Telemarketers on the Hook for Spam Texts — Plus More Class-Action Settlements

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Telemarketers on the Hook for Spam Texts — Plus More Class-Action Settlements
Several new class-action settlements involve violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a federal law that bans spam texts, unsolicited sales calls that use auto dialers, and spam faxes. See if you qualify for any of the latest settlements, which also involve fake price schemes, a data breach and broken treadmill accessories. YouFit Text Ads YouFit Health Clubs LLC has agreed to a $1.4 million settlement regarding allegations that the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The class action lawsuit, filed in July 2018, alleged the company sent unsolicited texts to cell phones between July 25, 2014 and May 15, 2018. The text messages advertised YouFit’s $0 down promotion. Consumers who received the unwanted texts and who were not already YouFit members could be eligible for a $7.50 settlement. The deadline to file a claim is Nov. 15, 2019. For full details, click here. FROM THE MAKE MONEY FORUM Laptops 9/5/19 @ 5:32 PM WORK AT HOME 8/30/19 @ 6:14 PM T Work from home Southern_MiMi 9/3/19 @ 1:44 PM HOW TO START YOUR OWN ONLINE TUTORING BUSINESS? 9/4/19 @ 2:05 PM See more in Make Money or ask a money question Gap and Banana Republic Outlet Pricing Customers who shopped at Gap or Banana Republic outlet stores may be eligible for part of a $3.75 million class-action settlement. If you bought merchandise in person or online from a Gap Outlet, Gap Factory Store or Banana Republic Factory Store between May 24, 2010 and May 10, 2019, you could have been duped by an alleged falsely referenced pricing scheme. California, New Jersey and Florida customers alleged the Gap and Banana Republic factory stores used fake reference prices to make the merchandise appear it was offered at a great savings at the outlet stores. The suit claims the items at the outlet stores were never offered for sale at any regular retail outlets. The settlement allows customers who bought items during the specified timeline to receive $6 to $12 in store credit. For the full scoop, click here and submit your valid claim by the Jan. 6, 2020 deadline. Equifax Data Breach The credit bureau Equifax has agreed to settle claims from its 2017 data breach for at least $380.5 million. Almost 147 million people were affected by the leak of personal and financial data, amounting to one of the largest breaches in history. Plaintiffs claimed Equifax took inadequate cybersecurity measures that made their personal information vulnerable to hackers. Affected consumers are eligible for either free credit monitoring services or a $125 cash payment. The settlement also provides a maximum of $20,000 expense reimbursement if the data breach resulted in out-of-pocket costs to the consumer, and a minimum of seven years of free identity restoration services. The due date to file claims for credit monitoring services, alternative reimbursement compensation and Equifax subscription product reimbursement is Jan. 22, 2020. If you plan to file a claim, experts say to consider the risk of future identity theft. Choosing the credit monitoring and identity theft services could be a better option than taking the money. For complete details on this settlement that affects nearly half of the U.S. population, click here. Precor Treadmill Heart Rate Monitor Precor has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over allegations its treadmill heart rate chest straps were defective. You could benefit from the settlement if you purchased Precor treadmills (models 9.23, 9.33, 9.27, 9.35, TRM 211, TRM 243, TRM 223, TRM 425, or TRM 445) between May 16, 2010 and Dec. 26, 2018 (for residents of California, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey or New York) or between Dec. 26, 2014 and Dec. 26, 2018 (for residents of all other states). Potential awards are as follows for anyone who submits a claim that includes the covered treadmill’s serial number: Models TRM 223 or TRM 243: a free Precor treadmill-compatible heart rate chest strap. Models 9.23 or TRM 211: a free Bluetooth-compatible heart rate chest strap. Models 9.27, 9.33, 9.35, TRM 425, or TRM 445: one year extended warranty coverage on treadmill heart rate chest strap. Click here for more information. You’ll need to file a claim quickly. The deadline is Sept. 11, 2019. Massage Envy Membership Rates Members of Massage Envy between Nov. 4, 2006 and June 7, 2019 could be eligible for part of a $10 million settlement regarding claims the company unfairly increased monthly membership rates. Plaintiffs alleged the spa increased membership fees on a continual basis without alerting customers in advance. Members also may qualify for a voucher worth $10 to $50 if they submit a request by Sept. 20, 2019. The voucher depends on the amount paid in fee