Sunday, August 4, 2013
Tweaking the cable TV bill
I just got my form letter, advising me that my promotion will soon be over and stating how much my bill is going to go up. DD and I invested some time on line and compared the various plans:
basic all the way thru silver and gold packages costing well over $100. TV is OK, we watch more movies, use Xbox, listen to the news, watch food network/HGTV. Not big TV fans compared to others. No way am I willing to pay the additional $35 month just for tv.
So I called today to drop down to a plan that is just above the very, very basic plan. Significant savings, great. Only negative is that we would lose BBC America, which we like, and we can not add that on as a single channel. Apparently, I have to call back on the anniversary date of 8/20 to drop my plan down or it will take place immediately, and I've already paid for this month. So, a note is on the fridge and written on the calendar.Once again, the triple play promotion was given to me. I politely explained that after receiving numerous calls a year ago, I had to be firm and ask that they stop. We have no interest in adding a phone line that we won't use, thank you very much. : )
So, I will be calling back, and I hope to have a definitive number on what my out the door new monthly total will be. After again listening to the triple play promo today, my bill would have risen $30-I told the woman that while I realize it's her job to promote this, I am calling to decrease my monthly costs, not add to them!
One thing that we are also considering is adding Netflix to the picture. $7.99 promo with a 1 month free trial. Just may try it out.