12,000 minutes

 Matt and I try to live a fairly frugal and modest life. We take our lunches to work, I drive a 13 year old paid for Toyota, we meal plan, and so on. Well…call us lazy but we could have been saving MORE money each month in a simple, painless way and we weren’t. I am kicking myself now for not making these changes sooner.  Where were we spending more money than we should each month? On our cell phone bill.
    Matt and I both have iPhones; well for the past year and a half since we bought the phones we’ve been sharing a 1400 minute plan. Guess how many roll over minutes we have after a year (roll over minutes expire after a year)? Over TWELVE THOUSAND (spelling out the number makes it more dramatic don’t ya think?!)! Yes, you read that right….TWELVE THOUSAND PEOPLE! So basically we have had an excess of a 1000 minutes or more each month. I have been toying around the idea of lowering our plan each month for awhile…Matt and I’ve talked about it but neither one of us did anything about it.
     Well Friday I ended up calling our carrier and lowering our plan. I also negotiated with them to retain some of our rollover minutes. They didn’t mention it to me when I was on the phone with them but all of our rollover minutes were going to vanish because we switched our plan – don’t you love how they don’t mention those type of things when you’re talking to them? That seemed ridiculous to me since technically we paid for all those minutes. So using the old adage ‘you get more bees with honey than vinegar’ I chatted up the gentleman who was helping me and asked if there was something he could do to that would allow me to retain the rollover minutes…he said he couldn’t give all of them back to me but he did end up giving back half. Remember…if you don’t ask the answer is already ‘no.’
     We are ‘only’ saving about $23.00 or so each month…I’ll know the exact number when we receive our first bill with the new plan. Granted $23.00 doesn’t seem like a lot of money but it adds up quickly. $23.00 x 12 months = $276 a year we will be saving. Another way to look at it is that we aren’t paying $276 a year for something we never use. I don’t know about the rest of you but I could think of better ways to spend my hard earned money.
      -Meg

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