Five minute can save you…

I am sure many of you heard of the famous line from GEICO Insurance ad, “A five minute call can save you 15% or more on car insurance“. I don’t know whether that’s really works or not. But I am going to steal their tag line to stress a point, “A five minute call or googling can really save you some dollars every day“.

That’s right. Five minute which may be a small amount of time but reasonable enough to save you tens of dollars. It’s saved me and saving me everyday. You can save too, just spend five minutes for a worthy cause to save yourself some money.

A five minute call…

Every year I have a tradition to call my service providers asking them for any promo’s or discounts. I pitch my tone in a way, asking them whether they can save me money for being a loyal customer. I don’t see anything wrong in it. If you are giving business to somebody and being with them as a long time customer, they should be able share some profit with the customer to show their appreciation.

So I called Vonage last week and happened to get good customer service rep in a long time. She was mindful and understanding. She couldn’t find any promo but she gave did waive one month of service fee including all taxes which was worth $34. That will surely pay for a sunday lunch with my family.  She even encouraged me to call me back next month to see whether they got any offer if not they can do something about it. I like the way I was treated by Vonage. I surely deserve it for being customer for almost 6 year with them and recommended atleast 10 people to signup with them.

If you are loyal customer to your phone company, cable provider or pest control company, any business. I urge you call them every year and try out in a nice way by asking them to save money and share some profit with you. I don’t see anything wrong with it. Let me know how it goes.

A five Minute Googling…

Googling can be addictive. These days, everytime we think of something and need answers, we automatically go to google. Why not google when you think of buying something? I know many frugalers and money smart savers research and google before buying anything. Being a frugaler myself, I do it all the time and don’t have too be scientist to do research. Just google for 5 mins and you will know whether your purchase is a deal or no deal.  I saved more than $100 on my online orders in last few weeks. See the list below,

1. Bought USI Electric Smoke detector – $54(w shipping) – saved $15
2. Bought Wireless Router from Buy.com – $39.99(free shipping) – saved $15
3. Ordered Perfume from Amazon for my in-law – $42(free shipping) saved –  $30
4. Purchased Laptop Battery – $49.99 with $5 discount from seller and also saved $30 compared to hpdirect.
5. Got new DC Adapter for vonage router – Free from vonage – saved $10

These are just few purchases from last few weeks. Almost all purchases only needed 5 mins of googling to price shop and order them.

You can also save money in this tough economy and keep it stored up in your saving account for future. Please share your experience about googling and 5 min calls. I can’t wait to hear.

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