Today’s economy calls for a lot of tough calls. Five calls that aren’t made are the ones that can really save us some extra cash -thousands to be more exact! Shopping Specialist, Jodi Furman, has perfected the strategy to lower costs of necessities and expenses we just can’t get away from, and explains the step-by-step process of how to go about shaving off tons of money from monthly bills and realize thousands by this year’s end.
Call 1: Cable/Internet/Home Phone
If you think you’re running low on cash, think about all the companies you subscribe to – they’re just as worried (if not more) about losing their customers. In this recession, a playful threat may help bring down your costs.
• fabuLESS tip #1: Simply Ask to Lower Your Bill. Call your cable/phone/Internet provider and say, “I wanted to see if there was anything you could do to help me lower this bill, because as happy as I am with the service, I might have to consider canceling.” Chances are they’ll offer you a better rate on the spot.
• fabuLESS tip #2: Bargain for a Bit More. The rate may not necessarily be their ‘best’ offer. Take the next step and say, “Thank you SO much, I really appreciate you helping me out, but is there a way that you can do a bit better?” Even if they aren’t able to reduce your bill further, they might be able to extend the length of the discount or offer additional services for the same price (i.e. free HBO, an additional DVR, and/or faster internet speed).
• fabuLESS tip #3: Speak to a Manager. If they don’t budge at all, you may have to threaten cancelling your service and ask to be transferred to a manager or another department. Once the provider genuinely believes you’re cancelling, they usually begin to offer more discounts and/or better service for the same price. Trying to speak to an authority may help your case – remember you are the customer, and they should do their best to please YOU!
Call 2: Cell Phone
• fabuLESS tip #1: Discounts You Didn’t Know You Qualified For. Contact your cell phone provider, and ask if there are any discounts that you qualify for. You might qualify for a discount through either your employer or your spouse’s employer.
• fabuLESS tip #2: Is Your Current Plan the Best for You? Ask the provider to review your cell phone usage to determine whether your plan is the most appropriate one that they offer, or if the plan rates have dropped since you signed your contract.
• fabuLESS tip #3: Upgrade Your Phone for No Cost. Ask if you’re eligible for a phone upgrade. If you’re not eligible yet, ask if it’s possible to receive an upgrade sooner. If you’re close to the end of your contract or out of contract, you are in a much stronger position to negotiate. If you’ve been a loyal customer for a long time, be sure to mention that as well.