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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Save Money On Your cell Phone Bill

If you live on-grid, chances are you or a family member owns a cell phone. You probably know about how much your cell phone plan costs each month, but do you know how much you are paying for the actual minutes you USE?!?

If you have a 3000 minute plan, and only use 1000 minutes, you are really paying 3x the amount you should be paying for each of those minutes.

Do you like the luxury of having a 1,000 minute buffer zone each month? I only ask because we used to. My wife and I used to say, "geez honey, let's make sure we don't go over our minutes, so let's get a plan with a lot of minutes." It was expensive and unnecessary.

To survive these times, we all need to cut as many unnecessary living expenses as possible. Please scrutinize your cell phone bill. You may be able to cut $50-$100 a month from your plan, and add that money to your prepping reserves.

Here are two wonderful links that will help you review your plan, and look at new plans. Take the time to save some money. My wife and I cut from 3000 minutes down to a 2500 minute plan, and are saving $50 a month. It helps. - Have your bill out and ready to do some comparing of new plans and your current plan. - This is a more general site, where it compares plans from a wide range of wireless carriers. If you're comfortable with changing cell phone company's, then this site has what you are looking for.



1 comment:

  1. The Aspiring Survivalist, thanks for making and justifying the points that wireless expenses are not only often expensive, but that many people may be unaware that they're overpaying. I did have one criticism, however, regarding your suggestion of using the BillShrink service to lower cell bills. BillShrink makes its money from commissions earned and paid out by cell phone companies for having switched consumers onto other wireless plans. How are we supposed to trust a company that works for the cell companies rather than for the customer? Additionally, BillShrink requires the login and password information for the customer's online wireless account which is a flagrant violation of many of the cell providers' terms of use, particularly Verizon.

    In contrast, the online cell bill reduction company that I work for, Validas, offers a far more comprehensive and effective way to save through our website at Our modifications to your plan are uniquely structured around your individual usage patterns; Validas works for you rather than the cell companies. Additionally, Validas tells you exactly how much money our changes to your plan would save you before you are committed to paying a cent. Compare your projected savings to the cost of the Validas service, and then only pay if Validas can save you more than our fees cost. Our cell bill audits start at five bucks, and the average consumer saves $450 annually with our bill modifications. Check out Validas on Good Morning America at

    Thanks again for the article as we all try to save some extra cash to make it through the recession.