We want to add to our preparedness fund, but the budget is tight. So we are reviewing every bill to see if we can either lower or eliminate them altogether. One bill that got a lot of scrutiny was the bundled cable/internet/phone bill.
One reason we went with one provider was the “bundled” plan offered a hefty introductory discount. After one year, the monthly bill went to the regular price.
As a result of our line by line scrutiny, we decided to cut out the phone service. We looked at the minutes used for a few months. It turned out we did not use the home phone that much, and instead used the cell phone for most calls. Total saved: $33.
We decided to keep a few cable channels (we don’t have premium channels) as this is a source of entertainment, and we do not go to movies a lot. We reviewed the channels that we do get, eliminated a few channels and saved $20.
The most interesting part was the internet bill. After comparing our bill with the posted rates on the company’s website, we realized we were being overcharged $10 per month because the company was charging us for a higher bandwidth than what we actually had. Amount saved on the internet bill: $10.
Total saved: $63 per month. Now the company owes us several months worth of credit on the internet service for overcharging us.
So if you are looking for extra cash, it may be worth your while to check every bill you get for accuracy, and review your expenses to see if you can eliminate some of them.