Your smartphone enables you to easily do a lot of things, and that includes spending money. It’s time to start reining in those costs and use your phone to save. Sure, you can start by adjusting your plan, but that’s all it is — a start. You need to get tough on yourself and make bigger changes that leave more money in your wallet. You’ll find that you can take some pressure off your monthly budget if you use the following tips to help you save.
Stop Ordering Food Through Your Phone
Being able to order food with a few taps of your screen is quick and gratifying. You get to go in the door, pick up your food, and leave all without spending time ordering and waiting for food preparation. But if you find you’re using these apps frequently, you need to stop. It’s easy to lose track of how much you’re ordering and spending throughout the day. It’s much cheaper to cook food at home with ingredients of your choice instead of someone else’s.
Consider the cost of a cup of coffee at an espresso shop and compare it to how much it costs to brew at home. The difference is big. Yes, you are paying for convenience, but the time you spend stopping to pick up that cup of joe can also be spent brewing a full carafe and pouring it into a thermos to take with you. You get the same satisfaction without the cost.
Use Wi-Fi Whenever Possible
Use your wi-fi connection at home; you’ll save yourself a lot of money on overage charges or avoid going into the slower data speeds. The problem with leaving your phone’s wi-fi setting on all the time is that it tends to drain the battery as the phone hunts for connections, making you turn it off when you’re mobile. If you find that you forget to turn the wi-fi back on when you’re home, use an app that turns the wi-fi on when it detects you’re on home turf.
Skype Instead of Call
A phone package with limited minutes makes it hard to keep up with your friends, but there’s a workaround via Skype. It’s possible to use Skype for phone and video calls without impacting your call package. Want to plan a night out with a group of friends? Use the video conference option to get everyone in on the call and on the same page. Make sure everyone can see you clearly by using the high quality camera on the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Don’t forget that Skype works regardless of the type of data connection you’re using. Turn on your wi-fi to override the cellular data and talk to your friends for as long as you like.
Keep an Eye on Data Use
Phones have a sneaky way of eating up data when you least expect them to. One moment you’re cruising along, thinking you’re under your data limit. All of a sudden your phone throws up an alert that you’ve used up your data allotment for the month and you’re only a few days into said month. You might have an app that’s eating up data or you’re not doing a good job of tracking your use. One solution is to download an app that shows your data use on your home page, but it’s not the only one you can use.
Get into the habit of turning on your wi-fi as soon as you’re on a trusted network. Go through your phone’s apps to find out which one is using the most data. If you don’t need it, uninstall the app from your phone. Planning on streaming videos? Check that your phone is on the wi-fi network before you press the play button.
These are some of the ways to help you control your spending on your phone. It’s wonderful to have everything you could ever want at your fingertips, but ask yourself if you really need it. If not, stay away from that order button!