I don't feel bad about the $6 charges for the additional channels I wanted to include.
when you are a new customer you have the ability to ask for more credits
that is about the only time any of those companies will cut you a deal
once they lock you into a contract then it is difficult to get your price lowered
The original service was their current special offer of a program package for $49. After a couple of weeks I decided I did not like the channels in that package. A simple phone call requesting a change in packages and they gave me a new package with the channels I wanted for $39. Then I added 2 ala carte packs at $6 each that gave me an additional 17 channels. So I now have all the channels I like and am happy. I also signed up for the auto pay plan that gave me a $5 monthly discount. Even with the problems with Spectrum I am still saving $38 a month. Now if I can just get another $20 out of Spectrum LOL.
the way these companies operate is that after a year they will most likely raise your rates
when they do that just change the service to other companies
now that you know you can go back and forther between companies it should help to keep your monthly costs lower
spectrum considers a 'new customer' to be someone that has not had service with them for 30 days
if you feel they are overcharging you then cancel their service for 30 days and then you will get the lower price that 'new customers' get
if you only get internet from spectrum then increase your data on your cell phone for a month and use the cell phone for your internet for that short period of time
or ask a neighbor if you can use their 'guest' wifi for a month
after 30 days call them up and have the service restored at the lower price
if dish raises their prices then use netflix, amazon prime or go thru spectrum again for your tv channels
when spectrum raises their price for tv just change back to dish or some other provider
if you stay with one company for more than 2 years they feel you will not cancel their service so they raise their rates