Data costs: There was alarm when major data providers began dropping unlimited usage plans for telephone and Internet. But Consumer Reports, in a study released this year, says metered service could save $10 a month for half of AT&T customers. The solution to saving on technology can be as simple as reading your bills. The FTC says service providers that "cram" costs onto bills are a major problem for consumers. Bills often contain surprises such as Internet "hosting costs," collect calls and memberships. It's often all there in black and white – but it has to be read.
"It's up to you to manage. We've designed technology that makes it a lot easier to spend money than space, and we need to be financially responsible," Amin says. "We need to control the technology or it's going to control us."