You always hear of ways to save money on your bills. But sometimes, these tips and tricks include making a ton of calls, almost freezing to death (just to save a few pennies on energy costs), and constantly haggling just to save a dollar. But, how do you save money on your bills without the hassle?
How to Save Money on Your Bills Without the Hassle
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If you are tired of the endless calls, constant back and forth, and/or crappy customer service, switch providers! While this may not work for all of your bills, it should work for a least some. For example, if you find that your car insurance rates keep going up instead of down, and its not due to you, get quotes on other insurance companies. If you find one with the same coverage for less, switch!
This is what I did when I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile. I was tired of paying crazy amounts for data that I had to use, and for phones I didnt want. By switching to T-Mobile, I now save over $100 a month, and I get unlimited everything! Plus, Im not looped into a contract, so I can leave at any time (although I doubt I ever will). A simple switch really can help you save money on your bills without the hassle.
If you have been a loyal customer to a company, they may be able to cut you a deal and help you save money on your bills without the hassle. A quick call or email saying how much you love a company can make all the difference. Ive done this for cable companies (when I had cable), home repairs, and even renters insurance.
You can even use this tactic for saving on subscription services, rental services, and more, although I know that doesnt really count towards your regular bills. But hey, saving money is saving money right?
Did you know that some companies offer you discounts for automating payments or paying in full? My car insurance, electricity bill, and water bill are all automated, and for good reason! I can save anywhere from 10-30% just by paying them in full from my bank account each month.
If you are worried about a fluctuation in usage and bills, this may not be the best option for you. But my bills have all stayed pretty steady – and mostly dropped – in the last 3 years, so Im comfortable doing this.
I pay my car insurance every 6 months, and I pay it in full when its due. This saves me a little over $200 every time. As for my electric and water bill, paying them automatically on the 1st each month gives me a 5% discount on electric and 15% discount on water every month.
Some companies may not offer this incentive, but it never hurts to ask, or switch if you can find a company that does.
Use A Service
If you dont like calling, emailing, or signing up for automation, there are companies out there that will negotiate your bills for you. Talk about the easiest way to save money on your bills without the hassle! While there are a few different companies out there, my favorite is BillCutterz.
Why is it my favorite? Because they dont charge me anything unless they save me money. I dont have to pay a monthly fee, and I dont have to pay them for calling someone on my behalf. If they dont save me money, they get absolutely nothing. If you think about it, thats a huge incentive for them! Why be in business if you cant get paid?
BillCutterz will call your companies on your behalf, negotiate with who they need to, and aim to save you an average of 25-35% off your bills. If they can save you money, you split the savings with them 50/50. So, you can either pay them their half upfront and receive a 10% discount, or split the savings with them every month for 12 months. After that 12 months, even if the savings continue, you wont owe them a dime. Pretty easy and simple!
Those are my top tips to help you save money on your bills without the hassle. Dont spend hours on the phone or even years wasting your energy trying to save a few pennies!
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.