increases: $10 voucher: paid $75 or less in fee increases $20 voucher: paid $75.01 to $125 in fee increases  $30 voucher: paid $125.01 to $175 in fee increases  $40 voucher: paid $175.01 to $225 in fee increases $50 voucher: paid $225.01 or more in fee increases For complete details, click here. Experian Public Records If you requested and received a copy of your credit report from Experian between Jan. 15, 2011 and Sept. 21, 2018 that included a public record (bankruptcy, judgement or tax lien), you could be eligible for free credit monitoring. Also included in this settlement are individuals who had a credit report provided to a third party (such as a lender) between Jan. 15, 2014 and Sept. 21, 2018 that included an inaccurately reported tax lien or civil judgement. Without admitting any wrongdoing, Experian has settled claims that it failed to sufficiently report civil judgement and tax lien public records due to its own inadequate procedures for obtaining the information. Consumers may receive two years of Experian IdentityWorks Plus credit monitoring service at no charge, and also may participate in a mediation program to request financial compensation. The deadline to file your valid claim is Aug. 22, 2020. Click here for more details. Seagram’s Ginger Ale  If you bought Seagram’s Ginger Ale between April 1, 2013 and June 13, 2019, you could be eligible for a portion of a $2.45 million class-action settlement resolving claims Coca-Cola falsely labeled the products as containing “real ginger. The lawsuit was filed in December 2016 alleging Seagram’s Ginger Ale products were deceptively marketed as containing real ginger, which would intentionally lead shoppers to believe the soft drinks consisted of real ginger root. The products allegedly have a chemical flavoring designed to imitate the taste of ginger and no real ginger root at all. The purchase of 2-liter bottle, a 20-ounce bottle, a 12-pack of 12-ounce cans, or a 10-pack of 7.5-ounce cans are each considered a single product.  Claims for 1-5 units will be compensated with $4. If you don’t have proof of purchase, you can claim up to 13 units per household and receive a payment of $10.40. With proof of purchase, consumers can collect up to $80 for 100 units. Click here for details and to file a claim by the Sept. 5, 2019 deadline. Enagic Unwanted Phone Calls Water filter company Enagic has agreed to a $27.6 million lawsuit settlement regarding claims the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Eligible cla [...]
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Old Navy: Kids Uniform Polos only $3.40, plus more!

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Old Navy: Kids Uniform Polos only $3.40, plus more!
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Still needing some school clothes? Old Navy has kids uniform polos for only $3.40! Right now, Old Navy is offering up to 60% off kids back to school clothes! Plus, today only, you can get an extra 15% off your order when you use the promo code EXTRA at checkout! Here are some deals you can score… Get Boys or Girls Uniform Polos for just $3.40 after the promo code! Get Boys Jeans for just $6.80 after the promo code! Get Girls Jeans for just $6.80 after the promo code! Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs. Valid today only, August 21, 2019. Thanks, The Krazy Coupon Lady! [...]
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Pottery Barn Backpacks as low as $14.99 shipped, plus more!

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Pottery Barn Backpacks as low as $14.99 shipped, plus more!
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Need to buy a new backpack? You can score some great deals on Pottery Barn Backpacks and Lunch Boxes right now! Right now, Pottery Barn has some great deals on backpacks and lunch boxes! Plus, you can get an extra 25% off select bags plus free shipping when you use the promo code BIGDEAL at checkout! Please note that this code only works on select backpacks and lunch boxes. Look for the discount listed below the name of the bag to find the qualifying bags. Backpacks – as low as $19.99 (regularly $69.50) Use promo code BIGDEAL (25% off + free shipping) $14.99 shipped after promo code Lunch Bags – as low as $7 (regularly $24.50) Use promo code BIGDEAL (25% off + free shipping) $5.25 shipped after promo code Valid for a limited time only. Be sure to check out all of the Best 2019 Back To School Deals! Don’t forget you can also sign up for our daily email newsletter to get all of the best back to school deals emailed to you every week! And be sure to check out my post on 5 Simple Ways to Save on Back to School Deals. Thanks, Hip2Save! [...]
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My Completely Honest KiwiCo Review (plus get 40% off your first box!)

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My Completely Honest KiwiCo Review (plus get 40% off your first box!)
