How much are you paying for your telephone long-distance plan? If you’re still tethered to a landline it makes sense to check in with your phone company on a regular basis to see if there isn’t something that can be done to lower your monthly costs.

Several years ago, I was able to cut my per-minute charge in half, from about 8 cents a minute, to less than 4 cents a minute. As I noticed local competition heating up, I was able to switch to my company’s new lowest cost plan, which charged me less than 2 cents a minute.

I’ve just switched again, and now I’m paying less than $100 per month for basically unlimited local and long distance calls – and that’s for four phone lines. That fee also gives me 4 voice mail boxes, free call forwarding, and free three-way calling.

The thing is, if you don’t call the phone company and stay up-to-date on what plans are available, you could miss out saving hundreds of dollars a year.

With practical, informative consumer advice, I’m Ilyce Glink, News-Talk 750 WSB