Monday, August 8, 2011
Where I Start to Think the Amish Have the Right Idea
So, as you may recall, we enrolled Wee 'Burb in a new, slightly more expensive, daycare.
Ok, more than slightly more expensive. $30 a week more.
To say I have been concerned about where this $30 was going to come from is rather like saying there's a possibility the words "goddess" and "tiger blood" might be used in the Charlie Sheen roast.
We figured out some of it will come from the fact that Scott has cheaper insurance at his new job. While Wee 'Burb and I will stay on mine, him getting his own will save us a decent amount of money.
We are also considering canceling cable. The challenge we have there is I have an older Tivo without Hulu, so it would become effectively useless with over a year left on my contract. Also, my Comcast deal, thanks to all their insane screw-ups, lasts until January. So there's no immediate need to cancel.
The other easy place to cut back? Our cell phone bills. Because Scott was working on a side business, and his old job gave him a generous stipend for cell phones, we have 3 lines on our cell phone plan. To cancel the third line, we'd have to pay $300. Or we can continue to pay the $10 a month the line costs for a year.
I was a journalism major, but I believe my math works out where that's a no-brainer.
Did I mention I loathe cell phone contracts?
Anyway, so that wasn't an option. I told the guy we were desperate, what could we do to lower this bill?
He said the saddest words I ever heard: you can cancel your data plan.
The thing is, a year ago when I found a phone I loved, I was told I had to have a data plan and I was put off. What the hell was I going to do with all of these applications? All the complications?
Um, spend half my day on Twitter and e-mail people while standing in line, of course!
But I'm willing to be a team player here, so I said I would give up my data plan.
The catch? Because, let's face it, there's ALWAYS a catch.
My phone was not compatible with no data plan. It was, in other words, far too good for the simple plan I was now trying to reduce my life to.
So I got a list of compatible phones after the dude condescendingly asked me: "does anyone have, like, a basic phone you could use?"
Yes, all my friends and family have cell phones laying about. Piles of 'em.
I grieved for the loss of Internet at my fingers and began searching for a phone crappy enough to allow me to just, you know, talk on the phone.
Oh, and text. I text a lot. And that's not part of my data plan, so I didn't need to give that up.
People? I have to draw the line somewhere. And if I can't e-mail people while waiting for my Starbucks, then I damn sure am going to text them.
Since this is getting a little bit long, I'm going to make the second part of this drama another post.
Are there cuttable bills in your life? How often do you review your budget and bills?