Monday, March 31, 2014

'The Elder Scrolls Online' last-minute pre-order deals

It's the Sunday before Printable Coupons">The Elder Scrolls Online launches to the PC officially on Friday, April 4 but the first round of Early Access has now started. This means it's time to find out where to find the best pre-order deals to save money on the game but also to start earlier.

The Elder Scrolls Online opened up at 7 a.m. EST on Sunday March 30 for those with 5-day early access and will open 7 a.m. EST on Tuesday April 1 for those with 3-day early access. Everyone else will have to wait until 7 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 3 to get in.

With that said, there are only a couple of discount offers available for The Elder Scrolls Online. All pre-orders of the Standard Edition comes with the Explorer's Pack and a 3-day early access code. Meanwhile the Imprerial Edition comes with the Explorer's Pack as well plus an exclusive mud-crab pet, rings of Mara, the ability to play as an Imperial and a 5-day early access code.

Amazon is offering the Standard Edition digital download for $59.99 plus a $5 store credit. Meanwhile, the Imperial Edition digital download is $79.99 with a $5 store credit.

GetGames is offering 15 percent off the Imperial Edition making it $67.99 as well as the Standard Edition dropping it's price to $50.99.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Expiration Of Coupons.com Quiet Period Could Be A Hot Ticket For Aggressive Investors

Summary

  • The 25-day SEC-enforced quiet period on underwriter research on COUP, which began with the firm's March 6 IPO, will come to a close on March 31.
  • The expiration of the quiet period allows IPO underwriters to release detailed positive research reports on the digital promotional coupon firm, likely leading to a rise in share price.
  • As with COUP's IPO, we believe the quiet period expiration will include an initial surge.

The 25-day SEC-enforced quiet period on underwriter research on Coupons.com Inc ( COUP), which began with the firm's March 6 IPO, will come to a close on March 31, allowing the IPO underwriters to release positive research reports on the digital promotional coupon firm, and likely leading to a brief rise in the price of COUP shares.

COUP's initial pricing of $16 per share blew away the expected $12-$14 price range, and put on a stellar first day with an 87.5% return. The stock has since performed inconsistently, bouncing between $25.75 and $33; COUP closed at $27.42 per share on March 20.

COUP's underwriters, including Allen & Company LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co, BofA Merrill Lynch, and RBC Capital Markets LLC, will attempt to push the stock to greater heights by publishing positive reports on firm with the end of the quiet period.

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Both the past two years of our research and the results of recent academic studies have revealed empirical evidence of a correlation between the number and visibility of a firm's IPO underwriters and an increase in the price of shares at the expiration of the quiet period.

Prices generally will begin their rise a few days before the quiet period expires as investors make early purchases in the hopes of benefiting from the upcoming positive reports. These early buys create an atmosphere of rising demand and lead to increasing prices before the actual expiration.

Business
Coupons.com is a popular digital promotion website that offers visitors free printable coupons and Deal Now. The site also provides display advertising for retailers. COUP's platform is used by more than 700 consumer packaged goods companies along with grocery and mass merchandise sellers to attract consumers.

The firm charges a fee for each time a consumer selects a digital coupon, regardless of whether or not the selection actually leads to a purchase. In the case of coupon codes, a transaction must occur in order for COUP to charge a fee. See our previous article, previewing COUP's IPO, for a more detailed summary of business.

COUP competes with other sources of digital coupons, including some with much greater financial resources than COUP, including Amazon ( AMZN), Yahoo ( YHOO), Google ( GOOG), and Facebook ( FB).

Management
Steven R. Boal founded COUP and has served as the firm's President and CEO since 1998. He previously worked for Integral Development Corporation as Vice President of Business Development. He received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. CFO and COO Mir Aamir has served in his current positions since October 2013. He previously worked as President of Customer Loyalty and Digital Technologies at Safeway, Inc. He received a B.B.A. and an M.B.A. from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Karachi and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Conclusion
COUP's initial success was likely driven both by its apparent approach to profitability and strong name recognition. Its lack of progress and stability since its impressive first day speak to a boom, fueled more by investor excitement than by anything else.

The release of the many underwriter reports may fuel a similar name recognition-oriented price jump over the next six days.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

FREE Keebler or Cheez-It Snack Cup with SavingStar e-coupon!

