Happy Holidays! Win a Month of UNLIMITED FREE Minutes!

Q Link Wireless wishes you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. In honor of the holiday season and the upcoming new year, we’re offering you a chance to Win a Month of UNLIMITED FREE Minutes!

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One lucky Q Link customer will receive one full month of unlimited free minutes, to be used between January 1 and January 31, 2014. Here’s your chance to start the new year right! See above this paragraph to participate. Drawing will be on December 23 at 5 PM EST. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates and reminders.

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The Top 10 Frugal Cooking Blogs of 2013

When you’re going through a tough time financially, it can be difficult to imagine eating a healthy, delicious meal on such a small budget. Whether you’re on food stamps or scraping by on your own, its time to open your eyes to the world of frugal cooking.

At Q link we help low income families get rid of their phone bill but we want to help them reduce expenses in all other areas and we know that food costs are always one of the biggest expenses for families.

With that in mind we searched the web for everything related to frugal cooking, budget recipes, cheap meals etc. We finally came up with, in our opinion, the top 10 blogs that can help you reduce your monthly food costs while eating tastier and healthier food!

The 10 ladies that run these blogs are truly experts in this field. Personally I’ve learned tons just from putting together this list, so I know you will too. The list is in alphabetical order because they are all too good and ranking them was impossible.

Please if you get anything useful from their blogs be sure to follow them and thank them for it. (We made it easy for you by linking their names to their twitter accounts, so you have no excuses!)

Enjoy the list!

1. 5 Dollar Dinners – Erin Chase

Why we recommend it: Erin says she has a little problem that she can’t make meals that cost more than $5, but think its more of a gift than anything. Erin is seriously talented at coming up with recipes so tasty you can’t believe how little they cost! If you have a recipe in mind just look through her recipe index and you’ll find a recipe to make it on the cheap. There’s more than just recipes though, Erin also shares the best coupons and store deals as well as useful articles on things like organization and reusing things.

Our Favorite Post: 20 meals from Costco for $150

2. A Girl Called Jack – Jack Monroe

Why we recommend it: A Girl Called Jack is a UK blog dedicated to frugal cooking. Jack really knows how to take low-priced ingredients and combine them into a drool-worthy recipe. Her ‘adventures in a meat-free cottage’ series will have even the biggest meat lovers ready to try something new. I particularly enjoy her money saving kitchen tips like how to make leftovers good and freezing tomato sauce in ice cube trays. There are also some really interesting posts about government policies and poverty issues. Enjoy!

Our Favorite Post: Leftovers made good: Spiced chicken noodle dinner

3. Broke Ass Gourmet – Gabi Moskowitz

Why we recommend it: This blog has received national acclaim and for good reason! Gabi aims to keep each recipe under $20, so certain ones may be harder to fit into your budget but dig a little deeper and you’ll find tons you can make for under $10. Gabi is not afraid to try new exotic dishes so be prepared to get schooled in world cuisines. If you find some entrees outside your budget, make sure you check out the mouth-watering and affordable side dishes and sauces like the one in our favorite post, which we will be using on everything from now on.

Our Favorite Post: Green garlic and almond pesto

4. Budget Bytes – Beth M.

Why we recommend it: Beth says she’s not a professional chef but we don’t blame you if you find that hard to believe after checking out her blog. These meals just make me think of sitting down to a nice family dinner. I don’t know what counts as comfort food but the hearty pastas, scrambles and “bowls” definitely comfort me and work up my appetite. The best part is that most of these meals come in at under $1.50 per serving! The majority of the recipes are simple to execute and you probably already have many of the ingredients. Don’t miss this one!

Our Favorite Post: Southwest breakfast scramble

5. Cheap Recipe Blog – Haley

Why we recommend it: People think cooking on a budget has to be boring and repetitive. Those people clearly haven’t been to Haley’s blog. Her recipes will definitely cause you to have some “Why didn’t I think of that!?” moments and by the time you close your browser, you’ll be inspired to cook up some cheap new meals that are sure to impress. If you have a sweet tooth this is definitely the blog for you because the desert recipes will cause you to salivate. Don’t miss her seasonal “50 recipes” roundups.

