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    [–] where to get audio streams? johnconnors88 1 points ago * (lasted edited 6 days ago) in MLBStreams

    Get yourself a Sirius Xm radio on Ebay, garage sale, or on sale. I bought a Stratus 7 satellite radio with car kit on Sale online at Best Buy for $16.95, free shipping, plus 3 months of free service. Never saw something go out of stock so fast. You can get them down after free trial, for 6 months for $30. Only pay with a prepaid Sirius XM gift card at Best Buy. Tell them to Bill you through the mail. Keeps you from having to giving them your Credit card. Tired of MLBTV pricing games and blackouts. Good Luck. JC. Edit: Gone are the days, of getting audio/video access to an MLB game, without having a frugal financial strategy!

    [–] Need some roadtrip advice johnconnors88 3 points ago in Frugal

    Avacados are a must. Hard boiled eggs too. Some canned fish. The cover the bodies needs of essential fatty acids, and essential amino acids. The roadside foods are non essential carbohydrates, loaded with frutose, and corn sweetners, and gluten. You will be hungry and more tired in a few hours. And broke too. Stretch and move to prevent blood clots.

    [–] Frugal Request: How To Keep Rent / Monthly Expenses Low or $0 johnconnors88 3 points ago in Frugal

    You should look into becoming the superintendent of a building, or a church caretaker. Property managers that live on property usually have rent included. Food for thought.

    [–] Frugal tips for airplane travel johnconnors88 8 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago) in Frugal

    Check in 24 hours before your flight, print out boarding pass. Have a full stomach before entering the airport. Put a copy of your airline itinerary in the front pocket of checked bag, email and cell on luggage tags. Always check the gate monitor when going to your connection fight. Put the airline reservations number and itinerary call letters in the cell phone memo. Ex: Delta EXGAA. Tie a bright colored ribbon to the handle of your checked bag for easy identification on the luggage turnstiles. Lots of black and brown bags. Take a pic of your checked bag with your cell to show the gate agent in case of lost luggage. Bring a charging brick for your electronics. Have a great trip!

    [–] Frugal soundproofing? johnconnors88 3 points ago in Frugal

    White noise machine is great for masking conversation and privacy.

    [–] Why so much local news ALL day on Bham OTA local TV stations? johnconnors88 -9 points ago in Birmingham

    WBRC news is hard to watch due to the production snafus. My choice is NBC 13 WVTM very professional, and the 1080i is crisp and beautiful.

    [–] Advice on car situation johnconnors88 101 points ago in Frugal

    $85,000 - $300 = $84,700. Still in good shape financially.

    [–] Advice on car situation johnconnors88 3 points ago in Frugal

    Spend the money on your brakes, they could save your from serious injury or death. $300 seems like a bargain under those circumstances.

    [–] Advice on car situation johnconnors88 19 points ago in Frugal

    85k in the bank and you are essentially driving a vehicle that is bought by your parents. Again routine maintenance on a vehicle is a fact of life. Welcome to cost of ownership my friend.

    [–] Advice on car situation johnconnors88 5 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago) in Frugal

    I would replace the rotors all the time. I don't believe in brake resurfacing. It's leaves you with thinner rotors, and gives the repair shop a higher profit margin. Take it from me get new rotors whenever possible. Edit: Thinner rotors have a tendency to warp under excessive heat and braking stress. Quicker turn around and back to the repair shop.

    [–] Any way to save money on gas johnconnors88 3 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago) in Frugal

    Most people are their own worst enemy when it comes to saving gas. People have unrealistic expectations when it comes to saving gas. The #1 gas saving tip, is to only drive when necessary. Read you owners manual and maintain your car according to its recommendations. You will only get between 10%-15% mileage savings with proper driving techniques and maintenance. Buy a car with low cost per mile ownership ratings. Only use the proper gas grade, oil viscosity, and tire size for your vehicle. People do not get the big picture when it comes to cost to own a particular vehicle. Insurance, routine maintenance, mileage, driving techniques all factor in. People who drive to and pickup their children from school everyday, when there is a perfectly good tax funded school bus service boggles my mind. Idling at the local drive thru instead of going inside? Really? If people wanted to save money they would get the BIG picture of cost to own a vehicle. People who drive every where but all the while spend thousands on prescription meds because they are sick because they are not physically active. Drive less. Live more. Big picture.

    [–] Zip code with no taxes or very low johnconnors88 2 points ago in NoContract

    Idaho has some of the lowest cell phone taxes in the country.

