a traveling Wife: Three (plus) Ways to Save - #MarchIntoSavings

Three (plus) Ways to Save - #MarchIntoSavings

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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I'm going green for St. Patty's Day. Actually, I enjoy the color green any time of year especially when it comes to home decor. Or my wedding that incorporated the colors of green and white. Any MSU fans out there?!

Let me get back on track. My goal this St. Patty's day was not to go green by wearing a green Kiss Me I'm Irish shirt because I am not Irish, and I didn't drink green dyed beers until my lips changed color. This year I went green by saving some green. Money, money, money! I am going to #MarchIntoSavings.


Now I want to remind you all that we are moving from Indiana to Maryland in just a few short weeks and if you were wondering, Maryland is expensive. Just to give you some perspective - Indiana's cost of living out of 100 is 86 and Maryland's cost of living out of 100 is 116. YIKES! So we need to cut costs in more ways than one.

I have been brainstorming up ways to save costs - save some green and #MarchIntoSavings in more ways than one. We are going to try and cancel our major cable and downgrade. We are also going to cut back on eating out. But moving to a new area means we are going to want to try all.the.food. Coastal town = seafood! Another alternative to cutting costs is to get rid of our major cell service. Are you following along? Let me break these savings down a little further.

We pay over $160/ month for cable on two tvs and DSL internet (3 Mbps - deathly slow). We can cancel our service and be left in the dark. Oh gosh, I am sweating right now just thinking about never watching TV again. Back to reality - we will need something. Well there just so happens to be Sling TV for $20/ month. Now we just need DSL internet which we could probably get a good speed for $19.95 / month. That's $40 for TV and internet - a savings of $120 / month.


This leads us to eating out - I love it. I mean, I don't have to sweat in the kitchen, I don't have to do dishes, we get to eat whatever our taste buds are telling us to eat. The downside is the cost to eat out - $50 later and all we have had is one beverage each and an entree. Here's the trick to save money while eating out... Go for happy hour! You might get smaller portions, but smaller portions means a lighter meal and a lighter bill. Win, win!


Lastly, our cell service is crazy to me. We pay $135/ month for two lines, unlimited talk and text, and 1 GB shared data - that's roughly $67 per person/ month. Did you know that you could get Walmart Family Mobile for much less? Intrigued? It is $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 500MB (then speeds slow) of 4G LTE data. This totals out to just over $37 per person / month for A and I. 


I found myself in the back of the Northern Indy Walmart store in their electronics section. The store associate was very helpful in unlocking the security shelf so I could get my Evolve 2 ($39.83) and she helped me get the appropriate starter kit ($25). Then she cashed me out and said how much she loved her service and hoped I would enjoy it as well. What a pleasant experience!


How do you plan to #MarchIntoSavings this month? Any tips to cut monthly costs?

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/aafid or your local Walmart for current pricing.


  1. That is a lot for cable! We pay $98 for two TVs and internet, and I thought that was a lot! I'm sure ours will go up every year if we keep it, though -- we've only had AT&T for six months. Great tips for saving money! I'm curious to see how you like Sling TV -- I've never heard of it!

    1. We have AT&T Uverse too. At first the initial deals with them were good but once those expired the prices jacked up. Not cool!

      We ordered SlingTV yesterday and so far only have it on our phones. It's super convenient but definitely has some fall backs. But hey, $20 is a pretty good deal. :)


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