Canceling Fiancee's Security System
Its been a multi-year effort, but my fiancee has finally agreed to cancel her CPI security system service in her townhome. I think she held on to it an extra couple months just to iritate the heck out me ;-).
This is one of several cost-cutting efforts to reduce some of her expenses. My fiancee spends less than she earns (the most important trait to me), but since she doesn't have a large salary (she is a school teacher), she hasn't been able to comfortably save with her current spending habits.
It was a tough nut to crack, the security system made her feel very safe and it was hard to convince her that secure feeling wasn't worth the $34.95 per month she was paying for the service. Actually I never found a convincing statement (to her) to use in our discussion that the benefit was not worth the cost - how can you put a price tag on security?
However, we made some headway after several different ideas on both our parts. A big breakthrough happened when she got out of the habit of activating/deactivating the security system everytime she left or entered her house. Over time she got used to not using the security system. Later I made her an offer that if she canceled the system now that we could both contribute to a fund that could be spent on a security system service later in our lifes when we would more value the same service (ie after we started a family). Finally she came around to my side and agreed to cancel the service.
Whether or not we get a security system later in life is a different discussion in the distant future.
She called to cancel one evening and was told to call back during business hours. When she called during business hours, she was told she needs to submit a cancellation request in writing and it could take 60 days to process. I drafted up a cancellation letter this weekend.
Heres a copy of the letter we sent - pretty straighforward:
CPI Security Systems
4200 Sandy Porter Rd
Charlotte, NC 28273
I would like to cancel my CPI Security Account. The security system is installed at [address]. Please close the account immediately. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Canceling this service should save my fiancee $34.95/mo or $419.40/year; a significant amount for her if she is able to apply the difference to her savings.
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