How to Minimize your Data Usage for Cell Phone Users.


Working for a cell phone company the biggest complaint we hear regarding cell phone invoices are “How could I use so much data?” This is prevalent with youngest to oldest users.

All cell phone users should know this information.

  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Steaming

These use the most data on your phone

Learn to turn off your data when not using. Do not leave apps running when you are not using them. When using Wifi be careful not to step outside the wifi area and do not leave your phone unattended when on wifi. If you step outside the wifi area while viewing something your phone will automatically search for data unless you make sure data is turned off in your settings.  You can leave your phone on to receive calls or texts but make sure your data is turned off.

When you leave Canada you are no longer using your cell phone service provider. If you make a phone call or text or use data you are using another service provider you are using an unplanned service. Therefore they will charge your Canadian Cell phone provider the usage. “Big Bucks”. Most Cell phone companies have travel packages to use while in the US or other countries. Make sure you purchase one before you leave. Be very cautions about turning your data off, as data unplanned on another provider is huge dollars $$$$$.


I have also found turning off your WIFI settings when not using WIFI saves battery power. Turn on as needed.

Also, don’t over charge your phone. If you leave it charging once it reaches 100 % it will keep trying to charge and could wear out your battery faster. Example: phone at 100 % > phone goes down to 99% > has to charge to 100% again. This is repeated over and over if you leave your phone plugged in say overnight.  Hard on the battery.

Below is some information about turning on and off your data on various phones.

Turning Mobile Data On and Off for Samsung Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge

  1. From the top of the menu, swipe down.
  2. Select the Settings icon.
  3. Select Data Usage.
  4. Next to Mobile Data, switch the status switch to turn OFF mobile data.
  5. Select OK.
  6. Next to the Mobile Data, select the status switch to turn mobile data back on.

Samsung Galaxy And Galaxy S6 Edge: How To Turn Data OFF And ON



  1. From the Home screen:
    • iPhone: Choose Settings > Cellular.
    • iPad: Choose Settings > Cellular Data.

Turn Cellular Data off. This will disable all cellular data traffic until you enable it.

If cellular data is off, all data services use Wi-Fi, including email, web browsing, push notifications, and others. If cellular data is on, carrier charges may apply. For example, using certain features and services that transfer data, such as Siri and Messages, could result in charges to your data plan.

Depending on your carrier and device model, some additional options may be available:

  • Enable LTE or 3G.
  • Turn Voice Roaming on or off (CDMA): Turn Voice Roaming off to avoid charges from using other carrier’s networks. When your carrier’s network isn’t available, iPhone won’t have cellular (data or voice) service.
  • Turn Data Roaming on or off: Data Roaming permits Internet access over a cellular data network when you’re in an area that isn’t covered by your carrier’s network. When you’re traveling, you can turn off Data Roaming to avoid roaming charges.
  • Set when cellular data is used for apps and services. Go to Settings > Cellular, then turn cellular data on or off for any app that can use cellular data. If a setting is off, iPhone will use only Wi-Fi for that service. The iTunes settings include both iTunes Match and automatic downloads from the iTunes Store and the App Store.

Adjust and view data usage

Some apps from the App Store use the Apple Push Notification service to alert you of new data. Apps that rely extensively on push notifications (such as instant messaging or social media apps) will consume cellular data. To disable push notifications, go to Settings > Notifications and set Notifications to off.

Choose Settings > Cellularto view the cellular data usage for each app. Tap to turn off cellular data for an app. Contact your carrier if you have questions about your cellular data usage.

You can set apps, such as Mail, to fetch data wirelessly at specific intervals. The more frequently your device fetches email or other data, the faster data is consumed.

  • To fetch new data manually, go to the Home screen and choose Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data. Tap to turn off Push, then tap Manually.
  • To increase the fetch interval, choose Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and tap Hourly.

Note: This is a global setting; it applies to all apps that don’t support push services.


How do I turn off data on my Android™ phone?

  • From the home screen press the Menu button
  • Tap Settings
  • Tap Wireless & networks
  • Tap Mobile networks
  • Ensure Data enabled and Data roaming are unchecked


How can I reduce a data usage on my Nokia Lumia phone?

There are a few things you can do to reduce your data usage (also presented on this video (English) from Nokia Care).

Set mail download to manual: If your phone syncs mail frequently, it uses more data. You can choose how often your phone automatically syncs mail.

