5 Ways to Save Money on Your Internet Bill
Just ten years ago Internet access was still considered a privilege in America. Today? Internet is so ingrained in our lives that some people are connected 24/7. You probably have access to the web at home, at work, on your cell phone and maybe on a tablet or gaming console. You probably also have a high Internet bill each month. Here are 5 ways to save money on your Internet bill.
1. Bandwidth Caps
Some Internet providers are introducing metered broadband – meaning you can only use so much bandwidth in a given month. If you have multiple devices connected to your home network, it’s easy to run up to those caps.
If you are a heavy user with a gaming console, multiple computers or you stream video often, you will want to avoid bandwidth caps. If you are a light user, meaning you only browse the web, check email and watch the occasional puppy video, it might be worth it to move to a metered plan to save money.
2. Bundle Your Services
Many providers like Time Warner Cable and Comcast will give you a discount for bundling services with them, usually home phone, cable TV and Internet. If you currently have separate providers, consider consolidating your services and bundling with one provider.
3. Lower Your Bill with BillCutterz
BillCutterz is a bill discounting service that can lower your Internet bill by as much as 30% or more. All you have to do is send them your bill and they will negotiate large discounts on your behalf, usually without changing features or switching providers. Read a customer’s BillCutterz review at his blog, Live Frei to learn more about how to lower your Internet bill with BillCutterz.
4. Choose the Right Speed
Like cell phone plans, you should be on the right Internet plan for you. If you are a light user who spends most of the time browsing the web and checking email, you’re safe with a lower speed and can save the extra money. However, if you are a heavy user who likes to online game and stream video on services like Netflix, you will want to spend more for the higher speeds.
5. Get Your Own Modem and Router
Some service providers charge a small monthly fee to rent one of their modems. The upside to renting a modem is the provider will replace it if it stops working. You can invest in a good modem for about $50.
Another add-on to watch out for is a charge for wireless networking. You can buy your own router (or get a modem with built-in wireless) for about $50, avoiding the monthly charges from your provider.
If you need help choosing, there are helpful articles online or you can ask a sales associate at an electronics store.