Cable and internet have become necessities for many people on their budgets. However, you will be surprised to know that these are not necessities. You will still survive without the use of the internet and your favorite television shows. Yet, many still choose to keep these items on their budget. For that reason, here are some simple tips that will allow you to save on cable and internet.
Compare Internet Services
Internet service providers want your business. The endless array of advertisements for these services is proof of this. Look at the options that are available in your area and try the cheaper one. If you do not want to switch carriers, simply find the lower price and call your provider to see if they will match it. Asking is a very power strategy for being frugal on any of your monthly expenses. You will be surprised at which companies are willing to lower your bill to keep you as a customer.
Bundle Your Services
Most cable and phone companies offer bundle packages. If you are paying $38 a month for internet, $38 for phone, and $50 for cable, and are choosing to keep these services, then it is probably in your best interest to bundle them. Just be sure to add up what you are spending now and compare that with the cost of the bundle to ensure you are paying less with the bundle before switching.
Downgrade Your Internet
Most internet providers offer different speeds of internet. You may be able to switch to the lowest one and save $10 a month. I did this with my Roadrunner service. I was paying $45 a month. I switched to their Roadrunner Lite and am now paying $35. One simple phone call saved me $120 a year. If you only have internet, this is a great way to reduce this expense.
Consider Using a High Definition Receiver Rather than Cable
I stopped paying for cable over three years ago and it was the best frugal decision I have made. I now watch less television, which allows me to spend more time with my family and be more productive. I did purchase an HD receiver and antenna so I can still watch my favorite shows on the basic channels. I watch all my favorite cable shows online using sites such as Hulu.com or Joost.com. These sites offer free movies and television. Why pay for it when you can get it free?
Cable and internet can be a very large expense in your budget. I know some that pay over $150 a month for it. Try some of these strategies today to lower your bill. You can easily save $50 a month by using one or two of these strategies.