Monday, November 17, 2008

Money Saving Monday #6

We recently changed our cable / phone / internet service companies. We had talked about it for months, but the various companies do not make it easy to compare services directly. It was hard to decipher if we could actually save money by changing services, and the confusion caused us to remain with one provider too long.

My husband took 2 days and determined that we could save $70/month and maintain very similar service if we made a change. There were a few minor glitches when making the switch, but 2 weeks later and I'm glad we did it.

We are seriously considering dropping our landline soon and keeping just our cell phones. My husband has to use a fax machine daily for work, but we've looked into internet services where he could scan the documents and send them via the internet. There is a fee for that, but it would be less than a landline telephone. We haven't quite decided if we're going to make that change yet, but January may find us without a home phone.

Take some time this week to look at your expenses and determine if they really are necessary. Sometimes we're lulled into complacency by assuming we have the best deal, or that we couldn't do without something we've been paying for. Make a few phone calls and do some research, and see if you can lower your expenses. I try to do that regularly, and am always surprised when I find something else that I can change.

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