When I finally started the line item scrubbing of every credit card bill this year, I was amazed at how much gets through the cracks: multiple anti-virus recurring charges, membership to a sporting goods VIP club I didn’t remember, delivery charges everywhere, and storage unit increases all come to mind. There are so many more. And I find them every month.
“Oh we’re sorry we charged you for our VIP club when you haven’t made a purchase in 3 years.” Yeah Right.
What she should have said was the truth,
“Were sorry to see you go because we make so much money off people too busy to pay attention when we’re ripping you off, sucker.”
Was that too harsh? Sorry if I overdid it.
So, yesterday I spent :20 minutes changing my hosting company for my business website. I had the “deluxe” plan- hosting for 50 websites and of course, I only use it for one. So, after going back and forth with customer service, I downgraded to the less expensive plan. Savings? Wait for it.
$20 over the next 12 months. Ugh.
And I felt dejected. What am I doing this for? Why would I waste 20 minutes of grief with customer service with my limited free time? $20?
But today I realize it’s not about the money. It’s about the control. It’s about knowing that every dollar I make is mine. No waste. No exceptions. Nothing lost. Every dollar belongs to me and if I spend it, it’s on something that really adds value to my life. And that principle is important whether you make $50,000 a year or $500,000 a year.
So, I’ll keep going.
It’s time for this sucker to get off the yearly VIP membership club charge!