SavingStar.com is now offering a weekly Friday Freebie e-Amazon Sales! Today you can activate an e-coupon for 100% when you buy any ONE (1) Keebler or Cheez-It Snack Cup (2.2 - 3.0 oz.)! Check back every Friday for a new Freebie!

You can find the e-coupon HERE and you have until 3/27 to get this deal. One time use only.

New to SavingStar? Here is how it works:

SavingStar.com allows you to register your store reward cards and then load digital coupons to your store reward card. What is unique about this program is that the coupon discount does not come off at the register. The savings are added to your SavingStar account and when it reaches $5, you can cash the savings in for a gift card. You can choose to receive an Amazon gift card, have the money deposited into your Paypal account or checking account or donate it to AmericanForests.org.

When you sign up for the program, you will enter the reward card numbers for the reward cards you wish to register. Then, they will automatically link the eCoupons you select to all of your cards. Participating stores in our area include CVS, Rite Aid, Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Food Lion and Kroger. They also have iPhone and Android apps available.

According to their website, new coupons will become available at the first of every month. Savings will usually show up in your account between 2 days and 2 weeks depending on how long it takes the stores to give SavingStar the information. These coupons will not double. Although it does not say on the site, you should be able to use paper coupons with no issue in addition to these SavingStar.com coupons.

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

American Top 40: Projecting Klinsmann's 2014 World Cup roster, 11th edition

The latest: After a troubling 2-0 loss against Ukraine on neutral ground, Juergen Klinsmann will look ahead to the April 2 friendly against Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Falling on a non-FIFA fixture date, European-based players will not travel and MLS- and Mexican-based players will comprise most, if not all, of the roster. More than 35,000 tickets have been sold, fueled by El Tri supporters in the Southwest. ... The U.S. world cup draw 2014 Cup send-off matches are set: May 27 vs. Azerbaijan at San Francisco's Candlestick, June 1 vs. Turkey at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., and June 7 vs. Nigeria in Jacksonville. ... With two goals (see video below), Aron Johannsson raised his AZ Alkmaar season total to 24 in 40 appearances (16 in league play, seven in cup competitions, one in Europa League). ... For all intents and purposes, barring a rash of injuries, Klins mann has narrowed his 23-man World Cup roster down to 28 serious candidates. This list will continue to examine the larger pool, but many have faded from contention and others, such as the injured Stuart Holden and Eric Lichaj, are gone for good.

Changes: By default, Tim Ream jumps ahead of John Brooks and Oguchi Onyewu following the pair's performances against Ukraine. Ream missed the friendly to remain with his wife, who had just given birth. ... Jonathan Spector overtakes Steve Cherundolo, who remains out with injury. ... Terrence Boyd remains ahead of Chris Wondolowski for the time being, but once San Jose begins play, that could change.

Eye on: Johannsson, the sizzling attacker who has a Europa League match this week. Could he push Jozy Altidore or Clint Dempsey for a starting position in Brazil?

Our latest 23 on course for Brazil (and how they fared over the weekend), plus the 17 seeking to unseat them:

Center back

- Contenders -

Michael Orozco (Puebla): 62 in 3-0 loss at Toluca. Next: Tigres on Thursday in Copa MX, Tigres on Sunday.

↑ Tim Ream (Bolton): 90 in 5-1 victory at Leeds. Next: at Derby County on Tuesday, Brighton on Saturday.

↓ Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday): 90 in 2-0 loss at Yeovil Town. Next: at Wigan on Wednesday, Birmingham on Saturday.

↓ John Brooks (Hertha Berlin): in the 18, did not play in 1-1 draw at Mainz. Next: Hannover on Saturday.

Right back

- Contenders -

↑ Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City): 90 in 2-0 loss to QPR. Next: Burnley on Wednesday, at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

↓ Steve Cherundolo (Hannover): not in the 18 for 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen. Next: at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Left back

√ Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim): 90 in 4-0 loss at Schalke. Next: Mainz on Saturday.
√ DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla): 90 in 3-0 loss at Toluca. Next: Tigres on Thursday in Copa MX, Tigres on Sunday.

- Contenders -

Edgar Castillo (Tijuana): in the 18, did not play in 2-0 victory over Chivas. Next: at Los Angeles in CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday, at Cruz Azul on Saturday.

Defensive

- Contenders -

Daniel Williams (Reading): not in the 18 for 1-1 draw at Brighton. Next: Leeds on Tuesday, Derby County on Saturday.

Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union): 90 in 1-1 draw at Portland. Next: New England on Saturday.

Right side

√ Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City): 90 in 1-0 loss at Seattle. Next: Cruz Azul in CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday, FC Dallas on Saturday.
√ Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes): last 66 in 2-2 draw with Ajaccio. Next: at Lille on Saturday.

- Contenders -

Joe Corona (Tijuana): 90 in 2-0 victory over Chivas. Next: at Los Angeles in CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday, at Cruz Azul on Saturday.

Left side

√ Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy): 90 in 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake. Next: Tijuana in CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday.
√ Eddie Johnson (D.C. United): 90 in 3-0 loss to Columbus. Next: at Toronto on March 22.

- Contenders -

Brek Shea (Barnsley, on loan from Stoke City): not in the 18 for 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest. Next: Leicester City at Tuesday, at Watford on Saturday.

Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo): 90 in 4-0 victory over New England. Next: Montreal on Saturday.

Jose Torres (Tigres): 90 (goal in 83rd; video) in 3-0 victory over Cruz Azul. Next: at Puebla in Copa MX on Thursday, at Puebla on Sunday.

Central

√ Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders): 90 in 1-0 victory over Kansas City. Next: Toronto on Saturday.

√ Mikkel Diskerud (Rosenborg): Norway preseason. Next: Viking on March 29.

- Contenders -

Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht): in the 18, did not play in 1-0 loss at Leuven. Next: Oostende on Sunday.

- Contenders -

Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes): no matches scheduled. Next: Toluca in CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday, Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Herculez Gomez (Tijuana): 15 in 2-0 victory over Chivas. Next: at Los Angeles in CONCACAF Champions League on Wednesday, at Cruz Azul on Saturday.

Juan Agudelo (Utrecht, on loan from Stoke City): 29 in 1-0 loss at PSV Eindhoven. Next: at Nijmegen on Sunday.

Johannsson's goals, via socceroverthere.com:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Eight ways to save more at the grocery store

Dollars don't stretch as far as they used to at grocery stores. Many products have either had prices go up or the size of the package has shrunk - both strain our grocery budgets.

Mommy blogger Andrea Deckard has three kids, so she looks for every way to save on groceries. She's sharing eight secrets for lower grocery bills on her blog, savingslifestyle.com.

1. Find out when your store marks down beef, bread, and other items

Find out from your local meat and produce managers, where you are shopping at, when they are reducing the prices on products they need to get out, because it's coming close to expiration.

2. Shop midweek, not Friday or Saturday

You'll find more sale items in stock.

3. Buy "in-season" fruits and veggies

They are cheaper and fresher than out-of-season veggies.

4. Switch to digital coupons

At Kroger, you can use certain e-coupons up to five times in a single transaction. Andrea suggests trying new apps like Favado: it lists all the current sales on your favorite items, like laundry soap. It allows you to have the sales literally on your phone. Andrea also likes "Coupon Sherpa," a great app to help you find the different Coupon Codes that are available.

5. Print free coupons from redplum.com and smartsource.com before you go to the store 6. Leave the endcaps alone

Those are for impulse buyers and are usually not the best deals.

7. Stock up on canned goods when they are 50 cents a can

They can last years.

8. Stick with store brands when you can't tell the difference

...Like with flour or canned corn. For produce and meat, less processed items are cheaper. The more cutting and packaging a product goes through, the more expensive it's going to be.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

'Scandal' recap: Season 3 midseason premiere, episode 11 - 'Ride, Sally, Ride' - review - spoiler alert - 02/28/2014 | Entertainment News from OnTheRedCarpet.com

Tonight's episode of "scandal season 3 episode 1," titled "Ride, Sally, Ride," picked up right where the midseason finale left off in December 2013, answering questions Gladiators have been agonizing over for weeks -- all the while presenting a whole batch of new questions, naturally.

Fans last saw Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, and company in the episode titled "A Door Marked Exit," where everyone in Washington D.C. seemed to be in turmoil.

Vice President Sally Langston, played by Kate Burton, calls upon Cyrus, played by Jeff Perry, to cover up the murder she committed against her husband Daniel Douglas, played by Jack Coleman. Sally commits the murder after discovering Daniel slept with Cyrus' husband James Novak, played by Dan Bucatinsky, after admitting to Sally of his homosexuality.