  1. Tap the mail account whose settings you want to change.
  2. Tap the 3 dots () at the bottom right of the screen.
  3. Select Settings > Sync settings.
  4. Tap Download new content, and select a time. If you don’t want your phone to sync mail automatically, select Manually.

Stop data roaming: Connecting to the internet when roaming, especially when abroad, can raise data costs substantially. Data roaming means using your phone to receive data over networks that your network service provider does not own or operate. To make sure you are not using your phone to roam, on the start screen, swipe left, tap Settings > Mobile network (cellular), and switch Data roaming options to Don’t roam.

Switch your mobile data connection off: If you want to make sure you’re not using data at all, you can switch your data connection off altogether. Tap Settings > Mobile network (cellular), and switch Data connection to Off.

Last but not least it is not your cell phone service providers fault if you do not know how to use your own cell phone. The responsibility is yours.


Merge Point


I’ve been driving Hwy 1 east and west between Abbotsford, Chilliwack and beyond on my way to see friends and for pleasure drive.  In the Summer time this highway is super busy.  The speed is posted at 100km but around the clover leafs, exits and entrances to the freeway it gets bogged down. Why?  People don’t know how to merge into traffic.  I have seen drivers pull out into traffic doing 60km. Talk about slam on the brake time.  It’s a miracle that person did not get hit.  If you are merging behind this slow driver you have to say a prayer for yourself too.

Hats off to all the big rig drivers who pull into the left lane when they see traffic merging if they can. Love the over head lighted signs that say, “Leave the cell phone alone. Focus on the road.”

It’s never a good idea to ride right beside a semi and trailer.  They can’t see you.  I saw one woman with a van full of kids riding right in the truck’s blind spot.  She did this for a long time and no one could pass her.  The Semi’s do the speed limit or just above and ride in the right lane.  I was  the one who scooted up to her rear and got her moving out from beside the semi.  Scary stuff.  I think she wanted the shade. Still if he wanted to move over she would have been in danger.

With this said summer is over and the highway only has the occasional traveler other than trucks and people going about their business.  Happy Trails to you.

Tractor unit hauling tractor units in Idaho

Tractor unit hauling tractor units in Idaho (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


13 Ways to use a Coffee Filter


Lightweight, readily available, compact, affordable, perfect for the RV! You will never look at a coffee filter the same way again.

– Cover food when cooking in the microwave to prevent splatters.

– Use for lint-free cleaning on windows, mirrors and chrome.

– Place between ceramic dishes and glass bowls when traveling
to eliminate “clinking” in the cupboard.

– Filter wine from a broken cork.

– Prevent cast-iron from rusting by placing a filter in the skillet
to absorb moisture.

– Reuse frying oil by straining used oil through a coffee filter
lined sieve.

– Line a plant pot to prevent soil from going out the drainage hole.

– Poke a hole in the bottom for your Popsicle and eliminate
drips on your shirt.

– Soak up extra oil from fried foods such as bacon and
French fries.

– Fill with a scoop of baking soda; twist closed with a rubber
band and tuck into smelling shoes or closet to absorb odors.

– Fill with fresh herbs and tie to be used in soups and stews.

– Rest your spoon on one the next time you make a
gourmet sauce.

– Use as a disposable snack bowl for popcorn and chips.

– They also work great in a coffee maker!

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A River Runs Through It – The Mighty Fraser River.

A River Runs Through It – The Mighty Fraser River.


The Fraser River, from the grounds of Westminster Abbey, above Hatzic in Mission, British Columbia, looking upstream

It’s spring run-off time here in British Columbia and the largest river is running at capacity.  Everyone is waiting with baited breath to see if it will jump the banks.  The Fraser has had some serious problems in the past and has caused damage to the communities it runs through.  Get the sand bags going.


Sand Bags – Flooding in Fraser Valley – 1948 flooding

Most of the communities have taken precautions over the years by building dikes along the river bank since the terrible flood in 1948 when the river overflowed its banks and caused wide spread damage in every community along the river.

 The Fraser River drains a 85,ooo sq mile area in British Columbia. The source of the Fraser is Mount Robson in the Rocky Mountains.  The river is named after the explorer and fur trader Simon Fraser.  Travelling west, then south, the river travels past the communities it serves and gathers other rivers the further south it goes. To name a few:  Chilcotin River, Nechako River, Bridge River, Seton Rivers Thompson River and the Pitt River in Port Coquitlam/Maple Ridge. These are only a few of the creeks and rivers that gather in the Fraser River waters. The Fraser River travels through the cities and towns of  Williams Lake, Prince George, Lillooet, and Lytton down through the Fraser Canyon and then the Fraser Valley through Hope, Chilliwack, Mission, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Langley, Surrey, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and finally to Richmond and Vancouver where it flows into the Strait of Georgia between the mainland and Vancouver Island.

