This is Part 4 of the “Digital Landing Save Money Series,” as we look at ways you can save dough on home digital services.
Saving money is key and reducing bills is vital to your financial survival in this economy. You may not be able to eliminate your High Speed Internet costs, but here are several tips to saving money on your Internet bill.
Many don’t realize, though, that saving money on your High Speed Internet service can be easy! Start off by doing the exact same thing you did to lower your cable bills. Research local offers, call your provider, ask for deals and threaten to jump to the competition.
Tips to Saving Money on Your Internet
Bundling all of your services will frequently save you money. If you have Internet, Phone, Cable TV and Cell Phone bills, then you might get the best deal by putting them all in one provider. It will also save you from having to remember when all the different bills are due.
Look at your bill to find out if there is a monthly charge for your modem. Why are you renting it? Yes, it may work out cheaper on a month-to-month basis, but it saves you money if you just buy one. You don’t need to buy it from your provider. Purchasing a modem may be a higher front-end cost, but it will keep you from being nickel and dimed over the next several years as they continue to charge you to use it. Ask for a list of compatible modems and shop around, you might even find a used one on Ebay for a fraction of the cost.
Drop Your Home Internet
|Digital Landing – Save Money Series|
|Pt 1: Lower Your Cable Bill|
|Pt 2: Fight Rate Increases|
|Pt 3: Alternatives to Cable and Satellite TV|
|Pt 4: Tips to Saving Money On Internet|
|Pt 5: 10 Money Saving Tips & Apps|
If you don’t use your Internet for a lot things, it might be in your best interest to drop your home connection and go with cellular Internet. Your smartphone will allow you to keep up on Facebook, email and surf the Internet. Many of them will even let you watch movies. Another option is to tether your computer to your cell phone, which allows you the convenience of a full computer. Look carefully at the cell phone plan to ensure that you won’t exceed bandwidth limits and run your bill up.
Most High Speed Internet providers have different speed tiers, which they do not always advertise. Odds are pretty good that you are paying for more speed than you need or will ever use. If you only use Internet for some of the basics like email and web browsing and you don’t tend to watch videos, then dropping to the lowest speed will probably be more than sufficient for you. If you don’t download movies or play online games, then you don’t need to have the top speed service. Even if you do those things, you still may not need the top speed. Ask them what your bandwidth usage has been and downgrade to the most applicable package.
In many areas, it is legal to piggyback on your neighbors Internet connection as long as you have their permission. Talk to your neighbor about sharing a wireless connection and agree to pay a portion of their bill every month. For the best connection, the neighbor should be in the house directly next to you and their wireless server on the side of the their house closest to your own. This may not be the best possible Internet connection, but it should be more than sufficient for basic Internet use.
Yes, dial-up Internet still exists and it’s cheap. This is probably the last option that you would want to consider, but it would still get you basic Internet service. You won’t be doing any streaming and it will seem as slow as a turtle after racing along on DSL or cable these past few years, but you can check the news and email. This connection will still work fine and allow you to send out resumes and hunt for a job.
One way to completely save on your Internet bill is to cancel it altogether and then rely on free Wi-Fi, which is commonly available in many public places such as restaurants, museums and libraries. If you are using a restaurant’s connection, you may not have an Internet bill, but take into consideration that they expect you to be a paying customer. If you aren’t careful about what you order, then that free Wi-Fi may end up costing you more than the bill you canceled.
Don’t Lose Your Connection
There are many ways to save money on your Internet services without losing access to this modern commodity. For many of us living without the Internet is not an option — it has become our lifeline to the world. With these tips to saving money on your Internet bill, you can retain your Internet connection and save your wallet.