Everyone knows we're savings fiends.
We cut cable in 2014, we've switched banks to reduce fees, and we switched our phone plans to save money.
We coupon (somewhat), we ask for discounts, and we shop secondhand.
Y'all. We've saved SO MUCH MONEY, and we feel like a lot of people may not know about their options, so we wanted to share our experiences on how to cut costs. (And I am fully aware that that sentence sounds like I am about to sell you something or tie you into an MLM scheme. Promise, I'm not. I'm just here to share our experiences.)
That brings us to our new blog series: Savings Fiend | Strouse House Rambles.
In this series, we'll be transparent with cost and share how we've dropped our bills significantly over time. We share what works and what doesn't. And, we invite you to share what you've found what works for you!
To start this series, we are tackling internet bills.
Let's be transparent for a moment.
We pay $44.99/month for up to 100 Mbps/100Mbps on Verizon Fios as of 2019.
That's amazing, right? Well, I will tell you what's not amazing: how hard it was to get there.
Here's what we did to save money.
Verizon Fios Internet:
We cut cable in 2013. When we lived in Nashville, we had Comcast, and we were paying $114 a month for cable. When we moved back to Richmond, I believe we had Verizon for a little while, but cut it in December 2013. We were paying $84 for the most basic package of cable and internet. However, we never really watched it. So, we made the decision to switch to just internet for the introductory price of $44.99. It was this way for a few years but fluctuated between $44.99 and $54.99.
We paid attention to our bill. Each time our contract ended, Brad made a point to call and check on new offers. Each time, he was able to keep our bill around $45-$55. Then, in 2019 when our plan ended, we started getting charged an insane amount. Brad called to discuss. He said it was a pain in the butt, but we did get our bill reduced by about $20 (I think at the time it went from $89 to $69). Not great, but still cheaper. We decided to sit back and just choked down that extra $25 a month. It was painful, but what can you do?
We kept paying attention. Our price was not lowered like we were promised. It was consistently coming in at $89 month after month. Brad continued to call month after month, and after 3-5 calls back to Verizon, Brad finally secured us credits for overpayment and $44.99 a month until 2021 contract.
How much have we saved?
This has saved us $69.01 a month from when we were paying the most in Nashville for internet and cable.
At the end of 2019, we will have saved over $4000 on cable/internet in five years.
How do we watch TV/stay entertained?
We use streaming services. We don't have time to watch a lot of TV, so streaming services work for us. We give money to some friends and family so we can share a few platforms while also having our own.
We spend time watching our Blu-Rays. We Konmaried a lot of our movies, but kept our favorites that bring us joy. We consistently make New Years Resolutions to watch them ... yet here we are in July 2019 and we've yet to make it through 4-5 movies.
We spend time reading. Brad has gotten us into borrowing books from the library so a lot of time we will wind down in the evenings by reading!
How much have you saved or what have you found that works when it comes to saving on your bill?
We hope you'll return next week as we continue on our savings fiend journey. We'll be sharing about how we've saved money on our cell phone bill!