Which leads me to this suggestion: Go online and check to see if the mail-order prices you're paying for any meds are cheaper than the retail prices.
They're supposed to be. But they obviously aren't always.
AT&T wireless fee
AT&T has added a 61-cent "administrative fee" to its wireless bills. Might not sound like much, but factor that over the company's 70 million or so subscribers, and you're looking at some serious coin.
How serious? Try more than half a billion dollars in extra annual revenue for the company.
AT&T says the new fee, introduced this month, "helps defray certain expenses AT&T incurs, including but not limited to: (a) charges AT&T or its agents pay to interconnect with other carriers to deliver calls from AT&T customers to their customers; and (b) charges associated with cell site rents and maintenance."
That's basically a fancy way of saying that customers are getting stuck with the tab of connecting AT&T's wireless network to those of other providers, along with routine operations.
But subscribers have been paying for those things all along in their monthly bills. AT&T hasn't been losing money every year making network connections for customers.
Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesman, defended the new fee by saying that some other wireless companies charge similar fees, which is true but isn't a very good rationale for fleecing your own customers.
When I asked whether maintenance and the cost of connecting to other carriers' networks were covered in the past by normal monthly charges, Siegel said only that the new fee "will help defray a small portion of certain expenses."
I'm guessing AT&T figured that an additional 61 cents a month won't be a deal breaker for most customers, and they likely won't realize that the company is reaching into their collective pockets to the tune of about $512 million a year.
Apparently the $7.3 billion in profit raked in by AT&T last year just wasn't enough.