Requesting a Lower Monthly Payment on Bills

making dollars changes

We all have bills that stay the same month after month. I was paying little attention to the satellite television bill since it was the same fee month after month. We currently have DIRECTV as our satellite provider. Last week I received an offer in the mail from Dish Network. They were offering a low monthly fee for their packages as well as FREE High Definition for life and a FREE HD DVR. This prompted me to pull out my DIRECTV bill to see how much we were actually spending. As I told you Monday, I am learning the art of negotiation and negotiate is what I was determined to do!

I am almost afraid to tell you how much we were spending for satellite TV! I watch very little TV. My husband, however, spends his down time watching TV. His “must have” channel is The Golf Channel. Unfortunately, that channel is only available with the higher packages. I am okay with that though since it keeps hubby happy while I work on Madame Deals! What I am not okay with is paying $71 a month for satellite. Yes, $71!!! And that does not include movie channels.

I called up DIRECTV and told them about the Dish Network offer. They said no problem, they will offer me the same package we have for $17 a month cheaper. Now there is something very wrong with this. It seems that everyone should be paying the same price. Nope. They are happy to keep over charging you unless you call! If you have satellite (either company) I would recommend calling to ask about options for reducing your monthly bill.

The other thing I found out is that I can get an upgraded satellite dish, FREE High Definition for life and an HD DVR for no additional fee. So now I will be paying $17 a month less and have HD! How cool is that? I only wish I made the call sooner when I think about how much money we waisted each month.

Now it’s your turn!

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This post is linked at My Coupon Teacher.

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