Two of the biggest expenses in the home is nearly always TV and internet. You can save an absolute fortune if you can go without these 2 things, but many people can’t cope (they don’t think they can, anyway). We have TV programs that we just can’t live without, and the internet has become an integral part of our lives. Even so, you can still save money on them.
Here are some top tips to help you out:
Call to Cancel
Even if you don’t plan on cancelling, just bluff it. Calling up to cancel will scare many providers, and they’ll end up offering you a better deal. You could talk about another deal you’ve found to see if they can do better than it, or you could just chance it and see what they offer you. It’s unlikely they’ll let you go without trying to keep you, so don’t be afraid to take that step and call them up! Speak to other people who have done it if you’re unsure of what to say.
Switch Your Provider
Forget bluffing; actually switch this time. You might go years and years without considering switching, but it can be in your best interests. Although it can feel like a lot of hassle, switching providers is a good idea for most people. Failing to see what deals are out there every so often will only leave you out of pocket!
Many popular digital TV providers such as Virgin and Sky accept vouchers enabling you to save money on your monthly bills. Usually around Christmas they have exclusive deals where you can often get 50% off the first year. Usually if you threaten to cancel after that offer has expired they’ll honour the same deal you had before.
Get Fewer Channels
Most people don’t watch the channels they have. They stick to a few, and only have a few favourite programs that they wouldn’t like to live without. Consider getting a smaller package to make your monthly bill go down a noticeable amount. Write a list of the channels you absolutely have to have and the ones that would be nice but aren’t essential. Present that to your supplier and see what they can do.
Go Internet Only
I know, it sounds like a big step, but consider going internet only to slash your monthly bills. It can be done, you just need to go cold turkey on the TV. You won’t be able to do any more mindless viewing, which is a good thing when you think about it, right? You can still watch your favourite shows and films with the internet with streaming sites.
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Group the Services Together
Finally, consider grouping the services together if you can’t bear to get rid of any of them. If you’re working with multiple suppliers, the chances are you’re paying way more than you need to pay. Getting both home entertainment and internet packages grouped together is the best way to save cash if you need them both.
If you have to have the TV and the internet, there isn’t much else you can do to save money. Having these luxuries is costly, and you need to be prepared to pay the price. Use the tips in this guide as a bare minimum to ensure you’re not paying much more than you need to be. See you next time!