I had been paying about $38 a month to have a prepaid cell phone plan through StraightTalk. While I do love that brand for a non-contract cell phone, the reality is that I don’t use the cell phone nearly enough to make this monthly payment a reasonable expense. In the last couple of months, I’ve learned a lot more about what really matters and what doesn’t. One thing I’ve found is that having a cell service, albeit easier to contact friends and family, isn’t a necessity.
Today I’m going to share some of my own tips for living without cell phone service as a means to inspire you to save some quick cash. While you may think you can’t go without, the reality is that you quite possibly could. Read my tips to find out how I’ve been living without cell phone service and see if they inspire you to cut that cost too.
Tips for Living Without Cell Phone Service
There are many public Wi-Fi access points in all areas. For instance, around my local area, I’ve found that Circle K has a guest network and so does Dunkin Donuts as well as McDonald’s. I’ve even used McDonald’s Wi-Fi to get a full day work done while we’re camping. Hopping onto a Wi-Fi network to get FB Messenger messages is an easy way to replace your cell phone texting service.
Learn to be content without having immediate access to everyone outside of your inner circle. The only difficulty I have with this is that it’s hard for me to stay connected to my teenager. I enjoy having a way for my teen to contact me immediately, but I’ve learned to be content with touching base whenever I hop onto a Wi-Fi network for now. It’s not awesome, but learning to be content with this option has helped make it easier.
Think of Savings
When it came to making the decision to pay a bill, shelter, food or the cell phone bill I honestly felt there was no real question. Living without cell phone service isn’t that difficult when you think about how much money you’re saving or what other debts you can put that money towards every month. Sometimes all it takes is a run down of how much money you can save to get rid of something that you placed unnecessarily in the “needs list” of life.
In all honesty, living without a cell phone has been such a blessing. I’m able to really detach and let go of having to be in constant contact with friends online, business, or anything else that really started to become a distraction when I sign out of work for the day. When it comes to living without cell phone service you may get a little cramp in your chest, that’s just a little anxiety over the fact that you’ve grown accustomed to having this device.
I grew up without cell phones, we had a landline phone in the house. For many years into my adult life, I lived with a landline phone as most people were living without cell phone service. It’s just in recent years that this device has become a “necessity” for so many people and in all honesty, I don’t see why we need to have one. While I can’t say I will forever live without cell phone service, I can say that I’m enjoying a better life living without cell phone service as we work to move forward in a new chapter of life.