Whether you use the internet for business or pleasure, there’s a chance you’re paying too much for it.
The cost of internet service is only going up — even with lower-tier plans.
If you can’t live without the internet, here are some of the best ways to cut your costs:
1. Use a service to lower your bills
Companies like BillCutterz will evaluate your monthly bills — for internet and other services — and call your providers to negotiate lower prices on your behalf.
If the company succeeds in lowering your bill, it splits the saving with you. So, if you save $100 on your internet bill, you get $50 and they get $50 for doing the work for you.
Since you don’t keep all your savings for yourself, first determine whether it’s worth your time to negotiate yourself or better to get someone else to do it for you.
2. Review your bill
If you opt to lower your internet costs on your own, start by reviewing your bill. You’ll have a hard time finding ways to save if you are unsure how much you’re paying or what internet speed you’re getting.
The speed is measured in megabits per second, or Mbps. The higher the Mbps, the faster your internet.
Also look at your data usage. You should be able to find it by logging into your account. If not, ask your internet service provider (ISP) how to find it.
Once you know your usage, you’ll be able to see whether you could get by with a lower internet plan — which might mean a decent cut in your bill.
Just be mindful of data caps — limits on how much data you can use each month. If you switch to a plan that has lower data caps and you go over the limit, your ISP might charge you overage fees.
3. Shop around
After you know how much speed and data you need, you can also see which providers offer the best deals. Check with your current provider and competitors. Many times, companies will offer deals for people looking to drop their current providers.
Many companies can create plans tailored to your usage. Try visiting provider websites and putting in your address to see what your desired speed will cost. Then you can compare the prices of providers in the area.
Make sure you know which companies offer plans for where you live. The closer you are to a city, the more options you’re likely to have.
4. Haggle hard
If you get a good offer from another company, tell your current servicer about it and see if they can counter-offer.
It’s best to remain calm and patient when chatting with the company. If you’ve been with your provider for a long time, mention how much you love their services and want to keep using them but that it’s straining your budget. See if there’s any wiggle room.
Don’t be afraid to end the call if you don’t find something that works for you. Sometimes it’s all in the customer service representative you get in contact with, so calling more than once can do the trick.