Our decisions made, I contacted current service providers to ascertain the end of billing periods. By doing this, we were able to use up service already paid for, without incurring charges for a new billing cycle. Many utilities today can be switched on or off simply by calling customer service a day or two before service ends. Others require up to thirty days notice. Check your contract or call a service representative to be certain of your responsibility, to avoid added or pro-rata fees on your final bill.
If deciding to cancel a service, don’t burn bridges. You may not need or want their service now, but at some point in the future there could be no other choice. If you feel it necessary to voice your discontent, be concise not contentious. We’ve received some very good offers after calmly explaining reasons for terminating a service, so be open to unexpected opportunities and, if you’re willing to barter, have your comparison sheet at-hand.
Paying bills and balancing household accounts are relentless routines few people enjoy. But, there are tremendous benefits to frequent budget analysis. This is especially true during changes in life – like a new job, an addition to the family, or shifting travel requirements – when customary monthly expenditures can change dramatically. By staying atop these variances, you can decide, in a timely manner, which are short-term fluctuations requiring endurance only, and which are permanent trends requiring adjustment(s). Pricing and researching the many options may be time-consuming, but efforts pay off. More than money is saved when paying for better-suited services, equipment, and/or plans.