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HOW TO REDUCE YOUR CABLE BILL
1. Start with a good cable promotion
Try and get the best deal when you first sign up. I waited to sign up for my current plan until they were offering a $400 gift card, free movie channels for a year and zero setup fee. When you do this be sure to read all the fine print and see if you have to cancel anything before the promo ends to avoid any charges.
If you are still stuck with a contract with your current cable provider, then do not be shy to call and ask for a better deal! Tell them you are a loyal customer and want to know what they can do for you. Most of the time they will offer you something. Tell them right out you are looking to lower your bill and you want to know what your options are.
2. Buy cable equipment instead of renting it
Most of us bundle our internet with our cable which is an added cost. To save money, buy your router instead of paying a monthly “rental” fee. If you are in a 2-year plan at $10 a month to rent the router then your out of pocket for the two years is $240 versus buying the router from them for say $150 (or cheaper if you shop around). Ask about other equipment you may be able to purchase instead of rent.
3. Decide what you really need
Do you need a DVR? Most shows are On-Demand and can be watched at any time so really think about what you would use the DVR for.
If you decide you still want one, do you need one in every room? Or will one DVR for the family work?
Do you need a box in every room? Every little expense adds up. Downsizing your Internet service may also be an option.
If you’re paying extra for the most bandwidth available, consider whether you need it. Start with the lowest plan and upgrade if needed.
I have several devices on wi-fi and I use the lowest bandwidth plan and it works just fine.
4. Take advantage of reward & loyalty programs
Check with your cable provider to see what types of loyalty rewards they may have. Verizon offers Verizon rewards which are an excellent way to rent free movies or cash out for gift cards. Take advantage of referral programs as well. Refer friends and get money or rewards.
5. Get rid of cable altogether!
I am slowly replacing my cable with HD Antennas in my home. Each of my cable boxes was costing me $10 a month.
I grabbed this HD ANTENNA from Amazon and it paid for itself in less than two months. The longer range the more channels you should be able to grab. I bought the 30 mile one and where I live I am able to get a bunch of local channels and my TV is super clear! It actually looks better than cable!
I also grabbed a Fire TV from Amazon and use Amazon Prime for streaming movies and NetFlix can be streamed from the fire TV as well. Once my contract ends I’ll be getting rid of all cable.
Need more assistance? Check out my article on How to Get Rid of Cable and Still Watch What You Want!
Do you have tips on ways to reduce your cable bill? Share them in the comments.