 This River has a rich history from Gold rush days, Native fisheries and transportation.  Floating log booms to the mills is a old tradition on the river. The Fraser widens and narrows and is wild in some places and can have rapids and is dangerous. There are brave people who traverse these rapids and make a living from the river. The Salmon reigns supreme during the big salmon spawning runs.  Fishing  is restricted to openings to keep salmon population high. Sport fishing for Sturgeon and Salmon along the river are popular past times. Fishing is mostly catch and release unless there is a fishery opening.

Baked Salmon


Baked Salmon

Salmon Stuffing

1-2 lb      whole Salmon-cleaned, head and tail removed.
300 g       bread crumbs
1           bunch parsley finely chopped
2           lemons 1 for zest and 1 garnish
            salt & pepper to taste
1/4         butter or margarine
            water to moisten bread crumbs, 
            save bit of parsley for garnish

In a bowl place bread crumbs,  lemon zest, parsley, salt and pepper, and butter.  Mix by hand until well distributed through out the bread crumbs.  Depending on how moist the crumbs are add a tablespoon of water and mix again by hand and repeat until stuffing is moist and holds lightly together.  Stuff inside of salmon belly and wrap in foil.  You can skewer together or sew together salmon belly once stuffing is inserted.  Bake at 350 F for 45 min to 1 hr depending on size of salmon. This can be done in the middle of the oven or on the BBQ placing Salmon on top shelf of BBQ.  Salmon should be flaky and moist when done.  Place on platter and garnish with lemon slices and parsley. ~ENJOY!


How to make your trip plans go easier and avoid delays when traveling.

How to make your trip plans go easier and avoid delays when traveling.

• Avoid traffic by trying to pick an off-peak travel time to depart or return home. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and evening will likely be the most congested period for outbound traffic, and Sunday afternoon and evening will probably be busy for returning traffic.
• If you choose to travel at night or very early in the morning, make sure to get at least six hours of sleep. Drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. If you find yourself struggling to stay awake, pull over to a safe, lit area and take a nap. During long-distance car trips, try to stop every couple of hours to get out and stretch, which will help keep you alert as you drive.
• Plan your route before you leave and check traffic online.

• If you are flying to your destination, plan to arrive at least two to three hours before your flight departs to allow for long lines at check-in and security checkpoints. Check with your travel agent regarding how early you should arrive for international flights. Utilize the online check-in feature offered by all major airlines to check in, usually up to 24 hours ahead of time.

It’s Holiday Time!


Coming up to holiday season across the North American continent.  Whether you like camping, fishing, hiking, going to the beach or RVing each holiday has the same challenges.

You will need a mode of transportation to get you to your destination.  Here are some tips for travelling in your own vehicle.  RV, Camper, Car, Motor Bike.

  • Make sure that your vehicle is well-equipped for travel. Breaking down in the dark, in bad weather, or in the cold can crush the holiday spirit. It’s a good idea to take your car in for a summer “check-up.” Your mechanic can inspect hoses, battery, windshield wipers, and other hot weather components. You also want to be sure that your tire pressure is at the recommended levels, as tires can be hazardous in wet weather when they are filled to improper levels.
  • Ensure that you and each member of your family have a communications plan that includes telephone numbers of essential contacts, and a way to contact them (either a cell phone or long distance calling card).
  • Inform a friend or family member of your travel route, destination and expected arrival time.
  • Have a photo ID for each person traveling, including children. If a proper identification card is not available, take a picture with important contact and health information written on the back. This is especially true if you are traveling with guests such as a friend of your child.  Make sure you have medical contact information and medical plan information for each person you are traveling with.
  • Pack essential emergency supplies in your luggage, including a flashlight and extra batteries, a small first aid kit, essential medications and copies of prescriptions.
  • Always carry emergency supplies in your car, including a flashlight and extra batteries, blanket, a small first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable foods, maps and flares.
  • Check local weather forecasts from your route and destination. Make adjustments to your route, timing, clothing and supplies as necessary.

Above all arrive safe and have fun traveling. Oh and don’t rush you are on holiday. Enjoy the trip.

A link for ideas to keep kids occupied while traveling.