Every year I take a hard look at my monthly expenses and try to figure out a way to reduce them. Last year I used Verizon’s triple play special as my leverage to cut my Comcast bill for Cable TV, Internet and VOIP from $160 to $99 per month. I also gave Allied Waste the boot and replaced them with a local trash hauler. Allied kept adding fuel surcharges and raising the rate every quarter by $10. The local company only has once per week pickup versus two for Allied, but we don’t generate much trash anyway. I saved about $250 per year.
January arrived and my special pricing with Comcast expired and they jacked my monthly fee back to $150. I called them and asked why I shouldn’t switch to Verizon FIOS at $85 per month for two years. Usually they send me to someone who offers me a great deal to stay. This time they said they couldn’t do anything for me. Thirty minutes later Comcast had lost a customer they had for 17 years. I’m sure they know what they’re doing.
The conversion to Verizon FIOS went smoothly. I have more stations and the all in price is $112 per month. Getting a better offering and saving $440 per year works for me. The only downside is that the email address I’ve used for a decade is now deceased.
Anyone trying to reach me will need to use my new email address:
I also refinanced my mortgage, which will save me $1,550 per year. Life is about cash flow and what you do with it. I’ll be using it to prepare for the coming storm.