Customer Service, Tips

Call For Discounts

This tip is an oldie but a goodie – and it works for me: From time to time, I call the companies with which I do business – and ask for discounts. I just (literally, one minute ago) got off the phone with our television provider – and was able to reduce our monthly bill by nearly 30%. All I did was call the company – and after trudging through their labyrinth of language-selection, account number-entry, and option-choice – I managed to speak to a customer service representative. I then had the CSR explain to me, line-by-line, the details of my bill.  (I had a copy of the bill pulled up on my computer so that I could see what…

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Home Maintenance, Saving Money, Tips

How To Save Money On Repairs

Here are a few tips and tricks for saving money on repairs – Keep track of your manuals.  I have a binder wherein I keep the manuals for all of the tools and appliances that we buy.  Quick tip – If you’ve lost your manual, check online.  Search by manufacturer and model number. Check to see if the item is under warranty.  Remember those little warranty cards that come with the stuff you buy?  They’re important!  Keep up with them – and register stuff.  If something breaks, and it is still under warranty, you may have it repaired, or replaced, for free! See if you paid for the item with a credit card.  I know, I know.  I’m no fan…

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Home Maintenance, Tips

My DIY Adventures

Over the past few years, I’ve worked to improve my DIY skills.  Here are a few of the projects I’ve tackled – with an eye towards saving money and doing it myself. I replaced the garbage disposal below our kitchen sink.  This project was relatively simple.  I worried a little bit about the electrical connection, but I figured it out.  The disposal connects to the bottom of the sink via a special bracket and connects to the dishwasher via a long hose.  Prior to disconnecting the old disposal, I snapped several pictures of its various connections.  When connecting the new disposal, I referred the the pictures, and installation was a snap. I built three shelving units for our kids. We have…

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