Saving on Land Lines
What’s a land line? Just kidding! I know some people still use a land line, and honestly it’s great to have one if you can afford it because sometimes cell phones don’t work very well and you still need a phone.
Use the internet.
Using the internet to talk to relatives, instead of using your land line, is the easiest way to save on your land line bill. Cutting out the long distance minutes can save quite a bit.
Get rid of the extras.
Eliminate things that may cost extra, like voicemail, caller ID, call waiting, and 3-way calling.
Cancel your land line.
Most folks don’t even use a land line anymore. If you do, you don’t have to cancel your line but you can cut back to the very basic package to slash your bill by as much as 50%.
Saving on Cell Phones
If you don’t have a cell phone yet, these won’t be too helpful – but keep them in mind if you decide to get one in the future.
Cut out texting.
Don’t freak out – remember, these are just suggestions. I know that I personally couldn’t live without unlimited texting, but some people can. So, if you’re one of those people, eliminating texting will save you a pretty penny. On the other hand, you can use texting more and reduce your cell phone minutes.
If you are using pay-per-text, consider responding via email instead of text if the person doesn’t need an answer right away.
Bundle your services.
Some companies allow you to bundle your cable, cell phone, and internet into one package to save money.
Don’t use 411.
411 costs a few bucks each time you use it. Instead, look the number up online or in the phone book (yes, those still exist!).
Use free calling times.
If you like to talk to your mom, but you two can never finish your conversation before thirty minutes is up, call her in the evening or on the weekend when calling is free. Check your plan for details.
Review your bill.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to call my cell phone service provider and have them correct my bill – and their mistakes have never been in my favor. Each month, review your cell phone bill and make sure you’re not being overcharged.
Cell phone companies are fighting for your business right now. Call around and find out which company has the best deals. Don’t commit to a two year contract unless you’re sure it’s a company you want to stick with for a while. Lately, I’ve noticed that places like Cricket Wireless and other no-contract cell phone places actually have good deals. At first, they were really expensive, but now you can get unlimited text, calling, and data usage for about $50 a month. That’s a lot cheaper than most major cell phone companies charge for the same thing – but remember, the smaller companies may have spotty coverage. Check it out before you sign on.