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More long range savings...

February 28th, 2006 at 05:18 am

Well we've finally jumped on the VoIP wagon and are in the process of changing our home telephone. I did a little research and calculated that our local and long distance cost over the last 12 months was $541. That does not include the $50 calling card that I used while out of town, or the $25 we spent for long distance with OneSuite. So... taking all that in to account we've switched to a unlimited calling plan that's a flat $199 for a year. Plus we even get to keep our same phone number, and will get an additional 'Anywhere' number. I'm sure that one will come in handy when I graduate and start my own business.

So.... will it be for the best? Only time will tell. But saving $400 right off the bat doesn't hurt one bit.
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While I've been on the 'money saving' binge several other ways of saving money have come to mind.
1. Made an appointment to have our attic re-insulated since the insulation up there has settled, and is less than 12 inches thick.

2. Make plans to finish weather stripping around doors until they can be replaced. Our French doors leak so much that its actually harder to heat the den than any other part of the house.

3. Buy pipe insulation and a water heater wrap. Insulate exposed pipes running from the hotwater heater. Even though they are inside the basement, they are still losing heat.

Thats all for now... so maybe by this time next year our heating bill will be a lot less. Yes... these are things that should have been done before winter, but since we've only been in the house for 2 years we weren't sure of the actual energy costs until now. (two years to compare)
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2 Responses to “More long range savings...”

  1. Sammy Says:

    Hi,

    since we are talking about saving I strongly believe in a new savings program that is currently on the web, it is www.bondrewards.com it is one of those shop & save programs, they are currently offering the highest reward back than any othe reward program out there, you can shop from over 500 merchants and your reward comes in form of savings bonds. that is a great way of SAving! try it...

  2. Jay Says:

    Ah...you mentioned Onesuite and the Voip provider that charges $199 a year. I think that was SunRocket you subscribe to even though you didn't actually mention it.

    I was also a Onesuite prepaid calling card user and at the same time a SunRocket customer. Too bad we all got burn by the Rocket but Onesuite just launched their Voip service a month before SR went down. I tried their voip service and was suprised that the quality is very good at fraction of a cost. Onesuite Voip charges $2.95 monthly that will get you a phone number with unlimited incoming calls, outgoing calls is pay as you go. Good deal huh?

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