I saved a bunch of money and I feel rich!

United States
January 17, 2016 7:47am CST
You all heard about my internet provider woes...that I had been spending $175 a month for well over a year. Yes, it was too much but when it went to $400 for one month I flipped out and I switched to HughesNet. I got my final Verizon MIFI bill a few days ago. The bill was $165 and that inlcuded $20 for the phone and $105 termination fee...so take off $125 and that means my internet bill was $140 - now mind you that was only for 16 days....if I had kept it until the end of the billing cycle it would have more than doubled. Yesterday I got my HughesNet bill online and it was such a pleasure to get a bill for $80.13. The bill is for my unlimited plan of $69.99 plus tax and a service plan, which you have the option to keep or not. The bill gets paid via Discover Card so no worry about forgetting to pay it plus I save a stamp! That's why this month I feel rich because I saved a bunch of money. Compare $83.13 to what I had been paying - big difference over a year's time for sure.
27 people like this
27 responses
@Marcyaz (35695)
• United States
17 Jan 16
That was a smart move on your part to switch your providers and save yourself that amount of money.
3 people like this
• United States
17 Jan 16
Now I can go out to dinner more!
3 people like this
@Marcyaz (35695)
• United States
17 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill It is nice when you have extra to go out to dinner more.
1 person likes this
@sugartoes (39951)
• Greencastle, Indiana
17 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I'd save that extra for other things 1st & build it up for things that just so HAPPEN to pop up
@marlina (72523)
• Canada
17 Jan 16
I saved $38.00 with my internet/phone/tv cable a month now since my complaints.
3 people like this
• United States
17 Jan 16
Good for you! I actually wish we had cable out here in the country because of the deals. Plus you only have one place to call and complain - I know have three.
3 people like this
@marlina (72523)
• Canada
17 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill We decided to go with the same company for everything, years ago.
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 16
@marlina Technically with Direct TV and HughesNet that's only one company so if we switched the phone we could bundle, but their phone is more than the $20/mo we pay Verizon.
1 person likes this
@dodo19 (32527)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
17 Jan 16
It's always a good feeling, when you can save some money. I'm always happy when I can save a few bucks. It does make a difference.
3 people like this
• United States
17 Jan 16
I guess when you add it up this was a lot more than a few bucks. When I start with Verizon it was $50 unlimited.
1 person likes this
@Jessicalynnt (47789)
• Centralia, Missouri
17 Jan 16
oh yeah, that is a huge savings!
2 people like this
• United States
17 Jan 16
And I don't feel like I'm being taken advantage of any longer.
1 person likes this
@JolietJake (50916)
• United States
17 Jan 16
That's crazy, I have months where my entire income can drop below $400...if I had to pay that much for Interwebs, I'd be relegated to being here an hour or so a day on days when the library is open. And in the middle of writing this, I get a call from the boss about work tomorrow, he says it'll be too cold to warm the garage up enough for work (which it will be) so there's another day without pay...winter blows.
2 people like this
• United States
17 Jan 16
I know its crazy and Verizon should be shot for what they did - they upgraded the towers to give us more speed and then charged us for that speed. Yes winter isn't fun or good
2 people like this
@amnabas (9909)
• Karachi, Pakistan
17 Jan 16
Great you saved a good amount.
2 people like this
• United States
17 Jan 16
Yes I did and it feels good.
1 person likes this
@rosekiss (30277)
• Eugene, Oregon
17 Jan 16
I spend $89.99 for my satellite, and $66.99 for my internet, which are with different companies. It seesm high, but I have been able to pay them, and that is a good thing. I use my iPhone and ipad too, so I feel that I am not really spending all that much for what I am getting. I am glad though, that you were able to get cheaper internet, as every little bit helps.
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 16
Our satellite bill runs around $125 but it seems to go up every other month, that's w/o renting movies!
1 person likes this
@rosekiss (30277)
• Eugene, Oregon
17 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I don't rent movies either, and mine hasn't been going up at least not that much anyway. It pretty much stays the same, nd I am glad of that, as I am on a fixed income, and I can't afford to pay exorbuitant bills.
• United States
17 Jan 16
@rosekiss Most people are on a fixed income if they are retired. They raise the fees and taxes and the repair coverage, its never ending.
