Want to cut your cable bill – but keep your cable service? There are some things you can try.
If you look at your budget, one item that may jump out at you as extremely high is your cable bill. It amazes me how much this service costs!!!
If you are looking to cut your cable costs, we’ve got some ideas for you! In fact, you might be able to just drop cable completely and end up ahead!!!
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1. Ask for a deal
Often times, cable companies offer amazing offers to new customers. However, if you have been a customer for a while, you end up paying the same amount and don’t get any great discounts!! If you call and ask, they may have some offers for existing customer.
Sometimes the fee structure or even bundling options have changed since you signed up, which can give you a price break on your monthly fees. If they won’t negotiate, you might consider changing companies and getting one of their start up costs – – just let your rep know you are thinking of leaving and they might do something to sweeten your deal to keep you as a customer!
2. Look into bundling
Many times, if you have your cell phone and internet (and home phone if you still use one) through one company, they will cut the cost slightly by offering a bundle rate. This method not only saves money on cable, but also the other services as well!
3. Change your program level
If you are paying for specialty channels (like HBO for example), you might be surprised at how much you are actually paying vs. how much you watch. For example, if you pay $15 a month and only watch 5 movies, then you are paying $3 per movie. You can rent movies at RedBox for just $1.20 each instead – which is much more cost effective!
4. Cancel Cable Service Completely
It may sound pretty drastic, but if you drop your cable altogether, you can use an antenna and booster and still gain access to several channels – including the major networks.
You can purchase devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox, Wii, PS3 or even a ROKU, which will allow you to stream services directly to your television. These vary in cost from $35 and up.
Then subscribe to services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, WatchESPN, and others. You can even visit the websites of your favorite networks and stream prior episodes of your programs as well! You do pay monthly fees for these services, but only around $8 – $10 per month rather than $100 (or more) for cable!
Finally, look into getting an antenna so that you can also get access to your local channels for news, weather and regular programming line up.
Read More: What to Consider Before Cutting Cable
5. Buy Your Own DVR
If you look on your bill, you are more than likely paying a monthly rental fee for the DVR box. You might be able to find a great deal on one on Craigslist or other types of sites – where people have changed cable providers and have a box that they need to sell.
You may pay a little more up front, but if you plan on staying with the company for a long time, this can easily pay for itself. When it comes to saving money, you can do it – you just have to make sure that it works for you and that you are really ready to make the change!