The cost of a home phone, cell phone, television, and Internet service add quite a bit to the monthly household expenses. Some opt for the premium package of each service without realizing the overall cost. There are ways to stay connected without spending all your money.
Step 1: Bundle television, land line, and Internet service with one provider. You will get one bill versus three and will often pay less than you would to get each service separately.
Step 2: Reduce long distance phone bills by using a computer chat service like Skype. Skype-to-Skype calls are free. Skype calls made to non-subscribers cost about $3 per month. Another alternative is an inexpensive Internet phone service like Vonage. You get unlimited local and long distance calls, plus some great features, for about $25 per month.
Step 3: Get a pre-paid cell phone plan if you do not talk a lot. Someone who uses less than 200 cell phone minutes per month can save with a prepaid calling plan. The phone costs about $20 monthly and the per-minute charges can be as low as ten cents.
Step 4: If your cell phone is your primary means of communication, get rid of your land line.
Step 5: Assess the cable television plan and determine whether you need the premium channels that cost extra each month. If you do not watch TV much, drop your cable plan and use the Internet to watch your favorite shows.
Step 6: If your phone plan includes extra charges for services you do not use, get rid of them. Examples are caller ID, call waiting, voice mail, and Internet service on the cell phone. If you find you can’t live without the service, you can always add it back to your plan later.
Step 7: Call your phone, Internet, and cable providers and try to negotiate a better deal.