Freeform Katia

July 18, 2007

saving with technology

Filed under: musings — freeformkatia @ 7:55 am

Bills suck. You you use the service that a company provides, you know you have to pay for it… but why do you have to pay so much?!?!?

Recently we’ve taken a very hard long look at our phone bill. I’m not going to mention any companies, just $$.

Our monthly phone bill with The Company was averaging $170/month. Ouch. That service included phone (with unlimited long distance to the US and Canada for $70), DSL ($30), and two cell phones ($70). What we found when we looked at this was that we were not even close to using the allowed minutes on our cell phones — so essentially we were just throwing money out the window.

The first step we took then was to dump the cell phones and switch to another carrier where we could pay in advance. We completed this process a few months ago and have found that in the past 3 months I spent $15 on my cell phone, and Richard has spent about $35. We basically are spending about $17/month on our cell phones (down from $70). Hello savings!

Last night we took the second step in reducing our phone bill by dumping our traditional phone line and switching over to VOIP. Instead of paying $70/month for our phone we are now paying $27/month. Hello savings!

The only part of our bill that we couldn’t reduce was the DSL. But that’s not a big deal.

In total, we are now spending about $100 less per month on our communication needs. woohoo!



  1. good job! Now the trick is not to spend the money elsewhere! ha ha.

    Comment by Lynette — July 18, 2007 @ 12:08 pm

  2. Oh yeah, I did the same a few months ago and also switched to a prepaid service. What a pleasure! My Tracfone doesn’t cost me nearly as much as I used to fork out on phone bills. Now I use the phone less but remain totally in control of how much I spend.

    Comment by jonnoboy — January 25, 2009 @ 10:16 am

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