At one point in time, a home could function effectively without internet, but, for the most part, that’s an age that is now long gone. While we all enjoy the convenience of modern technology and especially the internet, most of us don’t enjoy the premium price we often have to pay to get the service we need. If you’re one of those who needs a high-speed internet connection but don’t want to pay the high price tag, give these tips a try. You should be able to lower your monthly bill, save money, and possibly even increase the speed and function of your connection.
Simple Tips to Help You Lower Your Monthly Internet Costs
You likely see advertisements all the time claiming to offer you the fastest internet at the lowest price. While some of these may be valid offers, most of them will probably still end up costing you more with hidden fees and added costs. If you really want to save money on your monthly internet costs, give these tips a try.
1. Comparison Shop
I know I get “comfortable” using a certain brand or company even when it comes to internet. But, one of the best ways to save money is to shop around a bit. Look at the different providers available in your area and get prices for each one. Shopping around alone could save you as much as $5 or $10 a month or more.
2. Get the Most Basic Package You Can
So, don’t hear (or read) me wrong here. I understand, especially if you work from home, you often need more than the “basic package” your internet provider offers. But, you probably don’t need the premium package with all of the added “bells and whistles.” As you’re shopping around for different providers, get pricing for the different packages available and select the one that fits your needs so you’re not paying for service that you don’t need. This automatically helps you save money.
3. Negotiate Your Rate Lower
We’ve been able to negotiate our cellular plan for a lower price, and it works the same way with internet service. Call your provider and let them know you’re thinking about switching unless they can give you a lower rate. By negotiating your rate lower, you could save as much as $20 a month.
4. Bundle Your Services
If you’re currently paying for internet, cable, and phone service in your home anyway, why not see if you can save money by bundling your services. Obviously this probably isn’t the best way to save if you’re currently not paying for cable or another television service, but it’s worth looking into if you are.
5. Look for Additional Discounts
Lots of providers offer periodic discounts for referring new customers and other promotions. Look for these discounts and apply whichever ones you can.
Internet service can be costly if you’re paying full price. By shopping around, choosing a basic plan, negotiating your rate, bundling your services, and applying discounts, you can really add up your savings. Consider your options and your savings will really add up!