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Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty: Back to school & Cell phones

Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Back to school & Cell phones



DEALS THAT ARE Nifty by Sister Thrifty
Yikes! Time sure flies! It's been way too long since I've sent out a newsletter because life has been so busy! Besides the normal amount of mayhem in my home, two highlights were that my 6 th book hit stores last month and I took my first son to college! He earned a 4 year academic scholarship and is going to save us a bundle in tuition & housing! Woohoo! Now that's thrifty! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that his 3 brothers will follow his great example! If you have kids going to college then you know how expensive it is just to pay for all those doggone textbooks. A great way to lower those costs is to buy used textbooks online at some of the following sites: CheapestBookPrice.com, AllBookstores.com, Biblio.com, AbeBooks.com, A1Books.com, BookFinder.com, ValoreBooks.com and Textbook411.com are all good sites for this purpose. Amazon is also doing big business selling college text books, and there are some British book websites that offer science textbooks for about 40 percent off the domestic price (even when you factor in the cost of international shipping.) Don't buy your books before class starts. Go the first day and ask your professor if you can buy a prior edition and try to find it used.


Back when I was in college we didn't have cell phones and so all of my roommates and I would share the cost of a phone. Here are some great tips on saving money with your landlines and cell phones:


Phone companies charging fees to not use long distance
Do you need yet another reason to dump the three monopoly phone companies -- Verizon, AT&T and Qwest -- and their outdated landlines? Well, here it is: Verizon is playing dirty pool by getting into the AT&T game of charging customers a fee for long distance even if you don't use long distance. The Verizon fee is a couple of bucks a month, but AT&T had been charging people between three and five dollars to not use long distance! So unless you absolutely need a landline, why not liberate yourself? Here's the problem the phone companies are facing: They fought very hard to be able to sell long distance, but then people started using their cell phones, pre-paid cards, the Internet and/or cable phone companies to make their long distance calls. In fact, the cable companies usually offer unlimited long distance. So now the monopoly phone companies are fighting a losing battle.

Metro and Cricket eyeing merger
Metro PCS and Cricket may be getting ready to merge. These companies are like the Southwest Airlines of the cell phone business. They run extra-lean operations and undercut traditional cell phone operators by a handsome margin, passing the savings on to customers. With Metro and Cricket, flat-rate calling usually starts at $30/month for unlimited calling. The only problem is that if you travel, you may or may not be able to use your phone because Metro and Cricket don't have coverage across the country. Metro is now looking at the possibility of buying Cricket's parent company. If this happens, it would create a fifth major player in the telecommunications industry.


Free e-mail on your old cell phone
What if you have a regular old cell phone that doesn't get e-mail and you want it on your phone without all the extra fees and having to buy a new phone? There is now a service called Teleflip that sends your emails to your regular cell phone for free. You can also send e-mails for free. Make sure you have unlimited text messaging when using this program though because each e-mail is logged as a text. Go to TeleFlip.com and try getting free e-mails on your regular phone.

And now, for this week's fun freebies!

Free Sample Of BIZ Laundry Detergenthttp://tinyurl.com/5xr89

Help your children develop healthy bedtime habits and receive a free manual character toothbrush. Choose from Dora the Explorer, Diego, SpongeBob, Shrek or Superman. Simply fill out your washing,brushing and reading log to earn rewards. **See site for details**http://tinyurl.com/2vz388


Free Bottle of Bath & Body Works Lotion **Must Complete A FREE Offer** EasyNo CC# Required, Nothing To Purchase**http://tinyurl.com/an3po Free Sample Purex Natural Elements Laundry Detergent http://tinyurl.com/ywhj36

2 Free Cups Of Soyogurt From Wildwood Foodshttp://tinyurl.com/2n3nm5Free Sample Of Tasters Choice Coffee http://tinyurl.com/lx97hFreeAmino Vital Golf Samples( For Energy/Hydration)Includes:2 packets of Amino Vital Mix & Shake 2 packets of Amino Vital Pro Charge powder 2 packets of Amino Vital Fast Charge capletshttp://tinyurl.com/2afq3e

I hope you all had a great summer and are enjoying the Back To School excitement. Remember to share your steals and deals with me so I can pass on the savings to everyone else. When you enter the contest online at http://www.sisterthrifty.com/ you can win free dinner certificates each month!

CENTSerely,

Sister Thrifty

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