Having broadband at home can be a great initiative for people who want to work from home or simply enjoy surfing the internet. There are various ways that you can save on your broadband bills and still enjoy the same services that you have always wanted. Many people, however, are not aware of these multiple ways to save on their broadband expenses and end up paying extra bills that they could have otherwise avoided.
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How to Save Money at Home With Your Broadband
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Few people know about this method of saving and end up paying money that they would have saved to pay other bills. The government has partnered with ISPs to make sure that people with a low income are in a position to be connected to internet services. In most states, if you make less that £25,000 per year ($32,000 USD), you are likely to be connected to an internet service at a rate of as little as £8.25 per month.
There are various circumstances that qualify one to enjoy low-cost internet connectivity.
For instance, you:
- have an income that is £25,000 or below annually
- live in a public housing program
- are a participant in the National School Lunch Program
- participate in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program
- are in need of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
2) Negotiate with your provider
In this era when there are plenty of internet providers, it becomes easier to negotiate with your provider to lower the price of your current plan, or maintain the price in cases when the company is planning on increasing the subscription costs of the plan you are using. If your internet provider is not willing to reduce the cost on your bills, you can threaten to leave their services for a better company. Few companies will allow losing their loyal clients over a few pounds.
3) Involve a third-party negotiator
There are clients who are not familiar with the negotiation process or they do not like the whole process of negotiating. This is where companies that negotiate on behalf of other come in. Companies like BillFixers.com can help you in dealing with your internet provider for a specific fee. This fee applies only for a year and then you can enjoy the rest of the saving after one year is over.
4) Purchase your own router
Most internet providers will connect you using their own routers which they charge a seemingly low price of £5-£10 a month. This price may seem negligible in the short-term but you should realize that it accumulates to so much money over the years.
The trick is to buy your own router and not pay for the rented ones from the ISPs. The installation process of the router is simple and almost everyone can do it by following the installation manual or looking for videos online which explain how they are installed.
5) Research on emerging providers
Internet provision in various states has been met with the challenge of monopoly, where the major companies feel that they have the autonomy over their competitors. This makes them set high prices for inferior services since many people have already subscribed to their plans and that they are skeptical in trying new services.
A quick search will make you realize that some of the emerging companies are offering the same services at a considerably lower price. Subscribing to such providers will see you reduce your broadband bills by £5-£30 per month.
6) Monitor your usage
You may be using a package plan where you dont reach the monthly threshold set but you continue paying for it anyway. It is recommended that you check whether your data usage fits the kind of package that you have to subscribe to.
In some cases, you may find that you could perform the same tasks with a plan which is cheaper than the current one in place. At the end of the month, you will find that you are able to save £5 to £20 per month on a cheaper broadband plan. Monitoring your usage will also make you realize that you can actually do without visiting some of the sites or applications that use unnecessary data.
Are you ready to save money at home with your broadband?
AUTHOR Derek Sall
Derek has a Bachelor's degree in Finance and a Master's in Business. As a finance manager in the corporate world, he regularly identified and solved problems at the C-suite level. Today, Derek isn't interested in helping big companies. Instead, he's helping individuals win financially--one email, one article, one person at a time.