Things are usually too busy around here for me to take my own advice, but it’s always good to call your TV, Internet or phone provider to see if they have any specials they can give you.
I remembered this yesterday, when I called to find out why our Qwest bill had gone up by nearly $50. It turns out that our rebates from DirecTV ended, as did a promotional rate on our DSL.
The Qwest rep checked the system and found a new deal — a better one, actually, Instead of paying $24.99 a month, I’ll pay $19.99, with the rate locked in for one year without a contract. Savings always make me happy, especially if my DirecTV is going up to full price.
But even better, the rep also checked for any DirecTV offers. When he didn’t find any — other than premium channel deals, and we really don’t need to pad our bill any more — he suggested I call DirecTV myself and ask if there were any specials. In fact, he offered to put me through right then and there.
Within a minute, I was on the phone with DirecTV, and the Qwest representative had already filled him in on the fact that I was looking for any discounts they could give me. The DirecTV rep offered me $5 off for 6 months.
Yeah $5 savings on each isn’t huge, but it’s more than I had before. And it certainly helps soften the blow of a $45 increase on our bills.
I may also call Qwest back and try to pare down our phone line. The initial Internet special was only if you had a certain level of phone package. We don’t particularly need voicemail and call waiting, while nice, is hardly essential.
So if I can get us down to a basic phone line without messing up our Internet costs, I may be able to shave $10-15 a month off our phone bill. That would leave us still at about $25 more than before the rebates wore off, but I’ll take a $25 increase over a $50 one any day.