Graphic: Ting art

My phone bill was $30 last month with Ting

Are you always around WiFi? Are you sick of paying a high phone bill?

If your answer is “yes,” you should consider using Ting as your wireless service provider. With Ting, you only pay for what you use.

If you

  1. have WiFi at home,
  2. have WiFi at work,
  3. have access to WiFi  most other places you go (your grandma’s, your friends’, the grocery store, in the airport, at a hotel, on and on),

then you can easily be relying on WiFi for your data, messaging, and calls and saving a ton of money.

Ting’s dashboard estimates your usage based on your current month’s usage. On January 17, Ting estimated my bill would be $42, but with a little discipline, I was able to keep it below that.

I was intentional about how I used my phone to try and save myself some money. I called on Wifi (Vonage app), used messaging apps (Whatsapp or Google+ Hangouts) or emails, and limited my web browsing and searching while out and about.  

This is how much it has cost me over the last six months. I have already pocketed over $80 that I would have forked over to my previous provider, Virgin Mobile, where my unlimited plan cost me $56 monthly.

Ting Billing History screen

My $30 phone bill for January brought my average monthly bill down to $39.

I had two high bills in November I was planning a huge party for my grandma, and then in December one of my loved ones spent a week in the hospital. Now that everything is back to normal, my phone bill is lower than it’s ever been before. 

If you decide to Ting will work for you, sign up using my link and we will both get credit!


Photo: 8x8 HDX wall patch, spackle knife, and spackle bought at Home Depot

You don’t need a man (or a lot of money) to patch a hole in the wall

Today I learned that it is pretty easy to patch a hole in the wall.  If it is relatively small, you can just use putty/spackle to cover the hole.  However, if it is large, you will have to get a patch to help you keep the spackle in place.

The hole pictured below has been there ever since I moved in here.  A wild hair and a trip to Home Depot to buy furnace filters inspired me to fix this hole.  It cost me just over $15.

All you need is:

  • Wall repair patch – $5.68  (I needed a large 8″ x 8″ patch)
  • Spackle – $4.97 (I could’ve saved myself $2 by getting the smaller tub, but what can I say, I am a rookie!)
  • Sandpaper  – $3.97 (used pre- and post-spackle to smooth rough edges)
  • Putty knife – $1.79

Total cost: $16.41


While I was there, I also copped this pretty pinkish red Behr Interior Eggshell Enamel found for the low ($9, normally $25.96) in the reject section.

Photo: Pretty pinkish red Behr Interior Eggshell Enamel found for the low ($9) in the reject section of Home Depot


New photos added to the garden chronicle

New photos added to the garden chronicle: Growing food in the hood

About a month ago, I started a garden in my backyard with the help of my very knowledgeable friend. I just added a bunch of new photos. I think my plants are doing great, but only time will tell! This is my very first garden, so you can learn along with me. You can follow my progress by following me on Google+!