Saving Money

July 30

3 Baby Items To Ditch From Your Budget

Posted by on July 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM

3 Baby Items To Ditch From Your Budget

Babies are a wonderful joy to bring home, but the financial side of things can be more cries than happy coos. According to the detailed list at TheBump.com, preparing for your first baby’s first year can total up to $30,000. The cost of diapers, supplies and baby gear alone can total between $1425 and $3770. While that number may seem high when you start fully considering lifestyle changes you are probably making, that number for gear for a first child is not out of line. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 28

8 Cheap DIY Pool Noodle Toys For Kids

Posted by on July 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM

8 Cheap DIY Pool Noodle Toys For Kids

Pool noodles are inexpensive pieces of foam that you can find at many major retailers in the summer time, including at the Dollar Store or Canadian Tire. They usually retail for $1 to $3 a piece depending on where and when you purchase them. Towards the end of the summer when summer gear goes on clearance, I have seen them sell for as low as fifty cents a noodle. That makes pool noodles a fantastic item to work with to create inexpensive and fun DIY projects. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 26

Save More Money on Your Vet Bill

Posted by on July 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Save More Money on Your Vet Bill

Last year, Bargainmoose shared 4 Tips to Save Money on Your Vet Bill, and it focused on preventative care like brushing your dog’s teeth to avoid tooth decay and shopping around with your veterinarian for quotes.  Pets are expensive so you should think twice about whether you can afford a pet before you get one.  However, if you are planning to get a pet, check out this Bargainmoose post on how to save money on a new animal.

This year, my article will focus on another way to save more money on your vet bill, and it is related to the dispensing of medications. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 25

Save Money on Real Estate Commissions

Posted by on July 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Save Money on Real Estate Commissions

With the hot Canadian housing market in full force, many Canadians are thinking about selling their home and cashing in on the high prices from the real estate market.  The average price of a detached Toronto home in 2015 has recently hit $1.052 million (a record so far) and the average price of a detached Vancouver home in 2015 is $1.27 million.  For many people, they believe that it certainly makes sense to find a good realtor. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 24

How To Spot Fake Freebies

Posted by on July 24, 2015 at 8:00 PM

How To Spot Fake Freebies

* BUMP for new eyes.  I first published this post back in 2012, but it’s still VERY relevant today. Please have a read! *

While we all love a good freebie, there are some nasty people out there who might try to take advantage of that fact. Some scammers may set up fake freebie websites in order to get hold of your personal information for nefarious purposes! By educating yourself a little bit in how to spot fake freebie websites, you can minimise your chances of anything bad happening with your personal data. Our Canadian freebies section is getting busier and busier, so it’s worth knowing what to look for.

Page design – Basically, does the website look a bit crap? It can be the first sign of a fake freebie site that has been thrown together just for the purpose of data gathering. A genuine site tends to have a well polished finish, no broken links, well laid out.

Check the domain – If you see a freebie from a specific company, look at the name of the site in the address bar. Have you ever heard of it before? Is it trying to copy the domain name of a well-known site, by using periods or hyphens, to try and make you think it’s somewhere else? A general rule is that if a site has the word free in it, it’s probably not a legit freebie – it’s been set up solely for the purpose of advertising something free. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 23

3 Smart Ideas To Save Money On Your Wedding

Posted by on July 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM

3 Smart Ideas To Save Money On Your Wedding

Getting married is such a wonderful time in your life. It is a time to celebrate love, excitement, and new beginnings. The reality is all of the costs associated with a wedding can add up even quicker than most of us realize. According to Huffington Post Canada, the average couple expects to spend $15,000 on their wedding but in actuality is spending $23,048 on the events. The number shoots up to $31,685 by the time you add in the honeymoon and rings. Savvy shoppers can save quite a bit on their festivities if you are willing to plan a little. Look into a few alternatives for your wedding, and you can still have your dream without compromising what is most important to you. Here are some of my favourite ideas to get your started. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 21

