If you live on-grid, chances are you or a family member owns a cell phone. You probably know about how much your cell phone plan costs each month, but do you know how much you are paying for the actual minutes you USE?!?
If you have a 3000 minute plan, and only use 1000 minutes, you are really paying 3x the amount you should be paying for each of those minutes.
Do you like the luxury of having a 1,000 minute buffer zone each month? I only ask because we used to. My wife and I used to say, "geez honey, let's make sure we don't go over our minutes, so let's get a plan with a lot of minutes." It was expensive and unnecessary.
To survive these times, we all need to cut as many unnecessary living expenses as possible. Please scrutinize your cell phone bill. You may be able to cut $50-$100 a month from your plan, and add that money to your prepping reserves.
Here are two wonderful links that will help you review your plan, and look at new plans. Take the time to save some money. My wife and I cut from 3000 minutes down to a 2500 minute plan, and are saving $50 a month. It helps.
Billshrink.com - Have your bill out and ready to do some comparing of new plans and your current plan.
Letstalk.com - This is a more general site, where it compares plans from a wide range of wireless carriers. If you're comfortable with changing cell phone company's, then this site has what you are looking for.