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Monday, December 06, 2004


Hey there you Christmas shoppers!
In the true spirit of Christmas, cable companies are raising rates again.
Monopoly cable companies are once again pushing through massive fees that are way beyond the rate of inflation. Cable companies seem to raise rates over and over again with utter contempt for their customers Thank goodness for satellite. More than 20 million households now have satellite, and the number of people signing up for cable is declining. But cable companies still come through with increases. People pay twice as much per channel for cable as they do for satellite even though satellite gives customers many more channels for less money. Satellite also offers a much better picture, much better sound, and the people who have it typically love it. If you have cable, you can get out. You are not a sitting duck, so don’t just sit there.
Even better news is that cable companies are starting to roll out phone service, and phone companies are claiming they will offer television service. These developments won’t take place for a while, but, when they do, it will mean more competition in the phone and television business. For right now, though, reevaluate your cable versus satellite. If you want BYUTV you need to get either Dish or DirecTV satellite systems.
How about tipping over the holidays? How do you know who gets a tip and how
much to give? Well, according to Money Magazine, if you have a regular
babysitter, you should give him or her a night’s pay, plus a gift from your child as a bonus. If you have a nanny, you give one week to one month’s pay plus a gift. At a day care center, Money says to give each worker $25 to $70. Each schoolteacher gets a gift, and housekeepers get one week’s pay or more. The garbage collector should receive $15 to $20. A gardener gets $20 to $50. And, if you live in a high rise with a doorman, each one gets $20 to $100. Elevator operators get $15 to $40. Manicurists should receive the cost of one session; personal trainers - $25;. massage therapists - $50 to $100; mail carriers – a gift under $20 because it’s against the law to give them cash or anything more than $20. Finally, paper delivers should get $15 to $20. What I've decided is people who subscribe to Money Magazine have a heck of a lot more money than I do!
As a special Holiday offer, when you purchase $100 in gift cards at Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes Restaurants, you will receive one complimentary meal pass to give as a gift or use yourself on a subsequent visit! This offer is valid until December 31, 2004 so hurry in to your local Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes today! You may also download an order form on our website at or
And now, in local news:
A family is looking for an LDS couple to rent their granny flat. $850-950, full kitchen, 1 bedroom, laundry, walk-in closet in bedroom, located in a nice area in Vista. If you are interested, or know of someone who is looking for a place to live, call Ronnie Kingsbury at 945-9404 or email her at
A cute little dog needs a home immediately! Owners can't keep her any longer. She is a black flat hair terrier with white paws. She is housebroken, good with kids and other pets, One year old, owner is willing to get her fixed. Call Mary Olsen at 631-2610 or email her at

Sarah White's mother-in-law is trying to find 2 Fisher Price Little People Nativity sets. Fisher Price catalog is out and won't have any more this year. If you hear of any could you please let Carol know. Her phone # is:



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