Times are tough for many of us. Unemployment is high, salaries are low, property values have dropped like a rock. Even if you haven’t been a victim of a layoff or a pay cut, you are probably preparing yourself financially “just in case”. One area where you may be able to save some money is on your home phone service. You might be surprised to find out that you are entitled to a government subsidy called Lifeline which will reduce your monthly home phone service by more than $13.50. In most areas, your savings will be closer to $15 including the reduction in taxes related to the subsidy.
If you are already receiving government assistance in the form of Food Stamps, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing (Section 8), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), or the National School Lunch Free Lunch Program, you are qualified. In most states all you need to do is fill out a Self Certification form provided by you phone company in order to receive the benefit. If you don’t already have home phone service, you can receive a one-time benefit called Link Up that will help you get new service. Link Up provides 50% of the activation fee up to $30.
Most home phone service providers offer the Lifeline service. If yours does not, try switching to a competitive local provider that does. Just contact your provider and ask them about the Lifeline Government Assisted Home Phone Service program.