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Walmart App Saves You Money

        Jim Hamm gets our attention with "If you occasionally shop at Wally World, a blogger wrote the the following about an app that is available. It might be worth checking out."  
        "If you shop at Walmart you might want to check out their Savings Catcher Program.  Just download the Walmart app for your phone and then use it to scan your Walmart receipts.  There is a QR code at the bottom of every Walmart receipt that looks like this:  

        "Just use the Walmart app to scan the code and then WM will compare what you paid to prices at other stores in the area.  If they find a lower price, they credit you with the difference.  
        "So far in the last several months, we've gotten a little over $17 back.  You can collect it by printing out an e-card at home and then use it at the checkout.  So, check it out." 

Hurry! Save $ on Computer Courses

        This is just in from Jim Hays, "Udemy ( offers its top 300 courses for $10 each via coupon code 'FEB1010.'  Alternately, take 75% off site-wide via coupon code '775LEARN.' 
        "The offer expires March 10, 2015. 
        "Udemy offers courses in web development, iOS development, photography, Excel, programming (Java, Javascript, VBA, Python, Ruby, Swift, etc.) as well as many other topics."

Black Friday Deals

        Well, it's Black Friday, when the stores expect to be "in the black" when all the sales are tallied.  Maybe you're out shopping right now?  Here's from the link from InformationWeek,  pointing out Apple sales, listing discounts also at Best Buy and WalMart, the Apple online store, as well as giving links to find your local Apple Store.  Also, click to see an iPad Mini Tablet slideshow.
        Look at Apple's site, too. It's a one day sale. Save $ and have fun.

Cell Phone Costs

     Save money — sounds almost as good as FREE.  Jim Hamm to the rescue.  He's found a very important article with warnings we need to read and heed.  See here.  He explains, "If you use a cell phone, you may want to read this article about third-party vendors somehow adding subscriptions to your service. Subscriptions that you don't want and didn't subscribe to, and which increase your monthly cost. I don't understand how this can happen, but according to the article, it can. I notice that AT&T (and maybe other carriers) permit a subscriber to place a block on their service so this can't happen. We've not had a problem yet, that I'm aware of, but I plan to call AT&T and place a block on our service.
        "The other thing to do is review your monthly bill carefully." 

Save Money on Fancy Fonts

        Costs only $1, and that saves you $149.  Got your attention?  Roger Lakner sends this link to Macware website with the info.  It announces, "To show our appreciation for Mac Users everywhere, Macware is offering an incredible deal on FontPack Pro . . . " Catch the details on the coupon code to grab this bargain.
        Here Jim Hamm adds, "From reading comments from another Mac user group I belong to, this is a valid offer and not a scam. If you do order this, you need to uncheck a certain box if you don't want to purchase this on a CD (for an extra charge) and only want to download the fonts for just $1. Another gentleman mentioned these fonts may be used commercially as well without royalty payments. This would be of interest to web developers."

Clearance Sale: Take a Look

The alert eyes of Jim Hamm caught this special sale info.  Take a look, "The online Apple Store is having a clearance of the original iPad for three select WiFi and WiFi + 3G models, including the flagship 64GB WiFi + 3G iPad. Now available for up to $200-$230 less compared to their original list prices, these products come looking like new and with the same 1-year warranty that other Apple products receive. All refurbished iPad models also include a brand new battery and outershell. Supplies are time-limited, as indicated by the Special Limited Time Price designation. Availability is guaranteed upon receipt of full payment."   Check out this link.

Save Money on Ink and Refurbished Printer

Ink for that printer can be expensive, as David Passell reports here. "I was going broke paying $51.00 every two months or so for new ink cartridges for my Canon MP 470 printer. Think4Inc has Brother 1960C Refurbished printers for $89.00 (with tax it comes to $97.00). It uses separate ink tanks for each color and, according to Think4Inc's comparative rating, costs pennies per ML of ink used, as against dollars for the Canon. The ink comes in four cartridge tanks: black, yellow, magenta, and cyan.

"I bought one and have set it up. There is a free driver for Snow Leopard at which I downloaded. It didn't set up quite like the instructions said (what else is new), but I have it working and it is quite good for printing tasks. It prints/copies cleanly in color or black.

"In addition to being a printer, it is also a sheet feed copier, and is a FAX receive/transmit unit. I've never done Faxing, but I guess I can learn. For now I have the automatic receive function shut down.

"It comes with a 5.8 gb wireless telephone/speakerphone/intercom handset which I now have working nicely. It also contains an answering machine. In all, it looks like a good purchase.

"Paper is loaded into a print tray and will hold up to 100 sheets of 20# paper. It prints 4x6, letter, A4, and legal. To make a copy of anything from 4x6 up you just drop the original into a slot. I think it will copy/fax a stack of originals.

"It has a lot of functions that are selectable via a menu and an LCD screen.

"Jeff said he bought a pallet of them. If anyone is looking for a general purpose machine like this, check it out.

"I will use my MP470 mainly for when I need a flat bed scanner, or to scan things into my computer (which isn't often)."