Life is expensive. Between regular bills and the extras, it can all add up rather quickly. As I work to reduce our living expenses (so we can keep more money in the bank and going out to our investments), I figured I would share that process with you.
The first thing to go on the list was satellite and our landline telephone.
We have our services with Bell Canada and our monthly bill was quite ridiculous. When I got our November bill and saw that it was $300/month… again… for the umpteenth month in a row, I knew it was time to cancel the services. Here is a breakdown of our last few months of bills:
And here’s the breakdown of our services:
I called Bell Canada and even though they were willing to try and work something out, they weren’t going to come anywhere close to what my idea involved. So, here’s what I did instead:
- Cancelled satellite (savings of $140-150 per month)
- Cancelled home phone, which I was using for my office line (savings of $80 per month)
- Increased Internet to the next plan up ($64.95 from $56.95)
What we’re going to do is stream our TV shows when we want to watch them and I’ll use Skype for phone calls for my business. We already have Smart TVs, an Apple TV, a PS3 and an Xbox, all of which have Netflix and other streaming services on them.
I also already have cell service through Rogers so I can use my cell phone as backup for if ever I have Internet issues.
All in all, saving $230 per month is a-okay in my books!
How many of you have ditched wired services for Internet-based ones? What has been your experience thus far?