The Great Debate: Do Kids Really Need Their Own Cell Phone?

Last week I shared the story about my $1055 cell phone bill, courtesy of my teenage son. The article seemed to, um, resonate with a lot readers, not only here but at MSN where it was also featured as a guest post, and on Digg, where at last count it had received 111 votes.

Many of the comments bagged on my parenting skills. Some just wrote in to voice their displeasure

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My Teenage Son, His Cell Phone, and the Bill for $1,055.20

We held out for as long as we could. We really did.

Despite an intense and relentless lobbying effort from my son, the Honeybee and I stayed strong and denied his repeated requests for a cell phone.

And, boy, were there a lot of requests.

I can’t remember the exact day he first requested his own cell phone, but I am quite certain the first letters he learned in school weren’t

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Why Rechargeable Batteries Are Rarely Cost Effective

I was standing in line at a local electronics store the other day when I struck up a conversation with the guy ahead of me who had a basket full of battery chargers and AA rechargeable batteries. It turns out he had decided to replace all of the batteries in his house with the rechargeable kind. Between the batteries and the chargers this guy plunked down over a hundred bucks!

He

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The REAL Cost of Owning Wireless Mice and Keyboards

When the Honeybee and I bought our last computer, there was quite a debate over whether or not we should pay the extra money for the added convenience of a wireless keyboard and/or mouse.   The fear, of course, was in the uncertainty of whether or not we would end up spending a small fortune over the life of the computer buying replacement batteries.

We ultimately decided to Heck with it

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Approximate Energy Costs of Your Home Appliances

Our homes today are loaded with more electronic media and electric appliances than ever before.   According to data published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA),   U.S. household electricity consumption increased at an average rate of 1.4 percent per year from 1970 through 2007.   But while the added electrical loads result in easier and more pleasant lives for us, it also brings higher and higher electricity bills.

The Anatomy

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Gas or Charcoal BBQs: Which One Is More Cost Effective?

As summer time creeps up on us, I am once again forced to consider one of the great debates of all time: should I buy a gas or charcoal barbecue?

Yes, it’s that time again.   My current gas grill is ready to be retired from service and so I am now in the market for a new one.

When it comes to gas or charcoal, hard-core grillers love to debate

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