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April 4, 2011
Stay Connected Without Blowing Your Budget

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Discover how to shrink the cost of your landline or mobile phone, so you can stay in touch for less.


If you add up what you’re paying for cable, Internet access, cell phone and a landline at home, keeping in touch is downright pricey. Here are a few ways to shrink those bills:

• Cancel services you rarely use—things like call waiting, call forwarding and caller ID on your home phone.

• Use your cell phone for long-distance calls. Just watch your monthly minute allowance.

If you get reliable cell service at home, consider getting rid of your landline.

• Try Skype or Google Voice on your computer if you make lots of long-distance or international calls.

• Look into whether bundling your Internet, TV and phone services through one carrier will score you a discount.

Bottom line: Being linked in costs. But with a few simple changes, you can stay connected and keep within your budget.

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