Why We Decided To Pay More For Our Cell Phone Plan

I have been blogging about personal finance for quite a long time, and in doing that, I’ve gotten to read a lot of other great blogs.  One of the common themes that many great personal finance bloggers write about is trying to cut costs, and one big area is to reduce their cell phone bill.  Well, here I go going against the grain.  See, we just recently decided to start paying MORE.  We just signed up for Verizon mobile service.

Here’s the breakdown and our reasons.  Let me know what you think.

Old Plan: The Sprint Unlimited Data Plan with four lines

We have been customers of Sprint for years.  I think my wife and I figured out that she has been with them for almost fifteen years.  It’s been a long time.

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A Good Sales Pitch Makes All The Difference

We’ve lived in our house for nine years now, so I was at first a little surprised when, a few weeks ago, my wife told me that she wanted to learn how to cut the lawn.  There are very few hard and fast responsibilities on who does what in our house, but taking care of the lawn was one of few that existed, and I had no problem with that.

At first I was bewildered, though I quickly came to a conclusion about why she was asking: Her new Fitbit.  I’ve had a Fitbit for a while now, but my wife recently got one just several months back.  While we’re not cutthroat about it, there is a little bit of competitiveness between us as to who can get the most steps daily and over a running seven day period, both of which are readily available on the app.

Steps And Cutting Lawn

Cutting the lawn adds about 7,000 steps, so her cutting it instead of me could swing the difference a full 14,000 steps in her favor.

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Am I The Only Person A Bit Worried About The Economy?

The economy has been on a pretty good path for the last 8 years or so with slow but steadily improving job numbers, reduced unemployment, and a rising stock  market.  Many have argued that the slow growth is ‘bad’ but I argued a few years ago that slow growth actually provides a more stable foundation and a softer landing when things do start to turn.

I’m starting to wonder if that turn is starting to happen.  Moreover, I’m wondering if we’ve been used to things moving up for so long that people might be missing or ignoring the signs.

I’m not in outright panic mode but here are a few little things I’ve noticed that add up to a little bit of worry (Disclaimer: You should make absolutely no investment decisions based off of this article, which is 100% opinion).

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