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I want a new cell phone!

I have a great cell phone plan with Rogers Wireless, and I love the reception I get, and the customer service they provide. There are a lot of Rogers haterz out there, but I’m not one of them.

That being said, I’m always one for saving a buck or two, so I checked out Cell Plan Expert. It’s this awesome FREE website that saves you the hassle of researching and finding the plan that’s best for you, out of all the providers in the country. It’s pretty cool. It estimates the total monthly cost for each plan (including all those stupid fees) so you know exactly how much it will cost per month.

Well when I plugged in my numbers, the very best plan to suit my needs is still over $40, which is about $3-4 more than my monthly bills are right now. So I guess I’m on the best plan possible for me right now.

I bought my current phone just over 2 years ago, and now I’m itching to get a new one. Plus my current one doesn’t always work very well b/c it got damaged in the car crash. I don’t want to sign a 3-year contract, so I think I’ll either buy one at full price (not likely) or peruse Craigslist and eBay for used Rogers phones. I could also wait until a friend upgrades their phone, and then scoop their old phone for free or for very minimal cost. :)

Flights booked

So BF and I just booked our flights to Calgary. I checked WestJet and they were having a pretty good seat sale and we couldn’t pass it up. It came to $295.40 after taxes and fees for each of us. Way cheaper than the $400-450 I had expected to pay so I’m pleased. :)

The cheapest hockey tickets we’ve found for the game we want to go is $100 each before taxes/fees. And that’s for the super high nosebleeds. Not pleased. We have a while to go, so hopefully these are just pre-season over-inflated prices. Although it’s probably going to be the most coveted game of the year (Flames vs. Penguins), and Calgary fans are crazy, so who knows!

***EDIT***
My friend told me that she has a $63 WestJet credit, and just gave it to me b/c she can’t use it before it expires! FOR FREE! Wow!!! We transferred the credit over to my name, and that brings our cost down to $263.90 round trip each. Sweeet!

This and that

I forgot to mention that yesterday I successfully returned that Black Diamond backpack to MEC. Although the guy at the returns counter wasn’t impressed. He said it was “normal wear and tear” on an item. But I had only used it for 4 hours! Oh well. I got my $35 back anyway.

After MEC, BF and I went for dinner with his parents (they treated). The food was below average, and our waitress was insane (not in a good way), but it was nice to see them again. I think we’re going to see them again one more time on Thursday before they leave to go back to Alberta.

As for those ridiculously expensive boots that I bought last night? Well it turns out that the extra padded tongue was missing from the box, so I’m going to have to call MEC and see if they have it somewhere in the back. Otherwise I’ll have to return them and buy them from another MEC store? Or … well I don’t know. We’ll see what they say.