I called to cancel cable. I really did. But this was the conversation that ensued:
“Hello, this is blahblahblah from the Customer Loyalty Program. How can I help you today femmefrugality?”
“I’m calling to cancel my cable, but I want to keep my internet.”
“Okay. I can help you with that. If you don’t mind me asking, why would you like to cancel this service?”
“It costs more money than I can afford to pay.”
“Well, we could cancel your cable subscription. There is a $12 fee for our people to come out and turn it off and collect all that equipment. But I would, of course, waive that for you. But here’s what I would suggest: we could downgrade to the economy package. You’d lose all your sports programming (which is all we want cable for anyways)but you’d still get channels like Lifetime (gag.) And since you’d be keeping your internet it would only be $66. If you only get the internet it’s $60.”
“Hmmm…do you have anything smaller and less expensive than the economy package? Like just basic cable?”
“Well…” he paused with obvious reluctance, “you could get the basic cable package. But you’ll only get the channels under 20.”
“And how much cheaper is that than the economy package?”
“So when I bundled it with my internet it would only be $56 a month?”
“That’s correct. But you’d really be losing a lot of programming for a minimal amount of money.”
“I understand. And I really appreciate all your help. But I think that might be best for us. Our budget is really tight right now.”
“Okay. Let me get that set up for you…”
Awwww. Sad cable representative. Although I do take some sick joy in that, the real point of the story here is that by asking specific questions and bundling, I am saving $4 a month by getting basic cable. Score.
How were we going to get by without…anything? And now with minimal programming? Hulu. Netflix. DVDs. The options are limitless and growing everyday.
I can’t go without mentioning another way to save on internet, as shared by Holly: talk to your neighbors about sharing internet access. She gets hers for about $10/month.