After putting together my personal profit plan for this year, I can really tell a difference in my mentality. I can tell I am more frugally minded and have a clearer vision of my financial goals. I’ve saved over $300 and received over $200 worth of extra perks within the last 2 weeks, and it all required minimal effort.
1. Saved over $250 on my internet bill
When I initially signed up with Comcast for internet, I was paying around $30 per month as part of a 1 year promotion. Ever since that year passed, I’ve been paying $75 per month. I finally decided to do something about it. Check out my online chat with Comcast that saved me over $250:
MARK > My Issue: I can no longer afford $75/month and need to switch providers
Christian > Hi, Mark.
Christian > How are you?
Christian > Mark, you stated here that you are looking for options to lower your bill, right?
MARK > Hello just great
MARK > that is correcto
Christian > I am happy to know that you are doing great.
Christian > Mark, I will be more than happy to check your account for options to lower your bill.
Christian > Mark, I have a good news for you.
Christian > Are you ready?
MARK > I’m sitting now. sure
Christian > Mark, it shows here that you are currently subscribe with our Performance Internet at $66.95/month regular rate +$10.00/month for the modem.
MARK > Yes! and that’s up from the $30 promotion I started at
Christian > We do have an on going promotion that we can replace to your current plan.
Christian > The on going promotion we have is called Internet Plus at $44.99/month for 12 months.
Christian > It includes the same Internet plan you have which is Performance with 25Mbps so there’s no changes on your Internet speed.
Christian > The good news is that it also includes a Cable service with Free Cable Box, HBO Channel and Streampix.
Christian > Compare to your current plan you will save $21.96/month or $263.52 for 1 year.
Christian > Aside from saving money you will also get a Cable service with 20+ Channels.
I went from $75 per month to $54 per month. It’s not earth shattering, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
2. Saved another $90 by ditching my leased modem
I noticed that my last bill was $2 dollars higher than the previous bills. I chatted with another Comcast customer service rep and found out that the modem rental charge had increased from $8 to $10 per month! Apparently it was on the last page of my bill, buried within 2 million other words. I got her to waive the fee for me, and I immediately went on ebay and found my exact modem for $30. It will pay for itself in 3 months!
3. Received 20K hotel points just by asking
I signed up for the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card last year when they were running a 70K bonus point promotion. I signed my wife up later, but the promotion had gone back down to 50K points by then. After she had earned the 50K, I sent the following email to Chase:
Hi – I just received 50,000 bonus points, but I thought I might be eligible to get 70,000. Can you please add the additional 20,000?
Here was their reponse:
Thank you for contacting Chase about the enrollment bonus on your Chase Marriott Rewards® account ending in 2446. We’ve added 20,000 bonus points to your account to match another enrollment offer for 70,000 bonus points as you have requested.
Customer Service Specialist
The additional hotel points are easily worth $250. Not bad for 60 seconds of effort!
4. Took advantage of a warranty
While cleaning out some files, I found a receipt for our $50 kitchen trash can we bought 5 years ago. The step feature has been broken for a while now (darn kids!), and we have to manually life the lid. I saw on the receipt that we were just barely still within the warranty period. I just shot the company an email, and they are sending me replacement parts free of charge.
5. Avoided buying new shoes
You know that one pair of shoes or pants that you wish you could have forever? I’ve had one particularly comfortable pair of shoes since I was 18. The soles finally got so worn down that they split in a few spots. Rather than get new shoes just yet, I thought I’d go get some shoe goo (I used this stuff in the good old days when I beat my shoes up skateboarding, and it works like magic!).
But then I had an even nerdier frugal idea. I had recently bought some liquid tape from Home Depot to repair a split cable. It’s one of those purchases where you go out and buy a whole bottle only to use it once and have it on the shelf for the next 20 years. So I thought I might as well see if I could use it to repair my shoe. I tried it, and it worked! Maybe I’ll break down and get new shoes next year, but for now I’ll celebrate my frugal win.
I’ve said it before. Except for the shoes, all of these involved simple emails or computer chats. All of it required minimal effort. All I had to do was ask. It makes me wonder what kind of benefits we could receive if we actually put a lot of effort into it.
What random savings have you realized recently?