Sunday, January 31, 2016

Top Emergency Phone Hacks

We live life through our cell phones in our modern society. At our fingertips is the ability to communicate with almost any individual throughout any point during the day. Whether it is through a traditional cell phone, or a top of the line smartphone, there is no denying that they hold an important place in our lives. If one happens to accidentally leave their phone at home during the day, most would say that they feel lost without it.
So when it comes to situations where we actually need our phones the most, such as critical emergencies, looking up directions or needing important information instantaneously, what happens when you have no service, or have no battery supply left? All hope is not lost: take a look at some of the excellent phone hacks that could help you out when you might need it the most.

Hidden Battery Reserve
Did you know that your cell phone actually has a hidden battery reserve? If your battery is about to die, try pressing the keys *3370# and you will suddenly have up to a 50% increase in the amount of battery life. This reserve will be recharged the next time you plug in your phone, so it is not just a one-time reserve. Give it a try the next time you are running low!

Overriding for Emergency Hack
If you are ever in a serious situation, and you find that your cell phone has exited the service or coverage area, call “112”, which is the world-wide emergency phone number. It will reach out and find the nearest cell phone coverage service and allow for emergency contact.

Charge Your Phone with a 9 Volt Battery
If you do not happen to have a power source for your phone, have no fear! All you need is your car phone charger, a key and a 9 Volt battery. Plug your phone into the car charger, then place the end of the car charger on the “+” or positive side of the 9 Volt battery. Take your metal key, place it in the “-“ or negative side of the battery, and tilt it to make it touch the metal end on the side of the charger. Your phone will immediately start charging, and very quickly at that!

Are you in need of a phone, or unable to currently afford one of your own? Check out Budget Mobile’s government sponsored Lifeline phone plans. Each state has different requirements, so sign up today to see if you qualify! 

Monday, January 18, 2016

4 Tips for Staying Positive During Tough Times

We all know that we face adversity in life. Whether it is through personal relationships, job issues, financial strain, health reasons or something else, the reality is that there are always negative experiences that we have to weather. Understandably, these types of situations can really take a toll on our emotional well-being, which can potentially lead to a downward spiral of negative emotions, and sometimes even causing physical ailments.

Ultimately, one needs to focus on staying positive, even through the toughest of times. There are multiple ways of accomplishing this, so let’s take a look at four really effective ways for maintaining a positive attitude.

Go Out of Your Way to Encourage Others

You would be surprised about how much a difference one can make in another’s life, AND your own by encouraging other individuals. You want someone to feel positive and energized by being around you - not to mention that focusing on others can help pull yourself out of dwelling on negativity. Give it a try sometime!

Don’t Compare Your Life to Others

Not everyone walks the same path, thinks the same way, or even experiences challenges the same way as you do. It does no good to compare your life to others, especially since everyone has their own challenges in their own way. Focus on just yourself and resist the temptation to compare and contrast other individual’s lives!

Stay Grateful

Practicing an attitude of gratefulness can go a long way towards helping ward off negative feelings. While we may face different challenges along the way in our lives, there are still many blessings in our lives that we can see and focus on.

View it as a Challenge

One of the greatest quotes that one can take from facing hardships is actually from the martial artist Bruce Lee, who said “Do not pray for an easy life - pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”. He understood that by facing challenges and trials, they become opportunities for us to grow. Try to view these experiences and times as an opportunity to grow in a particular area of your life, and you will emerge at the end of the tunnel stronger than ever!

Staying positive can be very hard at times, especially during tough financial situations. Sometimes having access to personal help, such as the Lifeline government phone plans, or even a close friend to talk to can really make all the difference. Whatever the situation: financial, personal or anything in-between, focus on the previous points and you will undoubtedly see a difference in how you can face negative life experiences.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Time to Save for the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, and that means everyone’s budget gets a little bit tighter. Whether you’re saving up for gifts, or are trying to figuring out the best recipe for a meal that won’t go over your budget, finding ways to save can really help.

In order to avoid overspending, take a look at a couple of these tips in order to determine what you can do to make the holidays as stress-free as possible:

  • Use Cash For All Spending

Using cash can really make a difference when it comes to spending money. It’s tangible, you can visually scan how much you are spending and how much you have left. In other words, it can really help to curb any wanton spending as opposed to using a credit card or debit card. Keep a set amount of cash on you, not too much where you’ll be tempted to spend more than you can afford to. It works very well, so give it a try!

