This week, we got a couple of our bills reduced by simply contacting the companies and asking a few questions. We did this previously with our trash service.
The first bill we were able to reduce this time was our monthly phone bill. We've been getting lots of advertising mailers from competitors with lower rates, so we called our phone company and explained that we were considering switching if they couldn't do anything to lower our rates. We ended up getting our bill reduced by twenty dollars a month plus an additional service was added. This will net us an annual savings of $240.
We were able to lower another bill with a simple email. We contacted our insurance agent, asking about the rating on our vehicles and let him know we weren't driving them as many miles as previously recorded. They are now both able to be rated as pleasure vehicles and our rates went down by $54 every six months. This will save us another $108 annually.
We don't have any paid programming services and use only an antenna for our television, but a neighbor did something similar with his cable company after hearing a suggestion in a talk radio show to call and ask for customer retention where he was able to get his cable rates reduced in order to keep him as a customer.
It can't hurt to ask the companies with which you choose to do business if there are any ways you can get your bills reduced. They are frequently willing to work with you in order to keep you as a customer. We asked and were able to save $348 for the year.
This post linked in Frugal Friday at Life as Mom.