Frugal Utilities II
Posted By: The Cheapest Skate in Frugality on 07/12/2007 at 00:43:17
Alright, so maybe you don't need your cable subscription after all. You need an internet subscription though, especially if you took my frugal advice on the TV stuff. Well, if you are a recent graduate of college, you might consider contacting your alumni association to figure out if they have internet services for off-campus students and alumni. If they do, you can probably dial-up for free, not counting any long-distance charges on your phone or anything like that. Another option you should consider is wireless networks. If you live close to a library or a university, you might be able to get onto their network. Even better, your neighbors might not have secured their wireless network and you can use theirs. If that's the case, you can talk to them about splitting the bill.
Here is another option for frugal phone usage. If you want to get in on Comcast's deal, I'd advise you not to jump right in. Shop around for the best price and the company with the best deal. There are lots of other companies you should consider. In the end, it might turn out that Comcast offers you the best deal, so be it. But back to the frugal phone dealings. If you have a cell phone, do you honestly need a land-line· Probably not. I recently got rid of mine, and without much of a hassle. All I got was calls from telemarketers and calls for people who used to have that number. Another option which you might want to consider is getting a phone that has the internet built into it. You can go with one of the new iphones if you'd like, but they can be rather expensive. The important thing is that you find something that can handle all of your needs. You could have an internet phone that takes care of calls and can allow you to surf the net and watch TV too.
The important rule for any frugal utility shopping is that you have to compare deals and promotional rates that companies might have. If you sign up with the first place you see, you might be kicking yourself the next week when you see that one of their competitors had a better offer. Plus, before you settle in and sign a contract, ask yourself, "Do I really use this enough to pay a lot of money for it·"
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