There are many things we can sacrifice in order to save some extra money. New clothes, cable TV, and eating out at restaurants often frequent this list. But one of the expenses that’s always controversial is internet access. Most of us don’t count it as a need, yet it’s very important for doing every day things.
Our family is one of those who feels that internet access is a bill we need to pay. Here’s how we save over $30 a month on our internet bill.
Don’t Get the Package Deal
We are constantly bombarded by promotions and offers from our Internet company claiming we will, “Save $50” or “Earn $150 gift card” by bundling. The problem with these bundle deals is that they’re just a waste of money. All we need is access to the internet, since we don’t want cable or a landline.
It is tempting to want to get the package deal, especially if you’re only paying $20-30 extra a month to add on cable TV. However, if you already use a streaming service, like Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon Prime for shows, then adding cable TV really doesn’t make sense.
While it may only be an extra $20-30 per month, that adds up to $240-360 per year. I don’t know about you, but I would rather forgo cable TV for a year and spend the day at the spa for that kind of money.
Call and Ask for Discounts
My husband and I used AT&T U-verse for internet for almost three years. For most of that time, we had the fastest internet speed available for $35 or less each month. My husband would call in each time he knew our promotional price was ending and ask for a new promotion. I was amazed at how often we qualified for a six-month price promotion.
Just recently, they said they could not offer any new promotions. My husband told them he would switch to Time Warner Cable for internet then, since their rates were better. AT&T still did not budge, so now we are enjoying the promotional discount from Time Warner Cable. After our year-long contract and promotional pricing is finished with Time Warner, my husband will call again for a new promotion or switch back to AT&T if they offer a new promotion.
The internet package we have has always been priced at about $65 per month without the discounts. Just by calling in for promotions and switching companies, we have saved on average $30 a month for three years. That adds up to $1,080!
Share Your Complaint
If you have a valid complaint about their service, then let it be known. When we first signed up with AT&T, we were told our contract and services would move over very easily when we moved to a different home. However, when we actually called in to set our moving date, we were told it would take a technician two weeks to come to our new house to set up the internet.
I had a newborn, several freelance assignments to get done, and no internet for two weeks. You better believe I was not going to pay the full price of internet that month. When my husband explained the situation to customer service, (emphasizing the newborn baby card), they were happy to give us a month free.
Save Money on Your Internet Bill
These are just three ways that my family has saved on internet bills. There are many individuals who live in places that do not have a lot of internet options. I should know since I used to live in one.
DSL was not an available option several years ago and Time Warner Cable had a monopoly on most of the city. Thankfully, more and more internet options are becoming available nationwide.
How do you save money on internet costs?
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