How I Saved $1140 Each Year on My Cell Phone


How much are you paying for cell phone service? $100 each month? More? For us, we were spending $122.70 every single month. $1320.00 per year. Is it just me or does anyone else think that is absolutely INSANE?! Seriously! We were paying for data that I don’t use and it isn’t because I have a huge data plan. We were on the 1GB data plan. Why didn’t we use it? Because we connect to wifi 99.9% of the time. I’d be willing to bet that a lot of you are paying just as much or even more than we were.

I say were because I’m not paying that much anymore. No, I didn’t give up my cell phone. I still have it and I still use wifi, but I’m not paying anywhere near what I was before!

Ever been tired of spending so much for your phone? I was! Spending over $1300 per year just wasn't high on my "want to do" list so I did something about it! Worth it? Totally! I am saving $1140 per year!

How I Saved $1140 Each Year on My Cell Phone

I know it seems to good to be true. If I was paying $1320 and I saved $1140, that means I’m only paying $180 per YEAR on the cell phone service I have. Unbelievable and I totally must be lying, right?

Not so fast. 

The thing that most of us deal with is the fact that we only “know” of a handful of cell companies. Right off hand I can think of Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, Straight Talk and Boost Mobile. The catch is that none of those are really all that affordable. Even Boost, while they offer a plan that can go pretty low, will still charge you $35.00 per month and it takes six months to get there. I don’t know about you, but I’m supercalifragilistic kinda cheap (see what I did there?) and even $420/year is more than I want to be paying. What can I say? I’m cheap! What did you expect!

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Anyhow, since I really and truly wanted to get my cell down as low as possible and I knew that the chances were good that I was totally missing a company or three, I started researching. If you really are looking to save money in a specific area of your life, research should become a very large part of your life. Honestly I love to research things because I usually find a whole wealth of information that I didn’t know. In this case, I found a whole wealth of money staying in my pocket each year. Wanna know what I found?

Republic Wireless.

My new best friend, most awesome place to pay a bill to every month, totally kick butt and SO budget friendly cell phone company! Never heard of them? Don’t feel bad because a lot of others haven’t either. Ready for what I’m paying per month?

$15.00 or LESS each month! 

‘Scuse me….WHOOOO HOOOO!!!!

In all seriousness though, if you’re looking to cut your cell phone bill? Republic Wireless is where you want to be! They have plans that start at just $5.00 per month! The way it works is that you get unlimited talk and text plus unlimited wifi. You CAN buy 4G data if you need and to make that even better? At the end of the month? Republic actually refunds you for any cell data you purchased but didn’t use as a credit to your account!

You read that right.

A cell company that refunds your money for data you don’t use.

With Republic, since we don’t use a lot of data anyhow, we are saving so much money each month. The service is even a little better since everything is tied to my wifi, my phone works just as well as before and my wallet? Well, it’s considerably fatter now. Don’t believe me? Republic Wireless has a widget on their site that allows you to see how much you could save by switching. Chances are you’ll find it very interesting.

 

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Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family. A true gypsy soul, her newest blog, Unsettled Hearts, chronicles the journey of her family to become full-time travelers. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Her book, also called Six Dollar Family, has sold more than 7,000 copies since its release.

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  1. When you switched to Republic were you able to use the phone you already had? Thanks!

    • Vanessa,

      No we weren’t able to but we turned right around and sold our old phones. By the time it was all said and done we had actually come out around $50 ahead of ourselves after buying 2 phones and selling 2 phones.

  2. Theresa Smith says:

    Boy I wish I wasn’t in a contract.

    • Theresa, check to see how much money you would save with Republic versus buying your contract out. If your contract is like ours was, it was a $250 early termination fee. We’ve saved far more than that so it was worth it to buy our contract out and make the switch anyhow.

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