Spending Strike: Day 30 - Preparing to Ditch the Smart Phones


Do you have a smart phone, or are you still clinging to your 'normal' phone that simply calls and texts? Don't be ashamed, because before long, John and I will be joining you. We're preparing to ditch our smart phones and reactivate a normal call and text only phone.

We currently pay $130 a month for our two Android smart phones. It's simply too expensive when we consider the iPad and MacBook that we already own and use. If we didn't already have a tablet and computer, I could justify paying for smart phone coverage.

Not anymore.


This spending strike is really opening my eyes to necessary expenses and where we should cut costs. Cell phone data plans are one of those non-necessary expenses. I mean, we're able to access wifi just about anywhere, and our town even has free wifi in the downtown square! In fact, many communities are offering free wifi {some only for an hour or two} for pedestrians or people in their downtown areas. Isn't that awesome!?

John and I are preparing for the switch, which will take place in around March. Here's how:

1. I am now using a paper planner, rather than my phone's calendar.
2. I downloaded a bunch of free apps and games that we loved to use on our smartphones to the iPad.
3. John will take the iPad with him when he travels. He can use the internet and connect to wifi, allowing him to remain 'virtually' connected while he's away. I will still have my MacBook, and can travel with it as well.
4. We dropped insurance on our phones. It will only save us $12 a month, but in the 10 years we've had service through this provider, we've NEVER used the insurance. It's a waste of money.
5. We're reactivating older non-smart phones that we have in our closet.

Have you made the switch FROM a smart phone to a non-smart phone? Tell me about it!


Here are the numbers -

Money Spent Today: $0
Running Total: $75
Money We Didn't Spend: $0

15 comments:

  1. Clinging to the "normal" phone here. Doesn't even have a typewriter keypad. NO texting on our plan. If I want to text I use the computer and email it.

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    1. That's what I used to do before I had a texting plan. AND, I think with US Cellular (and other companies, I'm sure) you can still send a text to someone from a computer.

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  2. Well, I guess I'm really a cheapskate, because I don't own a cell phone at all.

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    1. LUCKY! I totally made myself dependent on a cell phone without even knowing it.

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  3. My husband started a new job, and he's going to need some data when he's traveling, so we are moving him up to a smartphone. He's had a basic talk/text Tracfone cell for years. I've done a lot of shopping around and I think Tracfone is still going to be the best deal for him. I can buy A LOT of minutes/texts/data (with carryover) through Tracfone for what the big carriers want per month. I did have to pay around $100 upfront for a new Android phone, but his smartphone plan (talk/text/data) is going to cost less than $20 a month.

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    1. WOW! I will have to check into that. Right now I looked into AT&T and they have a pretty affordable talk/text plan that we are considering. Tracfone might be worth the look.

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  4. I have an android, I have access to all of the talk/text/data that I want but I pay for what I use. This means my currently monthly bill $14. I use Ting. I use mostly text and talk but I have the data if I want it but I don't overspend. It's been great for us. Previously we had a very popular provider, 2 non-smart phones, talk was 750 minutes, 100 text messages and no data and paid $100.

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  5. I have a normal phone. It's a Samsung. I recently found a picture of my son, then 9, playing with it. He is now 13! So, my phone is really, really old by cell phone standards. I will use it until it dies.

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    1. I love that - "I will use it until it dies." You sound so much like my father and I!

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  6. I have been dragging my feet with getting a smartphone and your article has encouraged me to keep dragging them! I have a tablet that I use for Internet and see no good reason to change and pay the extra cash every month. Thanks for your posts!

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    1. Well, Dana, it looks like we'll be joining you very soon! Our contract is up in about a month and a half, so the smart phones will be going away. John will have a tablet that he can take with him on the road, and I'll have my laptop. We'll both have talk/text plans, though.

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  7. Good for you! I cannot do it. I'm an Instagram junkie although I use to do it on an iPod touch til I bought a smart phone a little over a year ago. It's sad the amount of money we spend on things we think we need.

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    1. EXACTLY! Where the heck did this mentality come from? There are so many non-essentials in my life… :)

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  8. I LOVE this post! I am from Canada and our prices for phones are insane. I have a little old Samsung flip phone that I have a talk/text plan with (not call display or anything) that doesn't really cost anything because it buddies off my husband's smart phone plan, but I think he pays way too much. That's my opinion, though, I am a stay at home Mom, I have no reason to have a smart phone (though most mom's I know do) and he kind of does. Our bill for high speed internet, landline, and one smart phone is almost $240 a month and that is no extra calling or going above our plans.

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