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Check your cable or Internet bill: After the first year discounts, it's time to bargain

Expiration dates aren’t just for leftovers: Your Internet and TV bills probably include one, too, and you’re going to want to put it on your calendar. That’s the date when whatever discounts you got for signing up with a service go away—leaving you paying a much higher rate unless you call to negotiate something better. Your first step is finding that date so you can put it on your calendar. That can be less obvious than you’d think: Even if you can remember when you signed up for service, not all promotional discounts end 12 months later. If you’re lucky, that will be on your bill, but it probably won’t be on the first page. For example, a Verizon Fios bill I inspected called out expiration dates for various discounts on its ...