Bill Creep: How To Avoid Extra Charges Tacked On To Your Expenses

02/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • KAREN BLUMENTHAL Wall Street Journal

The bane of my budget isn't a trip to the mall or dining out, but an insidious creature who takes more than his share when I'm not looking.

I call him "Bill Creep."

You almost certainly know him if you have two of the most wonderful conveniences of modern life: a cellphone and cable or satellite TV. But you may also recognize his wily nature if you have stuff stashed in a storage unit, belong to a health club or subscribe to a video-rental service.

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