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Vol. 9, March 20, 2003
Here is the latest issue. Enjoy.
Editor, Rick Doble
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- WATCH YOUR GARBAGE
What you throw away can tell them a lot
- BEST AUTO
Cheap and effective
- AVOID HARMFUL NOISE
Don't put your hearing at risk
- BE CAREFUL OF REMOTE HIGH TECH DEVICES
Theives might have your code
- SAVINGS CALENDAR FOR APRIL
Count on these savings in April
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#1. WATCH YOUR GARBAGE
Thieves can learn a lot about you through the garbage that you put out on the curb. You should never discard credit card
statements, bank statements, etc. without shredding them first. What you discard may have all the information a crook needs to start
accessing your account. With just a little information a thief could start to use your credit
card account. For example, some
companies only require a zip code for security.
However, most companies require more than that. I have found the two most often requested pieces of identification are my social
security number and/or my mother's maiden name (with spelling). Therefore it follows, NEVER give out this personal info unless
absolutely necessary. Some accounts, such as health insurance
accounts, may use your social security number as part of the
account number. Shred these statements when discarded.
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#2. BEST AUTO
The best way to keep a thief from stealing your car is to install a cut-off switch. This device is cheaper and more effective than
commercially available alarm
systems. A cut-off switch is a switch between the ignition wires inside the car and the starter. It is a
very simple device that a knowledgeable mechanic should be able to install easily for about $75-$100.
It works this way: when you turn off your car, you simply flip a hidden switch. This makes it impossible to start your car. You can hide
the switch anywhere. Since most car thieves are in a big hurry they will not want to spend precious minutes looking for this switch.
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#3. AVOID HARMFUL NOISE
Noise is another hidden danger than many people are unaware of. Most of us know that a sudden loud noise can damage the ear.
For example, President Reagan suffered a hearing loss as an actor when a stage gun went off close to him.
However, just as damaging is continuous loud noise over a period of time. Simple foam ear plugs will dampen noise considerably
while allowing you to hear at a much softer level. These cost about $2 for a package of 12. You can usually find them near the gun
section of discount stores. They may also be carried in drug
stores. You can reuse them for a number of days until they become
Make sure you read the directions about the right way to insert them into your ears. Twist and compress the foam plug very tightly
and then insert it into your ear. The ear plug will expand after it has been inserted. I now travel with a set of ear plugs. I find that a lot
of music is played much too loud for my taste.
#4. BE CAREFUL OF REMOTE HIGH TECH DEVICES
Some of these modern marvels come with security codes that each person can program into the gadget. Devices such as
automatic garage door openers and cordless phones may have a preset code which you must change to your own personal
to gain security
. The only problem is that many people never change the code from the one that was preset. A thief can drive
around a neighborhood and open a number of garage
doors with a remote control using the factory set code.
#5. SAVINGS CALENDAR FOR APRIL
Easter candy goes on sale after April 20. Look for packages with Easter markings. While the chocolate may be the same as any
other box, the price is much lower. Expect as much as 90% off on chocolate and other candy. Stock up for birthdays and
Get free tax record books from banks and tax preparers. Always ask if you don't see them.
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- Editor, Rick Doble is under contract with Penguin Books to write a book tentatively entitled Breaking the Price Barrier
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