Still on the Family Cell Plan
I would say this is a confession, but I think it is so incredibly common these days that I’m not the least bit embarrassed. I’m still on my parent’s family plan. T is on a plan with his mom and little sister too.
Family plans, when fully utilized, are one of the cheapest plans (per a phone) out there. On Verizon you can have a family of 5 sharing one plan for $140 (text and talk). Assuming no one is a big day time out-of-network talker, you’d be fine on the minutes. That’s a mere $28 per a phone line!
T’s sister (who’s even more frugal than we are) spotted the cheapness of family plans, organized herself to be in charge of a new family plan, with her, her husband, her mom, her dad, and her other sister. The limit is 5, so they are kicking T off. I’m annoyed about this on principle (why does he get screwed?!?) , but if we get my grandparent’s a prepaid phone, we have room for him on our family plan.
Now this part is a bit embarrassing. I also don’t pay my share of the phone bill. This is leftover from college, when I wasn’t expected to. My parent’s kept insisting it would be silly for me to pay them the $10/month it cost to keep me on. I got a smart phone with an extra $10 data plan (and got married!) in April and pledged I’d start paying my way (and I will!), but I was also sort of waiting to see what we figured out with T. Now that he is joining up, we are going to pay our share (including back payments to April for mine) in 6-month installments. I hate the idea of paying every month.
On Red’s blog, I read some comments about being on the family plan meaning you are still financially attached to your family. I disagree. Both of us have been supporting ourselves for years. This is simply the cheapest way for us to stay connected, and doesn’t cost my parents anything.
So what about you? Are you still on the family plan? Were you ever on it? Why did you get off? (Did your family abandon you like T’s?!)