While this is not a post about technology in the classroom, it is a post about technology at home! Many people ask me what we do when I tell them that we cut our phone and cable bills. This is not an advertisement – it is simply a post for what our family did. There are many other great tools out there…these are just the ones that we use!
A few years back we decided to cut some of our bills. First, we got rid of our daily paper. I loved reading the paper each morning – but decided to use the time for my devotional reading instead and I don’t miss it. Every morning I use my YouVersion app to read the Bible. I like the extended reading plans they offer. Right now I am reading through the “Historical” version of the Bible through a year. “Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to read the Old Testament in ancient Israel? Or, the New Testament as the books were written? In this plan, the order of the Old Testament readings is very similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, progressing from Law to Prophets to Writings. The New Testament ordering is based upon research regarding the order in which the books were authored. Although this research is not conclusive, it may offer helpful insights to your Bible reading.” (YouVersion)
Second, we got rid of our landline phone. This was a hard one for us. I wanted to use cell phones only, and my husband wanted a landline. Yet we both agreed that we didn’t like paying for a service we simply were not using. So, we purchased an Ooma.
Simply plug one end into your high speed Internet, and one end into your phone. Click HERE to learn more. The unit does cost $149.99 for the initial unit, but this has definitely paid for itself. We have used it now for a few years. The voice quality is great. You do have to continue to pay for your Internet service and you will be billed for state and local taxes and surcharges (ours is about $6.50 a month). That is certainly cheaper than what we use to pay for our phone service.
Finally, we saved by discontinuing our TV cable service. We wondered what life would be like without a regular TV but I am so happy we did! I don’t miss it at all. Not only do we have more time in the day (because we aren’t sitting in front of the TV!), we can still watch all the shows we would want to watch on our own time schedule by using a Roku. Now, I must let you know that if you are a sports fan or enjoy watching the news, this may not be a good choice for you. We can only watch shows once they have aired. However, if I feel that I really need a news update, I can stream online to a local news station.