Today I turned off our landline with Verizon in an effort to save more money. The contract, which was supposed to only be for 15 months, somehow managed to be longer than that and my phone calls to protest were unfruitful. Well the contract has finally run out, so I decided to have it turned off, which will save us around $25 a month. We weren't using the phone, which hasn't even been plugged in for months. So we will save a little bit of money and as you know, every little bit helps.
I was going to switch our cell phones to Straight Talk from Wal-Mart, but had heard some negative comments about Straight Talk, so we are going to stay with Verizon and just try to lower our monthly costs. All of our phones are no longer under a contract and are now month to month. Verizon gave us a $15 per month discount for that reason in February.
I do not need a new cell phone as mine is working and suits me just fine. If I did need a new one I would buy one on the second hand market to avoid getting into a new contract. When the day comes that I am no longer subbing, I will do away with the plan we have now and look into something even cheaper.
So, $25 plus $15 means the cell phone bill should be $40 cheaper next month, and since I share a family plan with my Mother, should be $20 cheaper on my part next month. I also "charge" my daugher $25 a month for her smart phone on her financial journal, which she works off, so in the end I should be paying around $50 per month for my cell phone.
On a side note, the customer service representative from Verizon did everything in her power to try and sell me another service. I help firm though and declined all of her offers. :)
Live simply by not spending money you don't have.
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