How To Use A Telephone Book

Are you using the telephone book for the occasional business number? There are more advantages in store for the curious reader.

Poring through the telephone book is not a common pastime for most of us. When we pull out that heavy tome and open it to the yellow, blue, or white pages of multiple kinds of listings, we typically are searching for a quick business or personal phone number.

But a telephone book can be so much more! Here are some of the many benefits you can get from letting your fingers do the walking:

1. Shop in the yellow pages. Instead of merely searching for a business number, compare ads to find out more about the persons or organizations listed there. In fact, many now include Web site addresses in their ads, so you can look up the Internet listing online and browse a great deal of information. Using this technique, you can compare prices, services, and products. Or you can consider locations, hours of operation, and special features or discounts. Take advantage of all the detailed information that is available to do your shopping at home before you even pick up the phone to call.



2. Look for local coupons. Many telephone books include a section of discount coupons for local companies and restaurants. Bowling, dining out, dry cleaning, and car washes are some of the services for which you can get a discount in the mid-section of the yellow pages. In addition, many ads in the yellow pages include a discount, like ten percent off, when you shop online, on certain days, or mention the ad.

3. Check government listings. City, county, state, and even some federal listings can be found in their own section, especially courts and officials, health clinics, and government services. Names of judges, along with municipal administrators, typically are included with many other telephone listings for title bureaus, etc.

4. Local history and/or entertainment options. Some phone books include a section about the history of the area in which you live. Geographic, historical, economic, and social distinctions may be highlighted in a tribute to your region. In addition, you may be able to find a list of special attractions, like museums, historic sites, sport events, and theaters.

5. Emergency contact information. Often located at the front of the phone book, you can usually find telephone numbers for the sheriff, fire department, ambulance, and any other emergencies services offered locally. Hospitals are listed alphabetically by name, so you may want to copy these numbers and post them on the refrigerator or another prominent place.

6. Have fun with the kids. Sit down with them, open the personal listings, and search for funny names. You may find oddities like "George Giraffe" or "Barry Box," which, while you don't mean to poke fun, promotes a fun activity with little ones. You can also take time to browse with them for fun things to do, like looking up area miniature golf greens or children's theater locations. Help your kids learn the value of this interesting book.

Take a few minutes to look through your telephone book to see what type of information is available in addition to telephone numbers of people and places. You may be surprised to discover that a wealth of knowledge can be yours through browsing this simple household communication tool.

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