Tomato Heaven – Spring is Coming!

So far this month I’ve only decided on one vegetable to plant. Tomato! I also may need to rethink the garden layout since I’ll be planting about 15 different varieties of tomato! Yes, I got a little crazy with my seeds this year and I’ve also ordered more! This summer the pressure canner will be working overtime. Instead of picking up seeds at the local store or co-op I decided to go a different route and find some tomato varieties that I’ve not grown before. Browsing the internet also provides me with some ideas on which seeds to seek out. Over at InternetArchive.org I stumbled upon a collection of old seed catalogs. Its interesting to see what people were planting over 100 years ago in the southern United States and what vegetables were popular.


The tomato varieties that I plan on growing this year are: Ponderosa Pink, Orange Banana, Striped Stuffer, Black from Tula, ILDI, 1884, Charlie Chaplin, Opalka, St. Ivy, and if you live in a hot humid location like me you probably have these tomatoes on had to plant too!
I can’t wait for my new order of tomato seeds to arrive. I even found a variety of the Stone tomato that is in the 1904 catalog. Ok, it may not be the exact variety, but I do love my tomatoes!
By chance if you are a tomato lover too, then check out Tomato Fest by visiting the link below. They have a large variety of tomato seeds and a ton of helpful information and videos.

 

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Cutting the Cellphone Cord

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A year ago we decided to ditch Verizon since our contract had expired and we were just on a month to month relationship with them. It was nice to have unlimited data, but the monthly costs for the old phones was outrageous. Hello Straight Talk. That change on it’s own cut our monthly cellphone bill down to $100 per month for 2 phones with unlimited voice, text and data. Now I’ve decided to do a little test to see if I can cut it a little deeper. So last month I decided to try and downsize a little more on the expenses that we currently pay each month.
I have been using a product from FreedomPop that allowed me to use my laptop while traveling since I didn’t want to try and tether my phone to my work laptop. The server was great and it was affordable. Since I never used up all my data the left over rolled over to next month. So every time I had to travel for work there would always be plenty of data.

So I looked to Freedom Pop for a solution to my cellphone downsizing project. I signed into FreedomPop and began researching phones. After a couple of days I finally pulled the trigger on a refurbished Samsung Galaxy S4 (my old phone is a S3) and purchased a year of service. My total investment (including phone) is: $189. This includes a year of service for: $79, the phone and $9.99 shipping costs. The plan I chose includes unlimited talk, unlimited text, 1 GB of data each month. Since I’m not usually heavy on the data this seemed like a win for me. There is one catch that I found out later but wasn’t such a big deal. To send and receive multi-media text and group texts there was an extra cost of $ 19.79 per year. Over the past month the service has worked great for me. I live out in the country so I don’t get the 4g LTE, but do get 3g. I’ve noticed that texting works great and I tend to text more than I do voice.

Over all I love the service so far and look forward to seeing how things work out this coming year.

Total costs cellphone service if paid monthly: $8.34
Current savings for the coming year: $523.92
Since I do want to save from this experience so I’ll be putting the difference into savings each month, and paying myself. What a great way to save for that next Ireland trip!

Disclosure: I purchased these products, all opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.

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