Ting: How Our Family Pays Just $45 A Month For Service To 3 Smartphones

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Our family has been using Ting for smartphone service on three smartphones for over a year now and we are very happy with the service.

One major plus for Ting is their low low price. The largest monthly bill we received to date is $42.81–that means we paid just $14.27 per smartphone. However, most months our bill has been $33.81 a month. That means we often pay just $11.27 per phone per month.

Looking for inexpensive smartphone service? Check out how this family pays less than $15 a month for each smartphone.

Now we are pretty frugal with our smartphone usage (more on that in a moment), but I do think that most families could save money by switching to Ting.

How Ting Can Save You Money On Smartphone Bills

1. You pay only for what you use

Each and every month you start out in the lowest package available for talk, text and data. You move into bigger packages only if needed.

2. You can decide just how large a bill you want

Ting has a Device Settings tab where you can set caps on everyone’s phone for talk, text and data. This means that it is possible to make sure that your bill does not exceed the budget you set for it. For instance, I set data limits on all 3 of our phones so that we can’t exceed the second package level for data each month.

A Few More Benefits of Ting

1. Real people to help you whenever you need it

I had trouble getting the first iPhone I bought to work right. I had to call the Ting service department twice about it and both times they were very prompt, friendly and helpful.

2. You can bring any phone you want

At Ting you buy the phone you want to use and if they don’t have the one you want for sale in their Shop area, you are welcome to buy one else where and use it–provided it meets their specifications (see the BYOD section for more details).

3. You don’t have to sign a contract

If you try out Ting and find it just isn’t for you, you are not tied to any contract.

Looking for inexpensive smartphone service? Check out how this family pays less than $15 a month for each smartphone.

4 Ways We Keep Our Smartphone Bill So Low With Ting

I helped a friend see what her bill at Ting compared to what she is currently paying by using the handy rates chart Ting provides. You can do the same– simply click on how many smartphones (devices) you want to bring to Ting, then add in how many talk minutes you use in an average month, how many texts, how much data and the chart will tell you what your bill will be at Ting.

Chances are your bill might be higher than mine and you might wonder just how our family keeps our Ting bill so small–here is how.

1. We use free WiFi whenever possible

Where we live there is free WiFi almost everywhere and we take full advantage of it. We can get free WiFi at many of the grocery stores we shop at, the hardware store, several restaurants etc.

2. We use the “Usage Alerts” area to put limits on text and data

As I stated above, we love the Usage Alert area of Ting. I have it set to “suspend” if we go over text or data limits. If my teenagers or I go over those limits our phones–in non WiFi areas–become good for calls only, meaning we actually have to talk (Gasp! So 90s, I know). Now, I can set this for each individual device (smartphone). Meaning if one of my teenagers uses up their portion of the text package, they can’t text anymore–but I can.

3. We often use the message areas of Facebook and Instagram instead of text

Emoticon texts can really add up! One of my teens learned this the hard way when they went through almost all their allotted texts in 2 days when they first got their smartphone. That teen soon learned about the message area in Instagram and now uses it to chat with friends instead of texting.

I use Facebook messaging to chat with most of my friends and my husband.

Another huge text saver is that iPhone to iPhone texts when done in WiFi areas don’t count towards your text package. This is not so for Android users so it is something to consider when you are picking out a phone for pay-as-you-go service.

4. We keep our data off when we are not using it

My data is never on unless I actually intend on using it right that second. I have taught my teens to do the same. It takes all of 2 seconds to go into settings and turn it on should I want to look up an address, or post an Instagram picture.

What do I miss by not having my data on in areas where I can’t get free WiFi–generally N.O.T.H.I.N.G.  I see more benefit to this habit than drawbacks. It forces me to think twice before  plugging into my phone: “do I need to check Facebook yet again or would I gain more by staying in the present moment?”

The Ting rates chart. A great way to figure out how much you could save by switching to Ting!

This is a screenshot from the Ting website. I picked the size packages my family uses for our 3 phones. You can play around with it to see what your bill would cost. These are before taxes and fee rates but I pay less than $5 a month for those.

Check Out The Ting Rates Chart And See How Much Your Family Could Save By Switching To Ting

At the top of the Ting homepage you will find the Rates tab. Click it and scroll down until you see the chart that that looks like the one in the screenshot above.

Click on the boxes for how many devices (smartphones) you want to switch. After that, grab your current monthly cell bill and click on how many talk minutes, texts and data your family uses.

At the bottom of the chart you will see what your total bill will be at Ting (there are a few taxes and fees added on to the total. For my bill they equal $4.81 and are included in my per phone numbers rate at the start of this article).

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3 Things I am LOVING Lately: August 24th

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3 Things I Am Loving Lately What about you

I am currently outside on my covered front porch writing this as it is softly raining. It is Wednesday afternoon and I should have written this post last night but my two youngest children and I have been busy these past few days squeezing in a bit more summer fun before my son’s soccer games begin for this season.

First Thing I am LOVING Lately….

