Hello 2015

It’s been way to long for me to not to stop in and write something on my own blog.  Years ago when I posted on my blog, I wrote about lots of green stuff and things that irked me.  That’s all for now.

FTD’s Groupon Bait & Switch!

I decided to pick up FTD’s $40 for $20 groupon this morning as it looks like a good deal however as I found out quickly this deal is definitely NOT worth it.  I had previously looked for flowers on FTD’s site and knew I wanted to get the Simply Cheerful Mix for $19.99 + another arrangement to get my order total to $40.  After receiving my groupon certificate for FTD, I followed the directions and went to http://www.ftd.com/groupon only to find that the same arrangement that was $19.99 through DealCatcher was now jacked up to $39.99 via the Groupon landing page.  Long story short I realize that groupon certificates don’t normally stack with other offers but it seems extremely shady and definitely goes under the BAIT & SWITCH column in my book!  I think I’ll stick to 18F or Proflowers offers at this point.

On another note, Groupon gladly refunded my order and even mentioned that they had already fielded a number of other complaints for this offer.

Friendly’s New Ultimate Grilled Cheese Burgermelt only 1500 Calories???

friendlys grilled cheese burgermeltFriendly’s is making news for the new addition to their menu – The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Burger Melt which is “A Big Beef burger between two hot grilled cheese sandwiches, with lettuce, tomato and mayo”. I read one article on CBS News that stated it was 1,160 calories which I knew had to be incorrect. I decided to check their site to see how many calories it really has. Friendly’s nutrition chart states that their Ultimate Grilled Cheese Burger Melt is filled with 1500 calories. This number seems way off since their grilled cheese sandwich is 800 calories alone. I just wrote them to find out if this is a mistake or how they got to the 1500 calories number. Below is my letter to them. I’ll follow up when I get a response.

Email to Friendly’s:
I noticed your ultimate grilled cheese burgermelt is supposed to have 1500 calories however your grilled cheese alone has 800 calories. Simple math tells me the “bun” (ie 2 grilled cheese sandwiches) alone would be 1600 calories which would put this sandwich closer to say 2,000 calories when you throw in the burger and condiments. Is this an oversight on your part or is there something I am missing?

Friendly’s Grilled Cheese Calories

Friendly’s Ultimate Grilled Cheese Burgermelt Calories:

Chrysler to Double Cash For Clunkers Vouchers

I just read in the news that Chrysler will double the federal government’s cash for clunkers vouchers starting Thursday. Best of all, even if your car does not qualify for the government’s voucher, the Chrysler offer will apply to any buyer regardless of the age and fuel economy of the trade-in vehicle. In other words, if you pick the right car and already qualify for the government’s vourcher you could get up to $9,000 off a new Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge.

List of Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles for Chrysler, Dodge & Jeep


2010 Dodge Caliber
Combined MPG- 26
MSRP - $17,090

2010 Dodge Journey 2WD
Combined MPG - 21
MSRP - $21,600

2010 Jeep Patriot 2WD
Combined MPG - 25
MSRP -$18,170

2010 Jeep Compass 2WD
Combined MPG - 25
MSRP - $19,095

Rental Car Company / Car Seat Update

I recently wrote about my experience with renting a car / car seat from Thrifty.  After sending them an email telling them of the many problems I had, here is what they wrote:

Dear Mr. Kahn,

Thank you for notifying us of your recent experience with Thrifty Car Rental.  On behalf of Thrifty Car Rental, please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience you experienced.

Please accept my personal apology for the condition of the child seat rented with your vehicle.  We always want to provide a clean, well-serviced vehicle that is ready and waiting for our customer, including any child seats rented.  It is very obvious we failed you on this rental.  The condition you described is no more acceptable to us than it was to you.  Your contact will ensure the location General Manager will be contacted for corrective actions and procedures.

In an effort to regain your confidence in Thrifty Car Rental, I have requested a credit in the amount of $70 to be issued to your credit card.  Please allow sufficient time for this amount to appear on your billing statement.

We appreciate your business and hope you will allow us another opportunity to fulfill your car rental needs in the efficient, professional manner you expect and deserve.

Thank you once again, Mr. Kahn, for taking the time to notify us of this situation.  We look forward to serving you again soon at Thrifty Car Rental.

Sincerely,
Customer Service Representative

This makes my wallet feel better but does not completely solve the problem.  There is no excuse for car rental companies stocking outdated car seats with missing parts.  If they are charging a $7 – $10 per day premium for a rental fee those seats should be at least as new as the rental cars.