Tip #1: Shop Around and Switch Providers
Before you get into shopping mode, you should first consider your budget and the services/channels you want. From there, check out Consumer Reports, the product testing organization with print and online publications, to assess the different services that providers offer.
Once you’ve done your research, you could then make a more informed decision about which cable provider has the best overall deal. You should also check with friends to see what they think of their current provider.
At this point, if another provider appears to be a better match for you based on factors such as price, performance, and customer satisfaction, it might be time for you to make a switch. You’ll also want to keep in mind that certain providers don’t offer coverage in select areas, so make sure to look into that too.
Tip #2: Bundle Cable with other Digital Services
Digital “bundles” often combine a variety of telecommunications services – including TV, Internet, and local and long-distance telephone service.
The benefits of bundling services include:
- Convenience of dealing with a single provider
- Receiving a discounted price for using additional services
- Receiving a single bill instead of separate bills for individual services
However, bundling isn’t an automatic solution to saving money on your cable TV bill. You have to do the math and really figure it out. Don’t go into bundling blindly.
Tip #3: Inquire about Discounts and Promotions
Cable TV services typically require some sort of contract that makes you commit to a subscription rate for a year. But once this honeymoon period ends you should contact your service provider to inquire about possible discounts and promotions.
Discounts and promotions often come to an end, so you’ll want to consider the following factors when inquiring about discounts:
- Make yourself aware when any promotion ends, how much the price will increase, and whether the promotion locks you into a contract.
- Make sure you understand the ‘fine print’ of your service plan, as early cancellation fees could be expensive – even if you are paying a discounted rate.
- Never ignore those change-of-terms notices you receive
Remember, not all discounts are created equal. Really take some time to shop around and compare offers from different cable providers.
Tip #4: Cut back on Premium Channels
If you decide that the premium channels are just playing the same thing over and over again, maybe it’s not worth the $10 or $15 a month you pay for them.
If you’re worried that you might miss out on something by not having a particular premium offering, you might want to track your viewing habits for a period of time to see how many hours you are really spending with a particular channel. If the number is high, you’ll at least know your money is being well spent. If the number is low, it may be time to ax certain channels from your subscription list.