I’ve learned the magic words to get my bills reduced, and they’re not “abracadabra” or even “please.”
Repeat after me: “I can’t afford x-amount that I’m paying for your service so I’m shopping around. Are there any deals you can offer me?”
Now, call up your TV, internet, home phone, cell phone, and car and home insurance provider and try out the magic words.
I do this annually when my Comcast cable and internet price is about to jump up to “regular” price — an increase of $30 to $50. It always ends with me paying exactly the same amount that I have been paying, and the company usually throws in six months of HBO or whatever other special they are running at the time to get me to stay. (Don’t tell the company that I never actually intended to leave.) ...