Lower Your Cable Bill Just By Asking

The average cable bill is now close to $100 bucks a month..an increase of nearly 80% in the last 10 years. But you may have more control over this bill than you think.

Want a lower pay TV bill? It may be as simple as just asking. Here’s how to do it:

First, decide what you really want. If you’re not watching those expensive movie channels, dump em. If you’re a movie buff, a service like Netflix may offer more recent movies at a lower price anyway.

Step 2: Surf the web and see what deals are out there for new customers, both for cable and satellite.

Then, call your current provider and ask for the cancellation department. Tell them about better deals elsewhere and that you’re thinking of switching. Ask for a better deal.

I tried this out and it worked. I called my cable company’s cancellation department armed with deals to be had on satellite. They immediately offered me a $10 a month credit for 6 months… $15 when I asked for a supervisor. The call took 13 minutes total. Not bad to save $90.

Pay TV providers are getting more competitive because of the crummy economy, plus a lot of shows are now available free online… so it’s possible to cut the cable entirely.

Bottom line? Sometimes the best way to save money is also the easiest. You just find cheaper alternatives. Then call that expensive service on the phone and you just ask for a better deal.

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  • Gary

    I saw your piece about cable bill. I received my cable bill in January, it went up 12 dollars. The next day I called directv and received a great deal and dumped my cable. In 18 months when my contract expires I will shop around to save some money. I also saved some money on my internet. My provider was offering internet for $17.99 a month for new customers. I was paying $24.99. So my wife called and they gave it to us for that price for as long as we stay with them. It pays to shop around.

  • Gary

    I saw your piece about cable bill. I received my cable bill in January, it went up 12 dollars. The next day I called directv and received a great deal and dumped my cable. In 18 months when my contract expires I will shop around to save some money. I also saved some money on my internet. My provider was offering internet for $17.99 a month for new customers. I was paying $24.99. So my wife called and they gave it to us for that price for as long as we stay with them. It pays to shop around.

  • tim2b98

    I don't buy it but my girlfriend does. She's got basic Time Warner cable and I ask anybody with a remote control in hand to do this! Start at channel 3 and go thru all the channels up to 98, anytime of day, it does'nt seem to matter, count the commercials vs. actual programming. I got it figured that at least 2/3 if not 3/4 of what she's paying for are commercials!!! Just try it for yourself if you don't beleve me! And if that was'nt bad enough, what is'nt a commercial, is not worth watching! Thank the lord I still think FM radio is still one of the coolest things! But how much longer do we have before you cannot get it anymore for free?

  • tim2b98

    What my point really is, if your paying $100 bucks per month for what they advertise their entertainment deal is, and you are getting 75% commericials between channels, then your paying $75.00 per month too much!!! I don't work for satellite tv Dishnet or directtv for all I know it could be the same deal with them! All I got to say is, They can stick their deals,where the sun don't shine! I ain't buying it! Slack! Ass! TV! Wait a minute, SAT? Nevermind! you spend your money however you want!