Not using the data you pay for
Gallery LEA 12 bill shrink

The leak: $360 a year

The plug: The average family of four uses about 1.6 gigabytes of data a month, according to, though many pay $90 for 8 gigs. Track your usage to see if you can make do with a $60, 2-gig plan.

Nervous about overages? Use alerts or apps to keep tabs. Carriers have their own apps, or try DroidStats Android (free) or DataMan for iPhone (99ยข).

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  @Money - Last updated December 18 2012 02:42 PM ET
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