Our Favorite Post: A peek inside my grocery bag: Getting cheap groceries at ALDI

6. Eating Richly – Diana Johnson

Why we recommend it: We like to support Diana’s blog because as someone who overcame homelessness, she’s a true inspiration and a wealth of knowledge for anyone going through hard times and looking to still eat well on a budget. We couldn’t help notice how many delicious salad recipes are featured on this blog, you can tell she’s a fan! Also many of her recipes are international, borrowing from the cuisines of Mexico, Asia and others. This is just an all around awesome blog to improve your frugal cooking skills.

Our Favorite Post: Make your own lunch meat to save money

7. Frugal Foodie Family – Kelly Hartman

Why we recommend it: Got a taste for the gourmet but can’t afford to recreate recipes from your favorite TV chef? You might be a frugal foodie and you should probably just change your homepage to Kelly’s blog. The recipes on Frugal Foodie Family are simple yet exciting and refreshing. Maybe it’s her choice of interesting ingredients, the cooking techniques she uses, or most likely just her sheer creativity but these meals remind me of something you’d see on the menu at a hip new restaurant downtown. Other highlights include weekly grocery lists and weekly budget wine reviews!

Our Favorite Post: Kid friendly pretzel chicken tenders

8. Hillbilly Housewife – Susanne

Why we recommend it: It’s easy to get lost in the recipe archives when you’re presented with so many tantalizing options but Susanne’s blog has so much other great content to offer! There are so many good articles on food-related cost savings, for example you can find entire sections on canning, gardening and shopping. The recipes section is an encyclopedia of frugal cooking ideas ranging from light and healthy to casseroles to convenience foods and there’s even pet food recipes! Bookmark this site, visit it often and be sure to thank Susanne for creating this awesome resource!

Our Favorite Post: Make your own popsicles – Frugal family fun

9. Poor Girl Eats Well – Kimberly Morales

Why we recommend it: Kimberly’s blog has the type of variety that makes you wish you had enough time to cook 10 meals a day. The recipes are not only tasty and cheap (around $2 a serving) many of them are very healthy. If you aren’t incorporating cheap superfoods like quinoa in your daily cooking, then PGEW will definitely spark your curiosity and provide you with some great ideas. We’re big fans of her unique takes on pizza, sandwiches and soups. Don’t forget to check out her “$25 shopping cart” posts, which are a primer on smart frugal shopping.

Our Favorite Post: Spicy beef sweet potato tacos

10. The Cheapskate Cook – Stephani J.

Why we recommend it: Stephani’s blog stands apart because of it’s consistent focus on health as well as cost. I don’t think a single nutrition expert could disagree with the healthy and delicious recipes that she shares. We also like her seasonal approach to cooking. If you go through the archives you’ll see her recipes always use fresh, in-season ingredients. Aside from delicious, cheap and healthy recipes, Steph shares a wealth of general advice for stretching a buck in the kitchen.

Our Favorite Post: Easy homemade summer travel food

 

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Text Messages and Your Teen

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Teenagers across the country have gone text crazy. According to a report in the New York Daily News, text messages have now become the main way teenagers communicate with each other, trumping out phone calls, Facebook, and the “old fashioned” face-to-face conversation.

The average teen will send between 60 and 100 text messages a day. That’s over 1,800 texts a month!

Teens have created a whole new language for text messages, dropping out vowels and substituting numbers to shorten their words. The language has seeped into their tweets on Twitter or their statuses on Facebook. Occasionally a text word or two might show up in their high school essays.

Teenagers also face a new crisis: sending texts in their sleep. With text messages arriving all times of day or night, more and more teens are finding themselves replying to texts at 3 a.m. or sending a question to a friend before the sun comes up.

These teens are so attached to their cell phones that many say they would give up television, newspapers, or magazines for 24 hours but would never give up their phones.

These cell phones serve as their constant source of information. They are no longer seen as a luxury but as a necessity.

As more teens fire out text messages (some at the speed of one text every 90 seconds) parents are left to wonder:

  • How restrictive should a parent be on their teenager’s texting habits?
  • What will the bill look like?
  • Who is my teenager texting with?
  • Can it be good for his/her health?
  • What does the future of text messaging hold?

As with all technology, only time will tell.

