|I hear this woman screaming at me in my dreams.|
I have always been a fan of TV court shows. The People's Court, Judge Judy, Judge Mathis, all of them. In all of the series, there are common themes. Don't sign for anyone on a car note. Never pay for repairs up front. Don't ever, ever get a cellphone for anyone.
After all my years of faithful TV viewing, one would think that I would know better. I recently added my parents on to my cellphone plan. My folks are in a rough spot and I try to help where I can. I have been reviewing their bills and getting interest rates lowered, packages bundled, and the like.
I almost fell out of my chair when I looked at their cellphone plan. They both had ATT phones - years, yes, years off contract. They were paying almost $150 for 2 phones that did nothing but make phone calls. No texting, no data, no ring tones. Just phone calls. By adding them to my plan, it knocked their bills down to $50-$75 total. After much hand wringing, I added them to my plan, but with rules.
My biggest rule was that Mom can't call information on her cell unless it was an emergency and if it was an emergency she was supposed to call 911 or me. This is the same woman that uses her yellow pages because it is more reliable than the internet thingy *eyeroll*.
I opened my bill and guess who was making 411 calls at $1.99 a pop? This is not going to be a pleasant conversation when she gets home.