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Using Google Chrome To Save Money

Do you use Chrome to browse the web?

Most people do! Chrome is the second most used internet browser in the world, only being beat by Safari for Iphone.  That’s a lot of Iphones!

So how do you use Google Chrome to save money?

Chrome extensions

the google web store

Head over the the Google Chrome web store at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions

There are two extensions in particular you want to look for:

Honey

Honey will notice when you’re shopping online and knows all of the coupon codes for pretty much everything on the internet.

Say you’re shopping on the Macy’s website for a new pair of jeans, Honey will load a coupon code at checkout and save you between 1 – 20%

honey chrome extension showing discounts

 

As you shop online you will be surprised at how much you can save by using Honey.  Check out the website for more info

Retail Me Not

The next best Chrome extension to look for is from Retail me not.

Retail Me Not chrome extension

Retail me not has coupon codes and cash back offers from all over the web.  I’m sure you have heard of their website, but the Chrome extesion is FAR more convenient and packs all the benefits.

Do you know of any other extensions?  Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list!

 

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Trying to Negotiate My Utilities

I’ve always liked negotiating.  Most people are afraid to ask for what they want.  If only they would realize people WANT to help you and give you what you want.

In this post I’m going to try and negotiate each utility and bill and see what happens.

Negotiating The Power Bill

Alright. Each month I’ve called and tried to see if I could get a discount.  Every time they say no that’s not how it works with them.  That’s fine.

I tried something a little different I asked if I could postpone my payment. They agreed.

Next I waited till they put a shut off notice on my door.  I called asking to pay a small amount now and the rest later. They agreed.

Conclusion:

So it seems that when your trying to negotiate with the power company they will not budge on price, but are happy to negotiate terms.  This could be handy if you ever needed to postpone payments and need to put your money elsewhere like rent or a mortgage.

Water Sewer and Trash

I waited to see if they would put a shut off notice on my door. They didn’t, they just shut it off!  I was surprised at this one, no warning at all.

When I called they said their people are too busy to put out notices. Understandable I guess considering this is offered by the city and they don’t want to waste tax payer money with nonsense.

They informed me there was a $50 fee to turn the water back on. I tried to get it waived, they wouldn’t. I asked them to reduce it and they cut it down to $25

Conclusion:

I wouldn’t call this a negotiating victory because I spent $25 more than I would have otherwise. But at lease I didn’t pay the full $50.

Internet

I have Comcast where I live. I got the promo price when I moved to my neighborhood 2 years ago but now the price is almost triple.  I’m going to call them pater today and update this post then.

 

Have you tried to negotiate a bill or utility? Tell us in the comments!