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Mid-Month Update and a New Free Phone!

November 15th, 2022 at 10:19 pm

Yesterday I went to the Verizon store to switch my mobile service back to them from Mint Mobile, and to buy a new phone. I was all ready for an aggravating experience, but it was just the opposite! The customer service guy was awesome. I explained to him that I was a previous customer and wanted to switch back to Verizon and I needed a new phone. He asked what kind of phone I was interested in, and I told him a Samsung Galaxy, newish model and he said, I can offer you free one. He came back with a brand new, sealed, in the box phone! He then transferred everything over from my old phone, made sure everything was working properly, and got me all signed up. The plan I picked was unlimited talk, text and data with a bunch of extra stuff included for $80 a month. I’ll get $10 off a month for using auto pay. So right around $70 a month. I know it’s expensive, but it’s reliable, and I like being able to walk into a store if I have a problem and can talk with an actual human who knows what they are doing. I’m OK with technology in general, but there are times when I need some help and it really stresses me out. After limping along with Mint Mobile for the last 3 months I am so happy to have everything working well again. I looked up my new phone online and it is retailing for between $500 -$650. I am very happy with my decision, and the money I had earmarked to spend on a new phone I can now keep in my savings. 


I did investigate Ting, which only rated as average coverage in my area, Consumer Cellular, which just felt a lot like Mint Mobile to me, so I wasn’t willing to chance that again (even though I know a lot of people use it and have no problems), and AT&T, which didn’t offer any deals on phones I was interested in, and the customer service rep was less than helpful. I’m so glad to have this taken care of and that I got a free phone!! 


Groceries: I am already at $97.76 spent and its only mid-month. Some of that was stocking up on my coffee pods. But I don’t need anything else, and I should be able to get through the rest of the month without needing to spend anything more. I bought an 18 count of large; store brand eggs and the regular price is now up to $5.19!! That is just crazy to me. The last time I bought them the regular price was $4.99. With my store card discount and my senior discount, I paid just $1.34. I had some really good store e-coupons, one for $1 off a one lb. store brand butter and $3 off a rotisserie chicken. My receipt says I saved a total of $8.86 cents using my club card, e-coupons and senior discounts. It all adds up! 


After a few weeks of absolutely beautiful weather, it has abruptly turned cold with highs only in the mid 40’s. It was nice to have a couple of months of low-ish utility bills, but the heat is kicking on so I’m dreading to see these winter bills. I set my thermostat at 69 degrees during the day and 66 at night to try and save while still feeling comfortable.


Have a good rest of your week!

7 Responses to “Mid-Month Update and a New Free Phone!”

  1. Turtle Lover Says:

    I agree that it is very important to have a reliable phone ... I, too, went back to Verizon after switching away ... when I had TM i lost signal a LOT!
    Good to hear from you!

  2. Lots of ideas Says:

    I use Verizon too. I have good service everywhere and that is my highest need.
    I have two lines and the payments on my Tablet are spread on my bill - same price to spread them out as pay up front.

    There are some things not worth fooling around with, and being able to call when you need to is one of mine,

    Enjoy your phone!

  3. Wink Says:

    Turtle Lover: It's good to hear from you too!

    Lots of Ideas: You nailed it. Some things are not worth fooling around with. I learned my lesson on this one. For me it's my health care, phone and internet.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Yep, it's so important to be secure in anything involving safety. Safety first is my mantra! Glad you have a phone that is working well for you, and free, too!

  5. terri77 Says:

    That’s awesome! I pay $72 a month to AT&T and my phone is paid for with a federal employee discount. And I run out of data every month. I’m looking forward to making the switch.

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    My jaw dropped that anyone gave out a free phone. It used to be the norm, but it has been so long since I've even heard of a company doing that. Verizon must be hurting for business.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    It's worth it to have a reliable phone and someone you can seek help from if you need it! Glad you got a free phone to boot!

    It was downright frigid here the past few days after unseasonably decent weather before. Supposed to be a little warmer here this week and looking forward to that and not having the furnace run as much.

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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