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Old 09-02-2009, 12:46 AM
 
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I can try and call but it probably won't work
It's easy as long as you understand how they work.

The first thing you need to remember is that the cable companies are really hurting these days because people are either cutting back or just not paying their bills. A few years ago they had all the business they could handle and losing a customer didn't matter as much, but now the tables have turned and they're eager to keep their good customers.

If you spend half an hour looking at all your options and calling other providers to ask what promotions they're running to get you to switch, you'll have all the ammunition you need to get your current provider to give you their best deal.

When you call customer service, don't bother negotiating with the first person you talk to. Ask to speak to somebody in customer retention, because they're the ones with the authority to bend the rules to keep you happy. Once you get the right person on the line, all you have to do is explain that you're happy with their service and would like to keep using them but you're considering switching to their competitor because they're offering a better deal. More often than not, they'll be willing to match the best price you can find.

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Old 09-02-2009, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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It all depends what the activity is. All work and no play is tough, but doing cheaper alternatives is better.
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:37 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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If you have to slash and burn your budget down to the bone, you have to find frugal enjoyments.

And a library is a PERFECT example of that. I told a co-worker who was in the throes of a bad financial melt down to cancel cable and internet and use the library -- she could get books, DVDs and free internet access there. With all the money she could save she could go to the library a couple of times a week and hit their little cafe for a Starbucks like coffee treat and still come out way ahead of the game....
Very good point. The OP would shudder at such a solution, though, as he apparently doesn't really venture outside his abode except to go to work. I think, too, that several coffee shops have branched out now to include not only wireless internet access but DVDs, etc.
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Birmingham
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No, you can be frugal with entertainment. I called my cable company to cancel because the took basic down to some 30 odd channels with no sports (which my husband cannot live without.) I was paying $130.00 per month for cable and internet through them. They offered to drop the price immediately to 80.00 per month - but, again with no sports. I went with Direct TV and got a years' contract at $40.00 per month with sports. HD would be another $5.00 a month-which husband bumped us to without my knowledge.

So now, we may $80.00 per month where we use to pay $130.00.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:23 AM
 
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We all know that Entertainment is what allows us to escape reality which can be Cable TV, DVD's, and the Internet.

So I don't mind paying $67 a month for Internet or $100 a month for cable because at the end of the day once we get home from a job and finish paying rent and electric and gas, what are we supposed to do? Nothing? So I believe being Frugual is good when it comes to

Food
Personal Needs
Medicine
Clothes

Defintely not entertainment. Anyone Agree?
Hi TVandSportsGuy,

Not about the food. It is very entertaining.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:02 AM
 
Location: San Marcos, CA
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We went through a short period of a few months where we had to live on an extremely tight budget in which there was absolutely no room for cable. At first we also didn't have internet access, but since my husband's job requires remotely accessing servers, and having to commute to work during off hours to do so really sucked. So after a trial month of nothing fun at all, we managed to squeeze in the internet.

However, we still couldn't get cable for a few months, and when we were finally able to get it, it was only basic. We didn't go to movies, buy or rent dvds, eat out etc. Despite the fact that we all hated this, especially the teenager, that was how it was. There was no room in the budget for these things without sacrificing real needs. Food, clothing (from thrift stores only) paying the electric/water bills, rent, mortgage (the source of our fix was a relocation and our house did not sell in time, therefore two bills for living quarters) car payments and other bills left us with nothing extra, because any "extra" was then put into our food budget so we could have more meat or fish for a change, or one of the kids could get a new pair of shoes.

That said, there were plenty of low cost options to supplement our entertainments. As mentioned above, the library was a godsend. Internet access for all of us, including free wireless so my husband and I could bring our laptops, while the teenager used their computers. Lots of DVDs to borrow, maybe not all the latest movies, but certainly plenty we hadn't watched yet, or wanted to rewatch. And books-- we're all readers, and boy did we read a lot in those months!

We also took advantage of other free activities like going to the beach and community supported events like the Picture in the Park-- outdoor movie screenings, usually kid flicks, at very low cost or free. There are plenty of freebie or low cost options out there, if you are willing to leave your couch.

Of course people have different reasons for being frugal, sometimes it's a decision to live more simply in which case you can pick and choose what you want to skimp on and what you want to splurge on, but a lot of people go frugal because they have to, in which case entertainment should be very high on the list of things that get cut. When it's a choice between paying your bills at all and having cable, the bills should win.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:26 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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There are plenty of freebie or low cost options out there, if you are willing to leave your couch.
And that says it all particularly in the case of this particular OP!
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:38 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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If you have to slash and burn your budget down to the bone, you have to find frugal enjoyments.

And a library is a PERFECT example of that. I told a co-worker who was in the throes of a bad financial melt down to cancel cable and internet and use the library -- she could get books, DVDs and free internet access there. With all the money she could save she could go to the library a couple of times a week and hit their little cafe for a Starbucks like coffee treat and still come out way ahead of the game....


If you are a Internet Addict the Library would not be a good idea.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:41 PM
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Ok I will try and see if I can get the Cable lowered right now. I'm calling Comcast

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Old 09-02-2009, 04:02 PM
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Ok I called Comcast and was able to get by bill lowered from $150 to $104

They made some adjustments to the sports package but couldn't make any to the internet.
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