Purging Fatty Expenses
Excerpt from Survival First
I don't know about you, but I get a queasy "stepping on a scale after thanksgiving" feeling when I go to check my bank accounts.
Part of me wants to ignore it and pretend everything is fine.
As long as number-go-up everything is a-ok.
Recently I went into my bank accounts and something smelled off. I found some sketchy shit. I saw two huge new expenses. My sales software, that I went from $50 a month to $500.
A free trial marketing platform I was experimenting with went from $100 to $800 a month.
WHAT THE FUCKITY FUCK IS THIS, I nearly puked.
I didn't get any notifications - nothing. For two months these expenses ballooned and I never knew about it. Nearly $2500 was drained from my accounts while I was traveling the world.
But I was lucky.
I aired my grievances to the customer service people at the marketing channel.
Me: Uh….I wasn’t using this software for the last two months. Can I get a refund?
Customer Support: I’ve checked with my manager and I’ve refunded one month to your account.
Me: Thanks!…..Uh…..can I get another month back since I wasn’t using it then either?
Her: …….After speaking with my manager I’ve been authorized to refund two months of this account.
In an hour I was able to claw back $1500 and stop the $750 a month payments. I’m still in the process of figuring out how to claw back money from the ballooned sales software.
As obvious as "check your expenses” sounds I’ve had to make checkups like this routine. In past purging sprees I’ve been able to cut $500-$1000 in expenses by cancelling not-free-anymore trials, software for old projects, subscriptions for this and this and that.
Do yourself a favor. Learn from me. Open your bank account and check your expense reports. Cut the fat. Find money on the table.
Use some of that money to buy my upcoming book.
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