Thursday, January 21, 2016

Timing is Everything

Now that 2016 has officially begun, there are probably things you know you will need to replace or upgrade this year. It could be smaller things like cookware or maybe your computer is on its last legs or you need something bigger like a new house. But did you know there are better times than others to make these purchases throughout the year? Here is a breakdown of when you should buy what...


January - March

When the winter months are hitting the hardest, it’s time to invest in some items that will come in handy during the summer months. Gas grills and air conditioners are often on sale during these months to make room for all the new stock that will be rolling in during the spring. It’s also a great time to get married. Winter tends to be a slow time for the wedding industry so you can get some great deals on both supplies and venues.

April - June

This is the best time to buy TVs and electronics because March is at the end of the fiscal year in Japan so many manufacturers are looking to move their leftover product. Perfect if you’re looking for an upgrade. Houses are also big this time of year. While prices might be a bit higher because it’s peak season, you will likely have a much wider selection, so you have a better chance of finding exactly what you’re looking for.

July - September

The beginning of the summer is a good time to look at new furniture. There will be new stock coming in ahead of the fall moving season so stores will be looking to make room. Also if you’re looking to make a few improvements around the house, July is a great time to invest in power tools. And just in time to chase away those end-of-summer blues, you’ll see a lot of sales on computers, just in time for back-to-school.


October - December

This is the best time to get a new car. As the new models have received most of the attention during the year, last year’s models are going for much less. Also, with the holidays coming up, there are often huge sales on everything you could want for your kitchen. Finally, if you have a bit of a green thumb, it’s a great time to buy some new plants, which might be just what the doctor ordered as the gray winter months approach.

Do you have any other suggestions for the best time to make purchases, big or small? Let us know on the TracFone Facebook or Twitter pages.
 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Small Resolutions, Big Results

In the new year, we often find ourselves making resolutions that are big and grandiose. You want to lose 40 pounds. You want to quit smoking. But most of the time, unfortunately, these don’t pan out. So in the spirit of self-improvement, here a few small resolutions that you can make (and stick to) to help make 2016 excellent.

1. Reach out

People drift apart, even when they don’t mean to. Life happens. So make 2016 the year you get back in touch with those you don’t talk to as much. Whether it’s an old college friend or the aunt you only see during the holidays, drop them a call, text or e-mail. it will feel great to reconnect with someone important to you.



2. A novel idea

We all have that list. You know what we mean. That list of books we have been meaning to read. Well, make this the year you cross a couple of those off. We’re not asking you to read “War & Peace” (unless it’s on your list) but it’s great to just curl up with a good book on a quiet afternoon and enjoy.


3. Cooking up something good

In 2016, you can also look to expand your cooking prowess. Whether your signature dish is Cornish game hen or ramen noodles, the best part about cooking is there’s always room to improve, try new things and expand your horizons. Once you’ve perfected a few exciting recipes, invite some friends and family over to show off everything you’ve learned.


Do you have ideas for some small resolutions for 2016? Be sure to share with us on the TracFone Facebook and Twitter pages.
 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015: A Year in Review

Happy early New Year! As December winds to a close, we wanted to take a couple of minutes and talk about a few highlights from 2015 at TracFone.

1. Dress for Success

For the first time ever, we teamed up with women’s professional development group Dress for Success for a program called Success is Calling, helping women to nail that first important professional hurdle: the phone interview.


2. BYOP

2015 marked the year we cranked up the speed at TracFone. This summer we saw the introduction of the Bring Your Own Phone program for 4G LTE smartphones, allowing you to bring your own compatible phone to TracFone so you could lower your bill but still have access to one of America’s largest and most dependable networks.

3. Susan G. Komen partnership

It was truly an honor to partner with one of America’s largest breast cancer charities, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, during the month of October. Working with Dollar General, we donated a portion of the sales of one of their pink handsets to the foundation as they continued the fight.


4. Smartphone Only Plans

Just when you thought the price of our monthly plans couldn’t get any more reasonable, the Smartphone Only Plans were introduced. These no-contract 90-day plans give you tons of talk, text and data starting at $35. We know a thing or two about helping you save money when it comes to your mobile phone, but it was taken to a whole other level in 2015.

5. Engaging Moments in Social Media

We had a lot of fun with you this year on social media, from GIFs to fun Trivia posts. Looking forward, we have a lot planned for 2016, so keep your eye on the TracFone blog throughout the year for the latest and greatest from TracFone! Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Do the Holidays For Less

With the holidays right around the corner it’s often easy to get carried away and spend a little too much. Your heart is in the right place, but your bank account might be hurting. Believe it or not, it’s easy to do the holidays for less. Here are a couple of tips that will keep you on your wallet’s “Nice” list.

1. Never Stop Shopping

You probably say it to yourself standing in long department store lines every year, “I should have started shopping earlier.” But with all the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s difficult to get your shopping done. So next year, try something that might sound weird: never stop shopping. See something in March for Mom? Buy it and put it in your closet. There’s a sale at the hardware store in June? Grab what you think Dad might want. If you spread out your shopping over a year, it will be easy to manage in December and you can take advantage of sales all year long.


