4 Everyday Things You’re Paying Too Much For

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4 Things That You’re Probably Paying Too Much For

You’re paying too much! Have you ever received a bill in the mail to renew a service and you realized that…

1) you were already paying for that same service with another company and
2) you were already covered for the same service by an even different company?


Here are some examples:

  • Streaming cable services
  • Subscription boxes
  • Insurance
  • Other monthly subscriptions

Here’s a list so you can do your own inventory and find some savings in your budget where you too, can cut the fat!

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You’re Paying Too Much for Road-side Services

So, we’ve discussed this. But start here. Take a look at what you are currently paying for, what might have duplicate coverage and what you’d be able to drop altogether.

For example I get free roadside services from a number of different companies that I work with. Like my auto insurance includes free roadside assistance.

I also have roadside services with a number of credit cards and banks that I work with. So for me, because I have free coverage from so many places and if I had free coverage from one place it would be exactly the same, there’s really no need to buy roadside assistance.

Because this expense isn’t something that you normally think of, you might forget that you’re actually covered. So before you start researching roadside services to invest in, check your benefits to see if you already have this.

You’re Paying Too Much for TV Services

Here we’re talking about – Netflix, Redbox rentals, Hulu, Roku, Dish, Cable, Direct TV. All of it.

Many people have multiple subscriptions but a quick analysis of your viewing habits can show you what your true needs are. It doesn’t make sense to keep two services when one does the job. You can save $1,022.40 this year by dropping an $80/month satellite service and skipping a $2.40 weekly trip to the big red box.

Instead, just keep the streaming movie and TV series subscription.

You might have to wait for a few weeks to watch the latest movies, but you probably won’t hate all that extra money you saved!

You’re Paying Too Much for Phone/Internet/TV Services

We all know this, but how many of us actually DO this? Bundle, Bundle, Bundle! If you are going with a TV service as listed above, and you have internet or phone services, then be sure to get a bundle price. ALSO- never feel bad asking for a discount.

If you see a new customer offer, (especially when you are out of contract) be sure to ask if they will extend the deal to you. You will have to speak to the customer retention department (rather than customer service) but they will likely offer to give you the same deal if you express your desire to go elsewhere if they can’t extend the offer to their loyal customers.

You’re Paying Too Much for Internet

Unless you work from home then perhaps you should investigate using your cell phone as a hot spot to provide internet service for your devices. For just a little more a month (and sometimes it is a provided service, depending on your cell plan) you can use your cell phone service to also stream the internet.

Make sure to check into this before forking over a monthly internet service.

Alternatively, you could cut the data service from your cell phone provider and use Wi-Fi on your phone instead. Think about how and where you use the internet and make the choice that will work best for you and your family.

Use these tips to start reviewing areas where you may be over paying, and start saving today! And don’t stop there! Make a list of other areas you thought of and get to work, saving your hard-earned dollars. Your piggy bank will squeal in delight!

Jenn Leach, MBA

Jenn Leach is a Houston-based MBA with over a decade of experience in the banking industry. She writes at Millennial Nextdoor where she writes finance, money, business, and lifestyle content to help millennials create additional income streams online. Join her on Substack at https://jennleach.substack.com.

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