Cable is a sacred cow around here. My girlfriend has been very supportive of my new-found frugality, but she has threatened me with terrible consequences if I so much as talk about trying to axe television. I'm no masochist and so I've largely left this expense alone.
I was surprised when yesterday she suggested that we could save some money by bumping down our internet speed one or two levels. We have FIOS and are paying $95/month for a triple play plan, after her company's discount. I logged in to our account and priced out a few different options.
First, we're signed up for the highest tier of internet, 35 mbps up, 35 mbps down. That's total crap. We haven't seen anything approaching those speeds. Okay, maybe it's because we connect over wifi; I just ran a speed test and the downlink said 25 mbps. But still that's not 35 and the up was only 3.5. Not acceptable. In any case I don't need that much bandwidth. This isn't high school anymore and I'm not ripping off terabytes of illicit Hollywood wares, you know?
The top-tier internet is +$10/month. Bumping the TV down to a lower level would net us $20/month. The only interesting channel I found that we'd lose is G4, and we never watch that anyway. Even these prices are misleading since Verizon only shows you the "first month" price. After two months it's going to be $70/month, and after taxes we're looking at a savings of roughly $20/month.
I think I can do better by calling up customer service and giving them a hard time. I'm going to lead off telling them how they've gypped me on the internet. "I'm not paying you $10/month extra so you can give me 25 mbps down and 3 mbps up" I'll tell them. "This is not acceptable. How are you going to fix this?"
I wonder how much I can save per month. I'll report back with my findings.