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A few months ago I realized my bill was going up, up, and far away from the expected expense on my budget sheet. I took the time to review several previous months' statements and realized a few things had happened.
The carrier had increased their fees on each of the three services. This added up to a difference of approximately a 6% increase.
Cable TV - I like movie channels just like the next person, but realized that I was paying another $40 a month for these channels.
Internet service - I had the highest speed available. I am not uploading and downloading enough to have this speed. Yes, I like fast internet, but this was not a necessity.
Telephone service - I reviewed this portion of the bill to determine I was paying $30 a month and in the last six months I had only made and received a little over 60 phone calls on my home number. That's an average of 10 calls a month. I had one of my famous "aha" moments that sounded something like this, "You have been paying $30 a month for 10 calls . . . You use your cell phone most of the time . . . Why did you get a home number again?"
I called the cable company to try to negotiate or get a special and was told that I was not eligible for any promotional offers. I decided that I needed to cut back or cut something out altogether.
Enter the magicJack commercial, or magicJack Plus to be exact.
I had one of these little gadgets years ago but listened as the infomercial explained how I could save money and never have a monthly bill again. I made my purchase online and within weeks I had spent a total of $89, including my phone number porting, and started using it. My next bill, due next year, will be $19.95 for the entire year. I will be saving over $300 a year and the best thing is that the product works for my basic home phone needs.
My next call was to the cable company. I made sure the phone service was discontinued, reduced my internet speed, and accepted a special offer for the movie channels. I reduced my monthly bill by over $60.
I am always looking for ways to cut back or to cut something out to save money and it is paying off! What are some ways you have found to save?
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