I got this idea from another website and it worked.
We have a combined phone/internet/cable package through Verizon. The prices seem to have slowly crept up since the the initial starting package which is easy to just ignore. However, this is an area where you can use competition to your advantage.
I noticed that another company in our area offered the same type of package for about $30 less than what we are currently paying. So, I called Verizon and mentioned the competitor’s package and asked if I could get a discount on my current plan. Verizon agreed to offer me a 1 year promotion which saved me about $30 per month.
I would have been willing to switch to the other company, but by staying with verizon I avoided any installation fees and the potential “we’ll be there to hook you up between 9am and 2pm”. I am happy with the outcome.
So do your homework. See if you can find a better offer for any of these services (usually you can find pricing online but you may need to call) and then call your current provider with the information and ask for a better deal. It adds up!