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Should You Cancel your Cell Phone Contract?

If you are paying $40 a month on a contract cell phone cancel your contract. You heard me right. Unless it costs you a lot to cancel your contract you will save money and have more minutes to use if you go to Straight Talk Prepaid.

Keyboard view of the LG 200c CDMA phone from Straight Talk, Tracfone and Net10

Who is Straight Talk Prepaid Wireless?

Straight Talk Wireless is a partnership between Verizon, Tracfone and Walmart.  The phones will only be sold at Walmart and online at Straight  All Straight Talk phones use the Verizon Wireless network.

They have just started offering Two very inexpensive prepaid cell phone plans.

The $45 Unlimited plan includes unlimited calling, unlimited texting, unlimited data downloading to your phone, and unlimited 411 calls.

The $30 a month plan includes one thousand minutes, one thousand texts and 30 meg of data per month.  If you run out you can just add another card so if you are using 1500 minutes a month you will use one and a half cards a month which comes to $45 or you can go to the $45 unlimited plan.

Cell Phone Reception
The cell phone reception will be good because your phone will be on the Verizon network which is the largest (or second largest) in the United States.

The Straight Talk Phones

From the simple and bulletproof LG100c and LG 200c to the New Samsung Finesse, Straight Talk has a nice variety of prepaid phones that all use the Verizon Network.

Check out Straight Talk Wireless

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01/07/2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Best Popcorn Ever

I have been a big fan of popcorn since I was a youngster.  I have eaten more popcorn than any five people I know put together.

When I was in college we used to have a popcorn poppers that you would put oil in the bottom and then popcorn and then plug them in.  They got really hot and it was really important to empty the popper as soon as the popping started to slow down.  I am sure there were a lot of fires caused by these poppers because the got really hot.

The Air popper
The next generation was the air popper.  They are almost like a hair dryer that blows hot air on the popcorn.  When it pops then the hot air takes it out of the heating chamber.  Unique and they worked pretty well.  Some of the designs blow a lot of the unpopped corn out into your bowl.

Microwave Popcorn
Next came Microwave popcorn.  The probllem with microwaving regular popcorn is getting all the popcorn hot.  Microwave heating is normally very uneven.  So the bags come with a section on the bottom that attracts the microwave heat and helps to heat all of the popcorn.   They manufacture them with enough grease to add taste and evenly heat the popcorn.  Usually they use way too much salt for my taste.

I have gone back to the air popper, not any air popper the one shown in the picture.  Why is it the best?  I have tried at least 7 different air poppers.  The problem with most of them is they spit out a lot of unpopped corn.

The solution to too much unpopped corn with most air poppers is to put in the Full amount of popcorn.  They always have a measuring cup built in and if you do not fill it up you will usually get more unpopped corn.

Proctor Silex Popcorn Pumper is the best I have used.

How much is a Straight Talk Phone?
The phones start at $30 and go up to over $300

What if I let my Straight Talk service expire?  Your phone will quit working.

Can I change from the $30 a month Straight Talk plan to the $45 Unlimited?  Check Straight Talk Faqs.
What is the cheapest monthly cost of using a Straight Talk phone?

Can I put Tracfone minutes on my Straight Talk phone?  Check Straight Talk Faqs

Why does it say Tracfone when I turn on my Straight Talk phone?

What about a Straight Talk Motorola Razr V3? How well will that work with Straight Talk.

Do my Straight Talk Minutes roll over?  Check out Straight Talk Roll Over Minutes.

01/04/2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Getting the Dishes Done

I used to have a lot of trouble getting my high school age children to get the dishes done.  I was always up early and often the kids would stay up after me.

I hate getting up to a dirty kitchen.  It was my job to cook and the kids were required to clean the kitchen.

The standard method, I yelled at them, I left threatening notes, I was mad and took away privledges.  It did not work.  I did not like being mad, I did not like staying around the house when the kids were grounded.

So the question was What can I do that won’t bother me that the kids will hate as punishment.

I sat them down and said here is the deal.  If you guys do not get the dishes done before you go to bed then I am going to read that as a statement that you want to talk to me.  I am going to Joyfully get you up at 5 AM or 6 AM at my convenience and we will all do the dishes together.  While we are at it we will do a little vacuuming and picking up also.

This worked for about two weeks.  Then the dishes weren’t done one Saturday Morning.  I got my music turned up loud, I turned on every light in the living room and Kitchen—it is way harder to go back to sleep if you are fully awakened with music and light–I got them out of bed.  I was nice I was smiling  and asking non stop questions.  How is school, how is your girlfriend, how is ….  Anyway I was very nice and loud and they got the dishes done.

About every month or two I would have to get them up but it was no longer a battle for me.  It was easy.

That was one of the biggest child interaction problems solutions.


Thoughts by Rick

Net10-Prepaid-Cell Phones Come with 300 Free Minutes.
Net10-Prepaid-Cell Phones with Ten Cents per minute is one of the best Pay as you go Prepaid Cell phone Deals.  Ten Cents all the time with as little as a $15 card purchase.

