How to Save Money on a New Cell Phone

Need a new cell phone, but don't want to monthly payment or to spend $600 on a new phone?  Check out these 5 tips for how to save money on a new cell phone.

If your cell phone has seen better days, chances are you’ve already been scoping out prices. There are so many expensive phones out there that you might choose stick with your old phone until it dies. You don’t have to though. There are a number of ways to save money on a new cell phone (and cell phone service). Whether you check the offerings available through prepaid companies or sign a contract, you can save money.

Check the Offerings From Prepaid Phone Companies

Did you know that you can save some serious money by switching to a prepaid provider? Straight Talk, for example, offers unlimited calls, text, and data for $45 a month. Many of the big cell phone providers with contracts limit the amount of data you can use. Not only can you save on the cost of your bill, but you can find some great phones for less than fifty-dollars.

I was able to get a brand-new iPhone 5S last year for only $99.  Yes, it’s a couple of years old, but I’d much rather have an outdated phone than a $600 bill for a new one.

Buy Refurbished

Another great way to save money is to buy a refurbished phone through a company like Gazelle. People are often scared of refurbished products, but don’t be. These are phones that have had any issues fixed. This means that the phone you get is going to be in working order. Best of all, many come with a warranty.

Shop for a Used Phone

You can also shop for used phones through companies like eBay. The key is to make sure the phone can be used with your network. Many phones are programmed to only be used with Verizon or Straight Talk, etc. When buying a used phone, look for unlocked phones that can be used with any provider.

Look for Special Sales

There are usually awesome sales to be found on cell phones. You might find prepaid phones on sale at Walmart or you may find a great deal with your current provider. Some companies often have a buy one get one sale, which is great if you need a new phone for you and your spouse.

Walmart offered a great deal on a brand-new iPhone 5S last year on Black Friday – only $99 vs. $149 through Straight Talk.

Sign a Contract

Last, but not least, while many companies have pulled away from contracts, there are still companies that do offer them. If you know you’re going to be with a company for a long time, a contract can score you an awesome phone for very little, if not free.

You don’t have to spend $500 on a phone that will be outdated in a few months. Whether you look for sales or buy used, you can save money on a new cell phone.

President’s Day Magazine Sale

Through tomorrow, you can save on lots of different magazine subscriptions during the President’s Day Magazine Sale at DiscountMags.

DiscountMags never has auto-renewals on their magazine subscriptions, and you can use coupon code CENTSMOMMA to save 20% off any magazine subscription (if you don’t find one in the sale).

Titles included in the sale are:

DIY Lazy Susan

If you’re tired of constantly passing the salt and pepper or butter around the table, you’ll love this DIY Lazy Susan.  All you need is a drill (and some precut wood pieces) to create this project, and you can spin your condiments around the center of the table.

It’s perfect as a gift or just for practical usage for yourself.

Begin by placing your 6-inch piece of board on the smallest spinning portion of the Lazy Susan (the spinning metal piece).  There should be pre-made holes in it so use your 4 tacks to secure it.


Next, place the metal piece on top of the 8-inch piece of board and mark where the screw holes are with a pencil.


Pre-drill your screw holes so your wood will not split.


Then, place the lazy Susan back on top of the 8-inch board, with the 8-inch piece of board resting directly in the middle of the back of the round piece of pine. Secure it all together with the 4 1 ½ inch screws.

DIY Lazy Susan
 
Ingredients
  • Round Piece of Pine Board (Most lumber stores have them)
  • 4 - ⅝” Nail Tacks
  • 4 - 1 ½ Inch Screws
  • Lazy Susan Metal Part (Sold at most hardware stores)
  • 8x8” Piece of Board
  • 6x6” Piece of Board
  • Drill (9/64th standard drill bit)
Instructions
  1. Begin by placing your 6-inch piece of board on the smallest spinning portion of the Lazy Susan (the spinning metal piece).
  2. There should be pre-made holes in it so use your 4 tacks to secure it.
  3. Next, place the metal piece on top of the 8-inch piece of board and mark where the screw holes are with a pencil.
  4. Pre-drill your screw holes so your wood will not split.
  5. Then place the lazy Susan back on top of the 8-inch board, with the 8-inch piece of board resting directly in the middle of the back of the round piece of pine.
  6. Secure it all together with your 4 1 ½ inch screws.
Note: Your lazy Susan metal part may differ in size than the one we use. We used a square 6-inch one. If yours is a different size, you made need to adjust the size of the two underneath pieces of wood accordingly.

FREE Kindle Book: A Promise to Believe In (The Brides of Gallatin County Book #1)

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Right now, you can download A Promise to Believe In (The Brides of Gallatin County Book #1) Kindle book written by Tracie Peterson for FREE from Amazon.

About the book:

Gwen, Beth, and Lacy Gallatin fashion a life for themselves in the Montana wilds, operating a roadhouse that is located at the crossroads of two major stage lines. When their father is accidentally killed, the oldest sister, Gwen, reasons that she’s cursed. After all, death seems to haunt her: her mother, now her father…and she was married for a mere ten days before her husband died from a bout of measles.

As Gwen and her sisters struggle to maintain the inn on their own, an unexpected visitor adds to the mayhem. Hank Bishop claims to be searching for something in the possession of Gwen’s late husband. But mayhem of another sort builds in Gwen’s heart as she finds a growing attraction to this man. Can she dare to hope that love might again be hers?

Please note: Kindle prices tend to change quickly, so be sure to check that the total still says $0.00 before you “purchase” it.  If you do accidentally purchase a Kindle book after the price has increased, you do have a short amount of time to request a refund from Amazon.

You don’t need to have an actual Kindle to read the FREE Kindle books (although the price has dropped to only $69 for the cheapest Kindle Reader).  You can read Kindle books on your computer, iPhone, iPad, and more.

Between the FREE books from Amazon and Kindle books I’ve checked out from the library, I’ve been having so much fun reading on my iPad.  I really thought I wouldn’t like not having a physical book, but I love it.

If you’re interested in additional Kindle freebies, you can check out the current FREE Kindle books.

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