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!
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