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Six household essentials you should always buy online to save money

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Buy household items online to save money

Staying within your budget each month doesn’t have to be a struggle when you know which online retailers offer the best prices on everyday items, and you take some time to plan ahead. When you buy household items online in bulk, you can save a lot of money over the course of the year — and also save on gas and the hassle of running back and forth to the store. Whether you’re managing a house full of kids or just shopping for two, here are six household essentials you should always buy online to save money:

Do more with your smartphone without paying more for mobile data

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Instead of asking how to get more data without paying, learn how to do more with less

You may be asking yourself “how do I get more data on my phone?” and, judging by the searches that bring people to this particular article, you are. In a similar vein, “how to get more data without paying” is a common question.

Rather than trying to figure out how to get more data on your phone, though, a better approach is how to do more with the data you have. While it’s possible to have a smartphone without a data plan, a little mobile data makes the smartphone experience that much better.

That said, don’t listen to carriers that want you to sign on long-term for so-called “unlimited” data, though: Instead, learn how to do more with less using the simple and easily implemented tips below.

Get the fattest, dumbest pipe you can find when cutting the cord

Cutting the cord? Is your network fast enough?

Cutting the cord puts demands on your home Internet connection. A lot of the stuff that used to come to you by way of a coax cable or satellite dish now comes over the Internet instead.

cutting the cordPeople talk about the standard measurement of Internet or network speed, megabit (note: bit, not byte) like it’s supposed to mean something to most people.

If 30 megabits per second (Mbps) is good, then it stands to reason, 50 Mbps is better. 100 Mbps must be really good and when you get up to 1,000 Mbps (1 gigabit per second or 1 Gbps), you’re squarely in “amazing” territory.

1 Gbps, of the sort provided by fiber Internet access, is, dare we say, life-changing. It also isn’t available in most places yet…

Since fiber access isn’t available everywhere, most people still have to play the incumbent copper provider’s game of Pick the Megabits: trying to measure cost against Megabits which, as we sort of established, is a ruler that most people simply don’t understand (and shouldn’t have to).

We’re here to offer what help we can in picking through the options to find one that fits.

No tactics and no tricks. Here’s our Ting pricing promise.

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This blog post partly comes out of internal conversations we have all the time here about Ting pricing and promotions on both Ting Mobile and Ting Internet. But to be honest, it mostly comes out of a phone call I had with my cable company recently.

On behalf of Ting (without actually running it by everybody first), I vow that we will never do any of the following:

The road to fiber: how fiber optic infrastructure gets built

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The most common question we get about Ting Internet is “when can I get it?” It speaks to the need for infrastructure much faster and more reliable than the old copper networks. Copper simply wasn’t designed to provide Internet access.

While we’d love to get the whole of North America wired (glassed?) up with the access it so sorely needs, it bears mentioning that fiber is a marathon, not a sprint.

Five ways to refer a friend to Ting

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The Ting Refer a Friend program gives you a unique referral link that offers new customers $25 off their bill or $25 off a new phone in the Ting Shop. You’ll get $50 off your bill after your first successful referral, and $25 off your bill for each referral after that.

Perhaps you’ve found some success getting your mom and dad to switch to Ting, or maybe your siblings or a couple friends. While word of mouth is a great way to get Ting referral credit, there’s many ways to share, from posting testimonials to commenting on reddit.