Posted 1.13.13 @ 9:55
No one wants to pay more than they have to, and overpaying for internet is no exception. You can’t get out of having internet – whether it’s on your mobile phone, internet at home or in a bundle, you have to make sure you’re saving money. Some need more data than they do speed, while others are going to need ultra-fast internet. Knowing what you need ahead of time is going to be one of the best ways to save! Don’t end up trapped in a long term contract just because you went with the largest service provider.
Don’t Be Afraid to Shop Around
Our first inclination is usually to just go with the biggest provider, but if you have other options where you live, take a look! If you can’t find anything that fits what you need you can always go with the big guy. If you’re moving ot a new area with different options you’ll want to have a quick word with friends and family there to see what their experience has been like. Have they had to wait a week for technical support to come out to their house and get the cable back on? Have there been billing issues you need to know about?
Bundles Can Help You Save
But only if they’re services you use already anyway! If you don’t need a home phone, don’t get one. One of the worst mistakes bundlers make is getting all the whizbangs because they think they’re going to have these massive savings, but if you’re spending double what you do already you’re not going to see any real value. If you already have a landline, cable and a security system separate you just might be able to see savings that will justify taking the leap to a bundle.
If you’re looking at Oakville real estate for your next home, it never hurts to wait to bundle AFTER you move. You’ll just have to pay all of those deposits now – but if you wait until after you move you might be able to save on installation and activation fees if you bundle everything together.
Don’t Use the Net at Home?
A lot of us (over 40% of Canadians in fact!) don’t really use our computers for internet and can get by with mobile only. If you don’t have a landline, don’t use the internet much at home you could just drop these two costs altogether and go with a mobile only option. While you’ll never be able to go without your mobile (who would want to?), you’ll be able to get by without all those extra expenses that you don’t need. Dropping landline and home internet can easily save you $50 a month, and that’s $600 you save each year, all for doing what you do already.
If you really want to save on your internet bills, you’re going to want to do some research and get creative. Don’t get stuck in a rut, and don’t be surprised that you have to dig a little to find big savings.