It’s that time of the year where our internet service provider (Spectrum) raises our monthly rates. We’ve been paying $44.99 a month for our internet for the last year and our promotion is now over. Unfortunately, Spectrum is the only high speed internet provider in our area so we cannot switch providers. This month, Spectrum wanted to increase our bill to $59.99, a $15 monthly increase.After my wife receiving the new bill, she went to Spectrum.com and saw that they had now increased the new customer promotion for high speed internet to $49.99 for 12 months, a $5 increase from prior years. She called customer service right away. In the past, we’ve had to cancel and re-sign up for new service to keep our monthly rate down and get the new customer promotion.To my wife’s surprise, the customer service representative instantly lowered her bill down from $59.99 to $49.99 to match the current new customer promotion. It’s a shame that big corporations like Spectrum would rather reward new customers than keep their existing customers happy. This quick 5-minute phone call will save us $10 a month, or $120 a year!
Thursday, October 1, 2020
The great thing about doing side hustles to generate extra income is that you can hustle on your own terms. The more hard work, time, and creative effort you put in, the more extra money you can make. You can hustle as little or as much as you want, whenever you want. It’s your extra money, and you can choose how you want to spend it. Instead of focusing on what ideas don’t apply to you, try focusing on different side hustle ideas that you can implement to work for your situation.
Once a month (usually on the 1st), I like to post a short summary of our personal and financial situation for the previous month. While I don’t often post articles, I am committed to documenting all of my side hustle income. Here I’ll share some of what’s been going on with our lives and our side hustles.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
I was walking my dog around the neighborhood earlier this week and stumbled upon a battery powered Lightning McQueen car that one of my neighbors had left on the street. Attached to the mini vehicle was a piece of paper with FREE written on it. I didn’t hesitate to pick it up and bring it home.
The car had few dents and scratches on the paint, some missing stickers and a missing exhaust pipe but overall it was in good shape. We wiped the car down with sterilizing wipes and charged the battery. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the vehicle ran smoothly without any issues! Our kids have been so happy taking turns driving this car around the neighborhood and local elementary school!Picking up this car for free allows another family (ours) to put this toy to good use without it going straight to a landfill. Picking this item up also saved us $149 from buying it at a store. Picking up this roadside treasure allows us to be frugal and environmentally conscious. And when our kids are no longer entertained, we will be sure to pass it along. I think Frugalwoods would be proud of us.