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Re: couple wasted 7500 on unused subscriptions...
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2015, 09:36:15 PM »
I had a coworker the other day let slip that he still pays $20.00 a month for AOL and has paid that since first getting dial-up internet when you could get the free disc's at Blockbuster (remember Netscape and Juno???). I had to ask if he was still on dial-up and of course he is not. When I asked why he still pays that, he indicated he just never got around to canceling the service.   -- face punch--   



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Re: couple wasted 7500 on unused subscriptions...
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2015, 10:20:47 PM »
I had a coworker the other day let slip that he still pays $20.00 a month for AOL and has paid that since first getting dial-up internet when you could get the free disc's at Blockbuster (remember Netscape and Juno???). I had to ask if he was still on dial-up and of course he is not. When I asked why he still pays that, he indicated he just never got around to canceling the service.   -- face punch--

I didn't realize you could still pay for AOL.

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Re: couple wasted 7500 on unused subscriptions...
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2015, 11:26:11 PM »
I had a coworker the other day let slip that he still pays $20.00 a month for AOL and has paid that since first getting dial-up internet when you could get the free disc's at Blockbuster (remember Netscape and Juno???). I had to ask if he was still on dial-up and of course he is not. When I asked why he still pays that, he indicated he just never got around to canceling the service.   -- face punch--
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Re: couple wasted 7500 on unused subscriptions...
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2015, 04:39:19 AM »
My ex had a whole bunch of issues, one of which was Ambien sleep walking. Occasionally new charges would pop up on his card and it would take me forever to figure out which stupid website he had signed up for. Usually related to tracking people down and/or background checks as he was also paranoid. For many reasons, including these, he's an ex.

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Re: couple wasted 7500 on unused subscriptions...
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2015, 08:29:43 AM »
I had a similar experience last month.  SiruisXM auto-renewed itself for a whole year.  Over two hundred bucks for it.  Sure it's nice and I used to use it a lot before I got a smartphone, but now it is a waste as I am listening to books on tape and podcasts more than Siruis.  Got it cancelled now so it won't happen a year from now, but it still hurts that I lost out on that money.

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Steam (kids games) $9.99

Steam has a subscription service?  Is this like a subscription to games through steam (IE if WoW was on Steam) or is it some sort of game of the month club?  Or is this just the author/Author's friends not understanding how Steam works?

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Re: couple wasted 7500 on unused subscriptions...
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2015, 08:46:04 AM »
When my wife and I started merging finances after our engagement, I found an unused internet service subscription that was hitting her card for around $30 a month.  It was probably one of those free intro deals that never got canceled.  Hate to think how long she had been paying.   

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Re: couple wasted 7500 on unused subscriptions...
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2015, 10:05:49 AM »
I had a similar experience last month.  SiruisXM auto-renewed itself for a whole year.  Over two hundred bucks for it.  Sure it's nice and I used to use it a lot before I got a smartphone, but now it is a waste as I am listening to books on tape and podcasts more than Siruis.  Got it cancelled now so it won't happen a year from now, but it still hurts that I lost out on that money.

If you email SiriusXM that you want to cancel and didn't realize it was going to auto-renew you might get the subscription cancelled and a refund. It might be too late now. But I've had several different companies give me refunds and cancellations when I email them.

It's best to not have anything set to auto-renew even if you know you want to keep it. When your subscription expires you get coupons trying to get you to sign back up, so it's cheaper for people who don't auto-renew.

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Steam (kids games) $9.99

Steam has a subscription service?  Is this like a subscription to games through steam (IE if WoW was on Steam) or is it some sort of game of the month club?  Or is this just the author/Author's friends not understanding how Steam works?


Some of the games have monthly subscriptions and it will appear on the credit card as Steam Games instead of the game title. Steam makes you put your funds into your Steam wallet and then spend it. It might be possible to set up a "Steam allowance" for your kid so that $10 goes into the Steam wallet every month.

I've known several people that have game subscriptions that go on forever. They play the game for a few months then get tired of it, switch to a different game that also has a paid subscription, but don't turn off the previous subscription. Repeat this a bunch of times and you're paying a couple hundred a month for games that you probably won't even ever play again.

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Re: couple wasted 7500 on unused subscriptions...
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2015, 11:25:50 AM »

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Re: couple wasted 7500 on unused subscriptions...
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2015, 12:05:28 PM »
I help admin a website that collects donations to offset costs.  One person has three automatic donations.  I contacted her via the paypal address several times and never got a response, so it just keeps going.

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Re: couple wasted 7500 on unused subscriptions...
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2015, 12:15:49 PM »
I had a coworker the other day let slip that he still pays $20.00 a month for AOL and has paid that since first getting dial-up internet when you could get the free disc's at Blockbuster (remember Netscape and Juno???). I had to ask if he was still on dial-up and of course he is not. When I asked why he still pays that, he indicated he just never got around to canceling the service.   -- face punch--

I didn't realize you could still pay for AOL.

My dad still pays. I've tried to get him to stop but he thinks he'll lose his email address.
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Re: couple wasted 7500 on unused subscriptions...
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2015, 03:21:43 PM »
My parents still pay $38 a month for a landline with long distance. They haven't even had a home phone for 3 years hooked up.  My mom refuses to cancel in case they ever need it in an emergency (even though they don't physically have a phone at home to use) ...


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Re: couple wasted 7500 on unused subscriptions...
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2015, 03:47:43 PM »
My ex had a whole bunch of issues, one of which was Ambien sleep walking. Occasionally new charges would pop up on his card and it would take me forever to figure out which stupid website he had signed up for. Usually related to tracking people down and/or background checks as he was also paranoid. For many reasons, including these, he's an ex.

OMG.  My husband is on temporary Ambien to do a sleep cycle reset.  And this is why we now have a Foosball table.  He apparently bought it on Craigslist but has no memory of it whatsoever.  It's a nice table and was a good deal.  He was quite surprised to get an email scheduling the time to pick it up.  He was smart enough to use his "allowance" debit card instead of the joint one though. 

Any other scary Ambien things I should watch out for? Luckily this is for 30 days.

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Re: couple wasted 7500 on unused subscriptions...
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2015, 03:51:07 PM »
My parents still pay $38 a month for a landline with long distance. They haven't even had a home phone for 3 years hooked up.  My mom refuses to cancel in case they ever need it in an emergency (even though they don't physically have a phone at home to use) ...

Live landline, but no phoneset? In the event of an emergency do they intend to tap a metal fork across the wires to transmit Morse code? Because that would be badass.