Save Money on Your Television Bill
December 1, 2008
Watching TV is a favorite past time of many people in the US, the problem is your television bill can get expensive quickly if you’re not careful about managing your TV costs. Here are some tips to help you save money on TV:
Bundle Your Cable Services
Many companies run $99 dollar promotions to bundle your cable, broadband internet, and voice-over IP phone. This is usually a better deal than just buying the cable and internet separately from the cable company. However, make sure you ask how long the promotion lasts for, because at the end of the promotion, the price will revert back to the full amount for all three services.
Call the Sales Department
I have found that with cable companies, the opposite is true when it comes to getting a deal. Most companies offer their best promotions if you sign up online, but some cable companies offer better promotions if you call their customer service line. Ask for the sales or promotions department, and these service reps usually have a great deal outo offer for new customers.
Check on Promotions
Many companies will offer their promotions to existing customers, but you need to call and request it. They won’t offer it to you, but the power of ASKING is a beautiful thing. Ben recently saved quite a bit on his Comcast cable bill with the Double Play promotion.
Consider The Dish
I am not a big fan of satellite dishes, because their service is spotty during rain storms. Living in Florida, we get a ton of rain and lightning, so I have always sided with traditional wired cable, but satellite dish companies are desperate to convert traditional cable users to dish users. You can really wheel and deal with these companies, and their monthly prices are cheaper. Make sure you get a free dish to use. You shouldn’t have to buy or rent one. Remember, they’re desperate to gain market share from cable companies.
Say No to Extras
Cable companies can really nickle and dime you. Stay away from the expensive premium cable packages that include movie channels you’ll hardly ever watch. I have DVR and I love it, so I’d be a hypocrite to tell you to cut down on that, but it’s only $9 extra a month with Brighthouse. Some cable companies charge much more.
If you are computer savvy, you can skip on can the cable company’s DVR and set up your own on your computer. For about $50 dollars, you can buy a TV tuner for your PC, hook a cable line up to it, and watch/record television on your computer. If you have a DVD burner already in your PC, then you can record shows and burn a DVD to watch on your big screen. It’s a great way to save the $10 a month renting one from your cable company. Tivo is also an option, but it’s a much higher upfront cost of about $300.
What other strategies do you use for saving money on TV?
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