(DailyThrive.com) – If you’ve ever found yourself staring at your budget to try to figure out where to cut costs, the answer may be right in front of you. What if I told you that you might be able to lower your Internet bill?
While switching companies is certainly one answer, there may be other ways of reducing what you’re paying on this one home or office expense. As more of us are working from home, it’s more important than ever to have efficient Wi-Fi while keeping costs down.
Where should you start? Here are a few tips and a video to help get you on your way to a more affordable bill.
- Figure out what you’re paying for right now. What speed do you have? Are you paying any extra fees for equipment? Are your services bundled together?
- Negotiate with your provider to see where you can cut the costs. You may not need the speed you’re paying for, or you may be able to bundle services and save. Also, check to see what deal is being offered to new customers. Loyal customers are sometimes extended the same deal.
- Check out the competition. What is being offered elsewhere? You may be able to use it as a bargaining chip in negotiating your current provider down, or it might be time to switch providers.
- Consider investing in your own modem and router rather than paying a monthly rental fee.
- Check out government subsidies. Federal programs such as Pell Grant, public housing and the National School Lunch Program also come with the benefit of reduced Internet costs. If you’re receiving any assistance, ask about additional benefits.
- Look into discounts available. Some providers will offer discounts for military, educators, and first responders. It never hurts to ask.
Whether you’re looking for breathing room in a tight budget or just want to splurge on designer coffee every once in a while, you could be saving money on your Internet bill.
~Here’s to Your Success!
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