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Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty: Netflix

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Netflix

Hi everyone!
I just discovered www.smogtest.com If you need to get an auto emission test you can enter your zip code and print out a coupon to save money off your test at a site in your area!

Do you use Netflix? It’s a subscription movie service that allows members to order movies online. There is a monthly fee based on your movie plan, whether you want 2, 3, or 4 movies at a time. The company had been adding people left and right until they got sued. Now, the company is concerned about the almighty dollar and has decided to punish people who are getting a good deal on the system. It has a very simple business model. If you’re lazy and you don’t watch the movies and send them back, you aren’t getting your money’s worth. If you watch them and send them back fairly often, you definitely get your money’s worth. Netflix has decided to punish people who really try to get a good deal and crank through movies super fast. If you send back the movies too quickly, the company will degrade your service and send the movies more slowly. The company has also decided to stop the “unlimited” service. If you’re getting too many movies in a month, you will be cut off. Jeez Louise! If you're interested in the convenience of getting your rentals by mail and would like the additional service of having a movie "cleaned up" (cut out sex scenes, violence, potty mouths) check out Clean Films at www.cleanfilms.com/affclick/index.phtml?aid=boicebox01

Would you rather go to school or jail? What should happen to you if you bounce a check and it doesn’t get paid? Well, in most states you go to jail. But this sometimes accidental crime is clogging up the court system. As a result, more than a dozen states have started “bad check writing schools.” Instead of going to jail, you go to school. You go to class and learn basic money management. Supposedly the amount of bad checks written declined significantly after going to these schools. Of course, it will take more time and independent surveying to determine for sure. I think it's a great idea. Some people simply never learn how to balance a checkbook. But it’s never too late!

My cousin wrote in with a simple, but effective tip: always ask the salesman "Is this the best you can do?" You'll be surprised how many times the price will drop! Good going, Jodie! :)

Years ago the government printed out consumer pamphlets you could buy with tips on all kinds of things. Now you can read the information online for free! Check out http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/money/66ways/ for "66 Ways To Save Money."

GREASE CUTS GREASE. If you have that sticky, greasy film on your range hood or anywhere else that only seems to get worse when you try to clean it with conventional products, this works perfectly and inexpensively: Take a paper towel and wet it with vegetable oil. Wipe over the sticky greasy area and it will come right off. After you remove the stuck-on grease you can clean the surface with a regular kitchen cleaner.
Alrighty, that's probably enough for today. I hope you and your families are happy, healthy, and enjoying all those pennies you're saving! :)

CENTSerely,
Sister Thrifty

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