It used to be that your largest monthly expense was your house payment followed by your car and then a long list of other items that were all usually under $100 per month. Today, however a category I'll simply bulk as COMMUNICATIONS has passed your car payment and is now in second place, which is a crime in my book. Would you rather have all this crap or a brand new car? Let's take a look . . .
For starters, you don't need a major cell phone company service to use a smart phone. There are, in fact many cellular companies that use the EXCESS CAPACITY BUSINESS MODEL from my previous blog article to run their business on and the one I use is Republic Services. I'm not sure exactly how it works but I assume that they buy the excess capacity from the big boys so they can offer an internet only phone, often called VOIP (voice over IP) model for just $10 per month for all you can eat voice and text. And if you want to add full cell phone service as well, then its just $15 per month. If you compare this to what you are paying, which may be over $100 per month, it's a huge savings. And yes, I have all the latest apps on my cell phone so that when I'm a coffee shop or at home with wireless access, I get my emails and all the apps anyone could ever want.
Next, do what your kids have already figured out . . . dump the land line and get rid of your FAX machine along with your 1980's records. Come on people, it's 2016. If you have to FAX something, take a picture with your cell phone and email it to them.
Next, if you are a sports junkie, you probably have cable TV along with an expensive sports package. That is certainly over $100 per month and probably closer to $200. I simply have a digital TV antenna that I bought at COSTCO for $42 and I get over 60 channels, including all the major networks of ABC, CBS, NBC, CW and several movie channels along with weather and news for the grand sum of $0 per month. Want more movies? So did I, so for less than $10 per month enroll in Netflix and get access to thousands of movies plus some great FREE original content such as ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and GRACE & FRANKIE; simply some of the best TV I have ever seen.
Finally, you don't have to pay thru the roof for high speed internet. I just installed XFINITY for $19.95 per month and the speed is plenty fast; fast enough to stream my Netflix movies faster that I can watch them. And if I'm out-and-about, they have amazing HOT ZONES where you can log into high speed internet, even outside of some football stadiums.
All-up, all-in . . . my total monthly bill for COMMUNICATIONS is under $50 per month including tax tax and yours can be too . . . don't buy into this new obsession with being in touch 24/7, just do the math and answer this one question. Would you rather keep spending what you are today and drive your old car or sharpen your pencil and have all the communications you need AND a brand new TESLA or BMW? I don't know about you, but that's a NO-BRAINER in my book!