Being a mom

Okay so I am not just loving being a mom lately–I have loved it since the first day they put baby number one in my arms. It is just that lately I am being reminded over and over how fast this season of having your children live under your roof really is.

This week I took my youngest two to Indiana Beach to use the free tickets they earned through our local library’s summer reading club for teens.

I hadn’t taken them for a few years and when we arrived it became painfully obvious that our days of Indiana Beach were over. Their youth group has taken them to King’s Island for the past two years now and sadly the experience of the larger park shrunk the thrill of the smaller park.

This day and this realization was just one more reminder to me that parenthood is full of seasons, and my  current season is rapidly changing–but I LOVE every season.

mall near Detroit

Second Thing I am LOVING lately….

A road trip to visit friends

One reason this article is late is because I spent Monday and Tuesday with those same two kids in the first picture visiting friends who moved recently.

We had fun checking out our friend’s new neighborhood. The trip was bittersweet. We loved seeing them but hated leaving them.

The experience makes me thankful for social media. It use to be when friends moved you slowly lost touch–now they are never more than a Facebook status or a Instagram picture away.

yaarlo app

Third Thing I am LOVING Lately…

How simple the Yaarlo  app is to use

I have been using the Yaarlo app for a few weeks now and love how simple it is to earn a bit of cash back on your groceries, fast food purchases, Gas, wholesale club purchases, and more.

Just download the app (enter the code VICTORIA424 when you sign up to earn more) and start scanning your receipts.

I have used it at ALDI and Meijer so far.

Psst… one more thing

This year I really wanted to put myself out there and get to know exactly who reads this blog and let them see who writes it. Lately I have discovered that Facebook live is a great way to do that. Make sure you follow me on Facebook so you can join along.

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The RV Life Is Not As Laid Back As You Might Think

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What do you think when you imagine six months on the open road in a RV with most of the luxuries of home. If you’re like my husband and I, you probably imagine yourself booking perhaps your first camping spot or two and then letting the road take you where it will and booking spots as you go.

The RV life is not as laid back as you might think.

 

The Little Known Truth About The RV Life: And How It Cost Us A Month Of Our Trip

If that is you, let me tell you–you are dead wrong! We found this out the H.A.R.D. way very recently and it has cost us dearly.

We were planning on leaving for our 6 month RV trip with our 20 year old son, 16 year old son and 14 year old daughter shortly before Christmas of this year–that is, until we sat down a few weeks ago to rough draft our route and book a few camping spots for the first leg of our trip.

We thought we would keep things to a 2 hour relaxing planning session while we watched some TV and snuggled on the couch. Instead it ended up being an all afternoon and into a late, TV off, voices raised, nightmare of an evening.

There was even a “let’s walk this out a while” 30 minute walk thrown in there.

The RV life is not as laid back as you might think.

You see, it turns out my husband and I are a bit clueless. We thought that RVers were a laid back, B-personality pack like we are. Turns out they are type A personality planners. The slogan should not be “Happy Wanderers” it should be “Happy Planners Who Map Out And Book Everything Months In Advance–Leaving No Spaces For The Wanderers!” Seriously, I’m not kidding.

We had read to book Florida early, we thought 5 months out was early! What we learned is that state parks in Florida and many other states for that matter, start taking reservations 11 months in advance and people do book that early–a lot of people.

Enough people, in fact, that we could only get a spot there for a night and then another spot there for a night. Doesn’t sound too bad until you start figuring out the distance between the two parks and realize it is a good two days drive in between them.

Book a private campground you say? We did look into those but discovered many wanted as much as $100 a night or more and our nightly budget for the trip was $50. I thought I had this problem solved by buying a discount camping card only to discover they had black out dates during the times we wanted to book sites.

At one point of the evening I threw my hands up in the air and said, “Let’s just book some plane tickets to Universal Studios and then later to your parents and give up on this crazy RV trip idea of ours.” That is when taking a walk was suggested by my–only slightly calmer–husband.

Our New RV Trip Plan

During the walk we decided if we cut off lower Florida, which seemed to be the most packed, we could leave a month later and that would take the strain off our budget and allow us to book the more expensive private campgrounds on the way when needed.

Refreshed from the walk, we set to mapping out our new plan and it worked! We found spots in North Carolina, spots in Georgia, a week on the upper east coast of Florida, 3 days near Universal studios (private spot) and a week on the upper west coast of Florida. We booked them all right then.

In the following weeks we have booked New Orleans and have begun booking in Texas. Our plan is to hold a planning session of one to two hours almost every weekend until we have the entire trip booked.

The only time we will stray from this plan is when the 6 months out date hits for our arrival in California. We are a bit scared their state parks will fill up just as fast as Florida so we plan ti spend as long as needed the day our dates open up for booking there.

We have learned our lesson and we are planning on beating the type A personality planners (who cloak themselves as wanderers) at their own game. I guess the laid back part of RV living begins when you hit the open road with a fully booked itinerary in hand–who knew!

Read more about our upcoming trip:

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