  • Clip Coupons and Wait for Sales

The last several months of the year are arguably one of the biggest shopping periods each year. So when you are looking for a particular item, search the internet and your local newspapers to find an extra dollar off here, 20 percent off there. These will continually add up, and you’ll be able to not only save more money than you imagined, but you can often end up with extra cash to make additional purchases.

  • Get Creative for Gifts

Not every hot-ticket item for the season is worth giving. Creating something from scratch could mean more to a friend or family member than anything else you could purchase. Take a class on woodworking, or sewing, and create something useful that they could appreciate more than anything else.

  • Don’t Forget the Meaning of the Season

It’s easy to lose sight of what the season is really all about, and it’s not just about getting the best deals on the latest electronics. It’s most important to spend the time with the ones you love, both friends and family. Your time is the most valuable asset you own, so make yourself available as much as possible and enjoy all the time you can with your family.

Budget Mobile also is one of the best ways to save money, especially for those who are in need of cell phone assistance from the government. For first-time users, we are offering a plan that features 500 free minutes and 500 free texts for the first three months. There’s no better time to take advantage of this offer than now during the holidays.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

4 Ways to Cut Back on Daily Expenses

It’s not a cheap world that we live in. More often than not, individuals find themselves living from paycheck to paycheck. While this is not always the ideal situation, there are always ways to improve one’s financial burdens with a few creative changes, and some sacrifices. If you’re interested in making the most out of your money, take a look at a few of these daily and monthly expense-saving tips:

  1. Save on gas costs by limiting your excursions.  For the large majority of Americans, your vehicle is your daily driver. It is often driven to work, and then home again, along with any other stops in between.  However, you can save on your gas costs by limiting yourself to making stops only in one direction, as well as choosing one day a week to get all of your appointments and stops out of the way.

  1. Bring your own lunch to work!  As tempting as it is to indulge in a well-deserved lunchtime treat, the reality is that eating out is expensive, even for fast food restaurants.  If you pack your own lunch, it generally only ends up costing pennies to make - it may not be your favorite choice, but with a little creativity and a different outlook, you could enjoy your lunch while saving lots of money each week.

  1. Cancel your gym membership. While this might seem counter-productive to most modern thinking, one can actually get as good of a workout, if not better, than utilizing a monthly gym membership.  One can actually get a phenomenal workout by doing cardio and bodyweight exercises in the home and around the neighborhood. Find some used dumbbells on craigslist and build a better body for cheap!

  1. Change the bulbs in your home to energy-efficient ones.  Incandescent light bulbs use far more electricity than modern ones, such as halogen incandescents, LED’s or compact fluorescent lamps. By switching over to energy-efficient bulbs, you will see a marked difference in your energy bill, so make the switch as soon as you can.

These are just several ways you can begin to cut costs in your everyday living. As expensive as our modern lives can be, there is always a way to reduce costs further. One other important way to save money is to also sign up for a free government phone through Budget Mobile. This particular program is government-sponsored and is designed to provide individuals who have difficulty meeting their monthly financial needs with a free phone, as well as free service. It’s a great opportunity to look into for those who qualify for this program.  For more information, visit to see if you are eligible for this free government phone.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Cold Weather is Coming - Save Money

Cold weather is starting to settle in, which means it's time to prepare your home.  Leaves are starting to turn in some locations while in others, trees have already shed all their leaves and are preparing for frigid temperatures. For some people, cold weather is welcomed and for others, they would rather enjoy 90 degree temperatures for the rest of their life.  While people may have different preferences, one thing that bonds everyone together is the need to weatherproof their homes to keep warm air in and cold air out.

