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Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty: Christmas shopping

Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Christmas shopping

Only a few more shopping days til Christmas!!
Of all the online shopping sites, which ones offer the lowest price and best merchandise? Well, according to Consumer Reports, Yahoo Shopping and are the best. Both got great scores in terms of having the lowest prices and the largest selection. Product availability is good on almost all shopping sites, but four sites got bad ratings on prices. They were Shopzilla, Pricegrabber, and The good thing about the Web is that there are many layers. You peel them away and can continue to get great deals. You just have to keep on looking.
This is the time of year when cell phone companies get more aggressive and try to poach people from other companies. Lots of people have contracts that are about to expire, so it’s a good time to jump ship. T-Mobile is offering a great deal for typical users. For $39 a month, you get 1,500 peak minutes.
For $10 more dollars a month, you also get unlimited nights and weekends.
T-Mobile service is evidently much better than it used to be. And that is a theme throughout the industry. There are also new pre-paid companies such as Net10. You can get 10 cents a minute with that plan. Cricket Communications and Metro PCS also offer great unlimited, local plans. Check those out at and
Did you know that a full freezer stays colder than a half empty one?
Hmmm....I guess I HAVE to buy more ice cream then! In light of Hurricane Katrina and everyone's efforts to be more prepared for emergencies, here's an idea...Fill all the empty space in your freezer with 2-liter bottles and zip-lock freezer bags with water. Fill the bottles almost full, leaving a little room for expansion. If you have a power outtage everything will stay frozen longer and you'll have an extra source of drinking water when they thaw.
"Thank A Soldier Week" begins next Monday, December 19th. Check out where you can send a letter instantly!
Anyone traveling during the holidays? Not a thrifty tip, particularly, but it'll save you time and it's kinda interesting...The Transportation Security Administration has decided to launch a Trusted Traveler program throughout the United States. It will be at major airports first and it’s based on a program started at the Orlando airport. Basically, if you want to join, you pay $80 and a background check and iris scan are run on you. If you pass the background check, you go through an expedited security section at the airport. It started out at five airports, but is only in effect now in Orlando.
I'd write about more nifty deals, but I gotta get out there and finish my Christmas shopping!!
Have a great day!
Sister Thrifty


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