I did receive some donations (two were surprisingly generous), but life continues to suck… money. Some other expenses arose; no one major, but the cumulative effect wiped out what I got. And then some.
Basically, I have about $230 to my name as I type. By the end of November, I will not be able to pay any bills, much less get the replacement phone.
On the phone: If I stick with my current outfit, a phone will will run about $35, and monthly time will be about $15; yes, recurring, unless I get enough for a longer service card.
When I was a little more hopeful, financially speaking, I looked into a Straight Talk plan. The phone would be about the same, but ST offers a year-long unlimited data plan. But it’s damned pricey. But the neat thing about that is that, using connection sharing, I think I could drop my at-home Internet service, which runs $79 per month. ($495 vs. $948 per year is appealing.)
I knew this was coming eventually, but I’d hoped it wouldn’t be quite so soon. Due to cell network upgrades, my old flip phone will cease to work this year. I don’t have an exact date, but it’s no longer than just under four months. I have to buy a new, compatible phone.
It looks like the phone prices will range from $30 to $60, plus air time. I could go higher for a fancier phone; I’d prefer not to do so.
This will be on top of my usual $175+ monthly expenses (Internet connection, etc). Nor does that include the paid web site hosting I still need. At least bussjaeger.us doesn’t need to be renewed until March next year.
Damn. A smart phone. Now I’ll be carrying my phone even less.
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