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Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty: Do Not Call

Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty

Great Steals and Deals around town and online to save you the big bucks and help you keep more of your hard-earned money!

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Do Not Call

Hi everyone!
The Big Machines are back! If you live near Carlsbad and have little ones you're going to love this! The Carlsbad City Works Department brings out all their cool, big trucks, fire engines, police cars, tractors, and tons more (literally) for your kids to climb all over. There are dozens of booths, games, prizes, freebies, crafts, and great photo opps for your kids to look like adventurous, darling little angels. It really is cute and it's FREE! All of the fun is in the parking lot at the Carlsbad libary on Dove Lane on May 18th from 9:00 to 2:00. Mark your calendars now!
Another thing to check out at the library is their annual summer reading program. You can start signing up your kids on June 20th at 10:00 am. When children read a certain number of pages or books they'll earn fun prizes...not to mention actually learn stuff. Such a deal!
To save 10% off your order and get get free shipping at Target enter promotion code TCTENPCTFERU at checkout.
Trevor Tsang shares this GREAT tip with all of us:
I recently discovered an automotive "secret" that saved a substantial amount of money (at least it was substantial to me). I'd like to share it with as many people as possible ...
Need an Auto Remote?
Depending on the model of your car, a replacement remote can cost $150 at
your neighborhood dealership. Ouch! But here's some relief: for most
cars, you have far less expensive options.
If you NEED a new, pristine remote you can buy one from, which will typically save you 50% off dealership prices. BUT you can save MUCH MORE if you buy one off of eBay. Just be sure to search on the word "keyless" along with the name of your car manufacturer. Typically, you can buy a replacement remote on eBay for $7-$20. (I recently purchased a nearly-new remote for $5.50, which would have been $115 from my dealer.)
How do you get the remote to work with your car?
1) Your remote may come with programming instructions
2) You can find programming instructions on the Internet for most cars (Google search - e.g. toyota keyless program)
3) Ask your dealership/service technician very nicely
If your dealership won't help, programming is pretty easy. Really! Since every remote keyless entry (RKE for you nerds) system is different, I can't give you specific instructions for your car. Usually, it's a simply a matter of getting your car into "learning mode," which involves actions like inserting your key in the ignition 5 times in 10 seconds -OR- turning your key 6 times in 15 seconds -OR- running in a circle around your car 6 times in 30 seconds (just kidding about that last one). Alternatively, some systems allow you to use your old remote to train your new remote.
Lastly, most car remote keyless entry systems allow for a maximum of FOUR remotes. This means that along with mom and dad, you could economically have backup remotes for your prince or princess. This reduces key-swapping and tracking, and hopefully all but eliminates your need for an auto locksmith.
Thanks, Trevor! I actually needed a remote for my Toyota!
And finally, Jane Ewing has this good info to share:
Cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. You will be charged for these calls. Call this number from your cell phone:
888-382-1222. It is the national DO NOT CALL list. It only takes a
minute of your time. It blocks your number for 5 years. You can also do
this at Please pass this on to everyone you
know who doesn't want to be hassled. Thanks, Jane!
Everyone benefits when you share your great money-saving steals and deals.
Now go out there and save some bucks! :)
Sister Thrifty


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