Gave up my cell phone!

Cell phones - gave it up to save money
@ctryhnny (3463)
United States
January 20, 2013 4:38pm CST
The last few weeks I was having a financial problem that took all my money out of my checking and savings account. I got the money to pay my two insurance payments but my cell phone bill was due in a couple of days. Since I also have a free cell phone I decided to have my other one turned off before they charged my account and I would have incurred charges for not having the money to pay it. I had already paid my rent and cable bill before this all came down. If you had to give up one of your 'technologies' which would it be? Would you give up cable to save some money or your cell phone?
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17 responses
@SIMPLYD (79665)
• Philippines
21 Jan 13
Well, if i am in a tight situation like that, i think i will give up my cable. Cell phone is so badly needed specially in my line of work, where my boss always reach me through the cell phone.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
24 Jan 13
Since I spend most days at home and watching tv I could never do without my cable! I'm lucky that I can have a cell phone that I don't have to pay for.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
21 Jan 13
I'd give up the cable. I could still somehow watch some tv shows on the local channel, anyway. But my cellphone, I wouldn't give it up. It is my means of connecting to my family. I just have to have the cellphone everytime to make me feel better and not worry about any member of my family.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
22 Jan 13
As long as you can get some programs I can see giving up cable.
@jalucia (1435)
• United States
21 Jan 13
Can I not give up anything? I don't want to give up my phone because I don't want to lose my phone number. I can't give up cable because there is no tv without cable, plus I have kids. And if the cable goes off, so doesn't the internet and the house phone. If I knew I was going to get my phone right back on, I'd go with losing my phone.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
21 Jan 13
You definately need cable with kids in the house or they would go crazy and drive you crazy...lol. I can always get my cell back if i want to pay for it so I'm just going to let it go.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
21 Jan 13
I think having a cable when you have the internet and the cellphone would be more like a luxury. I suggest that you give up the cable. The cellphone is very necessary, in times of emergency, etc. It is a necessity so giving it up would be a no-no for me.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
21 Jan 13
If I gave up cable I would get basically no channels and since I'm in my apartment practically 7/24 I need my cable. I gone down a tier on the cable and get less stations than before but I was paying too much for it. I keep a cell phone for when I do go out and for emergencies. When the electricity goes out so does my landline so I have my cell to fall back on.
• United States
21 Jan 13
I can't watch tv without cable in this building so nope. I have no house phone to use so no i will not turn off my cell phone. I would find something else to give up like shopping for stuff i really need instead of what I really want. I also have a free cell phone i let someone use it who does not have a phone.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
21 Jan 13
Is your free cell phone from Safelink? That's where mine is from. I seldom go shopping for anything other than food and things like paper towels, toilet paper and laundry detergent. I never buy anything I don't need.
• United States
20 Jan 13
You had two cell phones or am I misunderstanding you? I don't even have a cell phone and I can't afford cable. Well, I guess I could afford it but choose to spend the money on other things. I will be getting a cell phone soon and was thinking of that Consumer Cellular or whatever it is that's on tv all the time. I guess I'll check that out. I could get the free one but I'm thinking of dropping the food stamps I get because it's getting so low every month I don't know if I want to keep them. I have to wait a few months before it's worth using the card. Eventually I would like a laptop computer so I can give up my landline phone. That will save me more money in the long run. Even when they bundle all that stuff it gets so darn expensive all the time. I don't know what the heck I'm going to do eventually, haha. Do I sound confused?
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
21 Jan 13
No you don't sound confused to me. yes, i had 2 cell phones but one is free because I'm on medicair and food stamps. So, I decided to keep that one and get rid of the one i pay for.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
20 Jan 13
Since I gave up my cell phone a few years back I would definitely give up cable with no real problem to save money. My cable bill is around eighty-six dollars so I definitely would, because I would rather have the eight-six dollars for food or whatever else that was more important then the cable. I only have cable at this time because I live in Puerto Rico and without that I can't get english speaking channels. Otherwise I wouldn't have cable at all. I think they are a rip off.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
21 Jan 13
Since i seldom go out and watch a lot of tv i wouldn't even think about getting rid of it. I pay a lot more than you do!
• United States
20 Jan 13
I don't have cable, so I guess it wouldn't hurt too much to give it up. I think I could drop my cell phone pretty easily, the home phone's good enough for me. I think it would cause other people trying to reach me much more turmoil than it would cause me.
@ctryhnny (3463)
• United States
21 Jan 13
I have a landline also but use my cell when i go out and for emergencies.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
24 Jan 13
Personally, getting rid of my cell phone would be absolutely NO hardship to me whatsoever, I only have a basic Nokia which is all I need, I find them too intrusive, the only reason why I got one in the first place was for emergencies, for example if I was out in the car in the middle of no where and it broke down, I could easily call the garage without having to get out and find a phone! I use it for texting but very very rarely. And that's it, otherwise I wouldn't bother with one and could easily give it up.
@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
21 Jan 13
i don't have a cell and neither does our 15 year old daughter. i am sure she would like one but we just cannot afford one for her right now. as for me, i don't have one because i don't really need one. i do however, have a tablet which hubby bought me for our 25 anniversary last October. i prefer this much more than a cell phone! our daughter has an IPOD though so she is not totally left out. we go without a lot of other things so we can afford to pay for the stuff we do have though.
@vernaC (1493)
• Romania
21 Jan 13
I would give up both as long as I have internet. I can watch movies and tv series in internet and I can send messages to anyone through internet. I feel cable is the least important because once you get busy in computer, you don't have much time watching tv.
@toyota4k (1212)
• Philippines
21 Jan 13
In my case, my cellphone comes with a prepaid feature. If I don't by "LOAD", then I can only receive calls but can't put calls. Same with text messages.
• India
21 Jan 13
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@nini89 (670)
• India
21 Jan 13
Financial problems arise for most of the people around the clock, as I think u are having tow cell phone one which is not charged. For solving your financial problems if u have given one of them the other one you can get it charged and can use it what is the big deal in this? Only it takes some hours to be charged. Think that u have done it for solving something or the other you can make it with your next salary.
• Philippines
21 Jan 13
its easy to give up on cellphone because cable is really important you can have all with cable...me too i was about to give up my cable but fortunately someone help me to pay it so i lucky me.
• Philippines
21 Jan 13
I'd give up my cellphone rather than cable. Well since I haven't been employed for quite some time now and I had no need to keep my cell and it did save me a lot of money. Most people wouldn't know how much they're actually spending on something until they ditch it. Others would say their cell is their life line but for me it's the cable because you can always go back to having actual conversations personally and setting up meetings ahead of time without a cell. For cable you can watch live news and everything, all at the comfort of your home.
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
21 Jan 13
if i have to give up anything, that is to give up aircon. i won't be using it and we will save a lot on the electricity. if i had to again give up something, that would then be our cable subscription because everything in cable would already be available over the net, download it and just watch it on your free time... anyway we are not even always at home to watch and use the tv subscription so that is about 500pesos in savings every month. :D God bless and see you around and happy mylotting!