Whether you’re still footing your kid’s wireless bill or just looking for more ways to save money (car insurance?) every month, check out these simple tips to save money on cell phone bills. They could help tame those wild wireless expenses.
Get everyone on a family plan. If you’re paying your son or daughter’s wireless bill, you should consider putting everyone on the same plan. Most carriers offer plans where you can share minutes and texts, and save. As an added plus, you only have one bill every month so you can keep an eye on your family’s phone use and reduce your cell phone bills.
Consider prepaid. Is your college kid’s wireless bill totally out of control? You might want to tell them to switch to a prepaid service. It’s more popular than ever—and most of the time, prepaid is a lot cheaper. We came across Get Rich Slowly, a blog that explains some of the perks of prepaid.
Say goodbye to that snazzy smartphone. Yes, these phones are pretty darn amazing. But the data plans that come with them are also pretty darn pricey. So if they don’t absolutely need a smartphone, try to convince your kid to go with a more basic phone, which will result in cell phone savings. It may not be the “coolest” phone—but they’ll save a bunch of cold cash.
Go online for the best deals. All of the major carriers promote special offers through their websites that you may not be able to get in the store. So if you’re in the market for a new phone, be sure to go online and compare prices.
Mind your minutes. Do you really need all of your minutes? Does your college kid use all of their minutes? Most plans have free night (after 9 p.m.) and weekend minutes. So you might be able to move to a cheaper plan with fewer minutes and talk more during those “free times.” And, even if you’re not on the same plan, you should use the same wireless carrier as your child because some plans let you talk free when you’re on the same network.
There’s a great site called billshrink.com that’ll help you find a cheaper wireless plan (it’s free). And if you want even more ideas on how to save money on your cell phone bill, check out “15 Ways to Slash Your Cell Phone Bill” from DoughRoller.com