And all it took was one 10 minute phone call!
I got my car insurance bill in the mail today and wanted to cry at the cost! COME ON PEOPLE!!! And it suddenly occurred to me that I needed to call my insurance guy and try and see if there wasn't something that could be done.
I remembered that every time you get car insurance they ask how far you drive on average to work. Well, I haven't worked in almost two years so I bet I haven't put 1500 miles on my car total this last two years! Sure enough, they changed my car to "recreational" saving me about $130 a year. (about 10%) My agent seemed pretty happy about that but I wasn't so I kept after him to find something else. And here is the secret... "I DIDN'T KNOW THAT!" tidbit he told me..... If you take a defensive driving class and get certified you get a discount! Mine will be $88 less a year...not huge but over time.... It is only good for three years then you have to do it again but easy enough, because you can do it ONLINE...its a SIX HOUR CLASS!!! Yes, it costs about $35 but not a bad investment to save $88x3 ($264)! So, now I have saved over $200 a year.
I then asked him about my home owners and found out that if I went to $1000 deductible instead of $500 I would save $280 a year! You make the difference up in 2 years! Hellooooo....I haven't filed a claim in 12 years! I sure could have used that $3360!
So, by the end of the 10 minute call I had saved over $500 a year AND I have a check coming for $280 since it was just paid by my escrow. Hee Hee!
Take that defensive drivers class!