Two years ago I did a post on how I am able to save over $100 per month by ditching my smartphone. It is one of my most popular posts and I get emails and messages frequently asking for an update and a complete breakdown on how I am doing this.
So I thought that it was time to get you an update and tell you the exact steps that I took.
Why I ditched my smartphone
I couldn’t go anywhere without it. Every time that little chime went off, I had to see what it was. It was the last thing I saw before I closed my eyes at night and it was the first thing that I saw in the morning. Some people drink too much; I spent too much time scrolling aimlessly through my friends’ updates and statuses, taking pictures of my food instead of enjoying it and consuming content instead of creating it. I was taking business calls and answering business texts when I was out with my family.
One day I left Emily use my phone so she could listen to music. I was shocked that I left her have it for as long as I did. Long story short, she dropped the phone on the tiled kitchen floor. It broke. I literally cried which made her cry. I composed myself long enough to console her. A few minutes later I went into the bathroom to cry some more and as I was walking by the mirror I saw how bad my makeup had ran down my face. It was that moment that I realized that my cell phone was like an extension of me. Here I was; sobbing over a cell phone. It was then that I knew things needed to change.
I did my research on options. I was no longer in a cell phone contract which made this a whole lot easier.
Here’s what we were spending monthly for internet and a smartphone:
Verizon Smartphone Plan( I had unlimited everything for my home business at the time)- $134.99
Internet (Earthlink) – $39.99
————Total = $174.98
Like I mentioned earlier, I did my research on what was the best fit for me and my family. I saw that I could get a bundle of a home phone and home internet for only $59.99 a month with Verizon. We didn’t have a home phone then, but I could use a home phone for my then home business. Now, I did need something as a way for the school or my husband to reach me if I was out and about so I decided on a Tracfone.
A Tracfone is a prepaid cell phone where you purchase airtime minutes on an as needed basis. I purchased the cell phone for $20 from Tracfone. Then I added 60 minutes to my phone for $19.99, but with this particular phone any time I added minutes they’d give me 180 minutes instead of 60. Those 180 minutes where 180 minutes for talk and another 180 minutes for texts (texts were 1 per text). I spend $20 every 3 months…so about $6.67 per month.
Here’s a breakdown of what we spend monthly now:
Internet/ Home Phone Bundle (Verizon) – $59.99
Tracfone minutes – $6.67
————Total = $66.66
As you can see there is a BIG difference from 2 years ago to now. We are saving $108.32.
I DO NOT miss having a smartphone. This is one of the best decisions I have ever made. There is one thing that I feel that I missing out on and that is Instagram. I do have an Instagram account, but as you can see I don’t use it. A friend created it for me and honestly I think I am just fine without it.