Tips for Saving Money in the Cold

Money Saving Tips

  1. Seal the leaks in your home.  Windows are often a spot in your home where you lose a lot of heat. If you live in an old home with older single pane windows, a window sealing kit is a great way to go.  This seals out all the cold air from coming in.  The downside, you can't open your windows to let fresh air in.  Another way to seal leaks is to caulk around your windows where there are cracks.  While caulking tools may look intimidating, they are very easy to use and very inexpensive.  Did we mention filling in cracks around your windows can also save you money in the summer while trying to keep your home cool?  
  2. Clean your fireplace.  If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, whether it's gas or wood burning, it's important to keep it maintained.  For those with a gas fireplace, there are dozens, if not hundreds of videos online with how-to videos for cleaning out your gas fireplace.  Not only do you ensure it's running efficient, it also is pleasing to look at.  Approximate time to clean, 1-2 hours.  If you have a wood burning fireplace, remember to get your chimney cleaned out every year if you tend to use it regularly.  This will help soot from building up in your chimney and help prevent fires.  It's also a great time to get out and chop some wood and get some exercise.  
  3. Seal your attic.  Your attic is one of the biggest places to lose heat and money during winter months.  The majority of homes with attics aren't always insulated well, even though it's easy to do and very inexpensive.  For about $7, you can buy some weatherstripping foam tape to prevent warm air from escaping into your attic and out through your roof.  
  4. Use Electrical wall socket gaskets.  These fit flush against the plates that go over the electrical outlets in your house to prevent cold air from getting in.  They generally only need to be used on the outside facing walls, interior walls usually don't let cold air in.  

Save Money with Free Government Cell Phones from Budget Mobile 

free government cell phone

Another great way to save money on your monthly budget is to sign up for a free government phone through Budget Mobile.  This free cell phone program is designed to help out those who are having trouble paying their monthly bills by giving them a free cell with with free cell phone service.  These free cell phones are through a government program called LifeLine and are sometimes referred to as an Obama phone.  For money information on how to qualify for a free government cell phone, please visit Budget Mobile.  

Friday, September 25, 2015

Budget Mobile Offers Free Government Cell Phones

free government cell phones

Have you ever thought a cell phone would help you in both your work and personal life, but knew the cost would be prohibitive?  Budget Mobile offers free government cell phones through a program called LifeLine.  This free government cell phone program, sometimes called an Obama Phone, is setup to help those in need who would otherwise have trouble paying for a cell phone and the monthly service. 

Benefits of Free Government Phones 

Unlike other cell phone plans, the LifeLine plan that includes a free government phone has no contract and it has no cost to qualified individuals.  This means that you can receive a free cell phone with free cell phone service and not have to worry about paying expensive cell phone bills each month.

Free Cell Phone Service Provided

With free cell phone service, qualified individuals can make and receive phone calls, text messages, and depending on the state you live in, you may qualify for free mobile data.   Qualified applicants can receive free government cell phones and free cell phone service for up to one year.  After the year is over, applicants must reapply to the LifeLine Program. 

How to Qualify for a Free Government Cell Phone

To qualify for a free government cell phone, applicants must be of a low income status determined by each state or they must be receiving financial assistance from one of the major government sponsored programs.  These programs include, but are not limited to food stamps (SNAP), Medicaid, Free Lunch program for kids, or Federal Housing Assistance – Section 8.  Only one free cell phone line per household.

To see if you qualify for a free government phone through the LifeLine Cell Phone program with Budget Mobile, visit the resources page.  You can also click on the link that is specific to the state that you currently live in. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fall into Savings with Budget Mobile

free government cell phone

With cooler temperatures around the corner, there are a few money saving tips we want to share that can save you some money each month.  Most of these tips can be done yourself with no additional help, meaning you won’t have to pay a service person.

Seal those holes and cracks

When you turn your furnace on to provide some warmth, the last thing you want is for the warm air to sneak out the front door.  Sealing holes and cracks with weather stripping or caulk can keep your warm air inside and prevent it from getting outside.   These seals can save you up to 10% on your energy bill each year.

Set your Hot Water Heater Temperature

Many people often have their hot water heater temperatures in their home set too high.  Not only can this cost you a lot of extra money, but when the temperature is too hot, it can scold your skin.  Set your temperature on your hot water heater to 120 F or set it to low to prevent excess energy use.  If the water temperature out of the tap is a little low for you, you can always turn the dial up a little.  You’ll be amazing at the savings this can provide you!

Energy Audits

Not sure where you else you might be loosing money?  Energy audits are a great way to see where you can potentially save some money in your home.  Check with your local energy company as they often have rebates available for energy audits.

Save Money with Free Government Cell Phones

In addition to saving money on your home, you may also qualify for a free government cell phone including free cell phone service through Budget Mobile. This LifeLine cell phone program is setup to provide financial relief to low-income families who are having a hard time paying they monthly bills.  To see if you qualify for a free government cell phone, click here.