It has been awhile since I've talked about our family's cell phone plan so I thought it might be time for an update. What I love most about it is that it isn't anyone's plan but mine. I'm not tied to anything and it doesn't cost me a fortune.
Now that we no longer have a land line I use my cell phone a lot more than I used to which means I've needed to spend more money on it than I did before. Also, because the girls are now getting themselves to and from school on their own, it is important that they keep in contact with me and let me know they have arrived at their destination safely.
Since I am no longer the only one with a cell phone I needed a way to easily afford not one phone but three. I stayed with Tracfone because I like their service and their prices. And the longer you stay with them the lower the price is for service. Love that!
At first I paid for my minutes and every once in awhile they'd give me a coupon or email a special offer. Initially my first phone cost me $10 and the monthly cost for service $19.99 for 90 days or $6.66 a month. Not bad at all.
After shutting off our landline last June that saved me $50 a month but it also meant I'd be using my cell phone more. Now I spend $39.99 for 90 days of service, which gives me three times the minutes I used to have, or $13.33 a month. My new phone cost $39.99 and the only reason I bought it was because the old one wore out. This one allows me to text much better too because it has a key board.
The girls had to buy their own phones. That was the deal because I figured if they had to buy them they'd be more careful with them and less likely to lose or damage them. I pay for their service at $19.99 for 90 days or $6.66 each.
To recap, the total I spend on our cell phones averages $26.65 a month for three of us to have a phone, with internet and texting. We don't use the internet, which saves us, but we definitely use the texting. Especially the oldest. If they want more minutes than what I am willing to provide then they have to pay for them. So far neither one has been willing to fork over the extra dough and they are really good about rationing their time.
Once a month I update the service to one of our phones so I'm not paying for all of them at one time and we are always overlapping one another. If you update your phone your service is completely transferrable at no cost and I love the fact that there are no hidden fees. It is what it is. XX of service and minutes for $XX. Easy, peasy and if you no longer want to do it, you stop.
Do you have a cell phone? How affordable is your plan?