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  • A Consumers Guide to a New Cell Phone Plan | CALPIRG Students
    and consumer surveys by CALPIRG Education Fund researchers is designed to help consumers navigate the twists and turns of today s cell phone market Recommendations for consumers Consumers who want to get the best deal on wireless phones and services should take the following seven steps Know your needs Roughly two thirds of Americans pay for cell phone services they don t use Thinking about what services you use and how much in advance will help avoid over paying for products you don t need or use potentially saving hundreds of dollars Shop around Consumers can save hundreds of dollars a year by comparison shopping particularly for wireless devices Free phones offered with two year contracts can sometimes prove to be more expensive over time than purchasing a phone and wireless service separately The cost of devices can vary greatly whether you buy in a brand store at a 3rd party provider such as Best Buy or online It is often cheapest to look at a phone in a store and then purchase it online Consider shifting from pay per use to packages for text or data For example 10 with Verizon can buy you 50 text messages per month with a pay per use plan However you can buy a 10 monthly text package in advance with Verizon and receive 1 000 text messages paying 1 per message instead of 20 Compare pre paid and post paid services Compare the plan you want with a prepaid plan versus a post paid plan If you are a light cell phone user getting a pre paid device can save you nearly 35 each month without the hassle of a two year contract a savings of 820 over two years Ask for a discount Many cell phone companies provide affiliate discounts for students members of credit unions and to certain employers universities large corporations public employees etc For example Sprint offers a 24 monthly discount for eligible students while Verizon offers a 15 discount to all military veterans a saving of over 20 per month In addition CALPIRG Education Fund research found that one in 10 stores waived the 35 activation fee upon request Find true costs CALPIRG Education Fund research found that consumers can reasonably expect to pay up to 20 per month on top of advertised prices Advertised prices for cell phones do not include federal and state taxes service fees and other overage charges A la carte pricing for wireless services can also lead to unexpectedly high bills This complexity can make it difficult for consumers to make apples to apples comparisons among providers and plans Consumers should ask which taxes and fees apply to their contract and what their monthly base bill will look like prior to entering into a contract Avoid bill shock CALPIRG Education Fund found that 40 of those consumers surveyed incurred overcharges Track your cell phone use to insure that you do not go pass your pre paid limits and incur overcharges All wireless

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/reports/ca/consumers-guide-new-cell-phone-plan (2016-04-29)
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  • Saving Dollars, Saving Democracy - Cost Savings for Local Elections Officials Through Voter Registration Modernization | CALPIRG Students
    voter information to the state database The strong turnout of 2008 was only possible because millions of new voters were added to the rolls This surge in voter registration occurred both as a result of extraordinary registration efforts by partisan campaigns independent expenditure groups and non partisan organizations and because of the diligence of local officials in data entering their information While there is much to celebrate in the expanded participation of traditionally underrepresented groups for example 3 4 million more young voters than the previous election it is also important to recognize the enormous obstacles and cost inefficiencies that occur in our current registration system U S PIRG Education Fund s survey of 100 counties showed that over 33 467 910 00 of public money was spent on simple registration implementation and error correction issues in 2008 That boils down to more than 86 977 00 of the elections budgets in counties with populations under 50 000 The average office in counties with 50 000 to 200 000 people spent 248 091 00 The average county elections office in jurisdictions of 200 000 to around one million people spent 1 079 610 00 Recommendation U S PIRG Education Fund finds that a more streamlined and automatic system linking existing databases with the state voter rolls could free up significant resources at the local level Thanks to the Help America Vote Act we have already seen technological change in the initial creation of the mandated state database voter rolls By creating a more automatic system the majority of the cost burden currently facing election officials due to registration could be eliminated About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/reports/ca/saving-dollars-saving-democracy-cost-savings-local-elections-officials-through-voter (2016-04-29)
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  • Conference Call to Fight Poverty: Sunday 9pm | CALPIRG Students
    the campaign and make sure students from their school are able to attend the conference in October You can also find out ways to intern or volunteer Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Hunger About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign Affordable Higher Education 21st Century Transportation Great Pacific Cleanup Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Sustainable U California Go Solar Charge Ahead California Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Students in Action Volunteers

