Today there is a constant desire to live a bit more frugal. I don’t know a single family that is not looking for a way to save money. Our family is no different.
We looked for many ways to be more frugal and to help increase what we were bringing in each month, even if by a little. We decided to take a look at our bills and see where we could pull back. For months we couldn’t think of a way to do it, until we took a closer look at our cell phone bill. That’s when we did it.
We got rid of our fancy smart phone plans about eight months ago, and have yet to look back.
Yup, that’s right. *Gasp!*
We were willing to give up the constant texting in exchange for actual phone calls (which are for nicer if you ask me). I was no longer pulled into Facebook 24/7 and I’m thankful for that.
I found myself less distracted throughout my day. My time spent on the internet was purposeful now, and not just a constant virtual hang out. My husband and I began to communicate better. We totally laughed at this one because we were so used to relying on our phones to text back and forth all day that we had few things to say when we were around each other at night. Now, we chat all night and our time together is so much more purposeful.
So, what do we use now?
We picked up an AT&T to-go phone from Best Buy. We are on the $50 a month plan (it comes out to$53 after taxes.) which includes unlimited calls and unlimited texts.
It is not nearly as pretty as my previous phone, but it serves it’s purpose well.
I’m not going to lie, it was a difficult decision to make. I was someone who was constantly using my smart phone. It was an extension of me. But in reality, there wasn’t anything that I did on it that could not be made up for in another area. I have a laptop that I could take anywhere and most places I take my laptop to will have WiFi. When I’m home, we have multiple computers in our home that I can use. I have a Nook that is basically an over sized smart phone and a smaller version of a laptop. None of these require reoccurring bills each month. WiFi is free in any place I would go to sit down and sip on coffee. And, if I need directions to get somewhere I can just print out the map from my desktop prior to leaving. We are even considering getting a GPS device for our car just in case, but if we do it would be a one-time expense which is far more economical than a reoccurring phone bill of $175 a month.
What about you? Have you ditched the smart phone? How do you save money on those cell phone bills?
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