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    There are a couple of ways to look at the whole...

    There are a couple of ways to look at the whole contract/upgrade paradigm.

    One is that the carrier is subsidizing the purchase of the phone so they want to make sure they get their money back by...
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    For what it's worth, certain T-Mobile phones also...

    For what it's worth, certain T-Mobile phones also can make calls over Wi-Fi. And T-Mobile offers phones for either retail or paid in installments. Not an endorsement necessarily. Just a data point.
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    Have to, no. But their model is based on most of...

    Have to, no. But their model is based on most of your calls/texts/data going over the Internet rather than over the cellular network. So if you can use your phone via Wi-Fi outside of your home and...
  4. Thread: FREEDOM!

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    Glad to hear the good news! It is a big...

    Glad to hear the good news! It is a big transition, and not something to expect to accomplish all at once. But it sounds like you're doing well!
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    Where's the clapping emoticon? :)

    Where's the clapping emoticon? :)
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    Welcome!

    Welcome!
  7. I think the cloud is just one more thing where...

    I think the cloud is just one more thing where the benefits outweigh the negatives. Every cloud provider can be hacked. But I'm no more concerned about a hacker hitting my cloud provider than I am...
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    Finally getting in some frugals: - "Musgovian"...

    Finally getting in some frugals:

    - "Musgovian" chicken soup, the contents of which were described in the leftovers thread in Food;
    - got a crate for the new dog off craigslist. The crate is less...
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    "Musgovian" chicken soup this time included maybe...

    "Musgovian" chicken soup this time included maybe two or three chickens worth of backs, necks, and carcass trimmings, maybe a cup or so of carmelized onions that had done their time in the freezer,...
  10. I suspect that's Minnesota's excuse. :D

    I suspect that's Minnesota's excuse. :D
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    It isn't often I agree completely with iris...

    It isn't often I agree completely with iris lilies :) but I believe her advice is spot on. You're not going to find a risk-free real 4% right now. By investing the money as il suggests, you're...
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    I use kosher salt for pickling and cooking and...

    I use kosher salt for pickling and cooking and Pink Himalayan salt at the table because it's one of the few salts that doesn't cake up in the salt mill. (Yes, we have a salt mill. It was a gift. And...
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    d. Not enough information to answer at this time....

    d. Not enough information to answer at this time.


    While in some cases we have not yet had to make the actual decision, our financial plan calls on both of us to draw the maximum benefit from...
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    My mom, 82 years old this year, keeps joking...

    My mom, 82 years old this year, keeps joking that, at her age, she no longer wants to buy green bananas and have to wait for them to ripen. :) There's nothing on the horizon that keeps her from...
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    That's sad news, Gardenarian! It's hard to...

    That's sad news, Gardenarian!

    It's hard to know just what pets/animals know of their situation beyond the immediate results of illness or pain. But I think showing your dog you care about him as...
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    Well, Gardenarian, it sounds like there's a lot...

    Well, Gardenarian, it sounds like there's a lot to celebrate in your move. Best wishes going forward!
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    Acts-of-service-person here, too, with a good...

    Acts-of-service-person here, too, with a good sprinkling of quality time.

    I'm not sure I'd denigrate any of the other languages as "nothing special"; they obviously work for others. The key is in...
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    Welcome -- and congratulations for starting so...

    Welcome -- and congratulations for starting so early in life! Looking forward to seeing your posts.
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    Good for Mr. IL! I hope the surgery goes well and...

    Good for Mr. IL! I hope the surgery goes well and he's back up and fixin' stuff on his own schedule.
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    We have the same kind of hazardous-waste...

    We have the same kind of hazardous-waste collection here, except that I don't believe I've ever seen "take-it-if-you-want-it" areas at the satellite collection sites (maybe at the central site)....
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    I think you're on to something, Lin. It's very...

    I think you're on to something, Lin. It's very easy for us, in a large metropolitan area, to find local producers of lots of organic foods (though, of course, not everything). I live two miles from...
  22. I guess I've kind of become the quirky one and...

    I guess I've kind of become the quirky one and yet I've chosen to celebrate it. Some of it, I think, is in learning to "speak the language".

    Most of my friends are still in the corporate world,...
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    Half into January and here are the frugals I can...

    Half into January and here are the frugals I can think of:
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    Actually, many Millennials are gravitating to...

    Actually, many Millennials are gravitating to areas in which cars are not required. They get by on mass transit, taxis/Uber/Lyft, HourCars, and even bicycles. You can buy a lot of transit for the...
  25. Thread: Hello again!

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    Welcome back, Stella! And congratulations on the...

    Welcome back, Stella! And congratulations on the latest addition to your family!
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