Mostly Eastern Iowa based business that I like doing business with. Even though I did create a page on Non-commercial values if I have to buy something these are the places I would. another
Page I added for Student Discount
Page for Low Income Resources
I based the below list off of this the list on this website moneyforpoet.com
"The number of options are simply overwhelming. Even if you somehow have money for all them, you don’t have the time. Here’s a sample:"
I have a page all about this called get health get food.
They make good work clothes for men women etc...
environmentally friendly clothes for men.
Inspired to sew has a good mending class lots of resources in Cedar Rapids.
I have an old Husqvarna Viking model 5000 I went to some meetings of the local chapter of the American Sewing Guild https://www.asg.org/ they all spoke highly of the Vinton Sewing center for low cost and helpfulness.
Inspired to sew
Phone: (319) 373-0334
Vinton Sewing Center
Barbers Etc. great prices, great people, have been going for years By Appointment Only (319) 393-7981 https://www.barbersetc.net/
Computer & Electronics
Midwest Computer Brokers Link http://mcbia.com/
for used computer & accessories you can get a good used laptop for $100
Located in Walford you can call them at (319) 845-2075
Darrel's Video City
Specializes in used & New TVs along with repair I think they may have closed?
They are in Marion you can call them at (319) 377-5621
TV I have Samsung 40" TV is UN40H5003AFXAZ,
Kirkwood Eagle Tech http://bookstore.kirkwood.edu/eagletech
a great place to buy a New Apple product or other new tech thing with a warranty & discounts
"You'll get them tax-free and at the same academic pricing we offer our full-time staff, faculty and credit students."
Cell Phone Service
is one of the cheapest phone providers out there. I have them along with a Free Google Voice number I mostly use Google Voice because it integrates with Google hangouts so I can use it cross platform.
$327 upfront for a year of AT&T Cellphone service unlimited talk and text and 8GB of data a month.
Why would I pick AT&T I like their network and to have them as a backup to my T-moblie hotspot
The other options I would think about would be Tello I think its around $7-10 a month for service with limited data or Red pocket
The best deal out there spend $750 get Join the Calyx Institute after the 1st year its $500 each additional year for unlimited 5G internet. On the back end it runs on T-Mobile network
Two Independent service providers
South Slope Cooperative Communications A member owned co-op that offers fiber to the home. https://www.southslope.com/
Otherwise see if your town has a co-op.
Other main providers in Iowa would be Mediacom they used a hybrid fiber coax or (HFC) built plant. A lot of times their network sucks because the last mile of connection is on a shared bandwidth pool and when little Johnny is playing world of Warcraft or some such game good luck watching Youtube etc..
CenturyLink was Northwest Bell back in the Ma Bell days in pre 1980's divestiture era. The staff was union and they were the only choice for phone service there was no cellphones. They offer DSL service and if you are close enough to a CO or central office you can get some good speeds but if you are far away then good luck.
TV Movies & News
Over the Air TV is a great way to get free content after a cheap setup. If you can get a roof ananta get one your picture quality will greatly improve
getting some sort of DVR would be good.
Simple and cheap offline DVR setup that can be setup for under $100
WH 150 Homeworx DVR
High end top dollar option
this option ran about $400 when everything was said and done.
Netflix Staz HBOMax etc
both are commercial free subscription services
Dreamcatcher satellite data radio on L band https://othernet.is/
Eating out Grocery stores free food etc...
If its at a restaurant or grocery store etc. here is a link to the page I did on getting food and getting health
I cover this a lot more in the Student Discounts page.
Cedar Rapids City Bus Website
info about times rates etc...
After Hours bus services
NTS (Neighborhood Transportation Service) operates a curb-to-curb van service, and provides affordable night and weekend transportation to work, school, or life skill classes during times when the fixed route city buses do not operate. http://www.horizonsfamily.org/how-we-help/transportation/
Megabus to Chicago or most other major Hubs around the Midwest Website
Cedar Rapids Allegiant Air is a low-cost airline that flys out of
Its interesting on how the pricing and deals work out with out with different hotels
Board Games & Comic books
Alter Ego Comics
Independent comic book shop in Marion
Mindbridge Game Library
a nonprofit group that promotes gaming website
Furniture & Appliances
I try to look at the utilitarian value one receives from this Beds are used a lot of hours so are desk & chairs if you are at your desk at a computer.
Lebeda Mattress http://lebeda.com/
Marion Iowa based Mattress company good quality beds.
Welter Storage Equipment Co Inc http://www.welterstorage.com/
Good deals on new & used office equipment based out of iowa
Iowa City futon
Full size house special
The Joshua rocker recliner from La-Z-Boy is
A Green Lawn solution Lawn Mower Fiskars reel mower Link to Review.
Gifts & Holiday stuff
Balloons Etc. And The Costume Emporium http://crballoonsetc.com/
Independently owned and operated over 3,000 thousand costumes & lots of other interesting things.
I bought a bowling ball & shoes some years ago from a Bowling Shop in the area the shoes have paid for themselves with not having to pay shoe rental fees.
other low cost sports to play. http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2013/01/9-cheap-sports-of-the-un-rich/
Home Gym or Membership etc.
I love the Public library network in the area great books lots of education to be had :)
Overall I avoid magazine or many other types of monthly Subscriptions. I use Free email subscriptions.
Music & Dancing
Iowa Public Radio nonprofit noncommercial radio
iowapublicradio.org YouTube has some of the best music and its free and easy to download the videos as MP3 files to listen anywhere.
Dance places around CR
A program that can save you money on LED light bulbs.
Save even more with Be Bright: Iowa utilities’ lighting discount program Be Bright is a program sponsored by participating utilities. http://iowabebright.com/whatisbebright
Bankruptcy Planning & Advanced buys
I have a page all about this topic.
I have a number of pages that can help with this
When money is tight checkout my Free page and my Low Income page
I am working on a Cremation and Celebration of life page on the site for setting something like that up.
Death and celebration of life of life planning page
Donate your body to U of Iowa
prepaid burial plan from Iowa cremation
for under $2,500 you can get this paid off and taken care of.
Things that pay for themselves & Saving Money too
l setup a page about the above topic too.