8 Ways To Upcycle Old Chairs

Posted by on July 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM

8 Ways To Upcycle Old Chairs

I have been eyeing my dining room set lately and am not thrilled at its current condition. My once modern looking set is looking like it could use a facelift. I am not sure if I am quite ready to part with this table set yet, but I know it is time for a new set soon. Whether you are ready to change up your dining room or happened to score some neat chairs at a garage sale, these upcycle projects are cool ways to change those chairs into something pretty for your home. You could also check out your local thrift shop or the dent and scratch section of your local  IKEA to find  dented or scratched chairs that are perfect to create these projects with.  Check out some of the amazing upcycling projects I found below. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 21

4 Ingredient Coffee Crunch Ice Cream!

Posted by on July 21, 2015 at 7:19 AM

4 Ingredient Coffee Crunch Ice Cream!

I saw this ice-cream recipe on Pinterest and I just HAD to share. I’ve never made my own ice-cream but I am really tempted to try this out. This recipe will make about 3 pints of home-made ice-cream.

This is all that you will need in terms of ingredients:

  • Half cup cold coffee
  • ¾ cup of choc chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups cream

For those of us who bake regularly, all these are staple ingredients that are in my fridge and cupboards anyway.

What you need in terms of equipment:

  • Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Electric mixer
  • Spatula
  • Freezer container

How to make the ice-cream:

  1. Combine the coffee and milk in a bowl
  2. Whisk the above until it’s smooth
  3. (Medium speed) In the electric mixer, beat the cream until you see stiff peaks
  4. (Low speed) Slowly add the coffee mixture
  5. (Medium speed) Beat until thickened
  6. Fold in your choc chips with a spatula
  7. Put in the freezer container, and freeze for at least 6 hours

Sounds pretty easy, eh? And looks delicious too. Will you give it a try?

(Thanks Bakedbyanintrovert!)

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July 19

6 Ways to Repurpose Wine Bottles

Posted by on July 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM

6 Ways to Repurpose Wine Bottles

Most women have a few wine bottles hanging around (either to be recycled or to be diligently returned to the liquor store for a deposit refund).  I love the way wine bottles look- so elegant, the glass is so smooth, and it just looks classy.  If you’re on a DIY kick, here are some ways that you can have that elegant wine-bottle look without it just being localized to your wine rack.  If you’re looking to also repurpose the wine corks alongside the wine bottles, check out this great Bargainmoose post on 9 Fun Ways to Repurpose Wine Corks.

Here are six ways to repurpose wine bottles: Read the rest of this entry »

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July 19

DIY Dinosaur Hooks!

Posted by on July 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM

DIY Dinosaur Hooks!

Aren’t these a great DIY idea? You can make some hooks from old toy dinosaurs – a cheap and thrifty craft for you to try out.

How do you do it? Just slap a bit of colourful paint on an appropriate board, grab some old kids toys, chop ‘em up, nail or glue them in place and voilá!

I’d love to see the finished results if any Moosers give this a try. Share your piccies below!

(Thanks Trusper)

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July 16

7 DIY Popsicle & Ice Cream Treats For Summer

Posted by on July 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM

7 DIY Popsicle & Ice Cream Treats For Summer

When the temperatures rise, my entire family starts asking for cold and creamy treats more often. Have you priced out the ice cream and frozen treat aisle lately at the grocery store? A carton of ice cream or dessert popsicles are ranging from $4-$7 a box according to my Flipp App, and that is the sale prices. Going out for ice cream is no cheap treat for a family, with many ice cream treats costing $4 or $5 per person. Frozen yogurt places have a low starting price, but by the time you add any toppings many of us end up spending on average $4-$6 for our treat. While freezies are cheap, they do not offer much in the nutrition or flavour department. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 14

3 Tips To Save Money On Your Next Camping Trip

Posted by on July 14, 2015 at 8:00 PM

3 Tips To Save Money On Your Next Camping Trip

Camping is still a very economical way to take a vacation and unwind. According to Smart Family Finance, the average family camping trip costs $380. That does not account for what gear you may or may not already own and is a rough estimate. In comparison with the $2,000 to $4,000 that Vacation Kids suggests is the average family budget for a vacation, camping is quite a bargain deal. If you are pinching your pennies, these tips below for beginners can help you avoid those extra costs that are not necessary and inflate your budget.

