It’s the trend of the era: buy, consume, buy again; however, when funds are tight, the whole ‘buy’ part is difficult. If you’re living without some traditional luxuries, such as cable television or internet, you’re doing so because you’re fiscally responsible.
In an effort to help you save and still indulge, here are some suggestions on how to save on those utilities you want, but don’t necessarily need.
How To Save On Cable And Internet
One word: bundle. You can save big on these services if you include them in cable and internet bundles. The more services you can bundle into a single bill, the greater your savings will be. So, if you can also bundle in home telephone service, you’re going to save the absolute most.
If you can’t bundle (or, if only one of these services is important to you) keep reading to determine how you can save on individual costs:
Cable: Don’t be afraid to haggle with the cable company. Their sales team wants to sell you their most expensive package, and they’ll give you every reason you need this package. Stay strong and haggle for a lower price on their best package, or reduce your services and pay only for what you need. Choose only the package you’re certain you can afford. (And don’t get suckered into the more channels for the same price scam. Once that deal is up, your monthly bill will skyrocket.)
Often times, cable companies will offer you deals for a select period of time. For example, you may be offered an introductory rate for the first year of service. If you’re locked into a contract, your second year of service may be something that’s not affordable. Make sure you understand what exactly you’ll be paying after the introductory period ends.
Internet: As far as Internet is concerned, there are two options that can enable you to reduce costs. You could choose cheap or free internet, such as dial-up or the internet provided through your cell phone plan. The latter method can only be used on devices approved by or sold by your cell phone provider.
If your internet needs are simple, these methods should work; otherwise, you’ll need a cable or fiber optic provider. Again, don’t be fooled by introductory prices because you may still be under contract after the promotional period ends and you don’t want to overpay.
How To Save On Cell Phone Service
A cell phone is practical, and yet many people can’t afford the high cost of new phones, data plans, and service plans. You can lower costs on these services in a number of ways, including (again) haggling with the company for the lowest cost plan.
Unfortunately, many people take advantage of a provider’s lowest cost plan, only to find themselves with high bills anyway. This is due to overages. You may not realize when you’ve used all of your data or all of your provided minutes, and when the bill comes you were overcharged. Before this happens, request that your provider send you a text, call, or email to warn you when you’re close to your limit.
You could also opt for prepaid service. Many prepaid services offer unlimited calls and texts, as well as enough data to support your internet browsing. If you don’t want to pay anything for calls and messaging, there are plenty of free messengers out there, including Skype, Facebook, and FaceTime. You must be connected to wifi to use these services.
Although a cell phone is practical, internet and cable television are considered luxuries. Luxury or not, these services make life more tolerable and everyone deserves them. Here’s hoping the above advice helps you acquire the things you want without sacrificing your ability to pay your other bills.