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Telecommunications costs

May 14th, 2006 at 06:11 am

Five Cent Nickel over at PFBlog just did an interesting poll on how people are connecting to the internet. Results, here:

Text is www.fivecentnickel.com/2006/05/08/money-poll-11-internet-access/ and Link is

One of the commenters said he was spending $60 a month for DirectTV, $50 a month for his cell phone, $55 a month for internet, and complained of how much technology costs. He spoke of not having a landline with dialup, as it would cost too much money.

It made me want to look at my own spending on telecommunications overall; I wondered if I was really saving money having a landline. So I reorganized my categories in Quicken, and ran a report.

This fellow is spending $1980 a year on telecommunications all together.

I am spending $862, including Netflix to keep the comparison fair.

Limited basic cable, $123
Basic landline, $265
Toll calls (phone card and Pioneer Telephone), $50
Cell phones (2), $153
Dialup internet, $55
Netflix, $216

That's a savings of $1118 a year, and I have basically the same services that he does. In fact, I feel like I'm better off because in emergency situations, if the cell doesn't work I have the landline, and vice versa. (Both cases have happened to us before.)

I'm wondering if anyone else here has added up what they're spending on telecommunications as a whole, and how much they're spending? Compared to this guy I'm doing pretty well, but how do I compare to other tightwads? Wink

Blinkies and coupons and carts, oh my! Want the job?

May 6th, 2006 at 05:08 pm

I just went to Smartsource.com to print out some coupons, and noticed they were recruiting for part-time merchandising jobs. It sure sounds like fun, if you are into coupons! It would be too many hours a week for me, on top of my other job, but I figured someone here might be interested.

You'd be responsible for refilling the blinkie coupon machines, other coupon dispensers, changing the ads that go on the shopping carts, etc. You can apply online.

Text is www.smartsourcejobs.com and Link is

Happy Easter, and may your egg win!

April 16th, 2006 at 09:29 am

We used to call this game Eggie Uppers.

Text is familycrafts.about.com/cs/misceastercrafts/l/blegggame.htm and Link is

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