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This will save my household two weeks of gas and wear-n-tear on our Honda Pilot. Cool. A week ago my wife took our DirecTV package and reduced it to the "basic" package - another nifty monthly savings. We refinanced which will save another substantial amount of money. Also, we stopped eating out on a regular basis and made eating out a true treat.
I ordered from Amazon the Wahl home hair-cutting kit. This isn't a big savings but it will save at least $100.00 a year. I guess I'm going back to "short" hair
I've previously blogged about how much we save with PhonePower and CIS printing.
I've found several great blogs, such as Mom's Loot$$$ which gives frugal tips, money saving tips and great coupon advice. Check her out...
But today, just a short review on my first month with Pure Talk USA cell phone service.
First, there was nothing better then canceling our $90.00 a month Verzion cell phone service. It felt good! Did I ever tell you the story about Verizon billing my account, $40.00 plus, three months running, for what they called "premium data"? This charge was for text's sent to me through a facebook game app. Simply horrible and I never got my money back. Boo Verizon. Second, this service isn't for everybody - just for folks who need a cell phone without all the additional frills and services; Internet, GPS, Apps, Games, Video, Camera, texting and more.
I purchased the family flex plan. $10.00 a month and $5.00 a month for the second phone which includes 101 total minutes. I set my monthly limit at $40.00 which gives me 551 minutes total should I need them; I won't. However, this is the cool selling point with Pure Talk USA - I'm only charged for the minutes I use so $15.00 a month should be the normal bill. Not enough minutes? Add $10.00 and you receive 226 minutes or add a flex plan like I did. Please, I understand this plan will only work for folks looking to save money, and don't desire to spend unlimited amount of minutes per day talking to friends, family, and co-workers, texting, social networking, twitter and surfing the web on their cell phones. I get it! But - if you're just a little like me, (looking for a deal and way to save money) and you don't need the latest and greatest cell phone, perhaps Pure Talk USA will work for you.
We purchased the Motorola V3 Razr for $29.95 each. I know - old technology; but they work just fine and we kept our cell phone numbers. My phone is black and Karen's is Cherry Red. Included with the service is Voice Mail, charger and if you must text; texting is .05 cents each and deducted from your monthly bill. Minutes always roll over so my wife rolled over 120 minutes last month. (minutes from our free 150 minutes sign-up bonus) Also, you can change the amount of minutes designated to each phone with your on-line account.
What I like most about this service is "NO CONTRACT". I hate contracts and the "free" upgrades which lock you into another year of contract with "early" termination fees. Y'all know what I'm talking about. Pure Talk USA offers an unlimited plan of $39.95 but then whose saving any money? $15.00 - $25.00 a month for my family plan and were saving over $60.00 a month.
In short - the service is great but not available in every location. The phone selection is limited and I didn't find a phone I truly liked. The sound clarity with my V3 Razr is just fine. I give Pure Talk USA 4 stars out of 5. ★★★★ They lack in variety of phones available and their customer website is crudely basic. But, give them a try - you'll save money!!! If you don't like the service; quit and go back to your major cell phone carrier and Droid.
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Kid, over at Diary of a Right Wing Peace loving Pussycat, mentioned Tracfhone. I haven't checked these guys out but it looks like another great way to save on your cell phone bill. Do your research my friends.