Smart Ways to Fight Inflation in 2022

Smart Ways to Fight Inflation in 2022

Whether you’re browsing online, shopping at the grocery store, or the fueling up at the gas station, you’ve probably noticed higher prices.

From supply chain hang-ups, higher shipping and transport costs, ballooning energy demand, labor shortages, and mounds of unspent savings during the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation is an international phenomenon hitting just about everyone. And in March 2022, it reached 8.5%- the highest point in about 40 years.

To help you keep up with the global economy, Medina Fiber’s reliable high-speed fiber internet puts the online marketplace of goods, services, entertainment right at your fingertips! But with inflation seemingly sticking around for the foreseeable future, you may be feeling the squeeze.

So what—if anything—can you do to combat inflation? Are there strategies you can employ to push your hard-earned dollar further? And can better use of the internet help fight inflation, too?

The answer to these questions is YES, and below, we present some of the best ways you can utilize Medina Fiber’s fast internet to shop smartly and do more efficiently online in an era of higher prices.

  1. Enjoy Online Entertainment at Home

    The ever-increasing online entertainment options available with your fiber internet connection at home can significantly improve your overall budget.

    For example, instead of taking your family out to the movies, consider hosting a family movie night at home. Today, many films can be streamed at home when they’re released in theatres. And of course, there are already thousands of great movies and TV shows and specials you can enjoy.

    Instead of paying for movie tickets and expensive concessions, warm up a bag of popcorn, grab a drink of your choice and settle in at home for a great film to stream. You’ll save money on gas, the higher cost of individual tickets for each person, and the often egregiously marked-up price of cinema popcorn, soda, and other snacks.

  2. Save on Groceries by Shopping Online

    Today’s shipping and logistics make shopping online for groceries convenient and efficient to deliver them to your home. And, if you’re clever about it, grocery shopping online can provide considerable savings, too.

    Purchasing groceries online for delivery saves you money on gas (i.e., fewer trips to the store throughout the week). Sam’s Club and Costco offer their members free delivery for many of their products—and buying in bulk adds to your savings! Amazon’s Prime Pantry also provides a one-or-two-day delivery service for many groceries and staples.

    If you need your groceries even faster, take advantage of your grocery store’s app or website and purchase all your groceries online at home and then head to the store for pick-up. You can save even more money by doing curbside pick-up because you can avoid delivery fees and tips.

    Using online grocery apps prevents “impulse buying” of products you had no intention of purchasing in the first place (and that you’ll likely not even use). Be sure to also search the web for coupons, discounts, free trials, and other great deals on a host of groceries and other products.

  3. Telehealth Appointments Are Convenient and Cost-Effective

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, many families learned the value of telehealth appointments, where doctors and other health professionals provided vital health care services to individuals via online video conferences. According to some surveys, telehealth appointments can be considerably less expensive than in-person visits to the doctor—close to half as much.

    Many insurance companies cover telehealth visits, as well. Of course, when in doubt, use your best judgment, as specific health issues could be acute and require in-person visits as soon as possible. But search around for telehealth options and enjoy the savings and conveniences of health care delivered online at your home.

  4. Shop Online and Save on Open-Box and Refurbished Items

    If you’ve shopped on Amazon,, or most other large online stores, you’ll undoubtedly have noticed recommended deals on open-box or refurbished items. Sometimes these are damaged products repaired by the manufacturer and then re-sold at a discount (often with a generous warranty). But often enough, retailers discount these items simply because their outer packaging is somewhat damaged.

    Thus, you should consider open-box and refurbished products for sale. Both Amazon and Best Buy offer Warehouse and Outlet deals, respectively, and the savings can be huge—even over 60% off. Be sure to read the details provided about the open-box or refurbished item carefully before buying—but just using this one tip can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

  5. Online Education and Classes Cuts Costs

    If you’re a student or considering college, technical school, vocational training, or taking extra classes to enrich your skills and marketability, money can be especially tight. The good news is that online education has expanded rapidly over the past several years, and for many individuals, higher education is within reach via the internet.

