount Cards

Savvy bro Lifehacker got turned onto a great idea posted at DIY Mods on cutting down on all those extra store discount cards bursting out your purse.