Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Adios, Dumbphone!

If y'all think that as I approach the arrival date of bambino numero cinco (multi-lingual blog post up in here.  Wut wut!) that my posts are going to become more coherent and more meaningful, then Welcome!  You must be new here!  Have a beer.  Drink a second for me.

So let's talk about spending just a little extra money this month even though eventually it's going to save us money. I swear!

Remember when I was shopping for cheap pre-paid cell phone plans that offer data because our (evil, horrendously overpriced) Verizon contract is (blessedly) about to expire?  I decided to go with Virgin Mobile pre-paid because I can get UNLIMITED DATA and 300 minutes of talk for just $35 per month.  Did I mention the UNLIMITED DATA?  And the use of an actual smartphone?  And the unlimited data?  Tommy will be stuck with a dumb phone from Tracfone for $9.99 per month so I can still call him while he's at work to holler about snakes and scream about drowned mice.

Anyway, that brings us to $45 per month...which is FORTY DOLLARS cheaper than what we're paying now for Satan's Cell Phone Co.  I mean Verizon.  Which includes no data plan whatsoever and two dumb phones that are exceedingly dumb.

That's like, an extra $500 per year saved.  Do you know how many bottles of cheap shiraz I can buy with an extra $500?  Like, a zillion or something (hey, I'm not very good at math you guys).

Now I gots me my my fancy new phone and I'm feelin' all fancy, playing losing at Words with Friends (I'm HouseUnseen if you wanna hunt me down) and posting photos straight to the twitter.  Speaking of which:



clockwise from upper left:
-easy cheesey baby room sewing project
-easy cheesey cushion for cushion-less glider (which was purchased for $5.99 at Goodwill.  The glider.  Not the cusion)
-chocolate chip cookies to distract from lack of being in labor
-these dinos were clearly up to no good
-banana-nut muffins=delish
-selection of projects from homeschool partnership ceramics class

And now I am ready, ready, ready, READY, for real ready for this babe to be born.

Friday.  Mark my words.

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  1. I love Virgin Mobile - I have a somewhat smart phone (I've had it for a long long time). My 300 minute/ unlimited data plan is grandfathered at $25 so I'm hesitant to get a phone any smarter than the one I have, because then I'll have to start a new plan that will be a little more expensive.

    I hope your baby comes safe and soon!

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  2. What kind of phone do you have? I have the dumbest of dumb phones and I want a brilliant genius MENSA phone! But we are cheaper than cheap and broker than broke. So share please! I guess you had to buy the phone?? Thanks!

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    1. I did have to buy the phone (that's the only "catch" to the no contract plans, but still totally worth it) and I bought a Samsung Intercept off of Ebay. Virgin mobile is very encouraging of reusing old phones. It's a win win!

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    2. Ok, dumb question #2 how do you know what kind of phone to get? Can you get any brand/type?

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    3. Different brands or types are programmed for different carriers (usually) but if you're shopping used, they let you know what carrier the phone is for.

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  3. Very cool. We are currently on a newly adopted austerity program brought on by never having any money, so this is very interesting. We cut cable ($70 a month- what were we thinking?), cut our ice-purchasing habit ($12 a week, yo!), revamped how we shop for groceries after realizing that EVERY item in our small town grocery store (even GUM) was $.50 to $1 more than the same item at Aldi or Sam's Club. I have been purchasing necessary maternity items with money made from Ebay, and have been doing my best to coupon - though I have a long way to go, I save $36 on a $200 bill at Target the other day!
    Keep up the cost cutting posts, I totally love them, and they help me to not feel like such a loser when I have to pinch the ever livin' daylights out of every stinkin' penny!

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    1. Dude, I cannot WAIT until our stupid satellite t.v. contract is up in August. It's $50 a month and we NEVER NEVER NEVER NEVER use it. It is a complete and totally utter waste of money. Makes me mad every single month!

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  4. Oh man, you are KILLIN me with those chocolate chip cookies, I have been fighting with all my might to not make a batch and eat it in 1 15 minute sitting. I am so glad you are getting to eat some, please eat a few for me. Prayers are going up for you that this babe comes soon!!!

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  5. Aww, did you do this for me? Since, in my frugalness we have been paying 10.00 for a phone that doesn't work ( dd dropped hers in the rapids in CO ....in March), and since we take forever to make decisions, and since I enlist FB fronds opinions on such things as cell phones deals and, oh, the color I will paint my house? And you do this for me, who still has a box on my bedroom floor ( now mixed with several boxes of hs materials and artifacts from my parents recently sold home) that is meant for Michigan and so far includes exactly one pair of little girl snow pants, one blue reversible hip slig, and, some other stuff? Well, you are just a good friend to people you have never actually met, and I must say that I am half tempted to drive to MI when this baby is born just so I can get a looksee. And because I am not very good at shipping wine.

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    1. And the winner of best comment of the day goes to.....! :) Love ya.

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  6. What what for the Virgin Mobile! I don't use the data that much, except for texting, but with that being unlimited and still getting 300 minutes all to my greedy little self, well, that's just peachy to me.

    I went from AT&T-ake-yo-money, who was charging me 80.00 a month for nada and I couldn't be happier. Is my phone smart? NO. Is my phone cool? No. Does it know what an Instagram is? uhh..no.

    But, when that little tiny charge comes through every month, it feels fantastical.

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  7. I guessed June 16, so I'm sorry, you just gotta hold out an extra day because I like to be right.

    Mmmkay?

    Says she of the impatient OMGpleaseletthsibabybebornalready,
    Alison

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  8. Still cooking that babe? Well now, at least you have that unlimited data plan to share all that good stuff when numero cinco makes their grandiose entrance! Quick & speedy labor dust to you!

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  9. I finally broke down and got a smart phone about 1 month ago. It is so fabulous, I love it and am so happy for you, too !

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  10. Friday, you say? This is not looking very good for me getting myself a necklace. (Psst. . . baby unseen - how about tomorrow?)

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  11. Hang in there Dwija, you're almost there. A good friend of mine, mother to 12, said to me when I was pregnant with my 5th and soooo over my due date, "just think of that squishy, soft tub of love you will be holding soon!" ;)

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  12. Words with friends is good, but Mamas like us need to play games like Scramble with Friends too. 2 minutes per round. It's the best!- Sarah Hardy Scott

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  13. Love me some Scramble! Words with Friends takes too long.

    I wonder if you can an iphone over to Virgin Mobile? We have 2 iphones and a very large cell phone bill. Of course, we have our land line, internet and cell phones bundled.

    fe

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    1. Well, I only play one word at a time in WWF. Put the phone down, then come back later :) Would never have the time to just sit there and play from beginning to end!

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    2. Scramble is played in 2-minute rounds. Like Boggle. Make as many words as you can for as many points as possible in 2 minutes.

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  14. Awesome!! That's a really good deal! And those cookies look delicious. :)

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  15. May the powers that be let you pop that bambino out today (see, multi-lingual comment even!). And I will definitely look you up on WWF once I get my stupid kindle back from Amazon! -Ranchermom-

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  16. My husband switched from Verizon to $35/month Virgin about a year and a half ago and he loves it. I hope you do too.

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