Friday, November 15, 2013

My Phone is a Gas!

Today I'm talking phones. And surprises. 

I don't have a typical phone. Hubby and I have flip phones, Trac Phones, to be exact. Before you start laughing or pitying us, hahaha, it's okay, it is a deliberate choice. I use $20 worth of minutes every few months, if that...and that's a lot cheaper than the monthly plans associated with Smart Phones.  


The stigma attached to my phone does  not go unnoticed. Every time I pull it out to use in public, I feel the 'what? is that!?!' look, real or imagined from whomever is in close proximity to me.

My husband is the most frugal man I know. He has never wanted anything other than such a phone. Recently, he floored me, out of the blue, saying maybe we should get iPhones sometime in the future.


That statement surprised me so much (lol!!!) that last night I dreamt I was mailing a letter in one of those big blue mailboxes (which incidentally I haven't done in years) and my Trac Phone fell in. I waited for the mailman to come to give it back to me, and when he pulled it out he laughed and laughed and totally made fun of my phone.

Even in my dreams my phone is a gas.

And the surprise of my husband wanting to upgrade to an iPhone? I'm amazed!!! And I'm torn between resisting (I like how cheap my phone is) or buying him one for Christmas.  ;)

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  1. LMBO!!!! This post is a riot to me! I just upgraded my phone from what you have to a iphone last year. I'm not really into the phone thing. Love my computer. What sucked me in though was the coupons you can upload while shopping at places like Khol's, Micheals, Pier 1 Imports...etc. If you forget your coupon just pull out you smart phone, load up another one & they scan the bar code off of your phone. LOve It! It took a little time for me to get use to the new phone though. I always say my phone is smarter than me. lol All in all is was a good choice. No regrets.

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    1. I saw where you can scan plane tickets and they'll read it for you at the gate, oy! lol

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  2. Hmm .. that's a tough one. He's frugal yes but if he put the hint out there that must mean he's really interested.
    If I were you I would have punched the mailman in my dreams! LOL {But I'm violent so ...}

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    1. yeah, he's not really the hinting type, so it must be a serious consideration. I'm so surprised!

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  3. LOL..I totally get it. I don't even have a cell phone, unless you count the real old non-flip tracphone. I did have a regular plan with a regular cell phone company one time way back in the past and before several towers went up around here. The couple of time I really needed it, there was no service. It was costly and quite frankly, I find most people with there cell phones to be quite rude and a lot of the time offensive. But with all that said, Today's society almost demands that you have one. I mean you are not going to find one of those..do you remember pay phones that cost a quarter when you needed it...and there is that overwhelming dumbfounded look that you get if you tell people that you don't have one.

    My husband does have a cell phone..it is the way now..I am such a dinosaur it's a wonder I've even survived. I'll be interested to hear which direction you'll take. All progress is not bad; heck look at me..I've made it onto the computer..

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    1. Happy to have dinosaur company around, yes I am. :)

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  4. I am with Lanaya on this and if the hint is out there, I say go for it and get the iPhones for Christmas. I love mine (so I can't help, but push in that direction!). :)

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    1. Everyone who has a smartphone doesn't seem a bit to mind the monthly bill, so it must be good. :)

      I'm slow on these things, I wouldn't even have cable if we didn't watch sports.

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  5. My husband has a flip phone too!! He insists on sticking with it - even when offered a considerable free upgrade!! I thought he was the only one? I say - go for the iphone!!

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    1. I'm not sure I'd get an iPhone, but I may get one for hubby. :) Still thinking... :)

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  6. The thing is, once you have that iPhone, you will wonder why you didn't make the switch sooner.

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  7. We broke down and made the switch last february.

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  8. If you switch, you'll never go back. I resisted for a long time too...but I love my smart phone, my kids love my smart phone....they really are fun. I think you should get him one. You can always keep your flip phone until you decide you need a smart phone too.

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    1. If I get him one, that's probably what I'll do (keep mine). It'd be a good surprise he's not expecting, I like that part of the idea. :)

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  9. We still have a flip phone too that cost us $15.00 per month. Works for us. We turned off the testing because of all the spam. We use it as a phone and not very often either. I know we are out of touch, but we don't care.

