Is Your Cell Phone Eating Up Your Budget?


If you’re looking to switch from two incomes to one or just want to find ways to save money, the first step is to take a good look at your budget and identify unnecessary budget-eaters. Some expenses are non-negotiables. Some are luxuries that, if we are really honest, we can live without. Some are things that are important to us, but there may be other less expensive alternatives.

One big budget-eater is the cellular phone.

We were paying a huge amount each month for cell phone services that largely remained unused. Whether it was talking, texting, or data, our phone habits were such that we just couldn’t use them all up, even if we wanted to. We had already cancelled our landline to save money, but it still seemed like a ridiculous amount of money to spend each month for a cell phone. We had to find an alternative.

Are you currently in this situation? Let me introduce you to Ting [referral link].

Ting is a cell phone provider that

  • won’t bind you to a contract
  • won’t force you to pick a plan that doesn’t exactly suit your usage
  • won’t charge you huge fees for going over your allotted minutes
  • won’t promise you unlimited everything when you don’t need everything

When we switched to Ting, we did a little experiment. Since we only have to pay for what we use, we thought we would have to be extra careful and constantly monitor our levels of usage. So, during our first month, we did not change our phone habits. We didn’t keep track of minutes or messages. And when we received our first bill, it was only a third of what we were paying when we were under a cell phone contract. We couldn’t believe it!

Ting might be the right thing for you.

To check them out, click here.

NOTE: If you decide to sign up, I recommend that you do so using the links on this post, which contains my referral link. By doing so, Ting will reward both of us with credits. It’s a win-win!

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “referral links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a referral credit. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Click here for more information on my disclosure.

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4 thoughts on “Is Your Cell Phone Eating Up Your Budget?

    1. What’s hard, too, is that when you’re in a plan, you’re stuck with it unless you’re willing to pay the early termination fee. If you’re still in a contract but want to switch to Ting, I believe they will cover 25% of your fee (max of $75). Like all decisions, you have to weigh out all the pros and cons.

  1. We just switched from Straightalk to AT&T. Your second link (the red one) isn’t actually a link, so you might need to change that. 🙂

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