Phone bill tour aims to save money
CARY – The Citizens Utility Board will celebrate “Money Smart Week” with a tour to help Chicago-area consumers save hundreds of dollars a year on their phone bills.
One stop will be at 10 a.m. April 27 at the Cary Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Road. To register, call the library at 847-639-4210 or visit www.cary.lib.il.us.
CUB’s campaign aligns with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s “Money Smart Week,” which runs Saturday through April 28 to help consumers better manage their finances.
A CUB study has estimated that Illinois callers could be overpaying by more than $1 billion a year, and most could enjoy big savings by making a few simple changes on their phone bills.
CUB has shown phone customers how to save millions of dollars through its website, www.CitizensUtilityBoard.org, and free clinics.
At CUB’s clinics, participants will receive tips about:
• The low-cost Consumer’s Choice local-calling plans, designed by CUB under a legal settlement with AT&T.
The plans are under a state-mandated price freeze through at least June 2013 and have been saving Illinois consumers an average of about $200 a year.
• Illinois’ best long-distance plans, including how to get an automatic $10 credit negotiated by CUB. That amounts to more than five hours of free calls.
• Line-Backer, a costly – and optional – AT&T service that most people don’t need.
Attendees should bring their phone bills for a free analysis by CUB experts.