So this morning, I was paying bills. Naturally, I was already in a foul humor because finances and addition and subtraction and such is not really my strong suit, right? And then I came to my cable bill and I was like, “ALL right, enough!” And I snatched up my phone and vehemently punched in the 800 number.
I waited patiently–yes, I was patient–for a helpful cable person. In this case, Andre.
Me: Hello, Andre. (I started out very politely.) I’m wondering why I pay more for my cable THAN ANYONE ELSE I KNOW. (It took a very sudden turn to not-so-polite.)
Andre: Well, let’s just check your cable bill, shall we?
(Lots of other side comments were made. But eventually Andre found me a “deal”.)
Andre: So you’ll get three services and pay less than what you’re paying now for two! Does that sound like something you’d like?
Me: Why, yes, Andre, it does, indeed. Although I don’t need that third service. So what would that special price be, after we add fees and taxes and such?
Andre (figuring quietly): Ah! It’s only this little amount!
Me: Andre, that’s only twenty bucks or so less than what I’m paying now. Call me crazy, but I could go with a different service (One that streams, once I figure out all that streaming stuff) for about A HUNDRED DOLLARS LESS.
Andre (who did not skip a beat): So will you be switching to this new and improved package plan?
I did not switch. At some point during the next month, I will be researching my options. In the meantime, perhaps you’d like to take a look at my Muffin post today (and here’s where the irony comes in, dear friends, because I wrote this long before my little chat with Andre) called, “The Writing and Cable Company Connection.”
Cathy–Yes, we got rid of cable a long time ago, and do a “stream” thing. I hope you can find a alternative to a high monthly bill. (Think of all the chocolate–and the wine–you can buy with the money you save. 😉
I’m planning to get rid of cable at the end of the month along with my home phone! I actually have a bit of fear about it but I am determined! 🙂
My kids have both gone to streaming and don’t regret it a bit. Once my contract is up, (and if they help me figure it out), I’ll do the same. It will be a big savings for sure.
Those folks yanked our chain for quite sometime, and then we bailed on them and went with Amazon and Netflix. It’s a racket, I tell you!
Having just moved, we’ve talked to many Andres over the last few weeks. Our ridiculous encounter with Frontier Communications is too long to be told here. Un. Be. Lievable. I don’t know how they stay in business, and that’s all I’m gonna say. And I’m off to the Muffin!