Get the Power to Cut High Cable Bills

Watching television can be a great way to kick back and relax. But if you’re a cable TV customer and overpaying for services, that relaxation can quickly turn to stress once you receive a high monthly bill. You do, however, have the power to reduce or even eliminate your bill. Here are some ways to make that happen:

Review your bill. With electronic billing and payments, many people today don’t take the time to open and read their bills. It’s important to read the bill and become familiar with the charges. Look for hidden fees as well as fees for services for which you did not subscribe.

Know your payment history. Review your monthly payments and see if there have been increases in the amount you pay from month to month. Also, look to see how long you’ve been a customer and whether or not you have paid your bills on time. If you’re a good customer, you may have a bigger negotiating edge when you call your cable company.

Look at competitive offers. Chances are, you’ve been receiving direct mail or email from other cable providers eager to earn your business. Take some time to review those offers to see if you can save money.

Call your cable company. Once you’ve reviewed your cable bill and looked at what other providers are offering, call your cable company. Explain to them you are considering cancelling your service due to the high cost. Many companies actually have retention departments established for the purpose of keeping good customers from leaving. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Ditch premium channels. When you signed up with your cable company, you may have been offered free HBO and other premium channels for an introductory period. After this period expires, you will be charged for these services. You can reduce your monthly bill by cancelling these premium channels, which can be costly.

Purchase your own equipment. Your cable company may also be charging you a set monthly fee for rental of equipment, such as your router. You may be able to save money by purchasing the router outright.

Consider cancelling your service altogether. With subscription services, such as Netflix and Hulu, many people are getting rid of cable all together.

Take these steps today to put the power to save where it belongs — in your hands.

bankHOMETOWN contributes $11,514 to local United Way Chapters

OXFORD, MA:  Michael Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced the bank has raised $11,514 during their Annual Giving Campaign benefiting four local chapters of the United Way.  The United Way is a vital link between local non-profit organizations and the communities they serve ensuring better lives for those less fortunate.  These funds have been raised by bankHometown employees evidencing their commitment to supporting local organizations.

bankHometown employees, throughout their 13 branches and Operations Center, have been participating in this bank wide Annual Giving Campaign for more than 30 years.  In addition to their monetary support, employees volunteer at a variety of events with the United Way and their partner organizations, including a bank-wide “Day of Caring” held each September.

The chapters that benefited from this year’s campaign are:
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
United Way of Webster and Dudley, Massachusetts
United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton, Massachusetts
United Way of North Central Massachusetts

Tina Puzo, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager at bankHometown’s Auburn Office, coordinated this year’s successful campaign for the bank.  She said, “I am so thankful for all bankHometown employees that have either made donations or have volunteered their time for United Way this year. The resources and dedication that the United Way provides to our communities are invaluable and we thank them for all they do on a daily basis. I truly feel that together we are helping those in need and making a positive difference in our communities.”