Everyone has a cell phone these days and the vast majority of us couldn’t imagine life any other way. Most of us, though, probably spend a lot of time imagining what life would be like without a hefty bill coming every month. While there’s probably no way to get free cell phone service, consider the following methods for lowering your bill.
First, take a look at your bill and make sure your plan actually makes sense. A lot of people sign up for a plan arbitrarily, often because they went with the most generous one at the time, either because it was on sale or because they wanted to be safe rather than sorry. Now that you look at your plan, though, you may be plenty sorry about it. Switch to one that makes more sense.
Next, check with your employer to see if there are any carriers that offer your company a special discount. Many do in the hopes of securing a huge swath of people in one go. Customers can save between 10% and 30% from this step alone. While you may have to switch carriers to reap the benefits, those kinds of savings will probably be worth it.
Student discounts are generally an option too if you’re not currently employed. Just call your carrier and see if that’s something they offer. If they don’t, make sure they know it’s something you’d consider switching carriers for.
Another option that is becoming more and more popular is prepaid cell phones, specifically because they help people save so much money. Nowadays, there are even smartphones available that allow you to pay only for the services you use.
Don’t make the mistake of budgeting for your cell phone like it’s an objective amount. Instead, always be on the lookout for ways you can save money on this “necessity.”