The Statistics

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  • 63% of teens communicate via text on a daily basis.
  • 43% of teens say the reason they have a cell phone is to text
  • 18 to 24 year-olds use the most minutes
  • African-American teens send the most texts
  • Girls send more texts than boys
  • 31% of teens say they never talk on the phone on a landline
  • 23% of 12 to 17 year-olds own a Smartphone
  • 52% say cell phones are the new form of entertainment
  • 80% say cell phones give a sense of security

 

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7 Ways Cell Phones Are Saving Lives

Source: RVconclub

Source: RVconclub

The words “cell phone” and “health” don’t often go hand in hand, but for one small village in the Central American nation of Honduras, the words have been perfectly united.

Researchers from the University of Michigan recently landed in Honduras to conduct a study on cell phones and diabetes. The six-week study involved giving diabetic patients access to a cell phone. The doctors would then call or text the patients to remind them to test their blood sugar and take their medications.

The results? The cell phones were saving lives! The patients reported the cell phones “helped them to improve their diabetes management and general health.” These patients, many of whom had very high blood pressure and severe diabetes, showed improvement with their overall blood-sugar level, outlook, and health.

Here are some other ways that cell phones are helping save lives:

1.  For many women who are struggling to get out of an abusive relationship, a cell phone may be their only lifeline to the outside world. Cell phones help women find new homes, keep in touch with loved ones, or protect themselves in domestic violence cases.

2. In Sub-Saharan Africa, doctors are using cell phones to check up on patients and monitor mothers and infants who are HIV positive. The doctors will send routine text reminders about medication. These texts have been shown to help patients with Relaxing Conversationtheir overall health and viral suppression of the AIDs virus.

3. After the 201o earthquake in Haiti, cell phones were widely used to reach out to loved ones because landlines and electricity were out. One man who was trapped in a collapsed building for five days used his cell phone to text emergency services. They were able to find the man and rescue him because of GPS tracking. All because of a text!

4. For Emergencies: More than 291,000 cell phone calls are made daily to 911.

5. Text4Baby, a U.S. based free text messaging service provides expectant mothers with health tips and information three times a week. A great resource for low-resource families who need prenatal care, mothers-to-be can sign up by texting “baby” (English) or “bebe” (Spanish) to 511411.

6. In the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission has implemented text messages to alert the public of emergencies including natural disasters, terrorism, extreme weather, or child abductions.

7. Three years ago Leigh Fazzina, a triathlon contestant, fell off her her bike and down a hill landing on her shoulders. Afraid and alone, she yelled out for help but no one could hear her. That’s when she remembered she had her Blackberry. She tried to make a call but the signal wouldn’t connect. Desperate for help she tried her Twitter app. It worked! She tweeted, “I’ve had a serious injury and NEED Help! Can someone please call Winding Trails in Farmington, CT tell them I’m stuck bike crashed in woods.” Instantly six of her followers called 911 and Fazzina was rescued just 18 minutes after she sent her first tweet.

Source: Boise Weekly

Source: Boise Weekly

Now you see all the great things cell phones can do.

Sign up for your free cell phone today…and keep safe.

 

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Are Cell Phones Addictive?

A recent study by the University of Michigan found that not only are cell phones addictive, they are also contagious!  

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In a 2011 University of Michigan study, which recruited students between the age of 16 and 25, researchers found that groups of students checked their cell phones every 10 seconds.

These students were 39.5% more likely to use their cell phones when the person next to them was using their cell phone. Making cell phones, well you guessed it, contagious!

Here are 12 equally shocking statistics you might not have known about cell phones:

84%A Time magazine poll found that 84% of people said they couldn’t be separated from their cell phone for just one day.

327 Million The total number of cell phones being used in the United States. (The population of the United States is 310 million).

65%–A recent PEW Research study found that 65% of Americans say that they sleep with their cell phones next to them or in the bed with them.

1/5th of Third Graders own a cell phone, according to a recent survey. Beautiful Six Year Old Girl In Red Hat With Cellphone

3,200 Text Messages – The number of text messages the average teenager sends a month.

40% — the number of cell phone users who say they  have found their phone helpful in an emergency situation.

1973- the first cell phone call was made in 1973. The call was made on the streets of Manhattan by Motorola employee Martin Cooper. He was calling to let his competition, AT&T, know that they had successfully created the first cell phone! Martin recalls, “I said ‘Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a cellphone, a real, handheld, portable cellphone.’ There was a silence at the other end. I suspect he was grinding his teeth.”nokia 1100

$8 Million- the cost of the most expensive smartphone. British jeweler Stuart Hughes is said to have the most expensive smartphone. It is a diamond encrusted iPhone with over 100 carats of diamonds including a rose gold Apple logo with 53 diamonds in it.

