From the department of "Don't Believe Everything You Hear" comes a new radio ad our Executive Director in Corpus Christi alerted me to. It basically says if you call the promoted phone number, you can get $1,000 in free groceries so that this company can do a study on what people are buying from the grocery store. Now who wouldn't want that? Problem is that the ad is rediculously deceptive and you have to subcribe to 2 magazines and pay shipping for each of them. After that, you would get the grocery card. WRONG again! You get a membership card to an online coupon company where you can get a slew of coupons that will eventually save you $1,000.
The scary part of this scheme is that to subscribe to these magazines, you have to give your bank account info so automatic montly withdraws can occur if you don't catch it right away. So as we've said before, if you hear a deal like this over the air or see it on TV, don't automatically assume it comes without any catches or exceptions. The cliche of "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is" comes into play here once again so just do what normal folks do and sit in front of the TV with your scissors in hand on Sundays and clip coupons from the newspaper at your heart's content.