    [–] Any issues with turning off circuit breaker during vacation? johnconnors88 3 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago) in Frugal

    Turn off the water to your home. Plenty people have come home to a soaking surprise. Tell the alarm company not to call you, call the police for the specific dates. This is a great time to change the batteries, and reprogram your thermostat to some lower/higher settings. Eat or throw away any unnecessary food, and turn down the fridge one setting. Shut the breaker off to garage opener, and pad lock the door track. Have the mail held at post office, and have neighbor collect random fliers. Have a neighbor park their car in your driveway while your away. Mow your grass the night before you leave. Load your suitcases in the garage, or during the over night not to announce your departure. Have a neighbor keep an eye out for unusual activity. Turn off the ringers to your home phone, or unplug them. Write this list on your fridge in an envelope so you can undo this list upon return. Have a great trip!

    [–] Roku 3 shuts itself down. Cannot power back on, powers up randomly and all is fine for a few days. johnconnors88 1 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago) in Roku

    My Roku 3 (4230X) died last week, would not start up, nothing. As a rule I always buy my Roku in pairs, so if something goes wrong with one I could troubleshoot with parts from the other of the same model. I found out it was the power cord. These cords are cheap, the 10 cent capacitor went bad. Went over to the Roku site, my Roku 3 power cord, "OUT OF STOCK." I do believe this is how Roku gets people to upgrade. I have my Roku 3 on a voltage conditioner, with surge protection. This is IMHO the first thing to go on their devices. I purchased my new power supply here: Read the 5 reason to buy toward the bottom of the page when i call to make sure this cord was an exact fit, the rep told me they would replace my purchase for the life of my device. Don't give up on your device if it should die suddenly, or be acting possessed. My advice your power supply may be all you could need. My 2 cents. JC PS: I bought 2 cords, one extra as future insurance.

    [–] Miss America axes swimsuit competition; Gretchen Carlson says 'We are no longer a pageant' johnconnors88 1 points ago in news

    Miss America is now a competition, not a pageant? What? So now we can be like the rest of "Scripted" reality TV. Wow! We can now create scripted narratives for your votes. Men are the majority of viewers. And they vote with their eyes. Another desperate attempt to reverse failing ratings. Huge fail.

    [–] Dealing with extremely high electric bills - Help! johnconnors88 1 points ago in Frugal

    This is the website that took my electric savings to the next Level: If you cannot find savings from there, I do not know what to tell you. Call up your power company and ask for an itemized bill. All bills have a base charge, taxes, and misc. fees. Our bill is $16.23 just to have power connected every month. The itemized bill will tell you what charges are fixed and what charges you can do something about. My electric bill averages 540 kwh we never go over 900 kwh even in the summer. Your cable boxes, stand by power on TVs. You need a programmable thermostat.

    [–] Where is the best place to hike around Birmingham? johnconnors88 1 points ago in Birmingham

    Your right it's awesome except it's not Pink, it's the Red trail.

    [–] redpocket plan renewals/porting johnconnors88 3 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago) in NoContract

    My advice, buy the yearly plan @ $240 off eBay. You have a 30 day money back guarantee if not satisfied. Make sure you order the plan with the sim cards, there are some Red pocket plan that are "Renewal only" and don't come with new sim cards. I would write down her IMEI number so even though you live out of state you can still gain access to customer service and her account. Customer service uses both the IMEI and ICCID numbers to identify you. They will usually ask you for the last four digits. Teach your Mom how to shut off her phone and remove her sim card and reinsert it with the phone off. Upon restart the phone will update, solving alot of common problems. Good luck. JC. Keep your ATT account active during the porting process. If you cancel your ATT account first, before porting, you will lose you number forever.

    [–] TiVo adds Skip mode feature to All Premiere units. A nice surprise for legacy owners. johnconnors88 1 points ago * (lasted edited 2 months ago) in Tivo

    Unplug your machine to force a software update. I sometimes go thru repeated guide setup to make sure I have the latest updates. When your box is updated with skip mode, your will get a message from TiVo on TiVo central. Good Luck JC. PS Be patient it is very coming soon.

    [–] OBI200 reg. $49, on Sale $35 @ New Egg. Use promo code EMCXPURT2 johnconnors88 1 points ago in Googlevoice

    Use EMCXPURT3 - they had to fix it to work with people that weren't already newegg customers