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Tip of the week AND a recipe!

This week’s tip is to spend a few minutes each week reviewing your bills.  Just give them a glance over to see if you’re getting charged incorrectly or if anything seems amiss.  A review of my cell bill and a 10 minute call to customer service netted me a $50 refund for an overcharge dating back two years.

Also, NEVER be afraid to ask a customer service rep for the best deal.  This works best for phone, cable, internet, insurance, companies etc.  We’ve had high-speed internet at home with the same company for two years, but I am still paying the introductory price.  I just keep calling and asking them to extend it.  It costs a company almost 3x as much to sign a new customer as it does to keep an existing customer, so they want to keep you happy. 

Some tips for getting discounts on your existing services:
-Be polite.  Make the rep your ally.  No one will go out of their way to give a discount to a major tool.
-Say that you have been looking at competitor’s prices and are hoping you can remain with Company X since you’ve appreciated their great service, blah blah blah. It helps to have actual examples of competitor’s discounts and sales!
-Ask if there is a discount based on your current employer.  For instance, I get 12% off my Verizon bill because of my employer.  You HR department should also have a complete list of discounts available.
-If the customer service rep is unable to get you a discount, very politely ask to speak with a manager who may have more flexibility in offering them.

Sometimes you’ll get nothing from your troubles, but if you save even a little bit each month, it does add up!

Recipe – Meatballs.  Mmmmmm….meatballs
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground sausage (I used spicy Italian from our local butcher) with casings removed
~1 cup breadcrumbs (I prefer panko)
~3 tblsp grated parmesan cheese
-sprinkle of oregano, pepper, seasoning salt, parsley, basil
-splash of worcheshire (I can never spell that correctly) sauce
-1 egg mixed
-splash of milk

1) Add dry ingredients to large mixing bowl.  Splash milk in and lightly mix.  Add meat and egg.  Mix
2) Brown in olive oil for about 30-60 seconds on each side.  Transfer to a cookie sheet.
3) Bake at 400 degrees until the center is no longer pink.  I think I did 30 min and it was a bit too long.
4) Serve with spaghetti and homemade garlic rolls and a salad. 
5) Slip in to food coma.

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