It’s not uncommon for a family to spend upwards of $250 a month on their cell phone bill. With a phone for each parent and kid, plus all the ‘essential’ features, you can easily reach that figure with a family of four. Let’s not forget about the actual cost of the phones! No wonder why people are looking for ways to trim back their phone bill.
To be honest, there aren’t too many groundbreaking suggestions for trimming your bill. It basically boils down to these main features: texts, data, and minutes. What makes these suggestions different is that we’re giving alternatives for you to implement in order to actually put these suggestions into practice.
1. Cut the Texts
If you’re a smart phone user, there’s probably an app for that. Here are some suggestions for the top two smart phone operating systems:
iPhone: iMessage – You can send messages just like a text over wifi. If you have a wifi connection at home, school, or work, you can save a ton of texts by turning on wifi and sending it via iMessage.
2. Scale Back the Data
Call your phone provider and ask how much data you’re actually using. There are ways to check on your phone, but if you don’t want to mess with that, just give them a quick call. If you are consistently under your data limit, you might want to trim back your data. It could save $10-$20 or more a month. What could you do with an extra $100/$200 a year?
3. Drop Unused Lines and Minutes
While you’re checking the data, you might as well ask about the minutes. If you’re a heavy text user, you probably have seen a decline in minutes used. Trim your minutes even more by using Google Voice or Hey Tell. Both iPhone and Android platforms have apps for these programs, which allow you to talk to your contacts without using your minutes.
Don’t forget about dropping unused lines. You might be paying $10-$15 just to have a phone line open, so dropping the line could be a nice savings each month.
Have you tried to cut your cell phone plan lately? How’d you do?