Do you ever have one of those *ah ha* moments? Last month when I was writing checks to pay bills, I noticed that our cable bill went up - for the second consecutive month. What's up with that? There are seemingly ceaseless commercials about what good deals they have for all sorts of plans. Just give 'em a call to set it up and they will even give you a $200 Visa gift card! So I called to see what I could do for my own pocketbook.
An hour and a half later, after speaking to multiple representatives in multiple departments, I came to learn that we did not qualify for any of the aforementioned offers for two reasons: One - we are already customers, therefore cannot receive the Visa gift card. Two - we cannot sign up for a better plan because we are currently in a 'Price Rate Lock' situation. For those of you wishing for clarity, this means that the cable company is free to raise our rate on a frequent and regular basis; however, we cannot change to a plan that would benefit us or our budget.
Apparently we 'signed' a two year contract when we set up our account, though there is no physical evidence of this signing. Are you as frustrated as I was? The good news is that TODAY marks two years from when we moved into this home. And cable bills are paid a month in advance. So last weekend, Hubby disconnected the HD boxes, the dvr and gathered up the remote controls and headed to our local cable office. As much as I wanted (and I REALLY WANTED) to just leave the company entirely, we do still receive our high speed Internet service from them as well as 'basic cable' which is the networks and about a half dozen other channels.
So far the hardest adjustment has been finding out what time it is. I am so used to just looking at the digital readout on the cable boxes. Now instead of just mindlessly turning on the TV, we have been taking an extra, after dinner walk, we listen to the radio, and I'm getting a nice mix of music on Pandora Radio.
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