I try to be a bit thrifty, looking at things I am paying for that I don't need. And I certainly don't need that land line anymore.
I don't even know my own phone number!
That's how much I don't use it. I even unplugged it a while ago for some reason, and never realized it wasn't plugged in! And the last time it was plugged in and rang, we all just stared at it like some alien had just come into the room! So....
I called the cable company to discontinue the phone service. I really only got it because I had to, in order to get a better price I had to "bundle" up! Internet, TV and phone. Great deal until the year is up, then those great prices go flying out the window. But I put up with it, until the other day.
So here is how my phone call went, and honestly, you can't make this stuff up. You really can't. Why should you anyway when real life is MUCH more amusing than some made up story.
Me: I want to discontinue my phone service. How much will that reduce my bill?
CS: Your bill will increase by $6.00 a month.
Me: But I'm out of contract, no bundle deal, Really?
CS: Really, but maybe I can help you.
(now I'm all ears)
CS: How do you use your internet and TV?
Me: Streaming, computer, and cable channels not so much except PBS and Hallmark, maybe. Mostly I watch Netflix, Hulu and Acorn TV streaming.
CS: I see you never upgraded to the Silver Package. You are missing a lot!
Me: Missing what? I hate to tell you but there is NOTHING much that interests me on cable TV. No good shows.
CS: What channel would you really like to have?
Me: We miss BBC. (big mistake, BBC America is nothing like it was years ago)
CS: Well, I can give you, FOR FREE, BBC America, plus 100 more channels, and all the HBO, Cinamax and Showtime channels... all for FREE for one year.
Me: Free? Well, ok, but I have to keep that telephone? For real? Or my bill goes up by $6.00?
CS: Yes you do!
Me: Can you hold on for one minute while I put this date in my calendar to call you next year and cancel this service?
I was serious. Fast foward a few hours. My husband comes home and finds me sitting in front of the TV checking the channel line up. I must have looked bleary eyed, because he was very confused. When he asked what was wrong I told him...
WE NOW HAVE A MILLION MORE CHANNELS ON TV, AND STILL... THEY ALL SUCK! THERE IS NOTHING HERE TO WATCH!
Back to Netflix, Hulu, Acorn TV and Amazon Prime.
Lord they get you comin' and a goin'.... they really, really do!
PS, I would get rid of everything but the internet, but I am afraid of how much that would increase my bill!!!!