Let's talk money, shall we? Earlier this week when I was home with Keri while she was sick, I decided to make good use of my time at home. I have been meaning to figure out ways to cut expenses. A couple of years ago, we signed up for a program through our cable company. We got digital cable, high speed internet, and home phone service for one hundred dollars per month. After the promotional period was over, our cable bill jumped to two hundred dollars per month. Isn't that crazy?
At that time I was still in school and things were pretty hectic. I just kind of shrugged off and didn't really want to deal with it. For some reason, I have these tendancies to choose a company and stick with them. I could use my cell phone provider or my insurance company for example. Since I am now paying on my student loans, and making monthly payments to the college for a course that was not covered, I really needed to get focused on cutting expenses. I am spending near two hundred dollars per month on my education.
I called our cable company to disconnect the home phone service. I also told them I was shopping for a better cable deal and did they have anything to offer me. No. Fine. I switched over to Direct for HALF of what we are currently paying for cable. AAANNDDD we get a free DVR upgrade.AAAANNDDD we get a receiver for three bedrooms plus the living room. For HALF what we were paying with the cable company.
My dad ordered me this wonderful device called a Majic Jack. If you haven't heard of it, I suggest you Google it. With Majic Jack, you pay for the software, then pay for one full year of service. Did I mention this is a landline service? Anyway, the total cost for a year of home phone service is roughly twenty dollars. As in PER FREAKIN' YEAR!!! It has caller id, call waiting and voice mail is provided. The really cool thing is, you get an email every time you have a voice mail. My dad bought the equipment and paid for our first year of service.
I figured this will save me about 530 dollars per year. It also includes nationwide long distance. We can talk to out of state friends and relatives to our little black hearts content. Now, the only down side as I see it, is that your computer has to be on for the phone to work. If you shut down the computer the phone wont work.
So far, these changes will save us about seventy dollars per month or 840 dollars per year. It's not much, but it's a start!