Time for another great money saving tip! Most of the ideas in these tips I have found on the web, but a few really good sites to check out are www.savingfreak.com, www.groceryfreak.com and www.southernsavers.com. Now, on with tip #2!
CUT THE CABLE
Now you could be drastic and cut your cable, dish or whatever tv service you have completely off. I have not had cable for over a year now, and I don’t really miss it much. There are so many shows you can watch over the internet or on DVD these days that it’s not really neccesary to have live tv any more.
If you’re worried about missing your news, you can get all the news you want online. Of course that means you would need access to internet, but if you cut your $120 cable bill to only $30 for internet, you’re saving yourself $90 a month right there. Over a year, that’s more than $1,000. Is there maybe something better you could be spending that money on?
Maybe you don’t want to get rid of your cable bill because you like to watch football during the fall, or baseball in the spring/summer. Well, you can still get your bill lower than what you’re paying now. Chances are you signed up when your cable company was offering a special promo rate for a six months or a year, and now that time has long gone and you’re paying full price now. All it takes to get your bill lowered is a little research and some patience.
First you need to find out what deals your company is offering to new customers, as well as any deals that your company’s competitors may be offering. Call your company, and tell them you want to renegotiate your bill, and then do just that, negotiate. The first few times you may get someone who will say they can’t do what you’re asking, but eventually you’ll get someone who cares about keeping you as a customer. That’s who you want to talk to. Tell them that you know they can’t offer you the new customer rate, but you have been a faithful customer for such amount of time, and you want to know what they can do for you. If you can get your bill within $10 of the new customer rate, then you should be happy with that. Just remember, be patient, and be curteous. They will be a lot less likely to give any kind of deal to anyone who is rude.
Now that you’ve got your cable bill cancelled, or lowered, take a look at what other bills you could get rid of or renegotiate. How about your home phone? Cell phone? If you have a cell phone, do you even need a home phone? There are plenty of things you could save money on just by negotiating or getting rid of the ones you never use!
Here are a few Negotiating Phrases to remember:
1. Is that the best price you can offer?
2. Is that the best you can do?
3. I want a deal!
4. Would you offer that deal to your mother? (say this while SMILING)
5. I’ll pay cash if you are willing to give me a deal.