As we were looking at our budget one thing that jumped out at us was the internet bill. Even with the $5 savings by bundling it with our cell phone we still pay $40/month. But verizon had discontued dryloop so even if we went down in speed we could not save money. Or so I thought. I mentioned this problem on the MMM forum (http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/) and was told about dsl extreme. However, the discounted rate was $24.95 for a year plus a $2.88 fee and then it jumped up to $34.95/month. Did I want to do this, especially when it meant buying a new router? Not really, but what other choice did I have?
So, I turned to my husband and asked him to call verizon and let them know that we were wanting to switch to a new company because of the price, could they do anything to keep us from leaving? And they did! Not much, only $5/month and only for a year but where else can you save $60 for ten minutes worth of work. That is $360/hour, I know I don't earn that much.
Has anyone else saved money just by asking? Who can you think to ask for a deal? The worst anyone can say is no and if you don't ask, the answer is already no.