A few weeks ago, I posted on my Instagram page that we cut our cell phone bill from $175 to $85 a month (really $90 a month because the clerk didn’t know I couldn’t receive the additional $5 discount for auto pay and only 1 discount can be applied at a time….boooo)
Either way, going from a $175 bill to a $90 cell phone bill is a huge budget improvement, that’s a savings of $85 a month or $1,020 a year!
To save that much money for relatively the same service (we switched from AT&T to Cricket Wireless which runs on the same network) is kind of mind-blowing, don’t you think? Granted my husband is still a little apprehensive because he thinks his data plan is restrictive, although he has the same 10GB data allowance on the new plan as he did on the old plan.
To make the jump from AT&T to Cricket, we had to pay off our 2 cell phones which had a balance of $100 each and pay our last AT&T bills to get us current on the account. In addition, there were some small set up fees, about $30, that we had to pay to Cricket. I think for the most part this was a win-win move, saving money on a non-important reoccurring bill for the same quality of service.
So, mission accomplished right? I can move on to tackling the next inefficient bill in our life right? Nope, not so fast.
My company also provides me with an iPhone, that I typically use for texts and calls. In fact, my personal phone has become basically useless over the past few months because I spilled water on it last summer and refuse to pay money to fix it. I really only use my personal iPhone for quick calls. I can’t even text on it because the screen freezes up. In reality, I am paying for a cell phone that I don’t need and don’t use.
I think you can see where I am going with this….
Why am I paying for a cell phone that I don’t use? I might as well cancel it and save some more money. But here is what has been mentally/emotionally holding me back. The cell phone number attached to my personal phone. That’s right, I am being held hostage to an unnecessary bill due to my emotional attachment to a CELL PHONE NUMBER! It’s hard to even type that because it seems so silly but it’s true.
I’ve had my cellphone number for over 14 years. It’s been the one constant in my life where people I’ve lost touch with or people who’ve been in my life forever always know how to reach me. I like stability and predictability so I’ve never been one to constantly change my cell phone number. It’s almost like an emotional safety net. What if a long lost cousin wants to find me and can’t? What if someone contacts me at my old number with an important message? What if my job takes back their IPhone? The what-ifs go on and on.
But the reality is that I will contact those who are important to me and give them my work cell phone number should they need me. If my job changes policies and takes back their iPhone, I can always get a new phone and just add back a line on the Cricket plan. There is a logical rebuttal for each one of my what-if’s. But as we all know, sometimes simple logic isn’t even enough to break free of a self-imposed restriction or attachment.
Getting over the emotional attachment to this cell phone number is really just a symbol for pushing through the other mental/emotional blocks in my life. The cell phone number is just one of the limiting attachments that are preventing me from becoming RICHER and FREER.
We as humans have a tendency to hold on to things, habits and beliefs and make them a part of who we are. We identify and attach our ego to what we think we should be or what has always been which limits us from really expanding to new heights and possibilities.
Getting rid of my cell phone will not only save us money, (the bill will go from $90 to $55 a month with just my husband’s phone, an overall additional savings of $420 a year), it will allow me to practice that mental muscle that will help me to detach from the things that just don’t matter in the grand scheme of things.
On this journey to launch, I am continually focusing on and putting my energy to what matters, a cell phone is not one of them. Especially when I have another equally qualifying means of communication (my job’s IPhone) and I can save money to help me reach my Financial Independence goal even quicker.
What are some of your limiting attachments or mental/emotional blocks stopping you from reaching your Financial Goals more quickly?
UPDATE- I cancelled my cellphone today (4/1)! I have 30 days to change my mind and get my phone number back but hopefully by the end of the 30 days I won’t even miss not having it.