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/blogs/ca/conference-call-fight-poverty-sunday-9pm-0 (2016-04-29)
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  • Hurricane Sandy Response Toolkit | CALPIRG Students
    a larger goal for the total amount of money you want to raise over the course of the semester year Determine which fundraisers you want to organize and which groups individuals will play roles in organizing them You ll need people to work on logistics publicity and volunteer recruitment for each event Step 2 Hold your Fundraiser Here are some ideas for fundraisers Run a Spare Change Drive Collect jars and paste labels for the Spare Change drive on them Put the jars everywhere dorms stores academic departments dining halls etc Ask local and campus cafes and coffee shops to place donation jars by the cash register for people to donate their change Advertise the drive around campus Go door to door Some campus groups have raised thousands of dollars by going door to door in campus apartments or dorms and asking people to donate the change they have around the house on coffee tables jars and in couches Set up a dorm competition American University students organized a dorm penny drive competition Each residence hall had a huge jar in the lobby and residents were urged to toss extra change into the jar In order to increase competition and money raised the organizers added the rule that paper money was subtracted from the total So in order to reduce other hall s points residents put dollar bills in other dorms jars Set up a day when all of the spare change jars will be collected Recruit some volunteers to count of all of change Sponsor a concert Contact local bands and ask them to play a set for your concert Find a venue for the concert We suggest both looking into places on campus many dorms and student unions have rooms that could hold concerts and calling local restaurants bars to find the best event Publicize the event be sure you are telling people where the proceeds are going Put up posters and hand out fliers Ask groups and campus departments to send announcements to their listserves Have members of the coalition text their friends Setup a facebook event Call the campus newspaper and ask them to run a story on the event in advancevi Put the event on the online campus calendar Set up the logistics for collecting the money at the door Organize a raffle Go door to door to local businesses and ask them to donate gift certificates or items for the raffle Find a venue for the raffle drawing We suggest both looking into places on campus many dorms and student unions have rooms that could hold concerts and calling local restaurants bars to find the best event Design and print raffle tickets here s a website http www raffleprinter com Determine the cost of the raffle ticket If you want to sell each ticket for 5 you ll need to sell approximately 215 tickets to raise 1 000 this will help defray the cost of printing the tickets Recruit volunteers to sell raffle tickets

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/resources/sandy-response-toolkit (2016-04-29)
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  • Hunger Clean-up Project Packet | CALPIRG Students
    Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/resources/hunger-clean-project-packet (2016-04-29)
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  • Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness | CALPIRG Students
    Packet Summary Download this resource for everything you need to know to organize the Hunger campaign on your campus Keep Reading Blog Post Hunger Open Mic Night The Hunger and Homelessness Campaign held their first Open Mic Night a fundraiser for the famine in Somalia at Getaway Café across from campus Hunger and Homelessness interns had singers a magician the UCR improv group rappers and poetry slammers come out to help the people of Somalia Everyone enjoyed the entertainment pizza and helping out for a great cause Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Hunger Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week This week CALPIRG s Hunger and Homelessness Campaign reached out into the community to educate folks about poverty issues local and worldwide On Wednesday Nov 16 UCLA student Angela Sanchez shared her experience being homeless during high school with students from numerous student organizations on campus On Sunday Nov 21 CALPIRG interns served bagged lunches on Skid Row Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Hunger Helping the Hungry and Homeless in our Neighborhood Hunger and homelessness are reaching crisis levels both here in the United States and throughout the world and the problems are getting worse with the world wide recession The issue is hard to overlook when it is in your own community In Isla Vista where UCSB is located the problem is severe Several homeless members in our community have become well known amongst the students such as one man who has taken on the nickname the Pirate CALPIRG chapter students decided to get creative and do something to help Keep Reading Add new comment Blog Post Hunger Halloween with a Social Change twist Last night our Hunger and Homelessness Campaign made a big splash in the Davis community celebrating Halloween with a social change twist While

    Original URL path: http://calpirgstudents.org/campaigns/ca/campaign-against-hunger-and-homelessness?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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  • Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Updates | CALPIRG Students
    PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like

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  • Hunger and Homelessness Project Packet | CALPIRG Students
    Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in

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