These tips aren't for people who are just getting by. It's for those of you who are able to get by but with small luxuries. My boyfriend and I are in the process of moving into a new place. First of all, when we signed up for gas and electricity, I told them that we moved in on the 15th of July which is also when our lease started. Both places decided to charge us from the time the last tenant moved in to the time we did. I was disturbed to see a $20 gas bill for June 15-July 15th when I knew that it wasn't from us. I called them and after refusing to pay it (this lady was really rude) I was able to have them take it off. I saved us $30 (electricity + gas). Then, N and I found a deal for $19.99 a month standard cable through Comcast till the end of the year. I called them today to set it up and they said there was a $30 activation fee. I said that I saw other deals from other places that waived the activation fees. After telling the man that would call around, he agreed to drop the installation fee. Another $30 saved. Yes, I could save $120 by not having cable at all, but we can afford $20 a month for standard cable. This last piece is really important for anyone that is looking for a new bed. Again, same process as above. You go in to a mattress store (we went to Mattress Giant) and find a bed you like. We found an $800 bed. We told them we were ready to buy a bed that night. Then, we said that $800 was out of our price range. She offered us $600 but we told her that it was still too high and that we would check out other places. As we turned towards the door, she said "how much would it have to cost for you to buy it right now?" I said $400 (we were actually willing to go higher than that). She said that was fine but then I insisted she include the delivery fee in it too ($50) and tax. At the end, she told us that she only made $7 off the mattress but that we did a good job bargaining. Hah.