Recently, I had a brief “conversation” with Kelly on Facebook.
She reminded me of the advice I gave, that I need to take myself. (I have done it, but need to do it again — especially for my internet!) :)
“I am calling all my service providers and asking for a lower bill today. I did it about a year ago with some success. I got a better Dish price and lower newspaper price then. That is good advice I got from this blog!!!”
Call all the places where you pay a monthly service. Tell them you are trying to lower your monthly bills and that you’re calling around to get rates. Tell them you want the lowest price they can give you, so you can do a comparison. You’ll be surprised that you may get it lowered!
I also told her about Republic Wireless, since cell phone service was her original question. Their 3G plan that has unlimited everything is only $25 per month!! I can’t believe what people pay for cell service. It blows my mind. (Their fine print says if you use more than 5GB of data in a month, they’ll slow you down. They’ll also “forgive” you once every 6 months.”)
My husband uses their $10 per month plan and loves it. He has unlimited calls and texting. For that plan, you won’t have 3G, but you can connect to any wireless network. The best part is that you can switch to the 3G (or any plan) and get a pro-rated rate, whenever you need it. That’s true with any of their plans. I know the $10 plan isn’t for everyone, but it also may be just what someone is looking for. You can see their various plans here.
Currently, I use Virgin Mobile, but I really can’t recommend them, due to several customer service issues I’ve had with them over the past two years or so. But, they have similar pricing. Be prepared to pay for your monetary savings in time on the phone and frustration, though. :(
Both require you to purchase the phone, but don’t have any contracts. (I will probably switch to Republic sometime, but I can’t rationalize paying for a new phone when mine is fairly new and works fine for what I need.)
Most of you are probably under contract now, but tuck the information away for the future. I’ll try to remember to remind you from time to time. :)
And . . . don’t forget to call your other monthly service providers . . . insurance, TV, home phone, internet, cell phone, energy provider (SRP or APS), newspaper, gym membership, and ?? You’ll know what they are — the ones that kill you to keep paying more than you like . . . every single month!
Note: Kelly, reminded me . . . ask APS or SRP if you think you might qualify for a discount, due to low income. It’s worth asking and seeing if you qualify! (Thanks, Kelly!)
Note: As I finished this post, it hit me that I might be able to become an affiliate with Republic Wireless. I looked and they have a program. I just wanted you to know that I will receive a commission if you sign up with my link, but that was not my original intent in sharing this information. I’m still amazed that I can share so many deals that I think are awesome — and get paid! Thanks for using my links. It helps support everyone who works hard on this site. It’s the only way I can keep all this going — too much work for me to do alone! Your support is appreciated!