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Prepaid Gives You More Control Pay as you go helps co-op members eliminate late fees


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hoctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) members are beginning to catch on to the advantages of CEC’s new prepaid billing program.


“Most people are curious about the program and want to know more about how it works,” says Jennifer Boling, CEC member services representative. “They like the idea, especially the part about no more late fees.”


Much like a prepaid card for your cell phone, prepaid billing lets members pay for their electricity upfront based on what they think they will use. Studies show that consumers who use prepay programs tend to enjoy lower bills because they are more aware of their energy usage.


Members who participate in the prepaid program can easily access their account online to check their account balance or daily usage. CEC will alert prepaid members when their account balance is low, so they know when it’s time to purchase more power.


Prepaid members receive no paper bills. They enjoy plenty of other advantages as well, including no late fees, reconnect fees or deposits. More importantly, prepaid users have real control over their payment schedule, paying when and how much they choose.


For more details on prepaid billing, please call Jennifer Boling at 800-780-6486, ext. 217.


Fight Winter Colds and Flu Use Co-op Connections to save on remedies to keep you going


CEC’s Co-op Connections card can help you beat back the blahs by lowering your costs on prescription medicine and other items at participating local pharmacies.


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Choctaw Electric members saved $4,270.29 on commonly prescribed medicines in 2012. Since issuing the card to members in 2009, CEC members have saved thousands of dollars on medicine, eyeglasses, hearing aids and more.


To take advantage of your Co-op Connections discount, you should show your card to participating pharmacies at checkout. The net savings will vary depending on your particular prescription, but savings of 10 to 40 percent are common.


Co-op Connections also offers savings on dental care, vision and hearing appointments, and visits to the chiropractor.


tuffy head, runny nose, body aches? Cold and flu season is here. Choctaw Electric reminds ailing members that


Before you pay full price for your medicine, be sure to check with your pharmacist about possible savings with Co-op Connections. You will find participating pharmacies in Hugo, Antlers, Valliant, Clayton, Atoka, Idabel, Broken Bow and Paris, TX.


To speak with a Co-op Connections representative about the savings program, or to locate a participating pharmacy near you, please call LoisAnn Beason at CEC, 800-780-6486, ext 244.


To find locate pharmacies online: 1.


Visit www.connections.coop.


2. Select Prescription and Healthy Savings Discount.


3. Select Locate Providers. 4. Register. 5. You will jump to the Carry The Card Page.


6. Select Providers. 7. Search for participating pharmacies near you by typing your zip code.


Bill Payment Options


There’s more than one way to pay your electric bill


Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) provides several convenient bill payment options and payment plans. For more details on any of our payment options, please contact your CEC billing representative at 800-780-6486, or visit www.choctawelectric.coop.


Pay online at www.choctawelectric.coop. Using our secure payment site you can also view your account history, check your account balance, energy usage and more.


Budget Billing. With this option your energy usage is averaged over 12 months, helping you avoid seasonal high bills .


Automatic Payment Plan. Monthly bill payments are automatically withdrawn from your checking, savings, or credit card account.


Prepaid Billing. This plan lets you pay ahead for your electricity. Requires an energy purchase of $50 to begin. No late penalties or disconnect/reconnect fees.


After Hours Payments. Choctaw Electric offers a drive through window and/or payment drop box at CEC office locations in Hugo, Idabel and Antlers.


Authorized Payment Locations. Pay your bill at any of the following locations Monday through Friday during regular office hours.


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First Bank & Trust, Idabel


McCurtain Co. National Bank, Idabel Choctaw Electric Cooperative, Idabel Idabel National Bank, Idabel First Bank, Antlers


Ameri State Bank, Antlers


Choctaw Electric Cooperative, Antlers First National Bank, Broken Bow First Bank and Trust, Broken Bow McCurtain Co. National Bank, Broken Bow Shamrock Bank, Clayton


Choctaw Electric Cooperative, Hugo First Bank, Hugo


First Bank and Trust, Hochatown First State Bank, Valliant


McCurtain Co. National Bank, Valliant First Bank and Trust, Wright City


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