People don't want to cut back on phones

A Virgin Mobile poll found that 88 percent of us plan to dine out less, 79 percent are putting off major purchases, 57 percent will drive less, 41 percent are buying fewer groceries, but only 32 percent are willing to spend less on their mobile phones.

A consumer group called TRAC, the Telecommunications Research and Action Center, says that's a bad idea and offers up these suggestions for cutting your family's communication costs. Get a prepaid phone, rather than a long term contract. If you have both a cell phone and a landline, cancel the landline. Double check your cell plan to make sure you're not paying for more minutes than you need.

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