His (polite) pitch: "Can you match this deal? Or should we consider moving our business?"
The conclusion: Our monthly phone bill/Internet/long distance package dropped by roughly $80 a month for the next six months or $480, plus a $50 refund for the current month.
By the way, the editor of Budget Savvy recommended a similar strategy for cutting your cable bill in this post.
When playing the match-this-deal card, it's important to really have a competing offer in front of you. The rate-cut appeal seems stronger, when you actually quote numbers and terms from the competing pitch.
In terms of our daily challenge, my husband's savings plan equals: $500 or $2.58 a day for the next six months.
Meanwhile, while organizing my working materials this morning, I found a lot of loose change:
- one quarter
- 11 dimes
- six nickles
- 22 pennies
total $1. 87
Additionally, for lunch I had a Lays potato chip craving, which is easy to satisfy because I live near a little store. But I skipped the chips and saved 99 cents (and about 200 calories)
Day Two Total:
$1.87 found money
$1.00 skipped chips
$2.58 daily portion of $500 telecommunications savings
$5.45 Day Two Savings
Year-to-Date Total: $7.75
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