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Interested in KiwiCo reviews — or maybe specifically a Kiwi Crate review (since that’s the most popular box)? If you’re interested in trying a KiwiCo box for your kids, check out my completely honest thoughts below! And be sure to scroll to the bottom to get a promo code for 40% off your first box! {And if you’re looking for more honest reviews, you might be interested in my Montessori by Mom review and JellyTelly review. You can also check out my top 10 recommended subscription boxes for kids and my top 13 recommended magazine subscriptions for kids.} What is KiwiCo (formerly Kiwi Crate)? If you’re looking for some really unique ways to keep your kids entertained, I highly recommend KiwiCo! In case you’ve never heard of KiwiCo, it used to be called Kiwi Crate but after expanding and adding on so many different types of boxes, they rebranded to be called KiwiCo. KiwiCo is a monthly subscription service that offers kid’s educational projects, crafts, and activities on different themes. You can get a subscription for as low as $16.95 per month — including shipping. Each box includes all the materials to make a fun hands-on project (or 2-3 simpler projects, depending on the box!). What age range is it for? The original Kiwi Crate was designed for kids ages 5-8, but they’ve now added on so many different options! KiwiCo offers monthly crate subscriptions for various ages: Tadpole Crate for ages 0-3 years (Explore & Discover) Koala Crate for ages 3-4 (Play & Learn) Kiwi Crate for ages 5-8 (Science, Art, & More) Atlas Crate for ages 6-11 (Geography & Culture) Doodle Crate for ages 9-16+ (Art & Design) Tinker Crate for ages 9-16+ (Science & Engineering) Eureka Crate for ages 14-104 (Engineering & Design) The two most popular crates (at least in our house!) seem to be Kiwi Crate and Tinker Crate, but I love that they have choices for different ages and preferences! My Honest KiwiCo Review If you’re looking for completely honest Kiwi Crate reviews, I’m here to tell you that my kids have been using KiwiCo for years and absolutely LOVE it. They received it as a gift one year and loved it so much that they continued requesting it as a gift each year after that! I have fond memories of them running to the mailbox in excitement and anticipation to see what would be in this month’s Kiwi Crate box. I still remember how much Silas loved the very first Kiwi Crate box we received in the mail! He made a glow worm from a sock and named it “Billy Butler” after one of his favorite Royal’s baseball players. Since we’re a family that has never had a lot of toys, the KiwiCo boxes have been a great fit for us. It’s really nice that they’re mostly consumable and don’t contribute to toy clutter around the house. I also really love how hands-on, educational, unique, and entertaining they are. And they always have really great instructions for kids (and parents) to follow. Even as they’ve gotten older, they still really enjoy getting the boxes in the mail. (And I love that KiwiCo has now added on some really cool boxes for older kids!) In fact, we recently received a Kiwi Crate and Tinker Crate in the mail and ended up taking it with us on our family vacation in Utah. Our nieces and nephews loved working on the projects together and all gave it a thumbs up! (How’s that for an honest Kiwi Crate review? 😉) It was so much fun and such a great way for them to all do a hands-on activity together! How much does Kiwi Crate cost? The one negative thing I have to say about KiwiCo is the cost. (But be sure to scroll down for a coupon code to save on your first box!) While my kids have absolutely loved their Kiwi Crate boxes, we’ve always received them as gifts from grandparents. And I do think that they’re a little bit on the expensive side — especially if you’re on a tight budget. Most of the boxes cost $19.95 per month and you can get them for as low as $16.95 per month if you buy an entire annual subscription at once. {The Eureka box costs even more at $29.95 per month or $24.95 per month if you purchase an annual subscription.} This is why I think a KiwiCo subscription is a GREAT idea for grandparents as birthday or Christmas gifts! And you can purchase different lengths of subscriptions, depending on your budget — one month, three months, six months, or an entire year. Save 40% off your first KiwiCo box! If this honest KiwiCo review made you interested to try it, I’ve got a great deal for you! You can get 40% off your first box as a MoneySavingMom.com reader when you shop through this link. That makes your first box just $11.97 shipped. And there’s no obligation to continue with your subscription after your first box. Just log in to your account and cancel your subscription before it renews at the regular price. This is a great way to try KiwiCo at a discounted price and see if your kids like it! Have you tried Kiwi Crate before? If so, what was your experience? 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*HOT* Adidas Men’s Running Shoes only $24.50 shipped (Reg. $70), plus more!

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*HOT* Adidas Men’s Running Shoes only $24.50 shipped (Reg. $70), plus more!
