Meet with us tomorrow! Also: The 30% phone call.Posted by Donna Freedman on Jan 22, 2016 | 26 comments
What a weird non-vacation it’s been so far. After arriving midday Monday I was pretty hazy. Far too much of Tuesday and Wednesday were spent doing interviews and writing up a last-minute freelance job that I couldn’t turn down. (Hint: It’s not only quite lucrative, it’s also leading to more paying gigs.)
Edits were waiting when I got up this morning, but the S.O.B. is finally done! At least until the copy desk comes a-knockin’. And we’re on our way to eat ribs at Bobby Q’s, so life is looking better all the time.
But that’s not what I came here to talk about.
From 1 to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 23), my daughter and I are hosting a reader/blogger meetup here in Phoenix. If you read either my website or hers (I Pick Up Pennies), or if you’re a writer – or if both things are true – we hope you’ll join us at the Wendy’s restaurant at 2640 W. Thunderbird in Phoenix (next to the Home Depot).
We’ll talk about whatever you like: personal finance, writing, nerd culture, Kool-Aid pickles. Religion and politics are probably out as topics, but just about anything else goes.
Oh, and we’re giving away four fabulous prizes, including Starbucks gift certificates and a deck of “Tundra” playing cards. Just a little thank-you for taking the time, and the gasoline, to get there.
You’re welcome to join us at any point, or for the whole dang time. I’ll be sitting there with my laptop starting around 1 p.m.; Abby may be there or she may wander in a bit later. And you don’t have to eat fries if you don’t want them. I’m leaning toward a baked potato, myself.
Is that their best price?
Always ask this! It’s time to renew with my web hosting company, HostGator. Trouble is, the invoice showed a noticeable jump in the cost of service. When I signed up three years ago, I got a 20 percent discount that made the tab $181.20 for three years. Pretty reasonable, I thought.
Not so the renewal invoice, which was $358.20. Yikes.
“Costs have gone up everywhere, and that was an introductory teaser rate,” I reasoned. “Maybe $119.40 isn’t too much for a year’s worth of hosting. And the service has been pretty good.”
Then again, people negotiate stuff all the time. Couldn’t hurt to call, right?
Within a few minutes the cost had been lowered by 30 percent. Instead of paying $358.20 I’ll pay $250.74, or $83.58 vs. $119.40 per year. As they say,
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