Are you like me? Do you dread opening your cell bill each month? It never seems to matter how much your plan is supposed to cost you it always ends up being so much more and you never seem to save money? Not only are we talking a lot on our cell phones, but if we have a smartphone with a data plan, we’re texting, sending photos, checking email, playing games (clash of clans anyone?), surfing the web, and much more.You might wonder if there is really anything you can do to reduce your bill.
Here are 3 clever ways to cut the cost of your cell phone and save money without sacrificing any of the great features you’ve come to expect so you can surf, talk and text without skipping a beat!
3 clever ways to save money on your cell phone bill
Savings Tip #1: Use Free Apps
Instead of using a cellular network every time you make a call, consider using free apps. Skype, Google Voice, and Apple’s FaceTime app are internet-based, so they don’t count against your valuable cell plan minutes. Other apps like Apple’s iMessage and whatsapp, allow you to send or receive text messages for free. Not an apple user? Android is now #1 mobile operating system so to help clear up the confusion check out this guide on a similar topic FaceTime on Android,
You can check it out here – https://joyofandroid.com/facetime-for-android/
Savings Tip #2: Log On to WiFi
Streaming videos and downloading large files over a cell network uses a large amount of data. If you have a smartphone or other mobile device without an unlimited data plan, you typically get charged extra when you exceed your monthly data cap.
Savings Tip #3: Ditch Your Contract
This one might seem like a no brainer but for many of us we were caught in the cycle of “the never ending contract”. We did some simple math and decided it was cheeper to dumped our contract and switch to a month-to-month cell phone plans instead. Even after paying to get two phones unlocked, two new sims cards and having to paying out our contract we will still be saving money.
When we figure out how much it was going to cost us to get out of our old contract and “eat the expenses” we still came ahead by $900/year. Not only did we get a much better price but we upgraded our service.
Those are just a couple of ideas to help you save money and make the bean counters happy.
How do you cut costs on your cell phone bill?
Awesome tips! I know I always try to log into wifi as much as possible to save my data
We’ve been with our current carrier and are very happy with our current. We get a discount because I am a teacher. So I would add asking for qualifying discounts
My phone broke for once and for all (had it for quite a few years.. iPhone 4) so i had to get a new one. it only made sense financially (for us) to get a new phone, but that put us in a contract. Not too happy about that.
jill conyers says
Cell phone and internet. I always feel like they’re both such a scam but wouldn’t think about not having them.
I totally agree… but I am also old enough that I remember what life was like before both were available to the general public! I love being able to call from the grocery store to see if we need eggs rather than go all the way home and find out we needed eggs. I just wish they wouldn’t make the prices so astronomical!
Cara (@StylishGeek) says
These are awesome tips! Every time I go to a public place and there is a need to access my phone apps I always ask if there is free Wifi 🙂
Our phones will automatically connect to a wifi network, I should say mine does my hubbies is a little cranky sometimes but using free wifi is a great money saver!
Ron Leyba says
Great tip or idea. Love this. Thanks for sharing.
It does seem so smart to do a non contract. I feel like I’m happy with my service and don’t want to go through the hassle of cancelling. But I do free apps though!
These are all great tips on saving money on your cell phone bill!! Goodness knows I need to find a way to bring mid down some!!
This is a great tip to save money. My son will need a phone soon. I will check this out.
Up Run for Life says
We always compare prices before we even think about upgrading our phones. I had to get a new phone in December. We don’t have a contract but pay monthly for our phones.
Chrystal | Nevermore Lane says
Cell phone bills can get outrageous. I know ours is just because we are on the mega data plans and stuff. Someday I’ll be off my soon to be ex husband plan when we get to that and find one of my own. Thankfully, he’s happy to help out till then.
YES!!! We preach to friends all the time about cutting contracts on cellphone bills! And hey, cell phones can last a lot longer than 2 years and do not needed to be upgraded constantly! We’re getting ready to switch to Cricket, and can’t wait!
My husband and I have kept our cell phone bills separate and I think it’s hurting us. These are great ideas. I’d love to save money here!
Jen K says
Thanks for sharing these tips I really need to cut our cell bill. We pay way too much.
These are great ideas! I always try to use wifi whenever possible since going over my data usage is so expensive and I’m usually right on the brink.
These are great tips. My contract will finish in a couple of months and I am not planning to renew it.
Ana Fernandez says
I need to do the math now! Thanks for sharing this awesome tips
I have been with the same carrier for over 10 years and they are really taking care of us. That is pretty much why we are staying with them and so we don’t really need to worry about saving more.
Great tips. We recently had to get another contract phone because of the area we live in, but it’s nice having coverage again!
We initially went to Tracfon but for Christmas we got the WalMart phone plans without data. No data is a great way to save money.
Amanda Love says
Another way to save is to enquire about discounts. I get a military discount with Sprint. With 4 phones on our family plan I don’t think I can get it cheaper anywhere else.
It’s smart to log on to wifi. Wish I’d have thought of that sooner. 😉
Eileen Mendoza Loya says
My family uses wifi everytime. Although sometimes I am thinking of upping my internet plan because the kids have all sorts of gadget that hook up to our router. Anyway, even if I do that, it will still be cheaper than getting each of us a data plan.
Rebecca Swenor says
These are great tips to saving money on your cell phone bill. I have a month to month and use the WiFi when I can. It really pays to have a month to month service. Thanks for sharing the tips.
I need to do the math on our plan. I’m an old “grandfathered” iPhone user with AT&T, and get unlimited data, so I’ve been fighting the change, but I am guessing we could save some money. Thank you for the tips 🙂
I have 6 phones on contract. I get a lump in my throat when the bill comes. I need to research this and follow your lead
Ann Bacciaglia says
I use my WIFI whenever i can. I do not have a lot of data on my phone so i do not want to go over. These are great tips to save money on your cell bill.
Using WiFi has really saved me a lot of money. I have the lowest data plan my cellphone provider offers and I never go over.
Amazing that you have found a way to do so. I have also noticed that a prepaid plan is cheaper for me than a contract, but I was having this phone number for ages, so I am still using it
I am always looking for ways to save on our cell phone bill. It’s amazing just how much those little things cost!
Thanks for the reminder about logging in to wifi. I often forget and suffer the consequences later when I get my bill. It is such and easy way to save $$.
We made the jump to a month to month service, and have never looked back! Even with the contract breaking fee, we still saved a bundle of money on our cell phone bill. And I get better service!! I only wish we’d done it sooner!
Miles L. says
I know that having a contract is more expensive. That’s the reason I avoid it as much as possible.
These are great tips for saving dollars! We are all about the WiFi and making sure we keep our data usage low.
Heather Pfingsten says
Great tips! Our contract is coming to an end soon and we have been researching new companies that we could possibly partner with for our cellphone service. Contracts can feel like such a trap. Free apps, Wi-Fi, and no contract … all three sound like a win!
My cell phone bill used to be so high! These tips really do help!
We ditched our contract and save about $60/month now. So happy with our carrier now and no more dropped calls!
Travel Blogger says
Thanks for the tips! I always look at my cell phone bill and feel like I am way overpaying! I need to try some of these tips out.
It is so crazy to see all of the savings you had from dumping a contract. I haven’t had a contract in awhile and I love it!
We used WIFI all the time now. I didn’t know about it for a long time. My brother told me about it. It saves us SUCH a huge amount of money!
Ashley @irishred02 says
Great tips for saving money. Logging into wifi is a saver for the bill and your battery!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
Thanks for sharing these tips! I love everything cell phones can do, but I hate the monthly payment.