Looking to cut down your monthly bills? Here are 3 effective tips on how to lower your internet bill
No matter where you live, home internet service is an expense we’re all willing to pay every month. That’s why people resort to bundled packages to (hopefully) cut down the cost. More of this below.
But did you know that you can lower your internet bill at home right now? Here are 3 tips on how to lower your internet bill in 2020.
1. Pay for What You Actually Need
Faster, cheaper, more alluring internet plans and packages are rampant. But you don’t really need lightning-fast internet speeds when checking your emails or browsing through social media websites.
So, how much internet speed do you really need? Refer to the table below:
|Internet Speed||Activity||Average # of Devices|
(computer, tablets, mobile phones)
|1-5 Mbps||Email, web browsing, music or 720p video streaming||Up to 3|
|15-20 Mbps||Email, web browsing, music and 1080p video streaming||Up to 3|
|40-100 Mbps||Email, web browsing, music and 4K video streaming, competitive gaming||Up to 7|
Downgrading your current plan to meet your browsing needs doesn’t hurt your browsing experience. In most cases, it could help reduce up to $35 a month, depending on your carrier.
Check which plans or packages other service providers are offering as well. You’ll likely find cheaper alternatives that offer plans and packages according to your browsing needs.
2. Negotiate Your Plan
It’s also ideal to haggle plans and packages with your carrier. As stated, plenty of carriers today are flexible enough to customize their plans to meet their customer’s needs.
A good way to get what you need is to consult with a representative if they have this offer. Tell the representative your needs and exactly which plans you’re currently registered to and which plans you need to make necessary deductions and adjustments. Just keep in mind that you might have to pay certain fees upon canceling your subscription.
Haggling is effective in many cases– to a little over a third of consumers who tried to haggle their packages were successful.
3. Bundle Your Internet Plans with your Cable
Browse around for service providers in your area that offer internet and cable bundles. This would help you save a few dollars a month or over thousands of dollars in just two years.
But watch out for hidden fees as most of the recommended plans and packages or the “premium” packages are packed with services you don’t need. This may indeed be great deals for some, but it may not be ideal for you.
On top of the abovementioned tips, questioning your fees can further cut your bills. Call your provider’s customer service line and ask about your bills. Most of these are likely unavoidable but it pays to check other fees.
You’ve also probably encountered service providers that rent out modems to consumers for $10 to $15 a month. While it may seem to be the only option for people who aren’t into tech stuff, buying your modem isn’t that hard. Plus, choosing to buy your router can help save you over $100 in two years.
And since you can get top-rated routers under $200 nowadays, it’s worth a shot to further cut your monthly internet bills.
It’s likely that you’re paying more for what you actually need. By now, you should have an idea of how much you could have saved for months now. By following these tips– and some of the extra tips, you should now be able to save money that you can use for other necessary things.
Which among the three have you tried in an attempt to cut down monthly internet bills? What about the extra tips we have? Share it in the comments section, we’d like to hear from you!