42%– that’s the number of Americans that have used their phone to defeat boredom. Anyone up for a game of Angry Birds?

Nokia 1100– the world’s most popular cell phone is the Nokia 1100 with over 250 million being sold worldwide.

1 Billion– that’s the number of text messages or multimedia messages that are sent worldwide per day.

29%– the number of Americans who power down every now and then. To get some quiet. Or maybe just get some sleep!

After seeing these statistics, what do you think?

Are cell phones addictive?

 

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8 Ways to Save on Your Cell Phone Bill

There it is; the dreaded cell phone bill.

It’s been lying in your mailbox all day and you know it’s time to bring it in. You reach for it, wondering what the damage is.

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Cell phone bills can lead to stress and sleepless nights.

Last month it was a killer. The month before was a massacre. You can’t keep this up.

You start considering buying stock in your cell phone company. At least that way you can justify the amount of money you have been tossing down the drain.

Do I text that much? Am I really on the phone all day? Where are my minutes going?

The truth is: the cell phone bill you pay today is a far cry from what it used to be. And that’s not just because you have a fancy, new Smartphone in place of that dumb phone from 10 years ago.

According to a recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “the average American household was paying $210 per year for cell phone service in 2001. Last year (2011), that same household was paying $825 per year. That’s a 293 percent increase.”

Yet another survey found that the 46% average Americans spend over $100 a month on their cell phone bill, with 13% spending $200 or more!

The rising costs have made cell phone bills the second highest household bill, secondly only to the mortgage.

So, what’s the deal? Why are we paying so much?

Here are some helpful tips to cut down the savage monster, otherwise known as your cell phone bill. And, who knows, you might even have a little money left over for holiday shopping.

1.       Read the Bill

So many people just pay grab their checkbook, pay the bill, and don’t give it a second thought. But did you know, sometimes you might be paying for something that you didn’t even authorize? A few months ago, I realized I had been paying for a “navigator” app (think pre-Mapquest days) for $2.99 a month for who knows how many months or dare I say years! What a waste!

Read the bill and read it carefully. Do not be shy to dispute any strange charges that you don’t recall making. Just be sure to ask your daughter or Smartphone-happy spouse before you lay the blame on the cell phone provider.

Could probably save you: $5 to $10 bucks a month

2.       Pick Up the Phone

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Call your cell phone service provider.

I cannot tell you how many times I have paid a lower monthly bill just by picking up the phone and calling my cell phone company.

The key is not to complain and scream and yell. Instead, just talk to them. Say, “Hey. I’m a little confused. Why is the bill so high? Can you talk me through it?” And most likely the customer service representative on the other end of the phone will say, “Oh yes, sure. Let’s go over your plan.” Be upfront, tell them the truth. Tell them that you want to know where your money is going and what ways you can change your plan to make it more affordable. Almost every time I have called my cell phone carrier, I have walked away spending less money per month. It’s worth a shot!

Could probably save you: At least $10 a month

3.  Check Out the Competition

If you have come to the conclusion that your cell phone company is the true killer in this scenario, perhaps it is time to abandon ship. There are plenty of service providers out there and maybe there is one that is better suited to you. Check out http://www.myrateplan.com/, a great website to compare your current cell phone rate plan with other rate plans across the country. Just remember: You might be giving up some of your sweet perks by switching services. Oh, and do not (for the love of your wallet) break your contract to switch carriers, unless you want to shell out 200 smackaroos.

Could probably save you: $10 to $15 a month

4.       Downgrade

It may not be your favorite option but desperate times call for desperate measures. Do you really need the top-of-the-line, first-of-its-kind, totally decked out phone of the year? Or do you just need one that does the basics? I mean, after all, nowadays you do have you tablet and iPod and laptop and television and friends (though, yes I know, the last category is nowhere near as entertaining). So the question is: do you really need a mega entertainment phone? Or can a regular, run of the mill phone suffice? If the answer is yes, just think about all the money you will be saving. You could use it to go on vacation!

