People in the United States pay more for home Internet service than people in most other places around the world. Factors such as outdated equipment and monopolized markets contribute to continued rising costs. But it is possible for you to save money and still enjoy the Internet you rely on. These five tactics will help you take control of your Internet service costs and put more money in your wallet every month.
1. Scale Back
Evaluate the Internet usage in your home and determine what kinds of broadband speeds you really need. (Oftentimes, you’re actually paying for a faster Internet speed you don’t even need!) There are online tools to help you gauge what speed best matches your usage. Once you know what speed you really need, it’s easier to change to a smaller, less expensive package.
Speed probably isn’t the only thing you’re paying for. Go through your bill with a fine-tooth comb and review every fee and charge. If anything looks suspicious or confusing, call your Internet Service Provider and ask about it. Ask which fees can be lowered or removed altogether. You may be surprised what they can do for you.
2. Bundle Services
A la carte services tend to come with a heftier price tag. If you pay for Internet, phone, and television, you can usually save quite a bit by bundling those services together from one provider. Contact your service provider to find out what discounts or packages they offer for combining services. Many service packages come with contracts, so be sure you understand the fine print before signing up.
3. Ask for a Price Match
When you notice an ISP’s competitor offering a better deal, give your provider a call and talk to them about the possibility of price matching. Companies value customer loyalty, which makes them more willing to negotiate. If you originally signed up for a special rate that’s about to expire, look around at what other companies are offering. Before your bill goes up, call your internet service provider and see if they will match or beat the deal you could get if you left them for a different provider.
4. Get Help
You don’t have to fight a hefty Internet bill on your own. Companies like BillCutterz review your current bill and negotiate with your provider on your behalf. This is a great option for those who don’t want the hassle of switching plans or providers. There is a cost for using BillCutterz, but it’s based on the amount they save you. If they end up reducing your monthly bill by $50, they’ll get $25 per month and you’ll pocket the rest.
5. Jump Ship
If your ISP won’t budge, it might be time to switch providers or cancel your Internet altogether. This seems drastic, we know, but depending on your Internet needs you may be able to get away with sticking to free local Wi-Fi spots instead of having home service.
If a connection at home is a must, don’t be afraid to take your business elsewhere. Many companies provide introductory offers for new customers and some even offer incentives to switch. Contact all of the ISPs in your area and see which can give you the best deal. Make sure you’re not in a contract with your current provider before signing up with someone else so you can avoid getting hit with a fee for breaking your contract.
If these five strategies inspired you to start fighting for a lower Internet bill, don’t stop here. Keep looking for other ways to cut costs and reduce your monthly Internet bill. The more you save, the better you’ll feel.