I just had an hour and a half phone call with Cox Cable to figure out how to lower my cable bill. My bill in March was going up to over $300. I kid you not.
Every night I lie awake trying to figure out how to lower my monthly bills.
I had them take off everything for the TV. Everything. I went down to basic phone, which means I no longer have long distance.
I kept my internet and modem.
Now my bill is about $116 for the basic phone and the internet. So the savings for me right now before the March increase was about $115.
I really only watch one channel on TV: MSNBC. And I probably will be better off not watching what’s going on in this country because it just upsets me and raises my blood pressure.
I can keep up with national news online.
Folks, they are robbing us blind. I looked up what I was paying for “tax & fees” and that is $25.
I’m keeping the modem because it’s the only one I have had that consistently works. I think I’m paying $7.99 a month for that.
Cable TV Is Taking Us To The Poor House:
Then I asked them why they couldn’t email everyone when their bundle is up and they’re about to get a horrendous bill. Since mine comes out as a bank draft, it is always a big surprise unless I remember to call them first and get another “bundle.”
I’m sick to death of those darned bundles.
Anyway, my bill will be lower and I don’t really care about TV. Movies are not really my thing. I don’t even know what channels I have or watch night time TV shows.
So basically I was paying $25 a week to watch MSNBC. Crazy, huh?
Middle Of The Night Fixes:
In other news, I was outside at 2 a.m. trying to get the patio door back on the track. I’ve had trouble with it since I moved here nearly five years ago. But now it has become a weekly problem.
I could not get it back on track. But I got it where I could, if I really used all my strength, let Charlie in and out. He is a senior dog. He goes out 4-5 times per night.
So I had Nathan come over and put it back on where I could open the door. They’re going to have to replace it or something. I imagine it’s as old as the complex, which was built in the sixties.
Ivy The Decorator:
Ivy is still redecorating. She moved the faux Lamb’s ear piece yet again.
I guess she decided it would just be a toy, because she put it in her toy box under my desk, as you can see above.
She also rearranged the necklace I had around the golden yellow pitcher. But I actually kind of like it.
I may make a decorator out of Ivy Lou yet. Imagine, I have Ivy for pest control, decorating, and entertainment. I’m sure I forgot something. Might have to start paying her a salary.
Car Insurance Bill:
I got a car insurance bill yesterday. You probably don’t recall me telling you this. But last summer right after Abi died I was sitting at a red light. I guess my mind was roaming because my car rolled very slowly into the car in front of me.
Of course I parked and got out. Gave the woman my car insurance information. She said she probably wouldn’t use it. Because all it did was make a circular mark maybe half an inch around.
Didn’t dent anything. Just made a mark. I could have fixed it with a marker.
She put in a claim anyway. But I know good and well she did a lot more than claim I made that small round mark.
I could see that they had other damage to the rear of their car. So I’m sure they used the occasion to blame me and get it all fixed.
Now my insurance has gone up $13 dollars a month due to that. It was around $100 per month. Now it’s $113. I really didn’t think she’d do it. Who would put in a claim on something that insignificant? You could barely see it.
I would never do that to someone. But then there are all kinds of people out there willing to lie and take advantage of situations.
I don’t exchange gifts with anyone at Christmastime. After the holiday hullabaloo calms down I take Andrew to Barnes & Noble and he picks out books.
But I usually buy myself a gift of some sort. So I ordered this red purse from Amazon.com.
I’ve never owned a red purse. But I realized that I had a red wallet to go with it that I ordered some years ago.
I love this purse. Had I known my ex was going to die, I would not have splurged sixty some odd dollars on myself. The purse came with a long strap, but I didn’t add it on.
Now I’ve got to undo the TV boxes and take them in to the cable store. So I guess I’d better get started. I may have to get Nathan to loosen the cables for me.