I originally reviewed Total Wireless a few months ago and we have been pretty happy with it overall. The service is good (it uses Verizon’s network) and the price is right ($57 for 2 phones). So I was surprised when I recently went out to see if any competitors had anything better to offer. To my surprise, Total Wireless got even better!
The single line plans haven’t changed, only the shared or family plans.
2 phones – $60/month 8GB shared data
3 phones – $85/month 12GB shared data
4 phones – $100/month 15GB shared data
The 5% auto-pay discount applies to these plans as well. Finally, if these data amounts weren’t enough for you, you could get an extra 3GB of data for an extra $10/month. The plus side is that the extra data you buy would roll over every month so you keep using it until it’s all gone!
New and Improved Plans
The prices stay the same, but the data gets SO MUCH BETTER! Below is a summary, but you can view the details here.
2 phones – $60/month 15GB shared data
3 phones – $85/month 20GB shared data
4 phones – $100/month 25GB shared data
You can still get the auto-pay discount and if you need the extra data, it’s now 5GB for $10/month instead of 3GB.
One of the things I hear the most when I talk to someone about changing their cell phone provider is that they don’t want to have less coverage. You can’t get better than Verizon’s coverage nationwide. If you haven’t checked out Total Wireless yet, what are you waiting for? (Tell me in the comments below.)
I’ll be continue covering our budget this month. In this post, I’ll be discussing our fuel or gasoline budget. This one is a little tricky because it can vary a bit depending on a number of factors, such as the types of cars you drive and the number of miles driven each month.
Get to the point already!
Here it is – each month we budget $200 for gasoline or fuel. There have been periods of time where it has been more or less depending on what gasoline prices are. On average, $200 seems to cover it every month.
What do you drive?
We drive two different vehicles in our home, and they’re somewhat opposites when it comes to miles per gallon. Our first car, and the one driven the most, is a 2006 Toyota Prius and gets almost 50 MPG depending on the weather. It has over 200k miles at this point and continues to run well. I commute about 50 miles each day to work, not counting additional driving on the weekend.
Our second vehicle is a 2011 Toyota Sienna. It averages anywhere from 19-23 MPG depending on the type of driving that we’re doing. My wife drives it a varying number of miles each day. Some days that might be a lot, and other days it may sit in the garage.
What all does it cover?
Unlike the grocery budget, the gasoline category is pretty simple. It covers gasoline and fuel for our cars and lawn mower. There is one minor exception to this – vacation. If we’re driving somewhere for vacation, we tend to not use the fuel budget, but instead use whatever we’ve got budgeted for vacation instead.
How much do you spend on gasoline each month? Do we spend more or less than you do? I’d love to see in the comments below.
At the end of July, our remaining balance is at 32.7% of our original mortgage that we took out in 2007. That’s a reduction of 2.32%.
How much longer?
Once all of July’s payments are applied, we’ll have reduced our mortgage balance by about $3158 this month. We’re marching towards $40k and will be there by October 1. We’ve only got 14 payments left! That means our mortgage will be paid off on October1, 2018.
Luckily, these numbers are all using conservative estimates so it should happen unless something tragic or extraordinary occurs. I’ve also started doing travel planning as a way of bringing in extra income and doing something I enjoy (talking about Disney). You can get more information here: https://www.facebook.com/AdamOUAV/ I’d be happy to help you plan your next vacation.
I’ll be continuing the series that covers our budget. The next category we’ll be covering is fuel. It doesn’t sound exciting, but might be of interest to many of you.