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How to Stay Connected for Less

Whether you are a senior citizen on a low income or a single mom with kids to feed and no spare cash, staying connected is probably the least of your concerns. Cell phones and other devices are not cheap and when you are struggling to make ends meet, it is hard to justify the expense of a new cell phone or call plan. So what are your options?

Family Call Plan

It is worth asking family members if they will consider putting you on their call plan. Most cell phone providers allow a main account holder to add other people to their call plan and the person will not need to be credit checked. You can then pay the account holder for the cost of the monthly tariff, or let them pick up the tab. However, this will only work if you are responsible enough not to run up a large bill at the other person’s expense.

SIM Only Deal

If you have a half decent cell phone, look at SIM only plans. These are usually a lot cheaper than a regular monthly tariff that includes the cost of a new smartphone. Pick a SIM only deal that gives you free minutes and texts every month and you can stay connected for less.

Obama Phone

The free government cell phone scheme, which is also known as an Obama phone, is a popular program for anyone on a low income. The program gives a free cell phone to anyone who is struggling financially. You get free minutes and texts and there are no monthly contracts to worry about – you can learn more here.

Email Connection

In many ways, email is just as useful as a phone call or text message. You can apply for jobs via email, communicate with government departments, and send off for further information on useful products and services. It is easy to keep in touch with friends and family via email for free if you set up a free internet based email account on Gmail or Yahoo! You can then login to read your email from an internet café for very little.

Chat on Skype

Skype is a free way to make internet-based phone calls. All you need is an internet enabled device and an internet connection. As long as you and the recipient both have a Skype account, making a call is simple. You can do this from an internet café, or if you have a smart phone and a Wi-Fi connection, you can download the Skype app and start making free calls to other devices anywhere in the world.

Pen and Paper

The art of letter writing has largely been forgotten these days, but there is a lot to be said for a good old-fashioned letter. It cost very little to write a letter or send a postcard, but the recipient will appreciate it immeasurably. Pen romantic love letters to your paramour or keep in touch with a loved one living abroad. It’s fun!

You don’t have to spend a fortune to stay connected, so try one of the above methods and get back on to the grid today.

Asked by Liza Gonjalwis on Mar 31, 2016

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