How To Make Money From Your Old Cell Phones?

There is a small green wicker basket that sits in one of our drawers at home.  It doesn’t really do anything at all except store cords, chargers, and phones.   This basket has become a bit nostalgic because in just the last five to ten years, it almost acts like a mobile phone historic museum on how the smart phone has evolved.   It’s funny seeing something like a Blackberry that was so modern 10 years ago and looks so ancient today.   But since we love to figure out how to make money on items that are just sitting and collecting dust, just how can you make some dough off of your old cell phones? Gazelle With Gazelle, it is extremely fast, painless, and easy to sell your old cell phone. You will simply answer a few questions about your old devices and Gazelle will let you know how much it’s worth to them. They will send you a box to ship ...

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How To Maximize Your Verizon Smart Rewards

When most people think about their loyalty rewards programs, the first words out of their mouths are about their frequent flyer miles.   In addition to that, families get into tracking their American Express Membership Rewards, point programs through their favorite hotel chains, and even from rental car programs throughout the country.   If you think its hard to manage your 401(k)’s and IRA’s, just ask those who have more than four or five frequent reward programs.   One program I stumbled upon recently through Verizon is something called the ‘smart reward’ program, and here are a few tips to maximize your Verizon points. OK.  Let me give you the scoop.  This could be one of the worst reward programs I have ever covered in my blog.   I love the fact that Verizon puts together some note within the ‘smart rewards’ site letting you know about their best price match guarantee and that other sites don’t always have authentic deals.  Here’s the newsflash.  ...

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Save $1,000 On Your Cell Phone Bill?

How is it possible that such a simple device like our mobile phone has become so complicated?  I can remember back in 1991 when I had my first cell phone (that I couldn’t even detach) installed into my beautiful Dodge Shadow.   A phone was used pretty simply to make a phone call.  Today, we’ve got texting, calling, messaging, games, and thousands of applications with the electronic wallet not too far behind.    This means as the CEO of your family finances, you’ve got to more closely assess the cost of doing business with your mobile phone choice and your provider.  It’s important that you proactively seek out how to keep your bill lower as your mobile phone provider won’t be calling you with a discount on the bill.  Here are five ways you can control the costs on your family cell phone bill, and maybe even save as much as a $1,000 in the process. 1)  AVOID CONTRACTS! BUY A CONTRACT-FREE PHONE:   ...

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When Are Companies Going To Learn To Just Shoot Straight?

I’m excited that 2012 is here and consumers are starting to realize that they can win the money battle when they know something is just flat out wrong with a new offering from their provider.    Large companies need to begin to realize that the consumer today is evolving.   They don’t mind paying a fair price for a good product or service.  Sometimes they will even pay a premium if the value is created for them.   However, what they won’t put up with anymore are these made up fees that are broadly titled like they are doing something good for the consumer when in reality it is just another tack on fee to add to the bottom line.    All companies need to understand that the consumer can handle that prices will go up.   They just want to know what it is without any gimmicks or tricks in a straight forward way.   Instead, we keep getting these insulting fees added to bills ...

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