If you are looking for ways to cut down your expenses, you might want to start with that one you are holding right now or probably not… you know, that hand held device that is capable of charging you with hundreds of dollars each month. Yes, your phone bill is probably one of the expenses that take a big chunk out of your budget. Don’t worry, with simple tweaks and few adjustments, you can definitely reduce your cell phone bill and save a lot of money.
1. Choose the right plan for you.
Assess the plan that you are currently signed up for and make sure that it’s the best one that fits your lifestyle, usage and needs. You probably don’t need all that data or pay for other services that you rarely use.
2. Always use Wi-Fi when available.
When you are at home, at the office, a coffee shop, a friend’s home, check if there’s Wi-Fi that you can connect to. This will help conserve data on your smart phone and save loads on your bill at the end of the month.
3. Change or Ditch protection plans.
If you are paying for a bunch of protection plans like extended warranties, insurance or 24/7 tech support, it’s time to make some big changes. Do you really need all that? If you’re not prone to losing or breaking your phone, you can just ditch all sorts of protection plans completely or just go for the most basic insurance coverage they have and save a lot.
4. Use messaging apps.
If you always find yourself exceeding your monthly allotted texts, just use free texting apps instead. Some popular texting apps are iMessage, WhatsApp and Viber.
5. Call from your computer.
With Skype and other similar apps, you can call people from your computer or your phone over Wi-Fi, no matter where they are in the world, without having to worry about charges to your phone bill.
6. Beware of roaming charges.
If you are planning to travel, check with your carrier and make necessary changes on your plan beforehand to make sure that you won’t be charged with high roaming charges once you are back home.
7. Know your limits.
Lastly, always be aware that your services have limits and you have to know that by heart and mind. You can also download free apps that track your data usage and notify you when you get close to your plan’s limits.