Telephone Bills
Keep Them Low and Save Money

Telephone bills can be a big expense if your family love to chat regularly on the phone with friends and relatives.

Using the telephone can be a daily activity and the thought of being with out a phone even for one day can be a worry, but then so can the bill for anyone on a frugal living budget.

However along with the convenience and comfort of the use of a modern telephone come the problems of paying for the service. For high end users the bills can be a big a big problem and can run into hundreds of dollars every year.

Don't worry though there are ways to make telephone calls on a regular basis without necessarily running up high bills. Including this expense in your budget will also help you to plan your usuage of the phone over the next year and help you to keep everything in check.

Land Line Calls

If you care about the importance of a dollar and keeping the telephone bills down, you are probably over the age of 10 (maybe a couple more years older) and grew up in a household where one person called another via the telephone.

However nowadays, you do not need two telephones; you actually do not need a telephone at all to call someone.

With computers, just about anything is possible. For example, the cost of local calls may not be harsh, but long distance and over seas calls can cost a pretty penny.

Therefore, there are two methods of calling. You can call from computer to computer where both have the capability of "phone connection". You need to keep in mind that both computers need to have a microphone and Internet connection in order for the call to go through.

Companies such as Yahoo, Google and Skype have made this possibility come true. Generally, this type of communication is free or if not, is a very cheap call. We are talking about pennies for hours, a sure way to keep your telephone bills low every month.

However, Internet connection is not always possible on both ends. If only one party has Internet and computer capabilities it is still possible to reduce the cost of a call. From your computer you can call a landline or mobile phone, with local charges.

In this case, the computer caller needs to acquire a phone number for his PC and then others can call you on your computer. There are many services out there that will help you get connected, Yahoo voice for instance.

You will be able to talk for hours for free locally or pay a small one-time fee if you are calling internationally or at least from out of the local area. This is a great saving and definitely should be a part of your frugal living plan.

On the other hand, there are many people who like traditional phone-to-phone chat. Here, you have to shop around. What are the best plans that you can get for your needs?

Are you going to make long distance calls or international calls? Are phone cards cheaper and more convenient for the types of calls you are going to make?

If you want to spend a little more time chatting, you have to shop around for the lowest price.

Mobile Phone Tariffs

Everyone has a cell phone and there are millions of plans to choose from. If you are looking for ways to reduce your mobile telephone bills, follow the next few steps:

  • Cell phones should not be a luxury. If you are on a budget, do not make a call with your mobile phone, if it is not necessary.
  • Shop around for plans. If you know you are barely going to use it, do not pay a fortune for a plan that offers unlimited minutes. Pick a budget and stick to it.
  • Take advantage of off peak hours. Most plans offer free nights (starting after 7 or 9 in certain cases) and weekends (Saturday and Sunday). If you have free calls during certain times of the day then take advantage of it.
  • Cell phones have timers use them. Limit your call time by using a timer to keep track of the minutes you have used during peak hours.

If you do this, then you will avoid over the limit charges, which can be very detrimental to your bill. If it is your dearest friend or your mom who love to talk, skip these calls and wait until you get to a land line to call them back and avoid going over.

Telephone bills need not be a major headache every month as long as a little thought in what calls you need to make and when and ensuring that your regualry check that you are on the cheapest tariff available for your needs.

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