I just thought I'd share how I snagged a pretty good deal yesterday. :) I have XM radio in my car; I really do enjoy having it, but I just thought that paying $34/month was just a tad "overkill"...know what I mean? Well, I had read an article in a magazine that was talking all about money-saving-tips. One of the things the article mentioned was that sometimes it doesn't hurt to try to get a better deal [on your satellite TV service, satellite radio service, internet service, etc.] by just calling the companies. So, I did. I called XM's customer service and I went through all of the "automated prompts" acting like I was wanting to cancel my subscription. By the time I got to talk to an actual human being - she asked me why I was canceling. I said, "Well, you know, in these economic times - satellite radio isn't something that I really need." As soon as I said that - she was quick to offer: "Well, we could cut your service fee to $4/month until December if you'd like." Wow! I didn't even have to ask for a discount! I guess they just really want to keep an 'x' number of subscribers - no matter what discount they need to give. So I went from $34/month to $4/month.
So, give it a try! The key (I think) is to "threaten" to cancel - but make sure to mention that you are trying to cut-back because of the poor economic situation. The service-rep girl really seemed to react to that - maybe they've been told to offer discounts to people who say that or something? ...well, whatever it is - I got a pretty good discount. :)
P.S. I'm going to be changing the blog's design within a day or so...I love my current design - but I thought a fun change would be nice. (I'm going have more bright, fun colors)