    There are families out there that are paying a fortune to have phones. Not going to happen here.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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    1. My son and his wife pay a big bill willingly, and so does my 20-yr. old. Willingly being the key word. :)

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  10. I love this post because my phone is like yours. I do not talk on phones very often, and why do I need an expensive phone to talk on! I am saving my money for other things. I think you should stick with the phone you have. You are saving tons of money. But your husband now wants an Iphone! I hear they are nice!

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    1. He's mentioned it, which is highly unusual for him, and he does deserve a little spoiling, so I'm weighing my options. :)

      I am going to wait to decide when I'm not feeling impulsive. :)

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  11. You're so funny. I still have an old-fashioned flip phone and have resisted the smartphone trend; but I'm sure if I ever give in it will be life-changing!

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    1. I never hear anyone grouch about their phones, but it seems like such a wasted cost to me. Maybe if I had one I'd feel differently? I dunno. :)

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  12. The iPhone is the single greatest thing to ever happen to me but that's only because I refuse to talk on the phone and only text (and do all of my social networking from it) and I've logged over 11k texts inbound/outbound each month.

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    1. Hokey smokes, you rival my (grown) children, I betcha' with #s of texts. :)

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  13. I'm right there with you. I Held onto my old Nokia that came out before your flip phone until 2 mo ago because I didn't want to pay the almost $100 bucks for service to run a smart phone. Then I discovered Sraighttalk by Walmart which uses Sprint service. As much as I dislike supporting walmart, buying a Galaxy 2 outright so I can obtain the very same service for $49 (that does include taxes and fees) was the answer for me. So I feel like I'm taking advantage of walmart. And now I can catch up on blogging while on the 2 hr ride to my Mother's every month.

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    1. I've been reading quite a bit about Walmart's plan and it does sound hard to pass up if you're paying for a service anyway!

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  14. Because we live out in the middle of nowhere, we don't have many choices for cell service. You simply don't get coverage from most cheaper services. Add to that the fact that we travel out of state for several weeks a year, and it limits our choices even more. So for several years we had contract phones, but they weren't smart phones. First we added texting, then we upgraded to smart phones.

    Now that I have a texting plan I send or receive approximately 1000 text messages a month. My sister and I text frequently, especially when she is at work, on one of her breaks. It's also the easiest way to get ahold of one of my other sisters. Texting is an easy way to remind my husband of something he needs to do after work, or ask him to run an errand for me. He is much more likely to check text messages than voicemail.

    Our family plan costs about $60 more each month now that we have smart phones. However, I usually earn about $40 each month in giftcards from some apps only available on smart phone, and my husband earns $30 every other month or so. We also use apps like cartwheel to save money in stores, and we price check stuff in Walmart or Target to Amazon or other online retailers frequently as well. In fact, my son always borrows my phone and scans stuff on the Amazon app before buying stuff at Target, Walmart, or KMart, and if it's a book, he uses the scholastic website as well. I would say we easily save an an additional $20-25 each month by price checking, and that doesn't even include how often we find coupons and codes for things that I didn't think to look for before we left home.

    So then the other features (like easy internet when we travel, a game that fits easily in my pocket for Elliott to play while we wait at the doctor's office, a grocery list app so I don't ever forget my grocery list anymore, etc) are all just free bonuses. :)

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    1. I didn't even know about the coupons until I put this post up. It sounds like you get your use out of it and save enough to pay for it, making it all even out in the wash! Very nice!

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  15. i would not know what to do without my phone..
    internet is used ALL the time...

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    1. That's how my older kids feel. I've seen them text each other in the same room. Once at the same dinner table, lol

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  16. LMAO even in dreams your ancient phone is laughable. But hey as long as it works

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    1. It is laughable compared to today's models, but it works, and honestly I rarely ever use it. :)

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  17. This is too funny Rosie! Guess what my hubs uses? Same thing. A track phone. However, he uses my old Droid for browsing too. My husband is pretty frugal too...about some things. He is driving an old Subaru that's a real piece of junk - but he has a great job and should be driving a new car!