Could probably save you: $20 to $100 a month

5.       Make Free Phone Calls

“Free phone calls,” you say. “But how?” Well, there are a few options. The first is to use a landline whenever you can, especially for local and toll-free calls. All this time I thought toll free numbers were actually toll free, as they say they are. NOT TRUE. It seems toll free numbers are not toll free on your cell phone (what?) Secondly, sign up for an Internet-based video conferencing service like Skype, Google Voice, or Evaphone and start taking advantage of free phone calls locally, nationally, and around the world! If you have a Smartphone, you can even download their apps and take them with you on the go.

Could probably save you: $5 to $10 a month

6.       Switch to Unlimited Texts

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Unlimited texting saves money.

Are you a text-a-holic? Have you monitored just how much texting you during a week? A month? A day? If you are anything like me, you remember the days when people would come pick you up and knock on the door. This evolved into a quick phone call to say, “Hey, I am outside.” Nowadays, it is a simple text: “I’m here.” But how many “I’m here” texts do you send out?

Switching to an unlimited text messaging package can save you money in the long run. If you go over your monthly text plan, you are likely being charged between 5 and 15 cents per text message. And you will be charged double for group texts or picture messages. This can really add up over time. Switch to an unlimited plan and send as many “I’m here” texts as you like.

Could probably save you: $5 to $10 a month

7.       Employee and Senior Discounts

Many people are unaware that their cell phone providers offer employee and senior discounts. If you work for a large corporation, chances are they offer a cell phone service discount with a certain provider. Check with your HR department or give your provider a call. It could save you 10% on your cell phone bill. If you are a senior over the age of 65, you might also be eligible for a senior discount on your phone. Call up your provider and ask. It’s worth a try!

Could probably save you: 10 to 15% off your monthly bill

8.       Rollover Minutes

I am under the impression that roll over minutes are greater than a slice of apple pie. And that is saying a lot, seeing as I love apple pie with a passion. But seriously, if you pay for minutes and then don’t use them, they should totally roll over and be used next month. Rollover minutes are also a great safety net for those months where you are talking, talking, talking (and we all know those months). With those extra minutes, you won’t have to worry about each call you make, or how many minutes are left. It’s a great money saving and stress saving tool!

Could probably save you: $5 to $10 a month

 

Total potential savings: $180

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Free Cell Phones to Low Income Families

Q Link Wireless, a federally assisted wireless company offering free cell phones and 250 free wireless minutes a month, is lending a helping hand to needy Americans this holiday season. The company has started shipping cell phones to new customers in states like Texas, Michigan, Maryland, West Virginia and Nevada, and plans to offer services in 47 states in the next few months.

As families across America struggle to pay the bills, the cost of cell phone service is rising. A recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that “the average American household was paying $210 per year for cell phone service in 2001. Last year (2011), that same household was paying $825 per year,” an increase of 293 percent.

phones 3 smallThe no-cost cell phone service offered by Q Link Wireless gives customers peace of mind with no monthly bills, no contracts, and no credit checks. Customers may choose from several wireless plans which include up to 250 free minutes a month.

Eligible low income subscribers will receive many perks like no activation fees: voicemail, call waiting and caller ID; free emergency 911 calls; and nationwide coverage on the Sprint Network. In addition, customers will enjoy lightening fast 3G speeds and the option to upgrade to a smartphone for a discounted cost.

To sign up for Q Link Wireless, an individual or family must meet certain eligibility requirements. These include receiving federal assistance such as food stamps, welfare, or unemployment benefits or having a household income that is at or below the federal poverty level. The specifics of what determines a potential subscriber’s eligibility differ from state to state.

Q Link Wireless is part of the Federal Government’s Lifeline program. Initiated in 1984 by the Federal Communications Commission under President Ronald Regan, the program began by offering discounted land line services to individuals and families living at or below the poverty line. It has since transitioned to offer cell phones as more families rely on wireless service to keep in contact.

To learn more about Q Link Wireless visit www.qlinkwireless.com.

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Introducing the Q Link Wireless Blog

Welcome!

You’ve found your way to the Q Link Wireless Blog.

Here we’ll be talking about Q Link Wireless service, which includes a free cell phone and 250 free minutes a month! We’ll answer your frequently asked questions, keep you up to date with all of our services, and talk to the people that matter most: YOU, our customers!

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On this blog you can:

  • Keep up-to-date with company news
  • Learn about new deals and offers from Q Link Wireless
  • Get answers to your Frequently Asked Questions
  • Comment, share, and get involved
  • Read fun stories from around the web
  • Get tips on saving money, government benefits, and job seeking

 

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