Go Easy On Gear

Gear is an investment, and one that most savvy campers add a little every year. Cost Helper Fitness estimates a family of four will spend $300 to $500 for beginner level gear to camp out of your car, assuming you have no gear to begin with. If you choose to buy high-end gear, that same family could spend as much as $1,000 to $2,500.  Included in those costs are the following basic items.

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bags with pads and/or folding cots
  • Stove
  • Lantern or Flashlight
  • Cooler

If you can, borrow gear from friends or family members. I used to camp quite a bit, but do not currently own much gear. I have friends who camp also but will not spend the entire summer camping. By borrowing a few basics from my friends, I can save several hundred dollars on items that are sitting in storage anyways.

You can also check Bargainmoose for deals on gear, as we post them when we find them. Keep a running list of items you would like this year, and buy them at the end of the season to make next year’s camping trip more pleasant.

One last option is to consider renting gear. Some of the gear stores such as MEC Canada offer programs where you can rent gear. This can tide you over for a trip or two without having to invest big buck on pricey gear. It can also allow you to try out something new before you consider purchasing it.

Pack Your Cooler With Larger Chunks Of Ice

3 Tips To Save Money On Your Next Camping Trip

Ice from the grocery does not cost very much, usually $2-$3 for a reasonably sized bag. If you fill your cooler full of ice from the grocery, your ice can melt much more quickly than if you have larger chunks of ice. That means at best you could find yourself picking up ice several times during your trip. At worst, your food could spoil causing you to rebuy your food or end up with food poisoning.

You can save yourself the trouble by freezing large half-full bottles of water to stock up your cooler. Make sure not to freeze them with the bottle completely full, as the bottle will burst. These bottles cannot only help keep your cooler cold, it also provides drinking water as they melt. You can also freeze some of your food ahead of time to help preserve it. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and other meats are great choices to freeze ahead of time. If you can, pack food in a separate cooler from drinks. We tend to open the drinks cooler much more frequently, and packing food separately can help ensure your food stays cold and does not spoil.

Shop Your Own Pantry

Before you head out to the campground, make sure you shop your own pantry for items. Making and bringing food from home can save you big money. You can prepare some pre-made meals ahead of time such as stew or spaghetti sauce, and you may even already have some in your freezer. Make sure to include items such as spices, ketchup, mustard and other condiments you might like on your trip. Small sizes of these condiments cost premium prices at campsites or at the small grocery stores nearby. Save yourself the cash and bring some from your fridge.

Shop Your Own Medicine Cabinet and Home

3 Tips To Save Money On Your Next Camping Trip

This is along the same lines, but make sure to pack medical supplies. Bandaids, basic pain medication, cotton gauze and other medical supplies also cost a small fortune at the small camping stores. Bring some from home and save yourself from those ridiculously high prices. Also, do not forget bug spray, sunscreen and any pain relief you prefer such Aloe Vera gel or Benadryl. You will thank me when that bug bite and sunburn are painful at 2 am. Here are other items you can bring from home and save yourself the trouble of rebuying at higher prices.

  • Duct Tape
  • Roll of Nylon Rope
  • Pillows
  • Paper Towels
  • Trash Bags
  • Dish Soap
  • Cooking Oil
  • Cutting Board and Knife

For a full checklist of suggestions of items to bring with you camping, check out this list from Love The Outdoors. I find this list is rather exhaustive but includes many of the items you need. Choose carefully what you might need before you enjoy the great outdoors. Many extra items can drag on your gas costs if your car is stuffed full.

Bargainmoosers, what are your tips for keeping your camping trips frugal?

(Image Credit: Arup Malakar, Noah Bolton, frankieleon)

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July 12

Save Money on Emergency Preparedness by Making Your Own Kit

Posted by on July 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Save Money on Emergency Preparedness by Making Your Own Kit

Preparing for emergencies is not something that most people do, but is something that definitely should be done.  With the exception of a emergency preparedness kit in my car (that was already pre-packaged), I, like most people, am guilty of not preparing myself if an emergency were to ever happen.  According to a survey done by American Family Safety (unfortunately with American data, but I expect that this data can be extrapolated to us Canadians) over 80% of Americans would be worried about their family members in the event of an emergency, but only 13% of Americans surveyed have an emergency preparedness kit of some sort with essential supplies.  Here are some ways to save money on an emergency preparedness kit.

