Friday, May 17 2013 7:01 AM EDT2013-05-17 11:01:29 GMT
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed. The group said Friday the attackMore >>
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:35 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:35:35 GMT
Around 1:30 Thursday morning, the Owensboro Police Department responded to an armed robbery call at the Hampton Inn, located at 615 Salem Drive.Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised thatMore >>
Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised that a male subject entered the business armed with a rifle, and demanded money.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-16 10:53:21 GMT
Police say a 7-year-old boy is critically injured, after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Indianapolis. The boy was hit about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on the city's south side. A police spokesman saysMore >>
Officers were told that the boy was trying to cross the busy two-lane street when he was hit.More >>
Wednesday, May 15 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-15 10:53:05 GMT
European officials are investigating some of the world's biggest oil companies on suspicions of price manipulation over more than a decade. Shell, B-P and Statoil all say they're co-operating with theMore >>
The commission carried out unannounced inspections, because of concerns the companies may have worked together in reporting distorted prices.More >>
Witnesses in southwestern Virginia say a car has driven into a crowd at a parade. Several people appear to be hurt, but the nature of their injuries wasn't immediately known.More >>
An emergency official says about 50 to 60 people were injured after car drove into a group of hikers at a parade in a small Virginia town.More >>
TRI-STATE (WFIE) -
If time is money then taking the time to call companies to see if you can get a lower rate or save some cash may be well worth it.
When it comes to saving big money, rule #1 is most businesses won't call to tell you how to save, so it's up to you to dial up savings.
Once a year, Chantay Bridges dials her way to saving big bucks, and sometimes even more often than that.
"We've saved tons and tons," Bridges said.
Bridges cut what she pays for her phone, cable, utility and insurance bills. She's also saved on credit card and bank fees, even interest just by calling the companies. She's got it down to a science.
"I reminded them of our credit scores. I reminded them of our loyalty," Bridges said.
Experts say Bridges' calling strategies are on the money and you can actually try dialing for more savings even more often.
Finance guru Mitchell Weiss says it certainly can't hurt to check in every few months with businesses who bill you, and if you see a company advertise a special deal, take that as an opportunity to call and say you're interested.
Weiss explains businesses want customers to stick around because it costs more to lose a customer than to offer them some new ways to save.
"It costs money to get them. It costs money to keep them. Why would you want to turn that over to a competitor?" states Weiss.
So how can you make sure dialing through the phone maze of customer service reps is worth it?
People pay personal finance administrator Roblee Hoffman to lower their bills and now he's sharing his secrets with us.
Hoffman can usually save people between $200 and $1,200 a year and here's how you can do the same:
Review all your monthly bills and try calling each company.
The phone is the most effective way to negotiate .
Have two to three months worth of past bills when you call so you can be precise on what you're paying.
Remind companies who you are.
"Be a great customer. A great customer is one who has been with a company for a fair number of years and pays their bill on or before the due date and pays the full balance," Hoffman said.
Then once you've established your history with the company, ask for lower rates, a cheaper plan and monthly fees to be removed.
If you can't negotiate with a customer service rep, ask for the customer retention department or the president's office. They may offer more incentives.
Always be professional and polite.
Research what the business' competition is offering customers.
"The only time you want to be confrontational or say to a company that you're going to go to another service is when you've prepared it ahead of time and done your research to know there's other services available at a greater cost savings," Hoffman said.
Bridges says knowing what a company's competition is offering is key to negotiating.
If you've never called a business for a better rate, start dialing, it could save you a lot of dough.
"It's worth the time and it's worth your money," Bridges said.
At least one cell phone company told us it would gladly review your bill to see if you're paying too much for minutes and data you don't use which could result in a cheaper monthly bill.
Many credit card companies and banks say they welcome you to check in with them for better deals every few months.
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:38 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:38:49 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,More >>
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:54 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:54:39 GMT
Evansville police made a large drug bust Fir day night. It happened at a home in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue near Garvin Street. Police say officers were in the area and could smell a strong odorMore >>
Officers got a search warrant, and once inside the home, found what they call a substantial amount of marijuana.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:35 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:35:07 GMT
(KRIS/NBC) - A dream came true for a Texas foster child who never had a permanent place to call home. That all changed thanks to one family who granted his wish, 24 hours before it was too late. DamienMore >>
A dream came true for a Texas foster child who never had a permanent place to call home.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 3:10 PM EDT2013-05-18 19:10:16 GMT
On Wednesday morning, the Evansville Museum will unveil the new home for the Vulcan Statue that, in July of 2012, was moved from the basement of the Old Courthouse. Since the moving of Vulcan, OaklandMore >>
On Wednesday morning, the Evansville Museum will unveil the new home for the Vulcan Statue that, in July of 2012, was moved from the basement of the Old Courthouse.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:53:17 GMT
One person was killed in an accident at a recycling center. in Muhlenberg County. It happened at the Greenville Recycling Center II, which is on Wickliffe Street. 28-year-old, Robert Adam Baxter of Greenville,More >>
One person was killed in an accident at a recycling center. in Muhlenberg County. It happened at the Greenville Recycling Center II, which is on Wickliffe Street. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:05 AM EDT2013-05-18 15:05:55 GMT
Spend your Saturday enjoying some wine, art and jazz on Newburgh's Riverfront. Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival is set to go from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday. Local wineries will be offeringMore >>
Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival is set to go from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:21:45 GMT
NEW ALBANY, IN – New Albany police said Friday that a mother found dead along with her two young children in a creek in Binford Park in March drowned her two young children and then herself. New AlbanyMore >>
Investigators said Jaime Clutter, 35, suffered from mental illness -- possibly psychosis and postpartum depression -- when she walked her children to Binford Park March 13 and drowned them. More >>
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