This brings our total current savings to $32 a month - a 22% decline in our telecomm charges.
We considered cutting other itemized charges once we were staring closely at the bill. I'm just not ready to give up the $3.50 a month for distinctive ring (our fax line...but I may cave next month). Since my company reimburses the cable modem rental, I am also forgoing the option to buy my own (which would come out of my own pocket) until I am no longer reimbursed for my broadband access.
I also just cannot bear to live without Caller ID. This might seem dumb, since I could probably let my answering machine do my "screening", but I do find this useful for work when I am working from home. I think $7 a month is overpriced for what it costs the providers (like...nothing, right?) but I'd rather just not have a phone than give it up. Sorry SavvySaver! (I promise I gave it thought)
Another tip for those looking to save money on phone service: long ago I stopped paying for voicemail service when it dawned on me that it was equivalent to renting an answering machine. For a long while we used a very simple, older machine but when we needed a new phone a few years ago we bought a two handset model with a digital answering machine built in. Since we purchased it at Costco it was very economical.