Do You Watch Your Credit Card Statements?
I watch my statements like a hawk. One trick I have used recently to find recurring charges is to not use one card for an entire month, and see what charges hit it. That technique found an online newspaper I never read, and called to my attention the large sum of cash going to Netflix, DirecTV, etc. Once that cycle ends, I simply charge everything on that card and let the opposite sit dormant for a month. It’s a very enlightening process.
Most recently, I saw a charge for $44.99 to “RRS*SPORTSVIP YOUSAVE!” on my recent activity. I haven’t ordered any running shoes or apparel from them in over 2 years, and I certainly did not 2 days ago. I called and the agent told me “That’s for our VIP program renewal.” The guy was courteous and put in a request to refund me that money. Hopefully it’s all honored.
The strange thing is, when I go to RoadRunner’s site, I see the promotion to get into the VIP program for $1.99 and then it says it auto-renews each year for $24.99. So why was mine $44.99? I already stopped shopping there some time back – needless to say I will not shop there any time soon. In this age of “Card on file” technology, you have to watch your credit card statements like a hawk!