Things with Olivia's mother Maya Lewis, played by Khandi Alexander, didn't go over so well, as she learns that her mother tricked her husband Rowan Pope, played by Joe Morton, to shoot down the plane that killed 329 people.

When Olivia demands that her mother be arrested upon landing in Hong Kong, she is informed the plane's crew was killed at the hands of her mother, who calls Olivia at the episode's end and tells her that she will "see her soon," only to find out she is calling from outside of the White House gates.

Check out 5 highlights from the episode "Ride, Sally, Ride," which aired on Thursday, Feb. 27. Warning: Spoilers ahead.

1. Sally Langston is a "selfish quitter" and "loose cannon."

It's always been painfully obvious that Vice President Sally Langston isn't all there in the head. But running as an independent candidate against Fitz? Oh no she didn't! Langston announced her candidacy and wasted no time at all throwing her former boss under the largest of buses, saying that the "president's mural corruption knows no bounds."

She may have a point, but her first step forward as a potential presidential candidate certainly could have been more gracious. News of Sally's independent desires caused Olivia to go into spin mode, calling upon the White House troops to make Sally appear as a "selfish quitter" and "loose cannon." Sidenote: #selfishquitter and #loosecannon kind of has a nice ring to it. Tweet away, Gladiators!

Langston continued to prove that she is, in fact, a "loose canon" by choosing to live in a fantasy world where the devil enters peoples bodies and kills people. Crazy, yes, but it is Sally Langston here. When she catches wind of chatter that her late-husband Daniel's autopsy, or lack thereof, is being question, she laments, "The devil murdered my husband when he snuck inside me." Of course he did, Sally. And Fitz and Mellie lived happily ever after. There's no telling when Sally will derail off the train of denial, but for now, she is going to have to cope with her "vessel of murder ... vessel of sin," as she puts it.

2. Olivia Pope is back in the White House.

With news of Sally Langston's candidacy and just about everything in Washington D.C. in haywire, Olivia returns to her post in the White House as Fitz's campaign manager. Knowing that her man faces an uphill battle against an enraged Sally, Olivia attempts to bring the focus back to Fitz and attempts to help him decide on a reasonable candidate to run with now that Sally has abandoned ship.

Fitz, however, is hard set on his former California buddy Andrew Nichols, played by Jon Tenney. Olivia immediately feels he is the wrong choice for being a "white, straight, male," noting that Fitz should be focusing on diversity. Despite basically everyone agreeing against Andrew Nichols, Fitz remains firm and gives Olivia no choice but to move forward.

In true Olivia Pope fashion, she grills Andrew until he shows he can be relatable, as she fears his reputation of being a playboy will hinder votes. Even after getting Andrew to open up and with polls appearing to be in his favor, she still feels in her gut that he is the absolute wrong choice to run with Fitz as his Vice Presidential candidate.

Fitz officially announces Andrew as his running mate in the end, although, he better keep an eye on his old pal. While Fitz totes Andrew as someone who is loyal, little does he know that his friend has the hots for Mellie, telling her minutes before the three of them take to the stage together, "Every day of the last twelve years I have dreamed of this ... being near you again." OMG!

3. Run, Olivia, Run!!!

While everyone on the Fitz campaign might feel it is Sally who needs to hightail it out of Washington D.C. (and let's face it, she should), Olivia is the one who needs to be worried about what her father Rowan Pope will do next. After he is replaced by Jake Ballard, played by Scott Foley, as the head of B-613, Olivia attempts to sympathize for her dad, knowing how difficult it is to suddenly not be a part of something you've worked your entire life for.

Papa Pope, on the other hand, doesn't take too kindly to Olivia's sympathies, telling her she has no idea what has happened and what is currently happening, as she is "skipping around a field full of bombs and mistaking them for daisies." What a brilliant analogy!

Papa Pope warns Olivia that now that he is no longer affiliated with B-613, Fitz has made the worst possible enemy in him, given that he knows all of his secrets. He is also quick to remind Olivia that he is not opposed to using her against Fitz and further threatens that he will stop at nothing to ensure Fitz does not see the end of his term. Yikes! Doesn't it make those Sunday night dinners seem like a cakewalk, Olivia?

4. Mellie Grant: The First Lady of Shade.

Gladiators know by now that Mellie Grant is a woman nobody messes around with and when not present, she is for sure throwing all sorts of shade at somebody (namely, Olivia). Mellie cemented her status as the First Lady of Shade by inviting Olivia to a not-that-innocent lunch, where hounds of photographers and media were present inside and outside of the restaurant.

