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Financial This 'n That

November 9th, 2013 at 03:51 pm

Called our cable provider for a lower rate. We have TV, internet and home phone bundled with Comcast.
I was all set for a tough negotiation and threats of leaving. Didn't need that at all! The CSR was super nice and I was all set less than 15 minutes later. Smile
Kept our same package and services for $120/month for two years.
A savings of $55/month compared to their *regular* rate! ($16/month less than the *low* rate we had been paying.)

DD lost/forgot her debit card. (While walking home with a friend she stopped for a fast food snack.)
An hour later our bank called - her card had been brought in by a good citizen. Big Grin
A good lesson learned.

Our gas and electric bill last month was the lowest it has been all year (I think?) $80. Such mild days and nights in September/October we didn't need the heat or the AC.

Had to reorder checks. Totally ran out right before the first of the month. Rolleyes
Last time I bought them was March 2012.

It has been slow at work, so this past Tuesday my boss reduced my schedule back to a half day on Tuesdays again. (He is a total dork, but that's a different post.)
Darn it - I was liking that bit of extra income.
The silver lining is that I work in the morning, pick up DS from preschool in the afternoon and get home well before dark.
My work schd is pretty sweet: full day, half day, full day, half day, full day, weekend.

Might be able to switch DH's iPhone to Ting at the end of this month.
(Shhh..I got an email about beta testing..)
That could save us an easy $40 to $60 each month! Very excited!

Had a 0% balance transfer offer come up. A bit of quick math and I figured the upfront transfer fee would "pay for itself" after 3.5 months. We would not have the balance paid off by then. Prepaying a bit of interest now to reap long term 0% benefit will pay off in the long run.

I am continuing to earn $80/week with my quick, 30 minute, twice weekly trip to give an old cat fluids.
I also earned $140 by pet sitting some other cats five days last week.
This extra cash has been so awesome! Big Grin

4 Responses to “Financial This 'n That”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Is your DHs phone on Sprint now? Gotta say - this news excites me - except that since my phone is an AT&T phone, it would mean buying a different phone and an ETF ... although I probably could sell my current phone and recoup a few hundred dollars to go towards a different one..

  2. Looking Forward Says:

    Yes, DH's current phone is with Sprint.. That's why I am double excited! Big Grin

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Big Grin

  4. snafu Says:

    How wonderful that DD's debit card was recovered with so little inconvenience. Terrific that a phone call easily resulted in a $ 55. per month reduction [$ 660. annually]. Do you reassign such significant saving to help knock down another goal? It probably sounds weird but we assign a 'job' to nearly every dollar. Since the banking systems adopted an easy to use, efficient and secure automatic payment system to a wide variety of vendors and even personal to banks accounts, many of us rarely use cheques. In 2013 I've only written one cheque as our bank offer free debits and electronic payments.

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