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You can save money on your Internet service by going back to the stone age of dial-up. You can find service for about $10 a month. But if that’s too drastic for your lifestyle, consider getting high-speed service through your cable-TV provider. You can usually get a cut-rate deal for bundling services together. The national average cost for basic cable is about $15 a month—$30 for expanded basic, to which the vast majority of cable watchers subscribe. Add a high-speed Internet connection for $40, and you’d do well to budget $70 or so for the whole package.
You might save money on your phone bill by scrapping your land line altogether and sticking to your cell phone. (A bare-bones landline service typically costs about $20 to $25 a month.) Cell phone bills can vary widely by location, provider and, of course, your own personal use. But the average cell phone bill in the U.S. runs about $50 to $60 a month. If that’s too steep for your budget, consider using a prepaid cell phone that charges you only for the minutes you use. If that’s too conservative, you may have to look for other areas to cut back.