Trim Your Bills—Easily and Quickly! February 1, 2013 By Allan Britnell
Find out how to save on your phone, cable and Internet costs.
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.
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.
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.