I am a total planner. I like to know where I’m going and have a buffer to make sure there is enough time, money, or leeway to do in whatever I plan to accomplish. An example might be mapping out a driving route and giving myself an extra 15 – 30 minutes for potty breaks (yes, I have a young child and use the word potty) or a little extra money in some of the budget categories for things like flocculating gasoline prices. But one thing I haven’t budgeted for is phone usage.
My wife and I share a phone plan with minutes, text and data usage. We don’t use them enough to need an unlimited plan, so we have limited minutes, data, and text. There have been times when I have caused us to go over those minutes and recently I have caused us to go over our data usage plan.
It was easy to go over, to blow the minute usage “budget”. Each time I went over it was because I wasn’t paying attention, I wasn’t tracking my minutes or forecasting future usage. There was no plan for it, no limit, and there was no ceiling on how much my cell phone provider would over-charge me for every minute of call time I exceeded over our monthly contracted amount. It was frustrating and ALL MY FAULT.
Do you have suggestions on how I can do better with my cell phone plan? What does your family do to make sure you don’t go over? I would love to hear your ideas or suggestions.
Please leave a comment and share your wisdom, I would love the help.