12/29/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

3000 Tracfone Minutes

Tracfone has released a new Online Only option for buying Tracfone Minutes.

Check out this link for more info on how to get a Tracfone 1500 Minute Card.

From the Tracfone website you can purchase a 1500 minute card.  If you have DMFL on your phone you will get 3000 minutes.  If you do not have DMFL you will get a lot of free minutes if you add the DMFL card.  Do Not add the 1500 minute card without  First adding a Minute Doubler to your phone.  The Minute Doubler card can be purchased for $25.

Tracfone has jumped over Net10 now for the best value Prepaid phone.  Before this card became available I would have recommended Net10 over Tracfone because you get 300 minutes for $30 with Net10 and even with the doubler you only get 240 minutes for $30 with Tracfone.

Both Net10 and Tracfone are owned by the same company and they have both lowered their rates a lot over the last 4 years.  It wasn’t that long ago the cheapest minutes you could get from Prepaid were 20 cents each.

Check out some of my articles on Carpet Cleaning.   There are a lot of changes going on in Prepaid Cell Phones.

12/29/2009 Posted by | 3000 Tracfone Minutes | Leave a comment

Tracfone Christmas Free Next Day Air

Free Next Day Air on any

Tracfone Christmas Special Phone


The Tracfone DMFL Double minute for life card will cost you $50 to upgrade any phone. Buy one of these New phones with DMFL for less than $50 and get double the minutes for the money.

Good Tracfone Deals

These are good Tracfone Christmas Special Deals with Free Next Day Air 12/20/08 and 12/21/08.

Tracfone LG 600g The Best Tracfone with DMFL $49.95

Tracfone Motorola W376g Camera, Bluetooth with DMFL $29.95

Tracfone LG 600g and Motorola W376g

Tracfone LG 600g and Motorola W376g

The Best Tracfone Phone Deal

The best deal for a Tracfone and Minutes is the New LG 225 Camera phone with One Year Card. This deal is no longer highlighted at the top of the page.  The reason this is such a good deal is because all you pay for is the One year Card and you get one of the best Tracfone Camera phones for free.

Scroll down the page you will see LG 225 + 1 Year Card. I recently purchased one of these for a friend and activated it with Bonus Code 55118. We got 1120 minutes 14 months service and the Brand New LG 225 Camera phone for $99.99.

We used the $3 off Buying code (23444) so it came to $96.99. Free Next Day Air Shipping December 20th and 21st.

Tracfone LG 225 Camera Phone with One Year 800 minute Card

Tracfone LG 225 Camera Phone with One Year 800 minute Card

Buy Tracfone Christmas Special On Saturday or Sunday December 20th or 21st and get Free Next Day Air Shipping.

12/21/2008 Posted by | Tracfone Prepaid | Leave a comment

Tracfone W376 with Bluetooth

Tracfone Motorola W376g

The latest phone from Tracfone is the Motorola W376g.

The New Tracfone Motorola W376 with BlueTooth 2.0 enabled. The W376 is a GSM phone that works on AT&T or T-Mobile networks.  If you have good coverage in your area by AT&t then Tracfone will be offering this phone in your area.

This new phone appears to be the little brother to the best selling Motorola Razr. The new W376g is thicker but narrower. The keyboard is the same flat design as the Razr. Both the Tracfone W376 and the Razr have the Chin.

Motorola W376, W370, W375

Motorola W376, W370 and W375 from

The Moto W376g is a Single Rate Tracfone

All the calls you make in your local area or out are one unit per minute. You will only pay one unit per minute for local, long distance and roaming calls. Tracfone also owns Net10 and they are the only prepaid cell phone companies that offer roaming for no extra charge. Most Prepaid phones do not offer roaming. If they do they will charge you up to fifty cents a minute for roaming.

Motorola W376, W370, W375
Motorola W376, W370 and W375 from

Tracfone Minutes

Tracfone often gives out Bonus codes to get free minutes when you add a minute card to your phone.  This is the best spot to buy Tracfone Minutes and  use  Tracfone Promo Codes to get free Minutes.

International Tracfone Calls

Calls to over sixty international areas will only cost you one unit per minute with the Tracfone W376g. Check out Tracfone International Calling at the web site.  Find out the differences between Tracfone and Net10.

Moto W376 Text Messages

The new W376g texting charges are .3 units per text in and out. This is a lot better than the .5 units per text on some of the older Tracfones.

DMFL is standard on W376g

The new bonus program from Tracfone is the Unlimited Double minutes for life. DMFL cards are available from the Tracfone web site for $50. Then any time as long as you own that phone you will get twice the minutes stated on the card. This DMFL Bonus plan comes with your Moto W376g.

Battery life on the Tracfone W376g

The W376g uses the BQ50 Lithium Ion battery. This is a fairly large capacity Battery so the battery life is should be very good. The battery should last up to 10 days between charges. This depends on your usage and where you are.  If you are on the fringe of cell coverage your phone will work a lot harder to keep coverage and go through your charge quicker..