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    1. I guess we can't grouch at them for being frugal, it's def. not a bad thing. :)

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  18. This is so funny because I can relate. I have a basic phone that doesn't have internet. Just makes calls and sends texts. People always comment on it when I pull it out! But it's only $13 a month because I'm on a family plan and I'm frugal so it's perfect for me :)

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  19. Smart phones are divine = from God! I have had one for many years and each time I upgrade I am more and more mesmerized. My HM has a flip-phone like yours and it is all he wants. Me, well more of a geek, I guess. Thanks for raving over my ensemble! You always make me feel great.

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  20. Stick with your guns, lady! People with smart phones are the ones with their heads always down, looking at emails, etc. I prefer to look at the world.

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    1. I just came across a headline w/pics of Leonard DiCaprio and in every picture his head was down looking at (what I presumed was) a smart phone. I do see that a lot when I'm out and about.

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  21. They can help though, like if you're lost

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    1. My son's wife uses the GPS in hers all of the time. :)

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  22. You've got the good life. You really do. Those phones can do so much when you learn all the ins and outs. But when you learn all the ins and outs, you do everything from you phone and it becomes an extension of your arm. I'm not giving up my arm though.

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    1. You know what I envision? For myself, not hubby. Paying all of that money a month and then using only the phone/text options like I do now with my cheapie phone. :) I could be wrong. Hubby, on the other hand, would access sports and news all of the time, I'm sure.

      I was reading the coupon features, I might use those. :)

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  23. I was always the cheapie like your hubby too, but my husband talked me into upgrading to a smartphone because I need my email throughout the day for blogging, and I am so glad he did. I love it!

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    1. Zipping through e-mails while waiting for the school bell to ring (when picking up the kids) could be useful. E-mail seems to take so long to sort through (I get so much junk).

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  24. I have a cheap phone too, and it suits me fine.

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    1. I like to have the cheapie in case there is an emergency or I really do want to get ahold of someone at home while I'm out. The others have features that could be nice (like coupons), but I'm fine without them too. :)

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  25. Your story of the mailman laughing at you in your dream completely cracked me up. I bust out laughing!

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    1. He had a lot of noive. :)

      The mailbox was in front of my gram's house too, which I haven't been to in years and years. And she never had a mailbox in front of her house. Dreams are silly. :)

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  26. Love the mailman story! I have an Android, and honestly, I think I'd be just fine with a Trac Phone, which is what my parents and sister have. I mean, the smartphone is nice for when I'm waiting at places (like when I go to pick up my daughter frome school), but I'd be just as happy (and maybe more) reading a book. :)

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Reading books makes me happy too. :) Thanks for the visit, Dana. :)

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  27. My Hubs has been trying to talk me into getting an iPhone. I don't want one. He has one and complains about it.... so why would I want one.

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    1. He must have a love/hate relationship with it. :)

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  28. As the proud owner of a very old iPhone this cracked me up! I have a coworker who recently went into her cellphone provider with a question. She handed them her phone and when they saw it was a flip phone, they refused to give it back to her! They gave her a choice of several newer phones for free, and moved her contacts, etc. to the new phone, but would not give back the old one! Maybe the Smithsonian wanted it for their archives. If that's true, you should be expecting a call very soon, Rosey! :)

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    1. Whew, now I know to hand over my dinosaur to the clerks!! Sound advice!! :D

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  29. I had a flip phone until 2009 and people made fun of my phone then... lol... I wouldn't make fun though, some people don't need all the bells and whistles... there are days I wish I hadn't upgraded but most days I love it :)

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    1. I don't need them (the bells and whistles). :) It's the monthly bill I don't want though, it seems so excessive to me. And I'm not usually the cheap one in this house! :)

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    2. I mean frugal... I'm not usually the 'frugal' one. hehehe

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  30. LOL! I have had the older type phones for the longest time but June this year I could not resist getting a smartphone that was going for a reasonable price. I had my brother driving around for a whole day. They sold like hot bread! I am using it for this comment. I think it is a great idea to give the hubby one for Christmas!

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    1. Surfing the net on your phone! lol I'm sure it is fun, I just don't like that monthly fee. :)

      Thanks for the visit, Judy!!

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  31. Haha I have a basic flip phone too and I do feel the real or imagined, what is that??? when I used it, but I got it when I began driving just in case I had an emergency, especially while out with the kids :)

    All I can see a small phone for is to help me with coupons and photos :)

    I'm very glad for you that hubs has made the suggestion, but only if you feel it necessary.
    Maybe you both should gift together?

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