On the subject of cable, the amount that your cable/phone/internet goes up once you're "intro deal" has expired. When I moved where I am, i got triple play with the cable co. as at that time, that was all that was available. FIOS eventually became available too, but I kept procrastinating, even though my monthly rate had jumped from just over $110 to close to $200. And nothing had changed.
Finally made the switch, and got a fabulous 2 year deal. Which recently expired. They tried to get me to renew (which I was all for as I despise the cable co) for an additional $40. Um no, just no. Sorry. So I called, and we went back and forth. They first tried to tell me well, the offer you had was for an intro, blah blah blah. I get that but you're now asking me to pay this much more, and I'm getting absolutely nothing in return. they then tried the tactic of "well you're still getting some things for less than "normal" Ok, but again, I'm not getting anything in return.
We finally met in the middle, after I agreed to another 2 year contract, at $20 more. I was quite proud of myself. I get things go up, BUT please don't try and tell me how great your service is, while raising my bill 40%+, and giving me nothing in return.