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Easy Way to Save Money – Check your Utility and Cable Bills

by My Journey to Millions

I apologize for the short post, but I wanted to point out a stupid lesson I learned last week.  After the 150th commercial bragging about $99 for phone, internet and tv service, I lost it.  I called up my cable company asking, “why the hell was I paying $150 with no phone service!?”

The very nice customer service rep, explained that I had “the silver package” which included HBO, my DVR box, and then the last variable is what got me…channels 100 through 199!  I have literally never turned them on.  I don’t even know what the heck they are.

Well, by simply downgrading to the bronze package and then picking up HBO (the wife and I are addicted to Big Love, Entourage, etc.) we saved $30 bucks a month.  Is it a ridiculous amount of money? Absolutely not, but it was being wasted on channels I have never even watched!  Additionally, I finally looked into a balanced plan from my gas and electricity.  Will this save me money? No,  but at least I will be able to budget for it better.

I eventually want to cancel HBO which is $20 or so bucks a month, but we have one more episode of big love lol.  How much have a wasted over the past 18 or so months by having these channels? Damn it that is the part that kills me.  Just money out the window, not a crazy amount, but it will bother the hell out of me for a while.

Has anyone taken advantage of those $99 deals? Does it really come out to $99?

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Amy 03/23/2009 - 11:25 am

Ours comes out to $115 per month with all the little fees and taxes. But, we were paying $150 before when we had phone and internet through another company. So, we are saving $35 a month to have all the services through one company.

MyJourneytoMillions 03/23/2009 - 11:30 am

Do you guys have the DVR, HD, etc?

rich lykyu 03/30/2009 - 9:34 pm

I dont have the $99 package, but frequently negotiate my cable internet and phone service. I have a stripped down cable/internet package and independent phone total cost per month is $62.50 with taxes and fees for all 3.
What gets me is why these companies dont offer long term customers the same discounts they offer new customers. The should offer some type of loyalty discount or something after 2 years, i think it would keep customers from switching during promotions offered by competitors.

My Journey 03/31/2009 - 8:34 am


Woah…$62 for all 3!?!?!? Do you have DVR? A couple boxes? HD?

Please explain.

Rich Lykyu 03/31/2009 - 8:57 am

No I have basic services.
phone= $18 per month no call waiting, no voicemail, caller id with # only, and I have an answering machine. I dont even use the home line but we need it because my wife has a home daycare and need 911 service, and a credit card device she uses. With taxes and fees it comes out to $21
cable and internet= $41.50
I have limited basic cable, I am not sure it is offered anymore I have had this plan for 6 years. It is a limited package. Most of the shows I watch I can watch online anyway. I only have the tv package to get the discounted internet package.
My internet is $19.99 per month comcast package. It is a promo rate, but if they raise my price I have no problem switching to dsl.

Dan 11/23/2010 - 2:23 pm

My wife and I recently dropped our premium channels and kept basic cable and internet service. We are saving $100 a month on our bills and can’t believe we didn’t do it sooner! My kids can watch their favorite shows on PBS and Netflix and I get sports on my xbox 360 via ESPN. Why don’t more people do this?


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