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Trim Your Bills—Easily and Quickly!

Posted by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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Trim Your Bills—Easily and Quickly! February 1, 2013

Find out how to save on your phone, cable and Internet costs.

Trim Monthly Bills

Have your cell phone, cable and Internet bills been on a steady incline for some time now? Cut down on those regular costs with these quick tips.

Ask and You Shall Receive

If you’re generally happy with your current services—aside from the size of the bill—call your provider to see how they can help trim your monthly costs. The providers know what the competition is offering, and will usually match those prices or offer discounts to keep you onboard.

Bundle Up

Communications companies want to be your sole provider and most will offer bundle discounts if you switch other services over to them. But before switching plans, monitor your usage for two or three months to figure out what exactly you use so you only sign up for services you’ll actually need.

Cut Back on the Bells and Whistles

Do you really need call display, call waiting, call forwarding and all those other features the phone company has to offer? Each one adds to the bottom line. The same goes for your cable package. Take note of which channels you actually watch, then pare back accordingly. For your Internet, look at how much bandwidth you’re using and adjust your gigabytes per month. If you’re using your Internet more for surfing than downloading, also consider decreasing your connection speed.

Go Landless

One way to save money is to cancel your landline outright and rely on your cellphone, Skype or VOIP options for your calls. If you decide to use your cellphone for all your calls, sign up for a plan that provides enough daytime, evening and weekend minutes to get you through the month. But be aware that, unlike landlines, not all VOIP providers offer 911 service, meaning first responders can’t automatically locate where a VOIP call is coming from.

Find Free WiFi

Reduce the data usage on your smartphone by taking advantage of free WiFi hotspots. You may have to adjust your phone’s settings to do this. On an iPhone, for example, you can turn the WiFi setting on and it will automatically search for, and give you a list of, network options wherever you go.

by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 5:51 PM
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kellynh
by on Feb. 15, 2013 at 7:55 PM

There is no competition here.... It sucks!! Grrrr.... But we are bundled

Juniper53098
by on Feb. 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM

We are bundled.  We don't have smart phones.  We will keep our land line.  We have the minimum package for our TV, that gets the chanels my DH MUST have.

LOswald0314
by Bronze Member on Feb. 16, 2013 at 2:48 AM

 good tips

SweetLuci
by Silver Member on Feb. 16, 2013 at 7:39 AM

 We are bundled. We keep our landline. Too many people have that, from many years, and it's good during hurricanes when many cell towers go out.

MichelleK41
by on Feb. 16, 2013 at 3:08 PM

These are good ideas. =)

allyn9
by Carey on Feb. 16, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Thanks for the reminder.  About time to call the cable provider again.

.Angelica.
by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 1:21 AM

our only extras are our cell phones (and we have a cheap plan) and internet.

MamaMandee
by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM
We use a local co for internet. We dont have a dvr, we use Hulu plus. For our home phone we use msgic jack & currently dont have cells after the co refuse to lower our bill when we were up for renew.
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Madelaine
by Bronze Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 1:01 PM

thanks

baconbits
by Bronze Member on Feb. 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM

 I will always have a land line. When the power goes out you can't recharge a cell phone. We still have the kind you can plug into the wall if you need to! When the kids get home and they don't have cell phones they can call in an emergency.

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