Cheers my good people, for today is a good day. We’ve been inspired by reading so many awesome stories from other bloggers saving money that we had to take action ourselves. I spent 20 minutes of my time to save a cool $420 for the next 12 months. So while I chug down some delicious fall brew, I’ll give you the details.
Saving Money By Negotiating TV Bill
I mentioned in a previous post here that Directv was next on the list for leveraging some savings. Of course I procrastinated a few days before taking action, that was on me. So after a quick 5 minute review of competitor pricing, I made the call.
In order to talk to the people who can make big dollar decisions, you need to tell the lovely automated voice that you are cancelling servicing. This will bypass the level one customer service people who generally offer a whopping $5 off per month. That’s not going to get it done so we skip that level.
So after getting moved up into the crisis control center, I got a terrific gent who I was able to talk turkey with. I was very upfront with him, stating that I don’t wish to cancel service but I need more competitive pricing in order to stay a customer. We’ve had their service for 11 years, they could be more fair with the pricing I told him.
It must have been my lucky day as there was a current promotion going on that would save me $35/month off of my current bill if I locked into a 12 month contract. I decided this was fair, although in hindsight I probably should have worked him harder to throw in some free HBO or something. He was a pretty good dude so I decided not to push my luck.
The Cord Cutting Debate
I can see how the comments are going to go right now. “Just imagine how much you’d save if you just cancel altogether!!!!!!!11111” This might be an option down the road. But to be honest, I do enjoy watching stuff now and then. It’s nice to be able to sit down and watch my favorite sports teams when they happen to be on. I like having CNBC on in the background while I work from home.
I have a feeling there will be more “skinny bundle” options as time goes on to provide additional money saving options while keeping service. As much as we love saving a buck, those conveniences are nice. Plus AT&T, who owns Directv, is losing an estimated 390,000 customers this quarter due to cord cutting. This should provide them extra motivation to keep customers and price very competitively.
Don’t Delay Your Negotiations
Sometimes I hate making the phone call to negotiate money. It is a hassle. But it feels damn good when you get something accomplished. So don’t hesitate asking companies to lower bills, especially if you are out of contract or just don’t have one. Do some homework with their competitors if possible and let them know they are in a pricing competition. The money is better in your pocket than theirs! Your future self will thank you for saving money when you can.
PS- I also saved $2 today by using the McDonalds app for lunch! But then I bought two packages of M&M’s for my son at Walmart to cancel it out. Ok, one was for me.