Below are their terms and conditions…

but here are some pointers for working within their parameters. How many people/phones are on your plan? Depending on the number I would break it up into two separate contracts, which will cost you twice as much but still provide unlimited services. Kids on your plan? Are they continuously surfing the net? Watching video’s, playing music? Internet Radio Stations? Are you tethering your phone to your laptop? TV? If you have a lot of phones on the plan, then basically your account is pulling 24/7 hour service and that might be where the problem is coming in.

I don’t know if it was in this forum or one of the others I belong too

but I’ve heard others say the same thing. Unlimited really isn’t unlimited. It’s whatever they decide. I was going to switch to them to their unlimited cell plans that has data for $45. I asked around and that is how I found out that they do actually limit it. They don’t tell you that though BEFORE you sign up. However it must be in the fine print somewhere because otherwise they could get into trouble for false advertising.

Straight talk data usage

I just bought a new phone and added it to my unlimited straight talk phone. Today they call me and tell me if I don’t get my usage down they are dropping my service. I argue and they don’t care. So, their unlimited service isn’t unlimited. This happen to anyone else ?

First the sad note

You all know how I love my geese, we lost one of our oldest (around 15 years old) this weekend. Pigwidgeon, the big gray Toulouse that I’ve written often about, has finally got to be with his mate Penelope again after 12 long years of mourning her loss. He’s a happy gander now I’m certain.
Now on to brighter things. The rain has stopped for a few days and we took full advantage of it, before the next round of severe weather is scheduled to hit starting tomorrow.
Dh got home from an out of town training trip on Thursday evening late. He will probably be doing a lot more of that with his new promotion. As long as he can travel safely that’s okay by us because he know different ways to borrow money online and gets a little extra in the paycheck when he travels for the company. I just miss him like crazy and he was only gone one night this trip.
While he was out of town ds took some training here so both my guys expanded their work related knowledge this last week. Not to be left behind in improving my brain I did a lot of research on various subjects for improving our lifestyle and overall health this last week as well. My daddy always said “learn one new thing every day and you will grow very wise.” He was the wisest person I ever met—and yes, even as a teenager I thought him wise.
Dh and ds finished my can rotators for the upstairs pantry—FINALLY. They ran out of lumber so the second one is actually just a half one, but that’s okay I adapted. As soon as I finish loading the pantry completely back up, labeling everything and snapping photos I’ll definitely be putting a blog post up on it.
Speaking of blog posts this last week was a very productive one for me on posting. First there was the Corralling Cupboards one, then two different ones on garden planning. Thanks to all that visited, I hoped you enjoyed the posts.
Don’t look now but there are two more going up soon—A book review on the book “The Great American Staycation” and one on summertime plans a la BN.
I picked the book up at the library on a whim, not because of planning a staycation, but looking for ideas for part II of my summertime fun blog series on Mind Your Pennies. I was looking for kid entertainment. What I found was a book that I will give a rare “A” to in my review, and one I took copious notes out of, but that is for another post.
We did the typical holiday meals, charcoaled burgers and chicken, made homemade ice cream and drank lemonade for the holiday. I am so proud to be married to a Viet Nam veteran and I want to thank all the other vets and their families out there that have sacrificed so much for the freedoms you have given us.
Oh I did one merchandising job, and turned down several others this last week. The one was for my favorite company to work for and they were in a bind, I needed to go to that store anyway, so why not let them pay for my fuel to do it? The others would have been very time and fuel consuming so I said no to them.
Monday, I plan finally started getting stuff into the garden while the guys continued to work on firewood, bird pens, truck upkeep and ds’ tiny house. They are back to digging holes for the foundation piers. They started this back a few years ago and then finances went to heck in a hand basket. So now they are starting over basically.
OH! And so far for this pay period we are under budget by a bunch!

I just made a huge list for my family on Long Island of free concerts, movies, etc

So far I only have the county list and our town list. I don’t have the neighboring towns yet and there is something to go that interests my family most every day so far. I might get to a few of them but if we need something to do, I will check my list.

I will also get passes from the library to supplement our annual memberships at the Bronx Zoo and Museum of Natural History. (Unfortunately tolls and parking for these are not free 🙁

After reading and reviewing “The Great American Staycation”

I discussed with my family the concepts suggested in the book. We decided to do an every other pay day “staycation” in an about 100 mile radius, starting this coming weekend. Okie Dokie, but where to go, what to do and how to plan it to be a REAL vacation for as little money as possible—I like free if at all possible.
So I’ve started checking out calendar of events for every town I can think of within 100 mile radius of our home in Beggs, OK. The amount of stuff going on is amazing, but I’m certain I am missing something to check out. I’m looking at all the different venues I mention in my blog post (see below) but I am betting some of you will have some even better suggestions.
Sooooo if any of you have any ideas on sites to check out for possible entertainment for my family of three adults throughout the remainder of the year please suggest them. Also for you fellow Okies, if you know of something going on this weekend please speak up. I’m putting together a list of places to see and things to do for us to decide from today and probably tomorrow for us to decide on and do this weekend starting Friday afternoon through this coming Sunday.

Ds and I just came in from planting 8 tomato plants

10 various paper plants, 9 sweet potato plants, and five herb plants (rosemary, 2 different mints, dill, creeping thyme). It didn’t take us long, but the humidity about did us in. We did a pretty slap dash job of planting. I just needed those plants in the ground before they died, and before the next rain storm (predicted for tomorrow).

We found a few volunteer potato plants, asparagus and garlic all growing well.

Once this round of rain is gone I’ll start on the seed planting.

Keep in mind that people give cars away too

and sometimes those vehicles are in drive-away condition. My farm truck, which is my daily driver, was literally a “first one to come get it, keeps it” vehicle. Sure, we’ve put more money into it since then. But it’s nickname is The Buck Truck because that’s how much we had to pay to buy it. Only reason we had to pay the $1.00 is because our beloved state only allows folks to give away any single vehicle once. It had already been gifted to the person who was giving it to us, so we had to show a bill of sale. That’s because our license tab renewals are based on purchase or sales price. But that’s how much we paid for it.

Even if someone figures in all the repairs we’ve done over the years, I think it would average out to less than $500/year. Folks just need to be looking in the right places and be ready to pounce when these cars come along. They’re out there, and ever since pouncing on ours, I’ve seen a handful go by since then. Freecycle is a beautiful thing.

First, I have to save up for it

The problem is my lower income now. If I can only clear $500 per month(that’s pushing it), it will take me 18 months to get a FFEF of $9000. And then another 6 months to buy a $3000 beater. Wow – two years? Not sure this car will LAST two years… I have 221K miles on it now. This will be interesting…