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Adidas is offering some HOT deals on shoes right now that you don’t want to miss! Right now, Adidas is having an End of Season Sale where you can save up to 50% off select shoes and apparel! Plus, you can save an extra 30% off when you use the promo code SAVE30 at checkout! Shipping is free. Here are some HOT deals you can score… Adidas Men’s Lite Racer Running Shoes – $35 (regularly $70) Use promo code SAVE30 (30% off) Shipping is free $24.50 shipped after promo code Adidas Men’s Questar TND Running Shoes – $45 (regularly $90) Use promo code SAVE30 (30% off) Shipping is free $31.50 shipped after promo code Adidas Men’s Duramo Slides – $10 (regularly $20) Use promo code SAVE30 (30% off) Shipping is free $7 shipped after promo code Shop the Adidas sale here. Valid through July 15, 2019. Thanks, Hip2Save! [...]
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Teach a Craft Or Run Errands — Plus 6 Other Gigs Perfect for Seniors

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Teach a Craft Or Run Errands — Plus 6 Other Gigs Perfect for Seniors
Older workers are re-entering or staying in the workforce in the highest numbers in decades. And many of them are giving the gig economy a shot. According to the latest workforce projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the participation rate for seniors age 65 and up has increased nearly 20 percentage points since 1996. Flexible work arrangements through side-gig apps and work-from-home jobs are making the transition easier. The customer-service and retail industries are also tapping into this burgeoning population of workers with targeted recruiting through AARP and churches. All this amounts to a lot of competition among employers — and ripe job opportunities for retirees. 8 Jobs For Retirees From errands to English-teaching or from ride-sharing to renting, these part-time jobs for seniors are tailor-fit for any older worker who wants to make a little extra money. 1. Become an Airbnb Host Got a spare room, apartment, house ― even a tent in a serene backyard? You can rent it out for extra cash on Airbnb. Airbnb is an online marketplace that allows folks to list their space for short-term rentals. Airbnb, after all, is short for Air Bed and Breakfast, which refers to the co-founders’ initial idea of charging guests to stay on air mattresses to help pay their San Francisco rent. In our guide to becoming an Airbnb host, staff writer Carson Kohler outlines all the do’s and don’ts of hosting on Airbnb. The five big tenets to qualify are: You must be able to provide the essentials, including toilet paper, soap, linens, and at least one towel and pillow per guest. You must be responsive to your potential guests, answering requests and inquiries within 24 hours. You should accept reservation requests when you’re available. You should avoid cancellations. In fact, the Airbnb cancellation policy is pretty strict — you’ll find it outlined in our guide above. You should be able to keep a high overall rating from guests. Before listing your home or apartment online, be sure to check with your local government, which may regulate or outright ban short-term rentals. While there is no cost to register your rental, some things to consider are fees Airbnb charges every time someone books your space, in addition to municipal short-term rental taxes. Depending on your area, taxes and fees could reach as high as 21% of your listing price. 2. Chauffeur With Uber or Lyft By now, you probably know the gist of driving with ride-sharing services: You use an app to connect with people who need rides. You drive them somewhere in your own car, and they pay automatically through the app. The two biggest players in the space — Uber and Lyft — have an intense rivalry, but both apps are fair options if you’re just starting out. Each app is fundamentally the same for drivers: You log in when you want to work, wait for a notification that means someone’s hailed a ride, then pick them up and drop them off at their destination. You earn money based on how many rides you take, and you automatically get paid each week (or more often, if you choose) through direct deposit. To become a driver, applicants need: To be at least 21 years old. A four-door automobile, 2002 or newer. A valid U.S. driver’s license. At least a year of driving experience. Beyond that, senior editor Dana Sitar breaks down the nuances in our Lyft vs Uber guide. FROM THE MAKE MONEY FORUM tutoring business 6/16/19 @ 6:17 PM WFH Transcription Woes?? 6/16/19 @ 6:12 PM Need advice on working from home 6/14/19 @ 8:35 AM How to earn money with simple idea! 6/8/19 @ 8:25 AM See more in Make Money or ask a money question 3. Rent out Your Car If you don’t feel like chaufferring others around — or driving at all, for that matter — you can rent out your unused car. If you try to do that on your own, you’ll probably invalidate your insurance. And you have to find customers. But companies like GetAround and Turo will find the customers for you and provide the insurance. Even General Motors launched a car-sharing service called Maven for owners of a GM vehicle (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC) that’s a 2015 model or newer. Creating an account with all three companies is free. Listing your car on GetAround costs $20 a month, plus a one-time $99 installation fee for a remote receiver to unlock your car for customers. Maven and Turo don’t charge monthly fees but take a percentage of earnings from your listing. According to Maven estimates, renting out your car for a day could earn you between $80 and $225 depending on the model. Payout is in as little as five days (for Turo) or as much as a month (for Maven). 