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Deals That Are Nifty by Sister Thrifty: December 2009

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, December 06, 2009

Turning E-Trash into Cash!

Saving is the new green! Retailers are finally reading our minds....."how can I get money for my old junk so I can buy new junk?"

Do you have gently used electronics laying around your house that aren't being used? is a web site that gives you the opportunity to turn your e-trash into cash.

You simply log onto Gazelle and enter the make and model of your electronics -- everything from cell phones, mp3 players, computers and cameras to GPS systems and gaming consoles. Gazelle then makes you an offer. Don't get too excited,'s not very much, but it's definitely more than you'd get for it at a garage sale and for much less hassle. If you accept the offer, Gazelle sends you a box to ship your item(s) in and even pays for the postage. It typically takes about a week before you're paid once they receive your package. 

Many major retailers are now also partnering with Gazelle. That means you can log onto the websites of Costco Wholesale, Wal-Mart and Sears to do your transaction. If you go that route, payment is remitted in store gift cards. Best Buy is running a deal where yorade in your electronics for store credit. It's generally pennies on the dollar, but if you were going to just toss it then you might as well try to get something for it!

Another option is good ole Ebay, Amazon, and    It's truly amazing what people will pay for your old stuff at online auctions.  Now realize, I get a natural high whenever I get a great deal, but there's something even better...or...uh....higher......donate your old cell phones or ipods to "Cell Phones for Soldiers." They'll even pay for the postage and the repairs if needed.

Finally, if you're looking at purchasing a new cell phone as a Christmas gift, you may be a bit overwhelmed with all of the packages and contracts out there. Cell phone company rates and plans are constantly changing, especially since the "Cell Phone Portability" law went into effect. So, in an effort to give you the most up to date offers, we've linked to sites that spend time daily researching plans and prices. We hope you find the plan that is right for you using these sites:

Cell Mania

Cell Update

Get Connected

Let's Talk

My Rate Plan

Now that you've saved money on your new cell phone and earned money on your old one, don't forget to call your loved ones this holiday season!


Sister Thrifty


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