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NOTE FROM COLLIN: Similar to how we do our Try Me Tuesday posts with product recommendations, I thought it would be also fun to do basically the complete opposite. With that said, I introduce “Waste of Money Wednesday!” 😂 This post will be exactly that – the Hip2Save team will be sharing products that they aren’t happy with, products they feel are a waste of money – basically product UN-recommendations.

Hi There! It’s Bryn – Collin’s Sister & Sidekick!

Today’s post is a bit different than normal as I am not featuring a physical product that I purchased recently and ended up not liking. In fact, as I tried to figure out what to feature in today’s post, I racked my brain for something, anything, that I regretted purchasing recently. And truth be told, I came up blank which I guess is a good thing as that means I have made wise and useful purchases.

So as I sat at my kitchen table yesterday pondering this post, it finally came to me! Like literally came to me – in the form of a text message! Read on and all should make sense…


If you too have children with phones, there are likely two dreaded words that you never want to hear…

DATA OVERAGE
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Yep! Those 2 words mean extra costs to you for something you probably did not budget for or expect. Just yesterday, I received a text message from my cell phone carrier, Verizon, stating that I was being charged an additional $15 on top of what I already pay for 1GB of overage data. UGH!

I started to think of all the things I would rather do with that $15 – go get my car washed, take a friend to coffee, grab a bouquet of flowers at the grocery store. Yes, I could have used that $15 to bring some joy into my life but instead…. POOF, it was wasted on DATA!

And to make matters worse, the overage data was not a result of my husband and/or myself traveling and being unable to connect to WIFI. Oh no, the overage data is simply the result of having a teenage daughter with a smartphone who was just on Christmas break for over 2 weeks with virtually unlimited access to her phone.

Apparently, she streamed a lot of Netflix/videos, did a lot of texting and kept an eye on Instagram and Snapchat all without connecting to our home WIFI because “the signal was not very strong“?! And she managed to use over 32GB of data – OMG! So this is my Waste of Money confession! 😮

Needless to say, I am looking for suggestions from other parents to help nip this issue in the bud! Yes, I am aware that I could opt to take away the phone entirely and this would remedy the problem in the short term. Instead, I am looking for more long term suggestions on how to prevent data overage in my home while still allowing my teen to use her phone.

Do you set daily data limits for your family, do you only allow phone usage for a certain amount of time each day, do you pay for unlimited data plans and feel they are worth the price?


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  1. grannyjan5

    Don’t waste your money on unlimited. My hubby and I purchased from Verizon only to find out that when they say it will slow down after 15GB they mean ‘almost stop working’. It really is a BIG rip off! Wish we had other choices. We travel so we have a jetpack for internet. Checked out a few others that offer same type service but our areas are not included. I believe that is called “GOTCHA”!

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