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Researching This Week

August 12th, 2013 at 04:46 pm

I'm using some of my downtime this week to research lowering some of our costs and increasing our interest income. I will be looking at cell phone service, voip home phone service, and tv service and ways to reduce those costs. I will also be looking at different banks, likely reward checking accounts as ways to increase the interest on our cash without the risk of the market.

I did find out we signed an 18 month contract last July for television service. We have thus used 13 months of the contract and would owe for service not yet billed on the contract if we cancel early. When we cancel, whether early or on time, we hope to use over the air service. We will need to install an outdoor antenna in our attic, so there will be some upfront cost. The antenna alone is $85, but we are paying $39.05 a month right now, so that will be recouped quickly. The hardest part likely will be crawling into the attic and connecting the lines already installed in the basement to the line attached to the antenna. This may require the purchase of some tools, which I hope to find a the best price possible. We hope to install BEFORE we actually cancel to confirm we get the reception we are expecting.

I'll update you later in the week with other research. In the meantime, I know about Ting and Republic Wireless, are there any other no contract plans anyone uses? Tell me what you know!

1 Responses to “Researching This Week”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    I use Tracfone for my cell phone. The cost of the phone depends on the phone you get. They have really basic talk and text only phones but also on up to others that are more expensive. You buy cards to add minutes to your phone or you can buy them online direct from Tracfone. I usually buy one 60 minute card for $19.99 and it tends to last me about 2 or 3 months. Whether this would work for you depends on how you use your phone and how much. I don't use it much or need internet access on my phone, so it works great for me. And to top it off, there is no monthly bill. Whee!

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