Want to know something funny? Now that we are debt free (aside from a small student loan), we are getting even more strict with our budget. I want to save, and I want to do that by going even further with eliminating unnecessary expenses.
We are doing a "no spend month" next month, yeah! And we decided to virtually eliminate my cell phone. I still have the line, however, I went from paying $85/month to just $10/month. AWESOME! We got a land-line today, at no extra cost to us because of a bundling discount. So, we are set!
My cell phone will still send/receive text messages, but I will be rarely using the device for calls...unless it is an emergency (or you are a Verizon Wireless customer!)
I thought I would miss my smartphone, but so far I really haven't. I am still using my Droid 2 with the wifi connection. As long as I can connect up, I have everything I once used while paying for the phone service. It is working out perfectly.
We also lowered our electric bill by $11/month (we are on the budget system)!
I also decided to get rid of my gym membership. I haven't been finding the time to go, and I realized I would much rather do a workout video in the privacy of my own home. ($30/month)
So, to sum it all up.....I have saved us $116/month. Practically better than a part-time job! (Especially if you factor in child-care.)