4. Run Errands for Others Through side-gig apps like TaskRabbit and Postmates, getting paid to run errands is as easy as it’s ever been. With both apps, users can browse through a list of tasks that locals need help with. Grocery runs, picking up a package from the UPS store, taking someone’s animal to obedience training — all fair game. Postmates is focused on delivery-related tasks. You can deliver via car, bicycle or foot. Just create a free account, then you’ll receive a welcome kit in the mail within a week (a free delivery bag and a prepaid card to make your purchases). Link the card to the Postmates Fleet app, and you’re off to earning extra money. TaskRabbit works a little differently. The services are much broader, including home improvement, maintenance, administrative, cleaning, event planning and — of course — delivery and other errand-related tasks. Creating an account is also free. Income from both apps varies on a task-by-task basis. There aren’t any minimums in the amount of tasks you’re required to complete, either. You’ll be able to see the rates and choose to accept them before embarking on the errand. While not average earnings, some high-performing users make more than $2,000 a month. See how these Taskers made thousands using TaskRabbit. 5. Teach Your Craft at Michael’s Can you knit? Do needlepoint? Build a ship in a bottle? These crafts, once thought of a throw-backs, are back in a big way. The arts-and-crafts retailer Michael’s unveiled its Community Classroom in late 2018. The program offers a way to connect local “Makers,” aka people skilled in hands-on crafts, to teach at the nearest Michael’s. It’s up to the teachers, however, to recruit students for their classes. Michaels splits the profits from student registration, with Michael’s keeping 30% of the course price, and the teachers pocketing 70%. The program is still in beta as it expands to all U.S. Michael’s locations, but most Michael’s stores currently offer it. No previous teaching experience is required and the program is open to everyone — not just Michael’s employees. To become a Community Classroom instructor, submit a proposal that includes: A detailed description of what you plan to teach. A personal bio that explains your expertise, including a photo of yourself. Logistics, such as the location, required materials for the lesson, date and time. Accepted instructors receive Community Classroom ID and a 15% in-store discount. 6. Tutor English Online English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) teachers are in high demand. To keep up, many [...]
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Kroger 2-Day Sale: FREE Dannon Danimals, $0.99 Yoplait Go-Gurt, plus more!

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Kroger 2-Day Sale: FREE Dannon Danimals, $0.99 Yoplait Go-Gurt, plus more!
Head to Kroger this weekend to score some great deals with these e-coupons! This weekend, Kroger is offering some great deals when you download the digital coupons! Limit 5 per deal. I’m especially excited about the deals on Danimals and Go-Gurt! Buy (up to 5) Dannon Danimals (6 ct) – 2.50 (thru 6/11) Use $0.99 Dannon Danimals (6 ct) Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (Use ONLY 6/7-6/8) Pay $0.99, Submit for $1.00/1 Dannon Danimals; Includes 6 ct Ibotta Rebate – Limit 5 Free after coupon and cash back Buy (up to 5) Yoplait Go-Gurt (8 ct) – 2.50 (thru 6/11) Use $0.99 Yoplait Go-Gurt (8 ct) Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (Use ONLY 6/7-6/8) $0.99 after coupon Buy (up to 5) Frito Lay or Frito Lay Simply Multipack (16-18 ct) – 6.99 (Reg Price) Use $4.49 Frito Lay or Frito Lay Simply Multipack (16-18 ct) Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (Use ONLY 6/7-6/8) $4.49 after coupon Buy (up to 5) Coleman Propane (16 oz) – 4.99 (Reg Price) Use $3.49 Coleman Propane (16 oz) Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (Use ONLY 6/7-6/8) $3.49 after coupon Buy (up to 5) Gillette or Venus Disposable Razors (3-5 ct) – 6.99 (Reg Price) Use $3.99 Gillette or Venus Disposable Razors (3-5 ct) Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (Use ONLY 6/7-6/8) $3.99 after coupon Buy (up to 5) Olay Daily Facials (33 ct) – 6.99 (thru 6/11) Use $3.99 Olay Daily Facials (33 ct) Kroger Digital Coupon – Limit 5 (Use ONLY 6/7-6/8) $3.99 after coupon Valid June 7-8, 2019 only. Thanks, Kroger Krazy! [...]
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