The Bowman household is cutting expenses…we’re not in a financial crisis or anything; we just want to have money to spend on stuff other than what we’re spending it on now, and we’ve decided to fund new expenses by shedding current ones. It’s as much about priorities as it is about money, but I won’t lie…it feels good, having money at the end of the month, as opposed to having month at the end of the money.
We pulled the plug on cable TV this weekend, and hooked our TV up to this peculiar steel wire contraption up on the roof…apparently, our ancestors had some long-forgotten form of wireless technology, and it still works! We get about 50 channels (which was impressive, as I was expecting no more than a dozen, max), as opposed to the hundreds we had with cable, but curiously, we’ve found the same number of channels that are actually worth watching as we had with cable.
I called our cellular phone service provider as well, to determine if we were on the least expensive plan that still met our needs. As it turns out, we are. The Customer Service Representative, however, said I might be eligible for a promotion that could save me $10/month or so for the length of the promotion – she wasn’t sure what that was, so I was transferred to another representative. THAT person said I wasn’t eligible for the promotion. I just said “easy come, easy go,” and we took a moment to joke about people who might get irate about not getting something – for free – that they didn’t have before they called. As we talked, she found that there WAS a promotion I was eligible for: instead of the $10/month promotional credit on ONE line, she found one that gave me a $10/month credit on EACH of our THREE lines for a couple of months. Seems you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar. And sixty bucks is sixty bucks…honey well spent.
Also on my soon-to-call list are my mortgage company and insurance agent. I haven’t talked to him since my last claim-related issue, but on the other hand, it’s been years since we talked…I’m optimistic.
If you’re looking to free up some household budget, I hope my stories might be helpful to you. If you’re ahead of me, feel free to share how you’re doing. It’s a good day when we all learn something, right?
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