Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Ambassadors SE Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.
We’ve been Verizon Wireless customers as long as we’ve had cell phones. We’ve gone through a lot of account changes (two accounts, one account, family plan, shared plan, etc) as Verizon has made changes.
For several years now, we had a plan that allowed us to have unlimited data on our cell phones. Now, it’s pretty much unheard of to have unlimited data (and I don’t know if it truly was in the first place). But, we were grandfathered in, and as long as we didn’t get a new phone with a discount, we could keep our unlimited data.
But guess what? We weren’t even using that much data. On a recent visit to Verizon Wireless store, they pulled up our account. I was reluctant to even discuss it…I didn’t want to give up my unlimited data, after all bloggers need their data for their online socializing. I went along with it, though. And, it turns out, neither one of us got remotely close to 2GB of data in the course of having a data plan.
They pulled up our bill and showed me what we were paying each month for two phones!
The nice associate suggested we change to an unlimited call/text plan with 4GB between our phones. When changing to that plan, we save almost $20/month. That’s about $240/year. And, on the off chance that we do go over our data (I have alerts set up), it’s only $10 for every additional 2GB as long as we change our plan that month.
Part of our budgeting is to reassess our bills and make sure we are being good stewards of our money. Looking at what we are paying for and what we are actually using is important (same thing applies to cable bills, etc). When looking at our account further, I also realized that we were eligible for a 20% discount (we were previously getting 18% with my old employer) through Mr. Serious’ employer. It literally took like 5 minutes (probably really less) to set up. So, make sure you check with your and your spouse’s employers to see if you are eligible for a discount with your cellular provider.
It may not seem like much, or a lot of work, but just take a little time to look over your bill and make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck!