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Mint Advice on Budgeting
« on: July 02, 2014, 04:53:35 PM »
Well this is a bit embarrassing for budget writer to post...paying $150 a month for TV/Internet and another $150 a month for Phone?

https://www.mint.com/blog/saving/american-family-budget-can-i-reduce-our-bills0614/

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Re: Mint Advice on Budgeting
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2014, 06:57:29 AM »
Always a good idea to pay $27 a month for an emergency land line in case your unlimited everything cell phone stops working during a zombie apocalypse. Especially when that is completely separate from your tv & internet provider and doesn't get you a bundle discount that offsets the land line cost.  I see no room for improvement.

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Re: Mint Advice on Budgeting
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2014, 08:31:41 AM »
Always a good idea to pay $27 a month for an emergency land line in case your unlimited everything cell phone stops working during a zombie apocalypse. Especially when that is completely separate from your tv & internet provider and doesn't get you a bundle discount that offsets the land line cost.  I see no room for improvement.
+1

And it's too bad that there aren't any cell phone services that provide unlimited everything for less than $130. What a shame...

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Re: Mint Advice on Budgeting
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2014, 08:51:37 AM »
Yea, kind of ridiculous for a budget writer.  And seriously, the auto insurance, cable, phone, everything she listed only takes a couple minutes each to get new quotes on or even setup.  Change phone providers Monday, no big deal.  Changed auto, rental home, and renters insurance yesterday, easy-peasy.  Ok, cancelling cable takes a little bit of time on the phone but even still, for $145, 30 minutes of phone call is pretty good pay.

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Re: Mint Advice on Budgeting
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2014, 11:28:05 AM »
You're not the target audience. The target audience is spending $200 for TV/internet and $200 for phones and is excited that someone's shown them a way to cut expenses down 25%.

You think you're going to reach Joe Spenditall by telling him to live like a hermit? How to cut 90%? No. You're going to reach him by showing him how to cut 5% there, 10% there, 20% there... without any noticeable reduction in "fun" or "quality of life" or whatever.

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Re: Mint Advice on Budgeting
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2014, 01:15:12 PM »
I'm not the target audience here, either (no cable, $41 for two phones), but man, I can be reached by finding out how to cut 5%!  Get to 10% or 20% and I'm excited!  Then again, I'm not actually disagreeing with you!