Be sure to get a FREE "MovieWatcher" card to start earning free drinks &
popcorn at AMC Theaters around the country. Go to www.moviewatcher.com
They'll send you a coupon for FREE popcorn every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for the month of August! Every time you buy a movie ticket you'll earn points on future free stuff. Hey, you're gonna go to the movies anyway, so you might as well start racking up points. Regal Cinema also has their version of the same thing. Go to www.regalcinemas.com
A story in Smart Money magazine claims that August is the peak time of the year for home burglaries. In August, people’s patterns are so disrupted with last minute getaways and other end-of-summer tasks. Burglars look for all kinds of tip offs that homeowners are gone. For instance, if an answering machine is full, they know someone may not be there. Check your messages while you’re away to avoid that. If you have an alarm sign, put it in your yard. Burglars don’t pay as much attention to the stickers on doors, but signs in the yard will deter them as they case houses in a neighborhood.
Also, don’t put your home address on luggage tags when you travel. Put an office address or business card in the slot instead. And, have someone pick up your mail and newspapers while you’re gone. Don’t just stop the delivery.
Having a burglar alarm system can’t hurt either. Insurance companies often offer a discount on premiums if you have a burglar alarm. People are paying an average of $27 a month for service, when it costs the company about $2 a month. So, shop the market and pay $15 to $20 a month at the most.
Here's another scarry thought...Beginning in May '05 a new database became available to the general public, free of charge, that displays your personal information names, addresses, phone numbers, birth dates). The database is
found at http://www.zabasearch.com/. I checked to see if I was on there,
and sure enough, I was. At least they got my birthday wrong so I'm now
younger. :) Check to see if your name and information is in their
database. If so and you want it removed, send them an e-mail email@example.com to request it be removed.
Now for some good money-saving news!...Have you heard of Skype? It’s one of those companies that is sneaking up on the world without any advertising.
It’s basically an Internet platform that allows you to make long distance and overseas calls for next to nothing. If you call other Skype members, you pay nothing. For non-members, a lot of places in the world are 1.9 cents.
Sometimes people complain that it makes you sound tinny, but other than that the call is great. It’s an open platform kind, so you can also use your cell phone and potentially other devices to make Skype calls. These kinds of ingenious services could completely eliminate long distance from your life.
How great would that be? All you have to do is pay a $10 yearly subscription fee and you’re home free. Skype also has a new gadget called the "phone wizard." It allows you to switch back and forth from the local line with your long distance company to the Skype Internet line. You can buy the device for $56 and just plug your phones into it. Your phone plays double duty, saving you money on calls. These kinds of inventions are going to change the telecommunications industry.
That's it for today!
Have a great one!