Pre-made Emergency Preparedness Kits

Of course you can save the time and hassle of preparing your own emergency preparedness kit by simply purchasing a pre-made one.

The Canadian Red Cross has a lovely emergency preparedness kit that is very well stocked in a red backpack.  It however costs $59.95, which is pretty reasonable considering it includes a backpack and a first aid kit, not including shipping.  It provides enough supplies for the first 72 hours of an emergency for you and your family.  Unfortunately it doesn’t include all the food that would be necessary.

In addition, Costco.ca has an emergency preparedness kit suitable for four people for just under $150 a kit and it includes shipping and handling.  The cool thing about this one from Costco is that it has a colouring book and crayons for your kids to keep them busy.  The other great thing about this is that the food and water rations have a 5 year shelf life (which means less work for you to upkeep the kit).

If you don’t have $59 or $150 to spare for something that you will use “in case” (well, better never used, I suppose), here is what you can do to make your own emergency preparedness kit.

What You Need to Make your Own Emergency Preparedness Kit to Save Money

Get Prepared (a Canadian government website) has a great checklist that you can use to check off the items needed in your 72 hour Emergency Kit.  The main things that you need are water (at least 2 litres per person per day in your family), food (non-perishable such as canned foods, energy bars, or dried fruit and nuts), and a flashlight (ideally one that does not require a battery to operate or one with batteries), a can opener, a battery powered wind-up radio, a first aid kit, and an warm lightweight blanket (the ones that reflect light to keep you warm e.g., mylar or emergency foil).

For the food and water portion of your DIY emergency kit for four people, it is important to remember to replace these annually.

  • 20L Gallon container $9.50  (Canadian Red Cross)
  • Canned meat (Spam or Corned Beef may be a good option here) for those who eat meat ($10 worth)
  • Dried nuts or trail mix in a sealed bag ($10 for a bag)
  • Granola bars (something with protein, Clif bars may be a good option $12 for 12 bars)
  • Canned pasta or soups ($10)
  • 4 thermal blankets ($1.80 each from Canadian Red Cross)
  • 8- 12 hour hand warmers ($1-2 each)
  • Flashlight with batteries (can be bought at your local dollar store)
  • Can opener (at your local dollar store)
  • First Aid Kit (main things to include are gauze, normal saline, alcohol wipes, tweezers, band-aids, gloves, antiseptic towlettes, and a sling bandage/ compression bandage)
  • 4 dust masks (can be found at your local hardware store)
  • Garbage bags, Ziplock bags
  • Waterproof matches, emergency whistles, nylon rope can be found at your local camping store
  • Hand sanitizer (local dollar store)
  • Rain ponchos (your local dollar store may have some)
  • Hand crank radio- this is the most expensive item ($40), check out the Canadian Red Cross for some of these
  • Personal hygiene items (like sanitary pads)

These are just some of things that you might want to have in your own 72 hour emergency preparedness kit.

The above DIY kit will cost you about $100, but you can just omit things that you don’t need, like for example, a dust mask or hand warmers, or rain ponchos.

Not Only Do you Need a Kit, You also Need a Plan

Emergency contact numbers, a plan of where to meet and how is also important to discuss with your family.  The kit should also have a photocopy of your family’s important documents  and some cash in small denominations.

Bargainmoosers, do you have an emergency preparedness kit?  Did you buy it or DIY?

Photo credit: Matthew Rogers

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July 9

8 Smart And Inexpensive Uses For Coconut Oil

Posted by on July 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM

8 Smart And Inexpensive Uses For Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been topping the charts now for a little while as a top ingredient for anyone trying to be a little more health conscious. While I normally do not jump on the miracle product of the week trend, coconut oil has so many different uses it is difficult to pass up. When coconut oil first became popular, most jars seemed to be in the $15 to $20 range. Now with smaller jars available at lower prices, such as this jar for $6.97 at Walmart.ca, it becomes much more economical to try some of these amazing ideas without purchasing a large jar. I recently scored a large jar of coconut oil on sale at the health food store, lucky me! Since I have an abundance of this miracle oil, I have been trying out new uses for coconut oil in my kitchen, beauty routine, and my home. Here are some of my favourite smart ideas.