1 person likes this
@rebelann (39549)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Jan 16
That sounds really good. I pay a total of $89 for basic cable, internet and phone plus I am not hooked into any kind of contract so if I decided to cancel at any time I would not owe an early termination fee.
1 person likes this
• United States
18 Jan 16
We don't have cable in this area or I would have gone with it. We've lived in 4 homes in 4 counties and only one had cable available.
1 person likes this
@rebelann (39549)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Jan 16
Oh wow @AbbyGreenhill that just seems so odd for this day and age. You must really be in the boonies.
1 person likes this
• United States
18 Jan 16
@rebelann We have indoor plumbing so it's not that far out...I guess the town never approved cable and we're way way outside of town anyway. Satellite is what most people use for internet.
1 person likes this
@garymarsh6 (13369)
• United Kingdom
17 Jan 16
Good lord that is an incredible saving. We have comparison sites here in the UK which will search out the best deals for you!
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 16
Where I live I only have two options, Verizon jetpack of HugheNet we don't have cable or fiber optics or whatever.
1 person likes this
@garymarsh6 (13369)
• United Kingdom
17 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill OH dear that is a shame. Between them they have a monopoly. At least here in quaint old England that is overcrowded we get too many choices so the competition is quite high.
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 16
@garymarsh6 In the cities there are more options but we live in the boonies.
@UncleJoe (9720)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
17 Jan 16
I saved a bundle on my car insurance by leaving the scene of the accident.
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 16
And now you're getting three squares a day in jail right?
1 person likes this
@UncleJoe (9720)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
17 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I hope you know I was joking.
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 16
@UncleJoe Of course!
@sharon6345 (121107)
• United States
18 Jan 16
I know how you feel and that verizon is very high. I am super happy that I cut my cable bill. Now I pay $57 for internet which I thought was high. I guess I should feel rich too. I have a little extra to put to another bill. Good for us cutting down fees.
1 person likes this
• United States
18 Jan 16
It is good to win a 'battle' against the big companies who are literally cheating us out of money.
@sharon6345 (121107)
• United States
18 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill That is the truth for sure Abby. Good for you.
1 person likes this
@celticeagle (117561)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Jan 16
You have made quite a savings there. Good for you!
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 16
Thanks, I should have done it a year ago when it went from 80 to 195 a month....sometimes I hang on when I shouldn't.
1 person likes this
@celticeagle (117561)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill ....Women are loyal.
@jaboUK (53529)
• United Kingdom
17 Jan 16
$125 off $165 leaves $140 ??
1 person likes this
• United Kingdom
17 Jan 16
She's no Rachel Riley.
1 person likes this
@gr8nana6 (2195)
• United States
17 Jan 16
That's a nice savings @AbbyGreenhill.
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 16
Now you know why I feel rich.
@boiboing (12198)
• Northampton, England
17 Jan 16
Fantastic news.
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 16
Thanks, now I need to go spend some LOL!
@DianneN (75945)
• United States
17 Jan 16
That is a great savings!
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 16
Absolutely and Verizon's loss is my gain.
1 person likes this
@LadyDuck (151512)
• Switzerland
17 Jan 16
This is a big difference in price $400.00 was a crazy amount.
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 16
It sure was crazy and I'm glad to be done with that.
1 person likes this
@cherriefic (4390)
• Baguio, Philippines
17 Jan 16
Thats great! It's really a good decision on your part.
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 16
Yes, a decision I wish I had made a lot sooner.
• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Jan 16
That is great! Saving money is always a good thing. We will definitely be looking into that company once we move in to our new place. =)
1 person likes this
• United States
17 Jan 16
I was thinking about you yesterday when a friend posted her baby's birth photo on FB - how are you feeling? You should be getting close now.
@LeaPea2417 (19750)
• Toccoa, Georgia
17 Jan 16
It is a good feeling to save money when changing from one company to another. That Verizon is the most expensive company from what you wrote above. We have Windstream and it is around 107 to 110 dollars a month and it has it's quirks but overall, it is a pretty good ISP.
• United States
17 Jan 16
I'm just glad to pay 80 and have unlimited - now I know I won't get a 400 bill. Is Windstream cable?
1 person likes this
@LeaPea2417 (19750)
• Toccoa, Georgia
18 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill We get our main land line phone and internet service with Windstream. The price I mentioned above includes the phone and the internet per month.
1 person likes this