Over the past few weeks, I’ve been discovering how much the companies we use for things like internet and phone are essentially screwing us over. Granted, this has taken me a while and I feel like a complete doofus, but at least I’m realizing all this now, right?
I’ll just keep telling myself that.
I should say I already knew they were screwing us over by trying to take as much money from us as possible, I just didn’t know that there were other hidden costs that I could cut out of our bills.
Take for example last week. Our internet kept going in and out, which is quite frustrating since we depend on it a lot. I called the internet/cable company (there is only one provider we can use in our area and yes, they have cut out all the competition so we have no other choice – bastards) and explained the situation. Turns out, we need a new modem because the one we have is old and should be replaced.
I come to find out, from the lovely person who was helping me over the phone, that we could save about $7 a month by not renting the modem and that we could buy one ourselves.
I actually didn’t even know that was an option because no one ever told me. So you can imagine how furious I was. We went out and bought one, but suffice it to say, it wouldn’t work (it wasn’t registering with our internet/cable company for some unknown reason) so I had to return it.
We still need a new modem, but I’m definitely buying one so we don’t need to rent it anymore.
Last night I was looking at our wireless phone bill and started poking around in places we could cut down on our bill. When you start doing that, two things happen:
- You are shocked at the add-on costs they incur on you and then get furious and stomp around.
- Everything on there gets more and more complicated the more you poke around. Which means we need to go to the actual store and speak to a person.
I think we tend to get so busy with our lives that we don’t have time to sit and really look at what we are being charged for services (or at least some services). I highly recommend sitting down one weekend (make the time) and looking at places you can cut costs. I bet you $5 there are little places here and there you can cut a couple of dollars off. And those dollars add up at the end of the month.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to continue fuming until I get all this resolved (fingers crossed this weekend).