Friday, May 14, 2010

Episode 4 - Cell Phone Fees and Gardening

For this episode, Scott fearlessly takes on Cell Phone Fricking Fees.

 The HandSet Fee!

Keeping your service but switching to a new handset?  Tired of the old one?  Well buying a phone isn't enough, no, you need to be PUNISHED for UPGRADING and staying with your cell phone company with a FEE.

Listen as Scott describes the "handset fees" as they pertain to Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T.  Additionally, he'll explain how CricKet keeps their costs low.

Each cell phone provider has a way to attach more fees just so that you can stay in business with them.

Beware when there are promotions for upgrading your phone, carriers will not advise you of them.  You must advise the customer service person.

The downfall with AT&T is that they will issue rebates in the form of a credit card.  Scott refers to them as "FEE-baits".  See a story on MoneyUnder30 blog by clicking here.

Cell phone providers never used to have these fees as described in an article by Bob Sullivan of the Red Tape Chronicles.  Click here to read the entire article.

On the Amazing Deals side, Elaine explains how to plant your own garden "on the cheap" compared to buying vegetables in the grocery store or worse yet - your local Sprouts or Sunflower Markets.  By growing your own garden, even a "balcony or patio garden", you save money, trips to the store and best of all - it's organic!

Elaine has started her own "balcony garden" and advises on how low cost it is by going to the Dollar Tree for gardening items vs garden centers and/or stores such as Home Depot and Lowe's.

Ohio State University has a horticulture and crop sciences department with white papers online to assist with care of your vegetable "crops". 

Listen to the podcast here

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