If you’re looking to lower your monthly bills, one of the ones that can easily be overlooked is internet. A lot of families easily take for granted that the net is just there and don’t pay too much attention to what the cost of always having it there is. If you’re not careful, you can easily end up paying over $100/mo for services that you don’t really need.
To start with the process of lowering your internet bill, first take a look at what you’re paying now. If the cost is more than $40/mo, you’re probably paying too much. After you’ve got your monthly cost, it’s time to start lowering it. The exception to this is if you have DSL and your internet company requires you to have a phone line through them as well (such as Verizon does).
- First, you’re going to want to search to see what internet companies service your area. Make a list with website addresses and phone numbers. Once you’ve got your list made it’s time to start checking them out. Go through each one and set up the package you think you’d like to get. Write the cost down on your list.
- After you’ve got the costs, start weeding it out crossing out the highest packages until you only have one. Now before you switch take one second. One of the biggest reasons for an internet bill that is too high is because you’re paying for more speed than you really need. Take a second look at the speed that you’re currently paying for and make absolute certain that you truly do need it. If not, lowering it now while you’re paying attention to it can usually save you quite a bit.
- After you’ve figured out the lowest speed you can live with, it’s time to call your current internet company. Switching providers can be a real pain so if you don’t have to do it, don’t. When you call, tell them that you’re considering switching companies for a better deal and ask them what the best deal they can make you is.
- Businesses do NOT like losing customers. 9 times out of 10, they will work with you. Make sure that you tell them if you want to lower your speed. In some cases, they’ll actually give you a better deal by keeping your current speed.
If, by some chance, they can’t beat the deal, go ahead and call the other company and make the switch. It’s better to switch and pay less than to stay with a company that very obviously doesn’t value you as a customer.
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