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lilredrooster
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November 10th, 2016 at 4:34:56 PM permalink
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I don't know a lot about the taxi business other than what I hear from the drivers in Las Vegas. The two biggest complaints I hear is that you are not allowed to own or rent the cab, you are strictly an employee. The most common complaint I hear is that they are mandated to work 12 hour shifts. I have no idea how much a cab driver makes in salary and tips, but I know it is not a job I would ever want to do.




I worked on the East Coast. I never heard of any arrangement like that. It's completely different than how I worked. But I know that some businesses operate very differently in the West than in the East.
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November 12th, 2016 at 6:48:43 AM permalink
So what does everyone do with cable and how much do you pay.

Our 2 year FIOS promo is ending. We currently have 2 TVs. 1 with DVR and 1 with HD box. We don't have HBO and the likes and we also don't have phone. We have the basic internet speed as well. When FIOS came to our area we got a great deal as far as we were concerned. We pay $93.63 a month.

Well once the promo ends our bill is jumping to $149.56. I tried getting FIOS to give us another deal but the cheapest they will give it to us is $128.56 if we sign a 2 year agreement.

Our only other option is Comcast and their cheapest is $119.90.

We though about cancelling cable and keeping internet for $64.70 a month and just using our laptop to stream stuff but it just seems like a pain to do. I am not sure if they are doing it everywhere but in our area if you want the local sports channels and ESPN they make you go to an enhanced package. If we stream everything I am sure going to miss watching Pirate and Penguins games since they are on the local sports channel.

sigh....
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lilredrooster
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November 13th, 2016 at 4:32:59 AM permalink
If you switch to Comcast for one month or 2 and then see what you can get from FIOS for switching back they might give you a better deal. Not guaranteed but I think there's a pretty fair chance. I've done the same thing by switching auto insurance policies frequently. Generally, when you first switch to a new company or come back you get a better deal through some promotion they're offering. If you don't need speed on your internet service I think there are cheap options. Watching videos will be too slow to load but probably okay for text such as WoV or newspapers.
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November 13th, 2016 at 5:14:13 AM permalink
Quote: lilredrooster

If you switch to Comcast for one month or 2 and then see what you can get from FIOS for switching back they might give you a better deal. Not guaranteed but I think there's a pretty fair chance. I've done the same thing by switching auto insurance policies frequently. Generally, when you first switch to a new company or come back you get a better deal through some promotion they're offering. If you don't need speed on your internet service I think there are cheap options. Watching videos will be too slow to load but probably okay for text such as WoV or newspapers.




That's a good point. If we cancel cable and stream everything then we would probably need the faster speed.
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November 14th, 2016 at 7:01:28 AM permalink
I cut the cord long ago, and went strictly antenna for a while. I'm not sure how many channels you can pick up over-the-air where you are GWAE, but we get quite a few. In the last couple of years, I've picked up Sling with the sports package ($25/mo.) just for 1/2 the year (football season through the end of March Madness). That has worked out well for us, but we're not huge TV consumers.

One thing you can do is to call up your current provider and ask to cancel. You will get transferred to a "retention specialist" who is authorized to offer better deals. It helps if you mention the best deal that a competitor offers. They may match it if they think they might lose you as a customer. At least this is how it used to work.
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November 14th, 2016 at 10:06:05 AM permalink
Sling is so close to working and saving about $40.

I am wondering if there is any kind of black friday type deals with cable companies.

I should probably just stop being so cheap but saving $30 here and there really adds up for us.
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November 14th, 2016 at 11:14:39 AM permalink
While doing your comparison shopping you could also check into how satellite TV would work for you. I have had DISH for a long time and pay about $85/mo for what I get through the satellite. But I think the cost starts at about half that or less for the channels that are roughly equivalent to a standard cable lineup, and if not for some specialized stuff I insist on having on top of the usual things people watch for entertainment and suchlike. It includes a DVR receiver which is set up to distribute the signal to multiple TVs throughout my house, and a bunch of remotes that work through walls controlling the receiver and DVR.

