It wasn’t that along ago that cable television cost maybe $10-15 a month and gave you access to around 50 channels. Then, sometime in the last 20 years, we magically jumped to hundreds of channels and a cable bill that matched that number in dollars! When it comes down to it, how many of those channels do you actually watch? 10? 15? 20? I bet the number is much smaller than you think.
So, how can you save a little bit of cash on your cable television bill? Easy, follow these types.
Ditch Cable Television
Keep a log of how much television you actually watch in terms of hours, shows and channels. This log will help you discover whether or not you can find the same shows for free on the Internet. Hulu has partnerships with many networks and many television networks show their own shows on delay on their own websites. If you can watch it for free, why pay for it?
Look for Promotional Offers
If you can’t cut cable entirely, constantly be on the lookout for promotion codes. Verizon FiOS promo codes are available everywhere, so don’t sign up for service without one! (this applies to almost any cable provider whether it’s Verizon, Comcast, DirecTV or some other service provider) Keep an eye out on the contract length, you don’t want to sign up for something that locks you in for two years.
Cut Excess Programming
If you never watch HBO or Showtime, don’t pay for them! You may have signed up when the channels were free so double check your bill. Many cable providers offer free HBO or Cinemax or one of those premium channels for free for three months with the hopes that you continue paying and “forget” you signed up. They offer great programming if you watch it, and a great profit center for cable providers.
Buy a DVR
Many cable providers charge you a fee to use their DVR, consider buying one of your own if you plan on sticking with the service and if the rental fee is exorbitant. Companies like Verizon will charge around $10-15 a month to rent a DVR, which you can buy “used” on Craigslist for much less. If you sign up for a one year contract and can find a unit for less than $120, you’ll come out ahead. Then, if you switch services, you can always sell it and recoup some of your money.
Negotiate with competing offers
If you aren’t under contract, collect some competing cable provider advertisements and use it to negotiate with your current one. I can’t remember how many times I called Verizon FiOS with the Comcast ad in hand, asking them to match or beat it. Every single time I’ve had them match the offer because keeping me as a customer is more profitable than trying to get a new one.
Don’t ever pay full price for cable, there’s always a better option.
Jim likes to save money by using promo codes and coupon codes whenever possible!