While keeping straight faces and phoning in the occasional laugh, Mellie throws dig after dig at Olivia's character and there's nothing our girl can do about it. "I'm making a respectable woman out of you, Olivia." Shade. "I know how you love your wine." Shade (also, how did she know?).

She continues her shade throwing with the following quote that will go down as a classic Mellie one-two punch: "I like it when my husband is the president. I worked very hard for it. I've done a great deal to get us here and you [Olivia] are going to get him across the finish line. But you can't do that if people know what kind of person you really are. Cheers!" Gladiators, let's hope Mellie didn't ruin Olivia's love of wine with that cheers. That would be awful for everyone.

Mellie threw one final curveball of shade toward Olivia at lunch when she presented her with a list of, what she deemed, eligible bachelors she wants Olivia to date. A ploy to keep the media off Fitz and Olivia's romantic trail, Olivia is blindsided by Mellie's list and is left virtually speechless. Joke's on Mellie, however, because by the episode's end, Olivia is photographed cozying up with her sometimes-flame Jake Ballard. Feel free to swoon at any moment, folks. The revelation doesn't sit too well with Fitz, naturally, but Olivia urges it's the only way she can continue to do her job.

5. Quinn kidnaps a child and continues to lose all sense of herself.

Just when you thought it wasn't possible for Quinn, played by Katie Lowes, to sink lower than she has, she proves that theory wrong by kidnapping the child of a woman named Linda, who was asked to destroy Daniel Douglas' autopsy record.

In order to keep Linda quiet, Quinn and Charlie, played by George Newbern, kidnap her son from school and hold him captive in the next room while Abby, played by Darby Stanchfield, and Huck, played by Guillermo Diaz, are questioning Linda. After she succeeds in keeping the information from Abby and Huck, saying Daniel died of a drunken head injury, Quinn and Charlie release Linda's son back to her.

Quinn looks out the window as Abby and Huck drive away, giving off a look of disappointment and shame for what she has done. Long gone are the days of Quinn the Gladiator, and while she waits to see if she will become a member of B-613, she continues to run amuck with Charlie. Here's to hoping she realizes the error of her ways and one day returns to Pope & Associates, if they will even have her back.

Also, Quinn, be sure to cross off "babysitter" on your list of alternative jobs. Not going to happen, girl.

Friday, February 28, 2014

LET'S CUT A DEAL, SEC

<Reviewp>YOU CAN PLAY MUSIC, BUT WE MUST HAVE LIMITS

You can play music, because the band lost the battle against the DJ a long time ago when stadiums made speakers loud enough to strip the paint off Les Miles' hair and rattle the windows in the pressbox. (Hi, LSU, and your gigantic mindkilling subwoofers.) The band is in second place, and that's less a matter of taste or the death of tradition than speakers simply being really, really loud things.

That said, there must be rules, and reasonable ones at that. You can play almost anything you want, but there must be rules of engagement. You cannot play songs during plays, Auburn, not even the opening riff of "Welcome To the Jungle." (Which they do, all the time.) There should be a few other prohibitions, as well.

Your state is such an officially miserable wild boar-ridden pine barren of human misery that the band called "Alabama" had to sing about Tennessee to make happy music. You don't get this song, but you also don't have to be Tennessee football because life is all about tradeoffs, and Alabama chose football over humanity a long time ago. (AND NEVER REGRETTED IT ROLL TIDE.)

Tennessee: You don't get to play any Dolly. She would have won the division at least once in the last decade on sheer vivacity alone.

Arkansas:

Look, dammit. You don't ACTUALLY want Bobby Petrino back. Stop saying that or he'll show up. Stop it. Stop. STOP.

Auburn:

Claiming things that don't belong to you is such an Alabama thing to do, so leave this alone. You have "All I Do Is Win," and eighty year olds throw up their hands and let them stay there, Auburn. Leave a song that is now three decades old (and more applicable to LSU, anyway) alone.

Georgia: Well...

Like it's appropriate in any way whatsoever.

Kentucky:

Self-explanatory.

Florida:

Because the part about a hopeless place is so accurate, and the part about finding love there so utterly misleading.

P.S. STOP PLAYING THUNDERSTRUCK