Exfoliating Shaving Cream And Scrub

8 Smart And Inexpensive Uses For Coconut Oil

We are in the middle of summer and my pale legs are feeling the pressure to be smooth and flawless all the time. Shaving constantly brings a whole host of new problems such as razor burn, dry skin and clogged pores. This coconut oil shave scrub from Mother’s Niche is magical. Not only does it scrub all of dead skin, it also provides extra moisture for legs that have been dipping in the pool. Best of all you only need coconut oil and sugar. Drop in a few drops of your favourite essential oil, or use this with no extra scent for sensitive skin.

Sunburn Relief Cream

8 Smart And Inexpensive Uses For Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a natural SPF though it is only rated at SPF four. The good news is if you have a minor sunburn, the moisturizing qualities of coconut oil can help heal that sunburn quicker. Check out this recipe from Hello Natural that is a whipped concoction of coconut oil, aloe vera gel and essential oils. If you have no essential oils, I have been known to use real vanilla extract in a pinch when I was out of essential oil. Apply to minor sunburns and next time apply more sunscreen!

Refinish Wood Furniture

8 Smart And Inexpensive Uses For Coconut Oil

Did you run out of your favorite colour of wood stain? No problem when you have coconut oil! Check out this amazing refinishing project from 2 Little Superheroes. I never seem to pick the right colour wood stain the first time around. Coconut oil adds moisture to the wood and the oil brings out those beautiful colours in your piece. This same idea can be used on your wood cutting boards to restore the finish with a food safe product.

Eye Makeup Remover

8 Smart And Inexpensive Uses For Coconut Oil

You can use coconut oil to remove all of the dirt, grime and waterproof makeup from your skin at the end of the day. No extra ingredients are needed, and this little trick even manages to take off waterproof mascara. Check out the tutorial on The Beauty Department for the full instructions.

E0S Lip Balm Refills

8 Smart And Inexpensive Uses For Coconut Oil

The idea of making your own lip balm is not new. What is new is incorporating coconut oil into the mix and refilling your old EOS lip balm containers. These wide containers are perfect for my daughter as they are wider for her less steady hand. Check out the full tutorial on the WhatsUpMoms YouTube Channel. I was shocked just how similar the store bought version and her refill version look. (Psst, this is the same mom behind the viral Blank Space video parody.)

Homemade Magic Shell

8 Smart And Inexpensive Uses For Coconut Oil

Have you ever seen that chocolate that hardens on top of your ice cream called Magic Shell that only lasts for a few bowls of ice cream? They use this same type of chocolate to make dipped cones at ice cream shops. Now you can make your own at home with this two-ingredient recipe from Food 52. All you need is coconut oil and chocolate, and you can make pricey and delicious cones for a fraction of the price. You can also use this to dip frozen bananas or popsicles.

Deep Hair Conditioner

8 Smart And Inexpensive Uses For Coconut Oil

Despite not using heat on my hair very often, my wavy hair still gets drier than I would like it to. I was so excited to find I can use coconut oil as a deep hair conditioner by using this recipe from Mrs. Happy Homemaker. Those hot oil treatments and conditioning hair masks add up. This is a much cheaper alternative using coconut oil that is very quick to whip up and lasts more than one application.

Minty Vanilla Dog Spray

8 Smart And Inexpensive Uses For Coconut Oil

Get rid of that wet dog smell and instead make your dog smell like cupcakes. Over at Add A Pinch, they have created a safe, nontoxic dog spray that you can use between baths. Simply spray the mixture lightly on your dog’s coat after they have been outside playing. Be careful to avoid the dog’s eyes, ears and mouth as you spray, as this spray is for their fur, not their dog breath!

(Image Credit: Hafiz Issadeen)

Bargainmoosers, how do you use coconut oil?

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July 7

Save Money Ditching Your Monthly Smartphone Bill

Posted by on July 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Save Money Ditching Your Monthly Smartphone Bill

I know right from the beginning of this blog post many of you are going to think I am crazy. Why in the world would anyone consider cutting off their smartphone bill? Your cell phone can do so many things including text, connect you to your bank, play your music and much more. According to an article at CBC.ca, Canadians are paying some of the highest cell phone bills in the industrialized world. In the same article, they detail that basic plans can cost $37.92 per month, but depending on where you live can cost $62 to $92. Taking the lowest number of $37.92, you are spending $910 over the course of a two-year plan. If we take the higher rate of $92, your two-year plan can cost you $2,208. Those numbers just include the plan and do not include the device. That is a large chunk of change to spend when you look at those cold numbers.

