A computer for free sounds like a can’t-lose deal

A computer for free sounds like a can’t-lose deal, but I would be cautious (you know what they say about something that sounds too good to be true). My advice is to be sure and read that fine print on the contract. Three years is a long time and they obviously want to lock people n for a reason. Get some word of mouth opinions about the provider (beyond the salesman, I mean). You don’t want to always get a busy signal or get dumped every few minutes, requiring a call-back so that you have 3 years of frustration and not enjoyment. You don’t want to get stuck with a provider that is ridiculously slow or always covered in advertising or has a lot of hidden charges. We tried a month of “free” compuserve once and in just a couple of days we had racked up $30 or $40 in hidden charges – thank heavens we checked our account so we didn’t get an even worse surprise at the end of the month.

Make sure they can’t raise the monthly price on you for any reason, and also figure out how much 3 years of that service is going to cost you, and compare it to rates of other providers. If they’re charging you $50/month for the contract and you could have hooked up with another provider for $15/month, that’s $1800 versus $540 at the end of 3 years. Is the computer they are offering free really worth the $1300 it costs in added provider charges? Maybe you could get a better computer for $1300 and choose your own provider.

Of course this is all hypothetical because I don’t know what the real numbers are and I’m no computer guru so I’m talking over my head, anyway. I just know that my dh has looked at these sorts of ads in the past and figured that they really weren’t a very good deal. But that was in the past, and numbers could change. It might be a good deal, once you crunch the numbers and shop around.

Todays thrift store deal

Well, I am so excited !! I had this “urge” to go to the thrift store all day but I was ignoring it trying not to go shopping – plus the kids didn’t feel like going – so I just ignored the urge – until DH came home that is LOL!!

Just a general need to get out of the house and that nagging urge to go to the thrift store – and i figured that going to the thrift store would be cheap at least too plus i am a firm believer that as Oprah once said that “intuition is God whispering in you ear !! ”

Today was 1/2 price on the peach colored tags and 25c each for the green tags – well my urges or intuition had me hit some great deals- here is what i got for 25 c each:

  • 6 baby towels ( 1 a baby Dior)
  • 2 light wt baby blankets and 5 cloth diapers i plan to cut up into what will become homemade baby wipes
  • 2 crib sheets
  • and a round play mat that has different activities on it

than for 1.00 i got a womans XL ankle length floral print flannel nightgown – i figured i could use the material to make the American girl doll PJ’s i got a pattern for for 99c at Joann’s yesterday- in fact there would probably be enough for a few pairs

oh and for $2 my 9 yo got a pair of athletic snap pants that will be good to wear when she is going to cheer-leading practice to wear over her shorts when its cool out

Than I was talking to my Mom today about the deal I got on the crib and she said she would buy us the crib mattress – of course I will still keep my eye out for the best deal for that too !!

I never knew for sure

I never knew for sure that Old Navy was in the same retail family as the Gap, but my old navy store was put in the Gap outlet I loved to shop in. The old navy store is 5 times larger because it took over other vacant stores – but there are still some days I “crave” for the clearances at the Gap.

FYI: Sarah in OH – I live in a suburb of Cleveland – so I’m northeastern OH.

Last summer when my family signed on the Net, I was in an international chat room for mothers and talking about what we were going to make for dinner. I mentioned it was pizza delivery night, and couldn’t decide which place to call because we have some many family and corporate franchise pizzerias around. Turns out someone from NE OH was in the same chat area, and privately emailed to correctly guess which Cleveland suburb.

I just happen to catch bits and pieces

I just happen to catch bits and pieces of a deal for Gateway Computers – that the company will accept trade ins of any old computer – not just old gateways. My girlfriend has to audit the sales staff of several gateway stores and some Office Max stores even have a booth manned by Gateway staff.

She is really impressed by the machine speed and all the extras thrown in. My husband is a computer geek for a living – yet he still chose a gateway because of all the software that he wants comes pre-loaded on the main drive. UPS man delivered our complete system with no crushed or missing containers and we were on the net in a matter of 20 minutes of setup.

Definitely checking out used computer part stores are a great source of people who build a computer system with all old parts or create systems like Gateway with all new parts. The math department at colleges and universities will be another pool of computer builders.

My husband has a friend who is a computer consultant during the day, and on the side he runs a business from his home setting up computers for families and training them on how to use the Internet or software packages.

Land’s End Backpack

Just wanted to let you all know of my excitement for the day. Last year I bought my 3 kids each a Land’s End backpack for school. They were in the sale catalog and were almost half price because the colors for the new ones had changed. Early into the school year my younger son had a zipper stick on one of the outside pockets.

While trying to fix it the zipper broke of course. We just ignored it the rest of the year since it was only an outside pocket and not the main zipper. Also the pack has 2 other pockets so I told him to use those. Today I called them to see if they would do anything about it and they are sending out a brand new backpack!!

They didn’t have the exact one that he has but a comparable one is being sent!! Yoo-hoo! They are sending a postage label so I can send the old one back to them when we receive the new one. This is what I call service! There is a difference in quality of their merchandise as well. I only buy it on sale or at thrift stores but the clothes last and wash really well.