Friday, April 11, 2008

On Being Connected

Well, I guess I should let you all know that I am no longer connected. To the cellular world that is. I've been brainstorming about ways to save a dime since the new baby will be coming soon and I won't have a paycheck. The last few months I've been trying to watch our spening with regard to food, gas, and spending money. We've seen a pretty big savings in our food expenses - which I am sure I'll blog about more on a different day.

One of the things I think is unnecessary is the cell phone. I've had a cell phone since 1998. I like having a cell phone. I really like being connected. I like having the option to talk to my friends when my people aren't around. I like to send/receive text messages. In general, I like to have the gadgets that others have. And at the same time, it is completely not necessary and it is another $100 that I can save on a monthly basis.

I am proud to say that I haven't had service for a little over two weeks and no one has died because of it. All of my people have managed to get where they needed to be. I've been able to coordinate driving my 5 people all over town, 3 carpools and many different activities all from the home phone.

The thing that makes me the very most sad though, is that I no longer have a great cheap option for calling Heather in Germany. The one thing I give myself every month is about $20 worth of international calling - which at $0.13 cents per minute is a whole lotta talk time. I usually call her two or so times a week and mostly when I am driving from work to pick up M from preschool. This way I can talk without being interrupted a gazillion times and I can let the foul language fly when I want. :)

It's all good though. I am doing a little research and we are still planning to keep my $20 per month long distance budget. Just gotta figure how to do it so that I won't hafta be talking and wiping bottoms at the same time.

I should also tell you the JC does not agree with this money saving plan. Which you know, makes me more determined to make it work!


Greg's Wife said...

We chat with our boys in the orphanage in Haiti for FREE via Skype. If you each have a computer with a microphone you can talk to H for free. Y'all will just need download the program at If you have a webcam you can even have a free video chat. You can find one of those for about $25 at Wal-Mart.

Heather and Stephen said...

Just tell me when, or call me and I'll call you back! We can do it pretty cheaply from this end, too!

carrmomma said...

Oh CG, HB and I have tried the Skype thing before. It works great and I love that it is free. The downside, there is no privacy. I know I seem nutty - what with all the talk of privacy, but talking to HB without 8 ears (11, 10, 8 and 5) listening in and then asking, what were you talking about is my only indulgence. Not to mention that sometimes we just need to be able to talk about grown-up lady things. Our computer doesn't have a place to plug in head phones. :( The KIDS love to Skype w/HB though cause they love it that they can see her.

I guess HB and I need to come up with some code language so the listeners will be completely thrown off - i.e.: When I say I've lost 27lbs. eating ice cream, it actually means I've gained 3lbs on the Adkins. ha ha! :)

Amy J. said...

Hey, I know! You could both learn German and talk on the skype! That would freak out the 8 little ears!