The threat of disconnection hangs over all of us poor people daily, especially as we may not be able to pay our full utility bill... or any of it on a given month.
My electricity was set to be turned off by Duke Energy next week. I owe a total of $178, which includes several months of non-payments, partial payments, and late fees. Thankfully, I was able to negotiate a 6 month payment plan for the past due amount, where I pay $30 a month + whatever the current charges are.
So I started today with over $150 to my name and that $30 payment brings me back done to $120.
My internet is very behind as well. Usually, I carry a month past due and end up paying the minimum amount due to Time Warner, which is half. That 'half' increases every month as new late fees are added into the total I have to at least pay half of.
I called Time Warner to make arrangements and they were much less flexible. My total bill is $228, of which, a minimum of $154 must be paid to keep the service from being disconnected... which is supposed to happen today or tomorrow. Should I fail to pay that amount before they pull the plug, it will cost an additional $36 to have the service scheduled for reconnection.
Remember, I now only have about $120, so... not enough for Time Warner's minimum payment.
I called Time Warner and navigated their prompts until I got someone in billing. I told her my situation and said I would like to set up a payment plan. The only payment she could accept was the minimum $154.
So I may not be on the internet for a while, except for a friend's WiFi. I currently use the internet for job applications and Netflix($8/month). No internet, no job applications. No job applications, no interviews and no jobs. No job, no money for the internet.
It's very hard using a friends internet to apply for jobs because you have to upload resumes that usually reside on my iMac. Also, I have to go to his place to use the computer, which means it may be several days before I can check on emails regarding jobs and do the follow up I need to be competitive in the job market.