5 Must-Read Tips for Saving $100 a Month on TV Service
Sure, coupons for cents off are great but real savings comes in the areas where we spend the most. One thing I’m currently seeking is a deal on my telephone, Internet and television. So, I’ve compiled some tips to help you save too!
Tips for saving big on television service:
- Don’t get too comfortable. Switching services may seem scary, but chances are you’ll save a bundle if you do.
- Bundle up. Literally, bundling your services could help save over having them separate. But, don’t be too quick to fall into a bundle either! Which leads me to the next tip…
- Shop around. Especially with all the incentives for new customers. I actually just went from a bundle to three different providers and I’m saving over $100 a month because of it.
- Don’t be afraid to ask. Before you switch, call your current provider and tell them you want to cancel. Let them win you back! You will be amazed how much you can save if you know who to talk to! Scroll down to read how I did it!
- Think outside the tube. Most providers have some sort of referral program if your friends sign up. This can mean month(s) of free services for you, and them!
Cable vs. DISH
If you ask 100 people what they prefer, you’ll probably get about a 50/50 split between cable and satellite television options. I’m not here to say one is better than the other. I’ve had both, and each has pros and cons. But I do highly suggest that you shop around and find the best deal for your area. The super helpful sales people will answer any questions you have, but make sure to have your questions thought out beforehand or they might try to distract you with seemingly good deals that “make up for” their extra fees.
Things to consider:
- How much for extra rooms?
- Am I leasing equipment or is it really mine for free? I’ve learned that the “free” equipment isn’t really free when you have to pay $23/month for 24 months (a whopping $552) for a device that normally costs $449. (Although chat help tried to make it seem like that was a steal!)
- Are there extra fees for things like HD and DVR? Even companies that claim you get free HD may tack on charges for their HD boxes.
- How long do I have to commit? 1 year? 2 years?
- What can I get for opting for paperless billing, or auto billpay?
- Is the equipment warrantied, and for how long? Does that cost extra?