    Many colleges and technical schools offer full degrees that you can complete entirely online from your home. Others provide popular courses that are well suited to an online format. In addition to the reduced costs of these internet-based programs and courses, enrolling in online classes instead of needing to drive to campus each day can save you money on gas and put more money into the costs of your textbooks! So do your research and consider whether online education is the right fit for you.

When all or even most of these tips and strategies are employed, the savings add up. So yes, just by utilizing Medina Fiber’s high-speed internet at home and being a savvier online consumer, you really can fight back against inflation!

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New Scam Alert: Texts from Your Own Phone Number

New Scam Alert: Texts from Your Own Phone Number

Scams are a sad but common part of the online experience today. And scammers are always hunting for new targets and ways to exploit people.

The latest scheme to trick you into divulging sensitive personal and financial information about yourself is one of the most ominous yet: using your own phone number to text you.

Seemingly harmless and disturbing at the same time, the scam is designed to trick you into thinking your cell phone company is legitimately contacting you about an account or business matter. And they’re often offering to “reward” you with a gift of some kind. Unfortunately, with this scam, they are not—and you should be on your guard.

At Medina Fiber, we take online safety and security very seriously. We are more than just another internet service provider—we are your neighbors, and we believe in looking out for each other.

We explain this unusual and worrisome new text message scam below, including some steps you can take to protect yourself and help crackdown on spam text messages.

The Rise of Text Message Scams

The COVID-19 pandemic increased online scams, including email phishing and spam texting. Scammers targeted individuals during a vulnerable time, taking advantage of the increased isolation and health concerns people were experiencing.

The situation proved so alarming that even the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an official warning to Americans about the massive growth in text message scams.

One company that tracks phone-related scams reported a 58% increase in spam text messages in 2021—a mind-blowing 87.8 billion spam text messages sent to consumers’ cell phones in just one year!

How Text Message Scams Work

Here’s how text message scams typically work: scammers will send an SMS text message to your phone, just like they would via a spam email, aiming to get you to click on the accompanying link and lead you to their website or other online domain. For example, they often claim you have won a prize or another reward or gift and need to click on the link to redeem it. Sometimes, they claim that the link will lead you to a company survey to appear more professional.

They proceed to either lure you into giving more personal information about yourself or use advanced technology to “capture” sensitive information about you from your phone. It’s not much different from spam email messages that (thankfully) usually end up in your Junk or Spam Email Folder.

What is the New Texting Scam?

Popping up in mid-to-late March 2022, the new scam seems both deceptively simple and ingenious at the same time. What sets it apart from other scams is the scam text message appears to be sent right from your mobile phone number—i.e., the number that your wireless provider established and linked to your account. In short, the scam text message creates the appearance of legitimacy when it is anything but legitimate.

The scam’s most reported message reads “Free Msg: Your bill is paid for March” and is accompanied by a link promising a free gift. Others have reported a message linked to a Verizon Customer Service Survey.

Verizon Wireless confirmed the spike in this new scam in late March and later announced that it was working diligently to prevent it from reaching customers. Verizon also indicated that it was notifying federal law enforcement and working with them on the problem, adding more resources to combat this problem.

Scam Text Message Safety and Security Tips

Verizon Wireless recommends forwarding any such texts by texting “S P A M” (7726), where their security experts can further investigate them. We also remind you to follow the FCC’s advice to “never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.”

If you receive a text message from a friend or family member containing a link address that doesn’t seem right, reach out to them first to ensure their phone number or email isn’t hacked. You can also contact federal regulators and law enforcement and file a complaint through the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and its online fraud division, the FCC’s complaint department, or even the Internet Crime Complaint Center of the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI).

Medina Fiber and its team members are proud to deliver its high-speed fiber internet to your home. But we’re part of this community, too, and are pleased to do our part to help make the digital and online world a safer and more secure place to explore and grow along with you.

For more helpful tips on navigating the web more securely and keeping your family safe online, follow Medina Fiber’s social pages.