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I’m starting a new series called “Lowering My Bills” Basically, these articles will involve ways I have been able to reduce my fixed expenses. Maybe they will be helpful to others but more than anything I want to hold myself accountable for reducing my expenses (and I have a lot of them).
My cable provider is DirecTV and my internet provider is Time Warner. I found these companies to have the best deals for what I wanted. After my friend told me that he had been finding the best internet providers by using Broadbandsearch San Diego, I decided to check which provider would be best for me. Finding the best broadband can seem complicated, but using that site made everything seem much easier. Anyway, now that I’ve found the best internet package for me, I will be talking about Time Warner.
Time Warner offers a great service for internet called RoadRunner. I’ve had limited outages and fast speeds so I have been pretty happy with it. However, if it became more expensive I would certainly look for alternatives.
Well this weekend I received my monthly cable bill from Time Warner. It had increased by 9.99 + taxes. My old bill was $30.59 after all taxes. My new bill was $41.48. This is high enough for me to start looking at alternatives. The reason it had increased was that I had a $9.99 discount applied from a year ago that ran out after 12 months. This morning I called and told them I would find a cheaper alternative such as DSL service if they weren’t able to help. I don’t need blazing fast speeds for mostly surfing the net anyways. Well, they did have another promotion, you just basically have to ask for it, so I will be getting 9.99 off of my internet bill for another 12 months. I also asked and had them backdate this to the start of the bill cycle which they did.
$41.48 – $30.59 is a savings of $10.89 per month. This is a savings of $130.68 over a year. Even small savings can really start to add up. This is money I will be using to buy more DG stocks.
In addition to these savings, I’ve also signed up for Time Warner’s online bill pay system to pay all of my bills with a credit card. I have a Chase Visa card that earns cashback on every single purchase. Since I always pay off the bill at the end of the month this will save me even more money! I may mention this card in another post.
I hope this is the first of many articles where I am able to reduce my fixed expenses!
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