I pay a little more to start with because I simply pay them monthly & refuse to let DISH have any of my bank or credit card account information to do any sort of 'autopay' setup, or agree to any kind of term commitment that would prevent me from firing them on a whim if I feel like it. And in order to get some specialized horse racing channels the channel tier is upgraded one level, and then another level above that so I can subscribe to something from MLB that gives me thirty channels of baseball (both home & away feeds of all the local MLB broadcasts + spring training games & other stuff). But to get just the rotten movies & bad news & goofy un-reality TV channels that would also be on local cable I think it would be around $40.

I pay another $40/mo for my internet service provider, and I paid about $70 one-time cost to buy my modem & wireless router from an electronics retailer so I don't have any extra rental fees for that stuff. I also supplement that with a Roku USB stick that I think I paid about $50 bucks to buy, with zero dollars monthly cost for the programming that I sometimes watch that way. There are also things you can pay for getting through a Roku stick or box, but I don't do any of that.
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November 14th, 2016 at 4:44:17 PM permalink
Quote: DrawingDead

While doing your comparison shopping you could also check into how satellite TV would work for you. I have had DISH for a long time and pay about $85/mo for what I get through the satellite. But I think the cost starts at about half that or less for the channels that are roughly equivalent to a standard cable lineup, and if not for some specialized stuff I insist on having on top of the usual things people watch for entertainment and suchlike. It includes a DVR receiver which is set up to distribute the signal to multiple TVs throughout my house, and a bunch of remotes that work through walls controlling the receiver and DVR.

I pay a little more to start with because I simply pay them monthly & refuse to let DISH have any of my bank or credit card account information to do any sort of 'autopay' setup, or agree to any kind of term commitment that would prevent me from firing them on a whim if I feel like it. And in order to get some specialized horse racing channels the channel tier is upgraded one level, and then another level above that so I can subscribe to something from MLB that gives me thirty channels of baseball (both home & away feeds of all the local MLB broadcasts + spring training games & other stuff). But to get just the rotten movies & bad news & goofy un-reality TV channels that would also be on local cable I think it would be around $40.

I pay another $40/mo for my internet service provider, and I paid about $70 one-time cost to buy my modem & wireless router from an electronics retailer so I don't have any extra rental fees for that stuff. I also supplement that with a Roku USB stick that I think I paid about $50 bucks to buy, with zero dollars monthly cost for the programming that I sometimes watch that way. There are also things you can pay for getting through a Roku stick or box, but I don't do any of that.



Satellite is a great thing out West, where you have very few days of atmospheric density. Not so much in Florida, with a lot more rain and overcast. (It doesn't have to be clear, but your signal is affected in proportion to the density and movement of air particles). We had Direct TV for several years, and finally got frustrated one too many times by signal loss or interruption . Finally, reluctantly went to cable.

So, with you living in the Northeast, with snowy winters and rainy springs, I don't know whether it's going to be satisfactory. But probably is cheaper.

Sucks that they stopped broadcasting analog signals. They didn't have to. But this way, they force people to pay for tv AND put up with the commercials, while still squatting on public airwaves they use for free. All about the money, as always.
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November 14th, 2016 at 6:19:18 PM permalink
Yeah agree with BBB, the thing about satellite is when you want to watch TV the most, when the weather sucks, it's completely unreliable. My 85 year old grandpa climbed up on the roof to clear snow of the dish two years ago....fell and broke his shoulder. All his kids chewed him out after that one lol, I just told him to head south for the winter after thanksgiving do a thanksgiving/Christmas combo holiday.
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November 14th, 2016 at 6:58:40 PM permalink
I've had DirecTV for over a year and almost always get the signal, rain, sleet, or snow. I dont even remember the last time there was a problem. The only problem is having the dish in the middle of the front yard, but oh well, it has to be there to get a signal. We have tall trees blocking the signal in the back, so that's why it has to be in the yard. The trees were a deal breaker years ago, but I guess, they have a new satellite, so it was no longer a problem. We pay nothing BC my brother works for a contractor of DirecTV, so no clue about the costs.
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