Let’s Make 2015 GREAT!

My last e-mail to you was almost 2 weeks ago. Although I did work over the Holidays, it’s what you might call an abbreviated schedule. I hope that you and your family had some down time and that 2015 is all that you could hope for it to be.

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In that e-mail I talked about how television was free when I was a kid and how you could reduce your costs. The fact remains that even though we could probably all cut our costs in half, we won’t. Why? Well, partly because we’re simply used to having what we have and there are other priorities or maybe it’s just too much hassle to start changing services and waiting for service people to arrive between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. I understand.

So, my advice, is to do at least the following. Call your service providers every 90 days and simply ask them to review your account and determine if there is any way you can reduce your bill. I do it and have found most representatives to be very helpful. I am not always able to reduce my bill but even if it happens once a year, it’s worth it.

A few days ago I decided to do this with my cable, internet and cell phone providers. It turned out that my cable and internet provider had a year-end special package on the same services that I now have but it was $22 a month cheaper for the next year. Then I decided to purchase (on e-bay) my own cable modem (for $9.95) which saved me an additional $8 a month. I then moved onto my cell phone provider. Some of you may be aware of a special that was available through Verizon Wireless. If you upgraded to the 10 Gig Data plan, you received 30 Gigs for the same cost. I did this because I use a ton of data (I’m a Hotspot freak). However, in reviewing my cell phone plan, the representative told me that they now have a 15 Gig plan.  This was not available before. In reducing my data plan to 15 Gigs, my cell phone bill was reduced by $30 a month. Given that my average data usage is 10 Gigs, I did it.

It took me a total of one hour to speak with both Time Warner and Verizon Wireless and as such I will now have $720 more in my pocket in 2015. Do you make $720 an hour? Hmmm, I wonder what I could do with that money? New TV, mini vacation, retirement fund, college fund, debt reduction…………… The choices are limitless!

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