You may use the internet all day at work, so when you get home at night, you probably want to kick back and take some time looking at web pages, flipping through walls, and texting with friends. If you find yourself wondering if you are paying too much for your internet service, you probably are, and the problem is that every year the providers keep raising the price of the services they offer.
Here are four tips to help you cut costs for your internet services.
1. Check Your Bill
The first place you should start looking for a way to lower your internet costs is on your monthly bill. Check how much data you use, and how much you pay for. If there is a large discrepancy, you may be able to save some money. Next, check out the Mbps costs. That is the speed your data travels or the megabits per second. If you are an intermittent user, why pay for the highest speed available? On the other hand, if you enjoy gaming, stick to at least 30 Mbps to keep your screen movements smooth. Make sure you understand the data cap on your plan or all your savings can get eaten if you go over the specified limit.
2. Haggle for Savings
If you want to lower your bill, haggle hard. When you get a better deal from another company, contact your provider and let them know. Request a counteroffer, and see if there is any wiggle room in the plan they are providing you – or if they can offer a better plan. The secret is that some customer service representatives are more amiable than others, so it may all depend on how well your representative understands what you want. If you need to call back more than once to find someone you feel understands your request, do so.
3. Ask About Services
Sometimes there are specials your provider runs that you may not find out about because you are already a customer. These specials could include bundled services for internet and cellphone packages or even a discount for autopay services. You could also save money if your company offers additional packages after your introductory offer expires, so pay attention to when your bill goes up and call for information on what the service can do to make your costs go back down.
4. Shop for Deals
Companies really dislike consumers that hop from one provider to another to take advantage of introductory offers, so many providers now have 2-year contracts for those that join with a special offer. Once your contract is up, why not shop around to find the best deal to fit your needs? Sometimes a new provider will even pay your old provider off if you are willing to move to the new company and sign a new contract. If the deal works for you, then why not take advantage of the offer.
You may not be able to imagine how you could live without your internet service, but you would probably like to lower your costs. Start by employing theses four tips and see how much you can save on your monthly bill. You may be surprised at your savings!