If you’re looking for a way to save money on your cable bill, then you might have to cut back on some channels, or do you? Cable companies, such as Comcast, are constantly offering new and current residents a lot of awesome packages and bundles throughout the year. Here are five tips that could help save you money, and you might even get more for less!
1) Check your mail, and check online for special offers
It’s definitely worth watching your mail for a special offer that your cable company (or its competitors) might send you. If you find an interesting offer in the mail, then you should definitely keep it for future reference! Some cable companies will send you promo codes in the mail, which you will need to call up their customer service and let them know the specific promo code that they sent in the mail. If you don’t tell them the promo code, then they won’t be able to enter it into their systems. If you happen to lose that promo code, then check with your neighbors. They probably received the same thing.
It’s also worth checking your cable company’s website often for online only offers. Online only deals offer the best bundles, which usually includes more channels and faster internet. However, the only way to get these deals is by doing it online. This means that you will most likely have to open a live chat with your cable company in order to get that deal. If you try calling customer service, then they will tell you that they simply can’t do it on their end.
2) Always read the fine print regarding contracts and conditions
Unfortunately, the best offers have some sort of fine print with limitations and conditions. For example, Comcast will offer 200+ channels, a few premium channels, and high speed internet for half the price that their current residents are paying for, but they will only offer these deals to new customers ONLY!
They might also have you sign a contract with an early termination fee if you decide to cancel your subscription. This contract could also include price jumps throughout the contract. For example, you could sign a 2 year contract for a double play bundle for $89.99. The small print says that you might have to pay $99.99 after the first six months, or they might drop the free HBO after the first year. Always read those conditions to avoid being surprised with having to pay more money in the future!
3) Switch between users to get that new customer deal
As I was saying before, some cable company’s offer the best deals to new customers. A new customer is someone living in a new address, which is why they want your social security when you first sign up. They want to make sure that you don’t give them the slip by doing this trick, so they keep track of where you’ve lived!
What’s the trick? Sign up for a bundle with one person, cancel after the contract is done, then sign up again to another bundle with another person living at the same address that hasn’t signed up for cable at that address. This works well with multiple people living in your home (must be at least 18 years old). You can also have your spouse or children sign up for those new customer deals, too! This will only work once per address, but if you move, then you might be able to use this technique again.
4) Downgrade what you don’t need, and/or upgrade what you really need
This is the easiest way to save money: downgrade by dropping the cable, internet, or phone down to the cheapest bundle. Do you really need that phone line? If you have a working cell phone, then you really don’t need that phone line. It’s just an extra expense that you don’t need. You can actually get more from your cable by dropping a phone line, and instead, adding more TV channels or faster internet. The average household receives 200 channels, but only watches 18 of them. Do you really need 200+ channels when you hardly watch TV? Do you really need the most expensive internet when you hardly go online? Check your needs, and go from there!
5) Drop cable, and switch to TV streaming
With the variety of online TV streaming options available, leaving cable isn’t as hard as it used to be. You can save at least half of your cable bill by switching to TV streaming, so it’s something that you should try. Each TV streaming service offers a lot of TV shows and movies, but you might have to wait a season or two before they come out to these services.
Here are some of the best TV streaming companies:
Netflix ($7.99-11.99 per month): Netflix is the largest streaming service on the market right now. Netflix has multiple seasons of network and cable television shows, a lot of movies, and a few original series like Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards. Netflix also doesn’t have any commercials, and you can fast forward, rewind, and pause any TV show or movie at any time.
Hulu Plus ($7.99 per month): Hulu Plus offers a variety of popular shows the day after they air. You’ll have access to movies and original series as well, which is great, but they have commercials, and I don’t mean those funny Super Bowl commercials!
Amazon Prime ($8.25 per month): Similar to Netflix and Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime offers TV shows, movies, and original series, but instead of having to pay for a monthly fee, you get to sign up for a $99 one year subscription.
Sling TV ($20 per month): Sling TV allows you to live stream 20 channels, like ESPN, CNN, and The Food Network, which Netflix doesn’t allow you to do. You’ll have access to movies, too, but their library isn’t as large as Netflix’s.
LET’S HEAR FROM YOU!
Which cable companies have you used over the years? Which company was your favorite? Was it the most reliable, did it have the lowest rates, or the most channels? Did you try switching companies only to find that you were better off with your last provider? What did you do to try to save money on your cable bill?
I switched from Comcast to Verizon and back again several years ago in order to save a little bit of money. Verizon offered more channels and a faster internet. However, after installation, we realized that saving a bit of money wasn’t worth the constant down time on our internet and cable. When we switched back to Comcast, we didn’t have an issue with the internet losing connection, but now our cable keeps freezing due to Comcast’s X1 program. We never had that problem with Verizon or even with Comcast’s basic cable. I guess you can’t win them all.