Saving money is important in today’s world where the cost of everything seems to be increasing. The internet and cable are two of the most expensive bills you will have per month, but how can you lower them? Thanks to the invention of WISP management tools for telecommunications companies, your internet service is better than ever and of course, you want to use it. Plus, the internet is a tool that we need for schooling, work, and entertainment.
Still, if you want to lower your bills, consider taking these steps:
Buy Some Of Your Own Gear
If you are going to stick with the same internet service provider for years, it might be a good idea to buy your equipment rather than renting it – most people didn’t even know that was an option!
Check your internet bill and see if there is an equipment rental fee on it. Usually, this is around $10-$20 per month, which can add up to over $200 per year, which is far more than the cost of a really good router or modem.
This isn’t an option for everyone, so be sure to check whether this is an option or not with your provider.
Be Sure To Track Your Bills
Having your bills come right out of your checking account is great, but it can often result in problems with overcharging. You won’t notice if you get charged more for something or you accidentally added a service you don’t want. Be sure to track your bills to see if there is a weird month or a trend of your bills going upwards.
Usually, internet companies are fairly consistent, but if you have kids, there is a chance that they added something to your plan without you knowing.
Negotiate When Rates Go Up
You don’t need to be aggressive or mean to the customer service representatives when you talk to them, but if you notice that your rates are going up and you don’t want to pay that much, you can start to negotiate. Most likely, you will be able to find a better deal somewhere else, and you have to make it clear that you are more than willing to switch services.
Be polite and show proof, if you can. Research other promotions that companies are offering, and be prepared to actually make the change if they don’t agree with you.
Don’t Be Afraid Of The Bundle
People have been afraid of the bundle options that some companies have, but it really isn’t a bad idea if you are going to get your cable, internet, phone, and more from one specific provider. Beware that rates may go up or the customer service department will try to “upsell” you on things, so do your research before you sign anything.
Don’t pay for anything that you aren’t going to actually use, but consider bundling for those services you will use – and monitor the price because eventually that bundle comes undone and you can cancel specific services.
See If You Can Write Off Your Internet
If you work from home, you may be able to offset some of your costs by writing your internet bills off on your taxes. This is a fine line to walk, so be sure to talk to an accountant or another tax professional before you just write it off. You will need to determine how much you use for work and how much you use personally, so think about it for a few weeks.
This isn’t going to save you a ton of money, but it can be a good way to get some of your costs back.
Think About How Much You Use The Internet
Finally, you want to think about how much you actually use your home internet connection. If you don’t work from home, there’s a chance you don’t need the fastest internet or the best connection. There are plenty of options for cheap, prepaid internet plans that you can use primarily on your phone.
Overall, internet bills are extremely expensive, but for most of it is just a way of life. We need the internet for almost all that we do. With some ingenuity, there are some ways to make those costs lower.