Tracfone Bluetooth

The first Bluetooth enabled phone from Tracfone is the Motorola W376. You will now be able to use a Bluetooth 2.0 headset with your Tracfone Motorola W376g. It is safer to drive totally hands free which you can do with the new phone

Web Access and Downloading Ring Tones

The web access allowed by Tracfone with their phones is pretty limited but that may be changing. Many options for searching the web just cannot be done yet.

Moto W376 Feel

I really like the heft and feel of the new Moto W376g. The W376 is the same size and feel as the W370 and the W375. Large enough when unfolded it comfortably fits your face to talk (even if you have a large head).  It comfortably fits into your pocket.It folds small enough that it easily fits in your pocket.

Moto W376 Features and Specs

VGA Camera, Bluetooth® enabled, Compact Flip Phone, External Alert Icons. Ringtones, Graphics, News, Weather, Sports and more using Airtime Minutes. Picture Messaging, Text Messaging, Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) rating M-3, Hands-free speaker, Voicemail, Call Waiting, Caller ID, FM Radio (requires headset, not included), Alarm Clock, Stop Watch, Calendar, Calculator, Phonebook with up to 100 entries. Single Rate for Local, Nationwide Long Distance, International Long Distance and Roaming.

Basic info:

Size: 3.90 x 1.77 x 0.73 inches

Weight: 3.4 ounces

Included battery: Lithium-ion

Talk time: Up to 7.5 hours

Standby time: Up to 10 days

Included accessories:


Wall AC Adapter

SIM Card

I like this phone a lot.  I have one I have used a bit and it feels good in my pocket and the reception has always been good.  I only get 2 to three days out of the battery but that is ok.  Usually the best price I have found on Tracfones has been from

12/15/2008 Posted by | Motorola W376 Tracfone, Tracfone Prepaid | Leave a comment

Tracfone Promotional Codes How to Find and Use Promo Codes

There are a few simple ways for getting Tracfone Promo Codes.
First I have registered my Serial number with Tracfone. When I joined the New Tracfone Insider program. This “Tracfone Insider” plan is a monthly email from Tracfone. This email often will have Tracfone Promotional Codes in it.


My favorite way of finding codes is to check at Tracfone Bonus Codes and Coupons for the latest greatest codes. This page also shows me how to buy Tracfone Minutes and use the bonus codes.

Getting Ready to Add Minutes
First I write down my Tracfone Serial Number (ESN) on a business card and the Tracfone Customer service number (1-800-867-7183). Also my Phone’s number so I can easily find the numbers without having to fumble through the menu on my phone.

How to Use Tracfone Promo Codes.

You can add Airime over a land line. This used to be my preferred way to add Tracfone Promotional Codes but now to get through the Tracfone Customer Service phone system it just takes too long.

Add Airtime Direct from Your Tracfone

With the Digital Tracfones you can add Tacfone units from the Prepaid Menu. Click on Menu, next on Prepaid, Scroll to add airtime and click, on some phones add the 5 digit Tracfone Promo code right after the fifteen digit PIN number from your card and on some phones after you put in the minute card PIN if you have a bonus code.

Adding Minutes from your Computer (My Favorite)
I like to add airtime from my computer. Go to and click on the add/buy airtime button on the top of the page and Tracfone will walk you through it.

When you are adding minutes online from the
web site you can try two different bonus numbers. After you have tried twice to put in a bonus code and it hasn’t worked stop, close the browser and start over. You will get two more chances to get a Promo code to work. The third time you try if the Bonus code doesn’t work you will not get the extra promo minutes.

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12/13/2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tracfone Prepaid Motorola W370 Cell Phone b

Let’s review the latest Motorola W370 from TracFone

This Prepaid Tracfone could pass for the newest brother to the very popular Razr. The new Tracfone W370 is quite comfortable in your hand. Not as skinny when folded up as the best selling Razr, it doesn’t have the width of the the Razr also. The distinctive Chin assists in holding the phone with one hand while texting.

Motorola W370 Texting

The Tracfone rate for Texting with the W370 is .3 units per text, both to receive and send.  TracFone charges different text message rates with different phones. Many cost .5 units per message text.

The  Motorola TracFone W370

The Moto w370 will be available in some stores but for now it is only available at Tracfone web site. You might to check back at website a few times to get the W370. Tracfone com has not been able to keep it in stock because it is selling so well.

Tracfone W370 Single Rate

The W370 is a singlerate phone all calls will cost you one unit per minute used. The roaming rate for many older tracfones is 2 units per minute when out of your local area. The single rate works on. You can call many parts of the world and just pay one unit per minute.

TracFone Double Minutes for Life (DMFL)

tracfone Motorola W370 now comes with DMFL. All the phone cards you add to your new Moto W370 will get twice the face value of minutes. 60 now = 120, 120 now = 240 with DMFL.

TracFone Mini USB Ports

There are both Headphone and Mini USB ports on the Motorola W370 cell phone. The headphone jack lets you to talk hands free on your Tracfone Moto W370 . The headphone when plugged in will also function as the antenna for the fm Radio. The Tracfone W370 USB port is disabled by Tracfone.

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12/12/2008 Posted by | Tracfone Prepaid | , , , | Leave a comment