May 25, 2005

Paying tithing always seems to bring miracles into my life!

I'm just really choked up right seems every time I struggle to pay my tithing, and I feel I just don't have the money, yet I make myself do it, I am so blessed in numerous yet obvious ways! It's happened every time, and I can never say it's merely a coincidence. God truly does bless those who serve Him and who obey His commandments!

I just got off the phone with Sprint -- which is usually a really bad experience in every way. Actually I called the twice, and the first time was horrible -- the CSR had a Jamaican accent and she was almost impossible for me to understand...and she kept insisting that the mistakes on my plan were in fact "policy" and the way it was. I tried being polite, but she got on my last nerve and I ended up hanging up on her. THEN I went to, because I remember reading there several months ago that there are unpublished, unknown phone numbers to "special" CSRs who deal specifically with retention and can give you secret "deals", depending on what kind of customer you are. I was skeptical, but I found one of the phone numbers and dialed.

The phone didn't even ring ONCE. A woman answered immediately (and this is at 11:30 pm CST, mind you). There was no hold and no dorky elevator music to listen to for half an hour, only to be put back into the queue once again by a dimwat CSR. I was polite and tried to be upbeat as I explained the situation to her..and also explained how I need to lower my plan and get rid of the 2nd line. I knew the 2nd line would cost me $150 to disconnect -- and this I told her.

Well, she was so pleasant and helpful, and she did more than just give me a good deal. While the plan I obtained is a standard publicly known plan, it will be perfect for me. I asked her on average how many anytime minutes do I use on a regular basis. She said around 250. So I got rid of the $65.00 1100 minute plan ($.40 each additional min) -- with the added phone and the Vision, free roaming, N&W after 7pm it ended up being between $130 and $160 every month). But anyway, I went with the $35/300 min Fair and Flexible plan. 300 min can be easy to go over..yes...but the great thing about this plan is if I use, say, between 301 and 500 minutes, I only pay an additional $5 for each 100 min. After that it's only $.10 a min. Sweet! I also got rid of my SprintTV since I never use it, but I kept of course the PCS Vision, the picture mail and the video mail. I get that for free the first 2 months as well. Then I have the no roaming and all of that for $70 a month. I can't complain:) I know most other providers offer more min for the money, but I really like the no worries about overages deal. So if I get another boyfriend I won't cost myself an extra $200 like I did the last time :)

But the greatest thing was concerning Laurie's phone number. What she did to help me was suspend her number so it can't be used, and put it on what she called a "vacation" plan. Basically, instead of paying the extra $25/mo for her phone until Dec, or paying the $150 to disconnect it, I'm being charged $5 a month to keep it on "vacation" until I decide to disconnect it. Heck that's only like $30 until I CAN disconnect it! Woohoo...that ROCKS!

Then as many of you know, tomorrow I'm picking up my 2005 5 SPD Vue :) I took it for a spin today while my car was being assessed for a trade in, and it was such a sweet ride. Suddenly I felt good about this decision. But it got even BETTER...Saturn offered me $6900 on my 2002 SC2..that's about $1000 over KBB price! I was going to sell it outright for $7623, but until I sold it I'd have to pay for insurance and licensing. Now that's taken care of:) AND I made $750 off the deal..most trade ins are losses, but not mine:) But of course it's a dang sweet car. The assessors kept glancing out at it shining in the sun. It's a rare gem, that's for sure...only $39500 miles, near perfect condition (except that stupid speedometer), new tires, fully loaded...heck I bet they are the ones that got the deal:) You just don't see that car in that beautiful blue...since I've owned it I've only seen its like a handful of times. Lots of silver and black ones out there, but not blue. I bet anything they'll turn around and sell it for around $11000. I'll have to go back and check up on it.

I'm sure going to miss that car. I love it. It was my first new car and I babied it, even if I drove like a maniac:) It's unique and it matches my personality. But it's time to move on, and believe it or not, getting this new car is actually going to help me financially. I will save $50 alone on insurance (small coupes are expensive to insure)..I got it for a total price of less than I paid for the GMAC is paying the first three months of financing for me because I'm a loyal GM owner:) AND I got a 5 year 60,000 bumper to bumper warranty! So it will last as long as the loan....I'm soooo happy about that!!

And the VUE has everything my SC2 has and more. It's not fully loaded, but that's ok:) It has tons of more space, the driver's seat is way more comfy, and it won't hurt me to get up and out of the car anymore. The sunroof opens with one touch now, too!

So anyway, things are looking up. These kinds of miracles always follow obedience to God's commandments...I don't know why I tend to keep FORGETTING that! It's so awesome..I'm so blessed and so grateful for Heavenly Father. I'm grateful that I have struggles and that I have commandments which I can obey and grow from.

I'm just so blessed:)

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