A Creative Guide to saving more on Utilities
What if I tell you that you can keep your bills in check without giving up a dime of your monthly entertainment supply at all? No enough to keep you reading, give me a minute and I bet you’ll thank me later!
With the burden of inflation building on our shoulders every year, we all truly deserve some time of relief to ourselves. From picking up a book, watching a movie or our favorite TV show, to taking a walk to the central park, I have one thing sorted for you, once and for all. And trust me, it does not require an act of heroism but once it is sorted, you are all set for a ‘lifetime’.
Let’s begin from the areas where our major chunk of entertainment expenses goes, shall we? After a bit of research, I found out that the major part of our entertainment expenses goes into TV and internet bills. If you find yourself stuck in the middle of a galaxy of offers finding it hard to choose from and saving some dollar bills at the same time, I feel you! Read on and find out simple yet effective ways to save more just as I did.
Average standalone TV device costs $74.2
Let’s have a quick run through the numbers. I compared famous TV service providers for a basic 190+ channel package costs around $74, so a single channel costs you around $2.5 per month thus making it $888 per annum of your utility bills. That’s a huge amount of money, right? Well honestly, I almost had a mini heart attack when I came across those figures. I’d say it is only reasonable to weigh your options thoroughly before landing a decision. I am listing a few tricks that I swear by to help you save on your virtual entertainment spend.
Giddy… No, Bundle-up!
Prospective Savings: Over $90 per annum
Add the number of cords. Surprising, isn’t it? By increasing the number, I mean bundle up your services from the same provider. It works like kinship in schools, as you get discounts on tuitions if you have a sibling studying in the same institution. Some service providers like Spectrum offer lucrative discounts if you bundle up their services. You can always go online and explore their double play (2 services bundled) or triple play packages (3 services bundled) visit here to check package pricing and availability in your area.
Liberate yourself of channels that you don’t watch anymore
If cutting the cord altogether is not an option for you (I’d suggest it shouldn’t be an option at all) then you need to spare some time, I’ll tell you why. Now that you are mentally and physically prepared for this mini-ordeal, jot down the names of channels that you either watch less or don’t watch at all. Once you’ve done that, call your service provider’s toll-free number and get rid of those channels. Negotiate the bills and lighten up the burden on your shoulders. What if the bargain doesn’t turn out rewarding enough in the first go? This is the game of perseverance; stay put and you shall be rewarded. Bonus tip: If you have a good record of timely bill payments then trust me, you will have an upper hand in the negotiations.
Reduce your internet speeds
An average household with multiple users requires 12-25 Mbps of internet speed for ideal internet connectivity. This is the range endorsed by FCC itself. So, if you have been lured into subscribing for higher speeds, get rid of them as soon as you can.
Bargain any extra fee
Dig in the policies and look out for any extra fee being charged. If you find any, pick up the phone, dial the toll-free number and ask them to adjust your billables accordingly. If you think that you don’t have the stomach for bargains, no worries, there are professional services that do the same for you. They usually charge 50% of what you save after the bargain. Not a bad bet to make. After all, you are getting a discount on your bill without having to wait in queue for the customer representative.
Register your connection in your partner’s name
Prospective savings: Over $240 p.a.
Some service providers offer a signing-up discount for a set time period. How can you exploit this fact? After my discount period expired, I unsubscribed services in my name and registered a new connection in my partner’s name. You can do the same with your roommate and ask them to share this responsibility. You might be switching a couple of connections but it is going to save you more than a few dollar bills in the longer run.
That’s a Wrap. This is all I have for now but do let me know what you think and if you have any tricks of your own in the comments below!
Author Bio: Nida Shahid
Digital Marketer at Local Cable Deals
Business graduate, writer, digital marketer, traveler, Interior design enthusiast, and a proud dog parent. She shares her expertise and writes for businesses to improve their rankings on Google. Probably one of the most amazing things about her is her ability to stay relevant. Her work has been posted on multiple blogs and e-zines across the web. Find her on twitter.