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4 simple switches that saved dad-of-three $708 a month

This Aussie dad is proof that a few small changes can really add up.

A composite image of Jason Boys and his family and money in a wallet representing the money he has saved from making switches.
Jason Boys made a number of simple switches and is saving thousands of dollars every year. (Source: Provided / AAP)

Jason Boys is a father-of-three and truck driver from Port Macquarie who is saving more than $700 every month after making a few small switches.

Boys has been with a major Telco for more than 10 years, despite the fact he and his family couldn't even get reception on their phones in parts of their home on the NSW Mid-North Coast.

The coverage was so bad, he and his family had to walk outside or leave their device near the lounge room window where it was in range.

As a shift worker waiting for the call to head into work, Jason was prompted to carry out a financial ‘health check’ of his household outgoings. And he uncovered a number of ways to save each month, including:

  • Switching from one of the big three telcos to a $10-per-month Circles Life deal, saving $55

  • Switching his wife and two of his daughters to Circles Life, saving $105

  • Installing solar panels, slashing his electricity bill by $200

  • Shopping around for a better LPG plan, forcing his original supplier to offer him a free gas bottle and reduce the cost by $28.50 per bottle

  • Doing the weekly grocery shop at Aldi, saving $80

Boys is now saving $708.50 in total each month, or $8,502 per year.

Circles Life head of marketing Genevieve Brock said the average monthly cost of a mobile phone was $63 and many people didn’t realise they were paying too much.

“Switching providers could halve the cost with new digital telco providers providing a real alternative over the traditional offerings,” Brock said.

“In most cases, digital operators offer the same mobile coverage consumers would get on the Telstra, Optus or Vodafone networks but, with fewer overheads to pay, it means they can offer much better value for the same basic products as the big-brand telcos.”

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