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Article:

Survey Results: Where are you cutting back?

Reader Advice

"Just to call your service providers for things such as cable, satellite, internet, etc, and tell them that you have a better offer from another company, and in three different circumstances, I have had monthly prices dropped significantly."

"Phone companies and cable companies have really really basic rates that they don't tell you about unless you ask. If you have to cut back its worth asking. When you're unemployed there is a big difference between $39.00/mo for basic cable and $15/mo for limited cable. $35.00 for basic phone services and $17 for very basic phone service. Neither of these businesses will include their cheapest rates in any price lists."