Frugal In The News Archive

Heating Bills Likely To Be Higher This Winter


Just a heads up → According to National Grid, your heating bills are likely to go up this winter by roughly 4.6%.

A spokesman for National Grid says that the cost of gas is solely responsible for the rate increases and that costs could fluctuate based on the weather and customer usage

Read more on here

Netflix Raising Prices of Standard and Premium Plans

Netflix announced yesterday that, for the first time in a couple years, they will be raising plan prices:

⇒ The cost of the “standard” plan will increase from $9.99/month to $10.99/month

⇒ The cost of the “premium” plan will increase from $11.99/month to $13.99/month

⇒ The cost of the “basic” plan will stay the same at $7.99/month

As of yesterday, new members signing up for plans will pay the above revised prices.  Current Netflix subscribers will be notified about the price hikes later in October.

The price increases are due to the increased costs of Netflix’s original programming shows.

Kohl’s to Accept Returns at 82 Select Stores

Kohl’s announced today that it will begin accepting returns at 82 stores across Los Angeles and Chicago.  For no cost, Kohl’s will conveniently pack and ship eligible items back to an Amazon fulfillment center for you.  It is not yet known when this service will expand to other markets.

For more information from Kohl’s, head over here.

Atlanta Falcons New Fan Friendly Concession Pricing

Other professional sports teams should take note 🙂

Atlanta’s new home turf, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is set to open its doors on August 26, and once it does, Falcons fans will be able to buy concessions at prices most fans can only dream of. ESPN’s Darren Rovell tweeted an image of the intended rates on Tuesday.

Buying expensive stadium concessions can be frustrating for fans. In 2015, for example, the combined price of a hot dog, a soda and a small beer at a San Francisco 49ers game was $22, meaning a group of four could easily spend upwards of $100 on food.

But that won’t be a problem at Mercedes-Benz Stadium — not with its bottom-barrel prices. Fans will be able to purchase that same hot dog meal for just $9, much more in line with grocery-store rates, or perhaps fast-food rates

…Read more from Sam Belden (Business Insider) here

Texas Woman Uses Coupon Skills to Help Hurricane Victims

PHOTO: Kimberly Gager of San Antonio, Texas, is donating her couponed goods to hurricane survivors

Another great story of one using their coupon skills to help others!

Kimberly Gager of San Antonio, Texas, admits she has a couponing addiction — but in Hurricane Harvey’s wake, she’s putting her shopping hobby to good use to help those who lost property in the storm.

“I just really want people to know, ‘Hey I’m here, I’m real. This isn’t a joke. If you need supplies, let me know,’” Gager, 39, told ABC News of the stacks of diapers, baby wipes, baby food, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, detergent, toothpaste and other personal hygiene supplies lining her garage.

Gager was inspired to offer up her arsenal of supplies after Harvey hit southeast Texas because she lived through Hurricane Floyd in 1999, losing her entire home in Newport News, Virginia. She said she knew the feeling of loss and devastation firsthand.

“I said, you know what? I can put these coupons to good use,” she said of the baby supply coupons she’d normally pass up. “I don’t have babies, so I usually throw those away. But I can go buy this stuff for them and put it to good use.”

[Read more at ABC News here]…

DineEquity to Close 160 Applebee’s and IHOP Locations

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DineEquity, the parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP, has recently announced plans to close up to 160 restaurant locations before the end of 2017. This is due to poor second quarter sales in 2017, along with the continued decrease in popularity of casual-dining restaurants.

USA Today notes that Applebee’s will close 105 to 136 restaurants, while IHOP is expected to close up to 25 locations.

The exact locations that will be closing and closing dates have not yet been released.  According to NBC, franchisee profitability, operational results and brand quality standards will be taken into consideration.

Introducing YouTube TV …

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YouTube recently announced they will be entering the TV streaming service arena to compete against the likes of Sling TV, Playstation Vue, and others.  Here’s everything you need to know right now regarding YouTube TV:

Availability and Price

  • The service will be available later this year in select US areas
  • It will cost $35 per month
    • This price will get you six individual user accounts


A full list of channels is not currently available but there should be roughly 40 or so including the following:

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • FOX
  • Fox Sports Networks
  • Comcast SportsNet
  • NBC
  • ESPN
  • Fox News
  • Disney Channel
  • Sprout
  • USA
  • FX
  • Bravo

Notable Features

  • The primary interface is a smartphone app with three tabs (“Live,” “Library,” and “Home.”)
  • You can pull up a full-screen viewer within the app to view a channel, or cast the video to your Chromecast-compatible TV
  • Each of the six subscription accounts will include access to their own unlimited-storage DVR

Amazon: Free Shipping Minimum Returns to $35

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Did you hear?

Amazon has returned its free shipping minimum to $35, after almost a year of offering free shipping only for orders of $49 or more.  This applies to those who are not Amazon Prime members.

The many perks of an Amazon Prime membership

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