2. Holiday Gift Exchange

When it comes to family, it can often be a strain to get everyone their own present - particularly if you’re part of a big family. So this year, draw names out of a hat and have each person get only one other person a gift. That way you can put some real thought into it and give them the perfect gift – not to mention, it costs less than getting several gifts.
 

3. Make it a family affair

Ask family members to help out with the cooking and bring a side or a dessert to help offset the cost and make it easier on those who are working to the bone. If someone brings potatoes, another the rolls, another the green bean casserole and another the sweet potatoes, it will take a ton of pressure off both the hard working chefs in your kitchen and your holiday budget.


Have a few more suggestions about ways to do the holidays on the cheap? Let us know on the TracFone Facebook and Twitter pages.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Family fun during the holidays


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that usually means it’s time for the three F’s: food, football, and family. This is the time of year to be thankful for the people we have in our lives and the time we get to spend with them. Here are a few suggestions from TracFone of traditions to start this year so you can connect better.

Holiday games
This year, bring a few board games that are great for groups to gather the big family together. Before dinner (or before the post-dinner nap), gather everyone and have a little fun in preparation for the big feast. Try to play a game that requires teamwork. You’ll probably learn something new about someone you’ve known your whole life.

Recipe exchange
Your aunt Carol’s famous cheesy potatoes... Grandma’s perfect pumpkin pie... And how does your brother Jay get the turkey to stay so juicy? This is the perfect time to get an inside look at how your favorite Thanksgiving dishes are made. So lend a hand in the kitchen or offer to exchange recipes. We’re sure you have a few delicious tricks up your sleeve…

Get out and about
Being cooped up inside watching football has become a holiday tradition, but who says the guys on TV get to have all the fun? Head outside and get a little fresh air this year. Get a game of two-hand touch going or just throw the football around. Make sure to capture all your memories from this holiday on your TracFone! The important part is to make sure you’re having a good time with your family and making a stronger connection.

Just don’t forget to share some of your Thanksgiving traditions with us on the TracFone Facebook and Twitter pages!



Monday, November 9, 2015

Become Fluent in Emoji


Texting has become about more than just using words and acronyms these days. What happens when you’re trying to express an emotion but can’t really get the right words? What if you’re trying to say something simply? What if you want to respond in a playful way? Enter: emojis.

Emojis are small pictures, sent by text and are all the rage. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you become fluent in this new picto-language.

1. Keep it simple

When it comes to emojis, getting your point across is easy if you don’t overthink it. If you’re trying to say something like, “I will pick up a pizza and be home at 7,” you don’t need an emoji for each word. To get the point across, just use something simple like :

  

2. Use them unexpectedly

If you’re having a text conversation with your son or daughter answer them using emojis.

For example, if they want to stay out past their curfew, send them these:


If they got an A on their algebra exam, send these:


If they ask for your infamous candied yams recipe, send these:

They will be floored.

3. Have fun!

Emojis are supposed to be fun so use them in interesting and creative ways. You can have an entire conversation with emojis. Or you can just pepper them in when you’d like. But now you know how to read them and most importantly you can enjoy them with your family.

Having particularly good emoji conversations? Feel free to share them with us on the TracFone Facebook and Twitter pages.


Monday, October 26, 2015

Do Halloween for Less

The leaves are beginning to change and the air is getting brisk. That can only mean one thing: Halloween is right around the corner. But between the sweet treats and costumes, this holiday can get expensive.

In the interest of wanting to help you #DoEverythingForLess, TracFone has a few suggestions of how you can celebrate Halloween that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. But feel free to have a few of those lying around on October 31st.

1.  Make your decorations at home


There are some simple ways to transform typical household items into spooky, fun decorations. Store-bought decorations are typically expensive, so why spend all that money when the decorations might only be up for a couple weeks. Plus, it could be a fun weekend project for you and your family and friends. For example, you could cut open an empty milk jug, draw a scary face on it and place a light inside to brighten up this eerie holiday.

2.  Handmade Halloween costumes


Buying a readymade costume from a store can be scary for your wallet. But making something yourself allows you to be creative and enjoy a feeling of accomplishment when it’s done. Thrift stores are great places to get the main pieces of your costumes. And don’t be afraid of some simple sewing as well. It just needs to make it through the night. Use your imagination!

3.  A spooktacular party

Just because you want to save a little money doesn’t mean you can’t throw a great Halloween celebration. Have a spooktacular party using easy-to-make homemade costumes, decorations and games! Of course, you should show off all your homemade Halloween decorations.

You can also play some classic Halloween games like bobbing for apples and pin the hat on the witch, or make all your treats yourself instead of buying prepackaged candy and sodas.

Have any tips of your own? Want to show off some of your Halloween costumes and decorations? Share them on the TracFone Facebook and Twitter pages!