It’s especially wise nowadays to learn how to save money on cable Internet providers both because this is one area in your budget where savings are readily available in most cases. And regardless of which type of Internet service you have or want, there are almost always some ways to save.
Here are 5 of the best ways to approaching pinching pennies to put in your piggy bank when it come it comes to your Internet provider:
1. Comparison Shop
You will find there are a number of reliable sites that help you quickly and accurately compare local Internet service providers, both as to value and cost.
This information will give you perspective on how much you’re paying compares to the industry average. It will let you compare basic service, high speed service, bundled deals, and more.
So it’s not just a one-number game, but comparison tools can put you in the know as to who is offering you the best overall deal if you “do your homework.”
2. Use Promos to Save
Quite often, there are promotional deals available that let you qualify for a discount if you switch providers within a specific timeframe. These often continue for 6 to 12 months.
But if you threaten to leave at the end of the promotional period, many providers will back down and let you retain the promotional rate. And once you’ve been there 5 years, 10 years, or more, that long term customer status can help you keep a lower rate as well.
3. Bundle Up
Bundling won’t “save” you anything unless you were going to get all the included services anyway. But if that’s the case, and you simply opt to get them all from a single source – the savings add up quick.
You can typically bundle Internet with phone service and cable TV service, but specifics will vary from provider to provider. Be careful to read bundling offer details and take note if the savings are permanent or have a time limit.
4. Adjust Your “Settings”
By settling for a lower speed, of course, you can immediately lower your monthly Internet bill. You have to ask yourself how much mbps you really need. That depends on how much time you spend online – but for most people, 20 to 30 mbps is sufficient (and cheaper) if not optimal.
Second, if you use your own modem and/or router, you no longer pay for renting such equipment from your provider. It involves an upfront cost to buy your own, but within a year or so, you’ll begin to save on every Internet bill.
5. Try Bill Negotiation
A final option is to try using a bill negotiation service. You simply send your bills to the negotiation service, and they try to negotiate a lower price with your provider. You’d be surprised how often they succeed.
If the bill negotiators fail to get you a discount, you don’t pay them anything. If they succeed, they take a percentage of the amount they’ve saved you.
Internet companies interpret you’re use of a bill negotiation service as a sign you’re dissatisfied and might cancel if you don’t get your bill down soon – that’s the reason why these services work. But they also work based on the experience of the negotiators: they can likely get the bill lowered more than you could on your own.
Here are five possible ways to get your Internet bill lowered. As monthly bills vary from $35 to $100 or more per month, there’s plenty of room to adjust the amount if you know how and are willing to take the necessary steps.