My husband and I survive month to month frequently having $0 by a week before the end of the month. We’ve gotten to be experts at getting by with less. So why is it that we both have smart phones, and we consider this a worthy expense? Here are five things that make our phones valuable to us.
It’s a GPS
OK so my husband’s car has GPS in it. My GPS, however, flew across the car the time I was rear ended and never turned on again. I don’t have enough money for a new GPS unit, but fortunately was able to get a fairly decent GPS through Google maps for free. It costs us data every month, but we’re on the smallest data plan available and I never use that much in a month anyway (though I come close). Paying for the data on the phone is an expense we were already paying, so this works out much better for me.
It tracks my health
With two major health concerns, my phone lets me track my health. There are a variety of apps for either concern, but having my blood sugar records and mental health records in one place that I am already carrying with me to the doctors’ offices has proven incredibly valuable, especially because when I was using paper copies, I forgot to bring them all the time. It also lets me email a copy of my charts to my doctors to keep in my medical records.
It has a kindle app on it
The ability to get free books on a kindle app has proven invaluable for many situations including waiting at the doctor’s office, riding public transportation, and trying to get to sleep at night. My library has many books on kindle available, and there are also websites to download free kindle books. The app is also free, and you can connect when you have Wi-Fi making the download free as well. This has made my phone an unending source of entertainment.
It sends important popups
Where I live, there are no tornado sirens that we can hear. Therefore, the blaring alert and popups when there is a tornado siren going off in the vicinity has proven valuable. My phone is my only source of this information, since I have also cut off my television to save money. In addition, I have a free app that shows the radar, so I can tell how big a storm is and when one might come.
It’s a phone
While any phone is a phone, having one on me when I go for a walk or drive at night makes me feel a lot safer. In addition, we were able to stop paying for a landline, and use the cell phones instead. This makes my cell phone the only way to get ahold of me immediately.