My Consumer News

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Boyertown Rita's has Alex's Lemonade

All during the month of July, Rita's Water Ice is having Alex's Lemonade Water Ice. It is just like their lemon ice, but it is Alex's. Buy an Alex's Lemon Ice and they will make a contribution to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation witch is an organization that seeks to cure childhood cancer. The founder, Alexandra "Alex" Scott , was 8 years old when she died from a form of childhood cancer. When she was four, her and her brother held their first annual lemonade stand sale, and they had one every year after that even when her health began to deteriorate. Today the organization has raised millions of dollars to support childhood cancer research.
I frequently stop in at the Boyertown Rita's and have an ice. Lemon ice, which is a favorite of Lizzie's, ordinarily runs out. Due to the Alex's Lemonade special this month, Lizzie will have plenty of opportunity to indulge in Lemon ice from Rita's.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Cheap Telephone, Internet, and Cable

My sons birthday is approaching, and he said what he wants for his birthday is high speed Internet. They currently have Service Electric for their provider of both Internet and Cable TV. The Internet they have is a cable modem, which still requires the use of phone line for upstream. This is better than standard dial up, but it is still too slow. I have been looking at Comcast as their Internet and Cable provider. I know numerous people who have them for these services, and they rarely have trouble, unlike Service Electric. Once they get high speed they can then get Vonage for their phone service. If Comcast does not have Phone service like Vonage, they should. Next, I think she needs to cut off her premium channels, which continually play the same movies over and over again, and sign up for the unlimited plan with Netflix.
Another thing they could do to lower their monthly bills is to disconnect their long distance and use International Phone Cards from Cloncom instead. This is an option if they are unable to get highspeed internet out in the boonies.

Update: I signed up for Verizon DSL, and it is scheduled to be hooked up on 7/29/2006. I am nervous about this because at the bottom of the reciept, there is a statement that says it is still not for sure that Verizon DSL can be gotten at the address. The initial quote may be wrong. Look forward to a future posts if the intial quote from Verizon is estimate is wrong. Seems a little suspect to me....

Update: Got an email on the 14th of July saying it was ok to hook up the Internet connection. Due to traveling to Ontario,Canada with Lizzie Bean, I did not get to hook it up untill later on in the week. But when I did get it hooked up, it was done in less than 15 minutes. Has been up and running since then with no problems. Much better than their previous Internet connection.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Free Internet Access

Don't you hate being in a hotel, and having to pay for Internet Access. I really believe that a true four star hotel would have this as an include service. When traveling I often am searching for free hotspots...I really love going to a coffee shop that has free access...they will have a customer for life, and I will gladly refer others to their establishment. So I think I should make a list of Free wireless Internet Access places.

  1. Panera Bread Not only free access, but great bread, bagels and pastries. Tasty sandwiches also.
  2. Urban Grind This is a franchise that we encoutered on our trip to Whistler,BC. At the time it was free, but they were in the middle of joining one of the subscription programs. But they were also giving away free passes to customers. Great coffee and pastries. The one we visited was in Richmond BC.
  3. La Quinta Inn & Suites stayed here while on our trip to Winston-Salem

I will gladly add others this list, just leave a comment and I will add it to the list of Free Internet Access.