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How to Save, Save Time and Money Talking to Utility Companies

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Another bill in the mail that is not correct. What's even worse is now I have to call, and argue with another customer service agent AGAIN!

This had become a monthly ordeal, and I finally had enough!
Here's some ways I've learned how to save; save time and money when talking to utility companies.

We're all crazy busy, and don't have time to argue for 45 - 60 minutes every month. Just to get the savings we're supposed to be already getting.
The worse utility companies are cable, satellite dish, and cell/home phone companies.

chat with bill companiesI am here to help save you, your time and your money.

The first thing I recommend, is do an online chat instead of calling.
There's two reasons for this; one, you'll have a transcript of your encounter as proof of any discrepancies for future bills.
I've found one of the most common responses from a company when pleading your case is, "That's not correct," even if you were told you were going to get a specific promotion.

So when you do an online chat, you then have proof.

Once you are in a chat, look for an envelope and click on it. This is how you'll get your chat transcript emailed to you once you're done.
This is a huge way to save you time and money.

Some companies like to play "hide and seek" with their chat option.
If you can't find an icon, go to the bottom of the website.
Look for a "contact us" link; or it can be under" help" as well.

The second thing to do is remember you are the consumer; they NEED you.
One of the quickest ways to save money, and get promotions (for money off) is to tell them you'll go to another company.

I tell sales representative,"I can't afford to pay (x amount of dollars) I really like my service, but can't afford it, is there any way you can help me out?"

Suddenly, like "magic" nine times out of ten, they will talk with a supervisor, and get you a discount.
                 Because these companies don't want you to go somewhere else.

Remember, there's always a manager or supervisor you can ask to talk to.
If the company is really digging their heels in, and you're not getting the response you are looking for, ask for the manager/supervisor.

I hope you've found some ways to save some time and money.

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How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink Drain

Every 4-5 months our bathroom sink drain gets clogged. 
Considering I have 3 daughters, as well as myself, who all have long hair, as well as a teenage son with thick curly hair; I guess I shouldn't be surprised. 
It seems no matter how many times I tell my "wonderful" children to, "Not cut their hair over the sink (and not pick it up,) or if there is hair in the sink, "Take it out of the sink and throw it in the trash.
So I end up with a sink with water that won't drain.

My non-draining sink.
After wasting a lot of money on drain cleaners that claimed to unclog bathroom sink drain from standing water, I took the hands on approach to unstop my bathroom sink drain.

This is underneath my bathroom sink cabinet. This time around I get the added "bonus" of mold, ugh.

The first step on how to unclog a bathroom sink drain is to put on gloves. 
Because that gunk that is going to come out is really gross. 
Now, turn off the water under the sink. 
There will be two medal knobs, turn both of them clockwise until they won't turn anymore. 
You will also need an old container of some sort, one that you'll be throwing away.
I used an old creamer container that I had (re-purposing. :) 

Next up, twist counterclockwise until the white (screw) part separates from the other piping. As seen above.
Do the same thing with the one in the back, until it releases the pipe. 
Be careful here, you want to make sure to use your free hand (not turning) to hold the pipe so that it doesn't fall. 
Now slowly take the pipe, and dump the contents into your container; then put the container under your pipe (as seen in the picture below.)

This may unclog your bathroom sink drain.
Unfortunately for me, it did not. 

Next, turn the small pipe counterclockwise until it comes off of the other pipe.

I had to get a large wrench to loosen up the metal part at the top of the sink (see pic below.)

Once I loosened it enough to be able to turn the pipe around towards me; I was able to remove the metal bar with the ball attached. (See pic below)

This "ball" can collect a lot of hair, and a lot of times after you remove it, you'll have unclogged your bathroom sink drain. 

For me, it didn't unclog my drain; it did release some trapped water into my container.
What I did at this point was to completely remove the metal bar, and pushed it through the drain hole in my sink. 

Finally, I figured out how to unclog my bathroom sink drains! As you can see the "lovely" culprit in my container, lots of hair!

Now, you're just going to put everything back on the same way you took it off.

Start by putting the "ball" back into the hole, and then turn clockwise until it is tightened.

Make sure not to over tighten because it'll be hard to get it off next time.
(Believe me, I know ;)

Take your pipe and put it back into the pipe sticking out of your wall, and tighten the white moving part until it's snug. (remember, not too tight) 

         Finally, slide the top pipe into the large pipe, and tighten it down.

So there you have it; The best way to unclog bathroom sink drains. (in my opinion of course. :)
This is also one of the best green ways to unclog you drains; no harsh chemicals, safe because you're not toting pans of hot boiling water to your bathroom sink.
 I hope I helped you figure out the dilemma of how to unstop your bathroom sink drain for good!



A Scar

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A scar is always a part of us; but it shows that healing has taken place.


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Today is Sunday; during this time of year that means one thing, FOOTBALL! I am very excited because my team, the Eagles are playing at 4:40 this evening.

My oldest children (still home) have now developed a love for football, and watch the games with us. Which is neat because it brings the family together in another way.

My kids are 19, 16, 14, and twins who are 8 (one boy, one girl.) Let me just say; we did not think it out to well when it came to having three teenagers, all at the same time.
Let's just say this; hormones (OMG; hormones,) laziness, raised voices, and arguing are all daily occurrence.

So when there's something (anything really) that can bring us together, then I'm all for it!

Happy football Sunday to you and your fam!

What's your team - Go Eagles!