You may look at me a little sideways to discover I do not have a regular functioning cell phone and most of the time no one is the wiser. That does not mean I avoid Facebook or miss the latest games. Being smartphone free just means I am not connected online all of the time. Below I have detailed the measures I have put into place so most of the time I can enjoy being smartphone free without feeling much impact.

Use Another A Portable Device

My device of choice is an iPod Touch. This device retails for about $250 on the lower end and does not require a data plan. The real secret is the iPod Touch when connected to wireless can do almost everything an iPhone can do. In fact my iPod is so versatile I often call it my phone without thinking. Free wireless is available at more restaurants, coffee shops, cafes and even shopping malls. I regularly hop onto hot spots to check in with my messages. While I highly recommend the iPod Touch, a small tablet could also perform most of the same functions a smartphone can perform.

Sending Messages

Save Money Ditching Your Monthly Smartphone Bill

Many of my friends and I chat through Facebook. When we are making plans, we use the messenger program, Facebook events or email to discuss our plans. Before I head out, I check my messages one last time to make sure there were no last-minute changes. Much of the time, everything runs smoothly.

If I am meeting someone and they do not arrive, I eventually find somewhere with Wi-Fi to check my messages. Every Tim Hortons and McDonald’s comes fully equipped with free Wi-Fi. Sometimes I can access it simply by parking near the building to check a quick message. There has been a few times where I needed to connect with someone quickly and had no access to the internet. Each time I politely borrowed a phone and called. If you are at a Wi-Fi spot, you can also send an e-mail as a text message by typing in the person’s number and their carrier’s specific e-mail format. Check out the e-mails for most of the Canadian cell phone companies at Techwyse.

Emergencies

Emergencies are always one place where I have had others look at me strangely. What would happen if you were not connected and your family cannot reach you? The reality is I spend much of my time around the internet. Whether it is at work or at home, I am often connected to the Wi-Fi, and thus can connect to family and friends.

If you are concerned about driving, you can pick-up an inexpensive prepaid phone for as little as $45 at Best Buy Canada. A little phone like this can ensure you can make an emergency call or text if needed. I am fortunate that I can use my old phone as a pay as you go when I need it for longer distance travel. Some phones charge a small charge monthly to keep the phone activated, so research your options thoroughly to best fit your needs.

GPS

Save Money Ditching Your Monthly Smartphone Bill

I realize some people also use GPS on their phone so they feel like they are saving money not purchasing a separate device. I thought the same before I ditched my smartphone, but I figured out a few ways to work around it. GPS devices for your car generally range from $150 to $250. I am lucky as I currently have a GPS that was gifted to me. Despite being directionally challenged, I survived a year and a half without that portable GPS and did not have a smartphone. Before I left for somewhere new, I would map my directions on my iPod and take screen shots of the turn-by-turn directions. Then as I drove, I would simply flip through the photos. A few shots of the map around the final destination also helped me a few times when I was confused. If I get lost, I swing into a Tim Horton’s and hop on the Wi-Fi to sort it out. You can do the same, or simply purchase an inexpensive GPS for your needs.

So if we add up the devices I mentioned:

  • IPod Touch: $250
  • Prepaid Cell: $45
  • GPS: $150

The grand total is $445 invested to function similarly to having a smartphone.

The average low smartphone contract for two years (not including the device), as quoted from above, is $910.

I realize this idea is not for everyone. Smartphones have so many amazing features. Some of us end up places for long stretches of time without Wi-Fi and need the mobile connectivity. Besides being a frugal choice, I find that being disconnected for short bursts of time can be liberating. Instead of checking Facebook during my daughter’s dance lesson, I read a book or get to know other parents who are waiting also.

Bargainmoosers, would you ever consider getting rid of your smartphone?

(Image Credit: Tarkan Rosenberg, kimubert, Jimmy_Joe)

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