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DIE Call Waiting, DIE

January 20th, 2009 at 05:16 pm

Well, it only took 8 years of marriage, 9 years of living together, but I *WIN*


(& it cracks me up some of the responses in my last post).

I posted yesterday I was reviewing the phone bill and decided to drop long distance. & since dh had talked about HBO Recently, I thought maybe I could talk him into dropping the ridiculous $6/month charge for call waiting.

I wasn't optimistic. At all.

So, I called him and the second I said the words "call waiting" he started to go off. BEcause we have had this fight quite a few times. & he likes to argue anyway.

But he said something about how we HAVE to have it, blahdeblah.

& seriously, all I said was, "But we have our cell phones. If anyone NEEDS to reach us they have our cell phones."

& he stopped his little tirade and just said, "YEah. You are right. We haven't had this discussion since we've had cell phones, have we?"


So I didn't even have to offer HBO - I could have talked him into it.


Boy, that was too easy. Should have done this a few years ago.

I mentioned the HBO anyway. I was surprised when told me he only wanted it about 3 months for a particular show.

Since it was his birthday and we hadn't gotten him a thing, I figured 3 months of HBO was a fair enough present.

So now everybody is happy. Big Grin

It's a wash with the HBO, but when he drops it again, we will be saving about $16/month.

We just slashed our land line bill in half. From about $30 to $15 monthly. We had discussed a lot lately dropping it, but it's a little luxury we like to keep. We only use our cell phones for emergency and calling family (long distance) for the most part. We don't want to use our cell phones for EVERYTHING. Plus, if we did, we would need a more expensive plan with more minutes. So I think this is a pretty good compromise.


P.S. If you want to know why I HATE call waiting more than anything. My dh INSISTS we have it so people can get through. Anyway, I can't tell you how many times HE has ignored me when I was trying to get through, and he was talking to someone else. Seriously. "Oh it was an important call." "Oh, it was my grandfater long distance." Blahblahblah. God forbid I ignore the call waiting. But he seems to ignore it an awful lot for being so "call waiting holier than thou." I mean that is just the final nail in the coffin for me. If he would walk the walk as much as he talked the talk, then it wouldn't be so aggravating.

The cell phones have call waiting of course, but it's not quite the same. It's not a separate charge. & if I Want to ignore call waiting on my phone, that's my problem. He has his own phone. So the issue doesn't come up much. It's not like he misses calls because I ignore my call waiting. So, phew. May we never argue about call waiting again. Wink

10 Responses to “DIE Call Waiting, DIE”

  1. fern Says:

    I recently cut long distance service on the land line, too. I use a prepaid calling card if i need to call long distance now, or in the past, i used calling cards (.03 a minute) when doing freelance work.

    So now i'm paying $24 for the land line and $21 for Basic high speed Internet.

    I suppose that's the best i can do.

  2. disneysteve Says:

    I think I'll try the cell phone argument with my wife. I hate call waiting. I think it is incredibly rude to put one person on hold to go talk to another. We only have it because my wife insisted in case of emergency. We do all have cell phones now, though. Maybe I can get rid of call waiting the same way. Thanks for the idea.

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    RIP Call Waiting. Big Grin

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hehe, kind of reminds of back in my married days. The funnier, more amusing married days.

  5. my english castle Says:

    I think you've inspired all of us to go over our phone bills and look for leakage.
    And worse than call waiting? The store clerk who walks away from you to answer the phone.

  6. monkeymama Says:

    My new pet peeve is store clerks yacking on cell phones. The guilty rate seems to be about 100% with gas station attendants. (I guess since no supervision? I only frequent 2 gas stations - same offenders over and over too, I guess). Literally do not pause their conversation to check you out, or to deal with any customer. Ugh!

  7. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    "call waiting holier than thou." Smile Smile

  8. mjrube94 Says:

    Great work! Now you need to call the cable/satellite company and tell them you're thinking of switching because you can get a better deal from the other, but you'd really like to keep them, is there anything they can do? I usually get a $15 discount for 6 months. Maybe they'll give you HBO for free. Worth a try!

  9. swimgirl Says:

    Oooh! Isn't it great to win?! Smile
    I am cancelling home long distance, too. I've been thinking about it for a few months, and just haven't gotten to it.

    We also blocked text messaging from all our cell phones...not that expensive, but I hate getting "advertisement" texts, and having to pay!

  10. monkeymama Says:

    mjrube - pfffft. HAs anyone tried that with Dish? Problem is we are REALLY going to drop their service in a few months (dh wants to wait for the new Direct TV Tivo coming out soon) BUT they could care less. Tried that one already. Their response, as usual, was to hang up on us. Gotta love Dish! They also insist they have no retention department and could care less if we leave. YEs, we had noticed that from Day 1. ! That they could care less about their customers. Oh, leaving Dish can not come soon enough...

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