Thanks to everyone on the input yesterday about the boiler. As I said, we aren't sure what the "right" answer is. In my ideal world, I would just have $7,000 sitting around, waiting for the boiler to break. We will continue to discuss it, and eventually make a decision.
But today's topic....cell phones!
At the beginning of the year, one of my goals was to decrease the cell phone bill. It was roughly $140 at that time. In February, we re-newed our contract and upgraded the phones. And due to some changes in their pricing structure, and changes we made....our new bill was $183 (with tax. It is $170 before tax, and we receive a 15% discount on the "talk" portion of the bill).
So now we went in the wrong direction.
Verizon has since changed their plans again, and are offering a "share everything" plan. Our new plan is unlimited talk and text, and shared 2GB of data (we consistently use about 1.5 GB between us, with the heavy end toward G-man). This new plan, with our discount, now brings us to $138 (plus taxes).
We are pretty close to where we were. The taxes won't change that much. I am guessing the final bill will be about $150. It is still a $30+ savings per month than what we have been paying for 8 months. Slightly higher than it was.
So is that a Pass or a Fail on the goal?? It is $10 higher than where we started, but better than the $40+ we increased when we made the changes in February.