Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Comcast Kudos

Comcast gets a bad rap all the time and though I know customer service reps can sometimes be a pain, I must give kudos when it's deserved.

Wanting to lower some bills, I turned to our ever increasing cable bill through Comcast.  Though we had been given a "special" so called deal, it really was only a $30 savings and the deal ran out in December and January's bill appeared in the tune of $260.00!!!  Yeah you read that right!!

I'll be honest, we probably watch only about 20 channels, I watch more on Netflix actually; so I decided to look closer at what I was getting.  There was a sports package that we NEVER have used; we had HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and Starz - HBO is the only one we watch.  Though I know it's hard to downgrade, I decided we needed to bite the bullet.

When I've tried this before, I always end up staying where I am.  Why?  Because next to losing some channels, it throws you out of the area where the DVR and such are included in the pack...internet drops to lower speeds and you now have to pay a monthly price for the DVR.  No one has every told me these prices but they've made it sound like I'd lose channels but not be saving much.  So I've always just accepted the $30.00 savings.

Before attempting a call, I went online and visited the Comcast forums to see what others were dealing with price wise.  I was really surprised to discover Comcast employees offering assistance to customers issues and problems via private messaging.  So I randomly picked one - ComcastZach.

I sent him a pm asking if he could help in lowering my bill.  I told him that I was sure we could get by with the Starter digital channel line-up of 140+, I didn't need Showtime, Cinemax, Starz or a Sports Package; I didn't want to lower my internet speed and I still wanted my DVR.

ComcastZach came through!!  He offered me the Starter digital, and then gave me some specials they currently had running:  my current internet speed free for one year ($13.00 thereafter); my DVR free for one year ($19.95 thereafter); and HBO free for 6 months (if I choose I can continue for $15.00 a month after that).  Additional charges still existed for my phone modem and additional cable box (which I was already paying anyway, not included in my pack).  All in all ComcastZach was saving me well over $100.00.  Even when the freebies are up, I'm still coming out with a pretty good savings!!  I was thrilled!!

The only channel we actually lost was NatGeoWild, which hubby liked to watch; but I think he can deal with it, lol!

But I wanted to give a kudos to Comcast and especially to ComcastZach, a customer service rep who actually listened to what I needed and gave it to me!!  Thanks Zach!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Hub City 100 Miler

I signed up for the Hub City 100 Miler.  I normally don't do these things but the county was paying for it and I decided to go for it.  It's pretty simple, you walk one mile a day for 100 days (or 20 minutes of exercise a day).  I'm three days in and have done my mile a day.

I actually probably put in a mile a day just doing normally everyday things (per my fitbit), I'm double challenging myself though....I want to physically walk a mile in addition to the everyday steps.  I have a mile tracked out at work, which I did on Thursday and Friday and I just discovered that up and down the alley next to the house 3 times will get the mile in (I just did that one in the rain).

This is totally on the honor system, but to keep me honest I sync my fitbit to the website.  I'm not sure how they decide who wins weekly prizes or such, but other than maybe a new fitbit there's not another prize the interests me (maybe a bike).

So that's my new thing for the year.

I am giving Smart Points another go - I really want this program to work for me.  Did well on Thursday & Friday, very bad today....but I'll switch that around tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Meet Your Plan

I want to do a post on each of the new Weight Watcher booklets that come with meeting membership.

"Meet Your Plan" is the book that explains the Smart Points plan.  There's no changes to the plan so it's more beneficial to the newbies; but it does have some new things within the pages....

Pages giving some helpful advice for the phone apps and online.  That's been needed for sometime.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Weight Watchers 2017

Well the Weight Watchers meeting was very crowded this past Wednesday....we had to wait in a line.  It's good that so many are interested in their health and have chosen WW....it's bad that our room is so small and overcrowded.

No changes to Weight Watchers this year, but we did get new books - yes that's plural:

You get 4 books:  Meet Your Plan, Shift Your Mindset, Eat Better and Move More.  The Simply Filling one is just a paper pamphlet that you have to ask for, cause you know...WW doesn't want you to know anything about Simply Filling.

I really haven't had a chance to read through them yet....but I noticed one thing missing:

The little pocket guide!  You know the one that has generic items with point values and that fits snuggly in your purse.  It's nice to have handy in a pinch and has always been a WW regular.  Sigh.....I'm glad to still have my leftover one.

The Meet Your Plan booklet has a little slot to hold your weight tracker and card:

With a little tear I managed to get the pocket guide in there as well.

Missing?  Something to keep all these booklets in!  What happened to the days WW gave you a pouch or something????  I ended up buying a tablet sleeve at the Dollar Store to hold mine:

It would of made more sense to me to make it all one booklet with sections.....or to at least provide something to keep them in, but who am I? 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017