So Verizon decided that enough was enough after a year on my contract price and sent an email to me (and others, I am sure) that my rates would be going up next month for my DSL service…by $10 per month! I guess they do not watch market prices for this stuff too much, because cable internet prices have been coming down significantly lately and my cable company, Time Warner, is now offering the same speed I currently have with DSL for $19.99, which is a full $15 less than what the “new” DSL price would be. Ka-ching!
The other advantage to getting cable internet is that I can now get VOIP phone service, which will save me even more money every month. I have not been able to get it because Verizon does not offer “naked DSL” in my area, meaning DSL without phone service as well. But now, when I switch to cable internet, I can get VOIP finally from Vonage and get rid of Verizon at my house altogether. Total savings?
What I pay currently for DSL and unlimited phone service – $90.00
What I will be paying for cable internet and VOIP – $55.00
A grand total of $35 per month in savings, or $420 per year.
Thats a pretty good amount of savings per month for a simple phone call or two. This just goes to show that it pays to investigate alternatives in your area and even calling competing companies to see if they have something to offer you that can save you money. Time Warner sometimes gets a bad rap for their internet service, but in my area people seem to be pretty happy with them.
Add this new savings to the money I will be saving by moving our car to a cheaper garage closer to our house, and we will be instantly be saving $65 per month. And to take it even further, I mentioned before that we sold my wife’s car, so we no longer have her payment or insurance. So adding that savings to the above new savings, we are now saving a grand total of $425 per month that was going out the door only a few weeks ago.
Over $5,000 per year in savings for not much effort. It has been a good couple of weeks!