Have you ever wondered if there’s a way to pay less on your internet bill?
In a world where inflation seems to be a recurring thing, it’s a good idea to make sure you are not paying more than you need to on bills, especially on something seemingly trivial like the internet bill! The internet has become part of our lives, and whether we like it or not, both society and ourselves are relying on it more and more each day.
Be it that you are using the internet to browse online, connect with far-away family and friends, or even for work, there is a high chance that your internet bill is too high! A lot of Americans might already be overpaying for their internet access to begin with. But with the new wave of cost increases (yes, even to the low-tier plan), it’s good to know how to lower the amount we spend on necessities every month.
We have gathered the best ways in which you can try to cut down on the amount you pay each month on your internet bill, so you don’t have to try the old-fashioned way of trial and error!
Let us know which one would work best for you and why in the comments below!
#1 Review your internet bill
The one way to stay on top of everything is to review both your internet bill and also your data usage habits. You cannot begin to save money on your internet bill unless you know what you consume, how much you consume, and what the rates are.
The first step is to check how fast your connection is: this is measured in Mbps (megabits per second). The more Mbps, the faster your internet connection is. Then you should look at how much data you use in a month. Generally, you can check on your account if you’re paying your bill online, or it could be stated on your bill. If not, you should ask your internet provider about it since it is important information.
By looking at those two characteristics, you can see what sort of patterns you have when it comes to using the internet, and it could tell you if you could save on your internet bill by either choosing a slower data speed, or an overall lower internet plan—less data every month.
The problem with a lower internet plan is that there could be a data cap that limits the amount you can use each month; if you were to go over it, there could be additional, costly fees. Yet, if you’re already paying for way more internet than you’re using each month, it could be the best choice for you!
#2 See if you can set up auto-pay
It isn’t always the smartest choice to set up auto-pay for all types of bills, but when it comes to your internet bill, you should look into whether or not your internet provider offers a price break. It happens that some companies will give you a percentage discount off your bill every month if you set up an automatic payment method.
Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to this method. But generally, as long as you don’t forget about it, it could be a good way to get some dollars off your bill every month.
#3 Use reminders to your advantage
It may be that you contracted with your current internet provider through an initial offer that offered you a really advantageous rate. The problem with these special offers is that those internet plans expire after six months or even a year after you sign the contract. As a result, your next internet bill will tax you at the full rate once that promotional time is over.
If you’re not paying attention to this aspect, you may be paying more than you’re used to, which is why your internet bill is burning a hole in your pocket today! Set a reminder in your calendar or mark it down somewhere so you check your internet bill every six to twelve months after you get a new provider, so you won’t be taken by surprise by a price increase.
#4 Let a service help you!
Even if it sounds like an option that will cost you more money in the long run, getting a service to evaluate how much you spend monthly on bills and why (which includes your internet bill) is actually a great course of action. Not only will the company you contacted for the evaluation find the problems, but they will also be negotiating lower prices instead of you!
That way, you will see your internet bill lower. Before you think about going this route, you should keep in mind that if the company is successful in lowering your bill, they will take a cut of the money they saved you for your contract period. Depending on how much that could be, it may not be worth it in the end. You can always try to re-negotiate your internet bill yourself if you feel you could do it.
#5 Look into a bundle offer
One way to lower your internet bill is to consider and look into bundle offers from your internet provider. It can also be the case that you’re getting your cable or your cellphone service from the same company, but instead of using a bundle offer, you’re paying for them separately! Bundle packages are cheaper overall, and many companies have started offering them since the rise of streaming services.
Just make sure that whatever choice you consider, it’s the best one for you; if you don’t generally watch TV, it may be useless to get a bundle, or you shouldn’t change cellphone providers if you’re happy with the one you currently have. It’d be better to look into their data options as well!
#6 Do NOT rent their equipment
An added cost to your internet bill is the fact that most Americans rent the router and other internet equipment from the data provider, which in time racks up a pretty penny. However, you may find that you can save more if you invest in your own device and return the one you’re currently renting.
The only reason you may still be renting equipment may be because you think there’s no other way around it! But thankfully, there has been an in-effect act, the Television Viewer Protection Act, since 2019, which gives you more leeway around this. It used to be that companies could charge you extra if you had your own equipment, but under that act, it clearly states that ISPs (internet service providers) cannot do this anymore.
The catch here is that you have to check with your provider or look on their website to see what type of equipment is compatible with their data, so you don’t spend money on something you cannot use. What’s more, you should always make sure you return the previously rented equipment so you won’t be charged any penalty fees.
#7 Consider all providers
If you’re truly looking to lower your internet bill, you shouldn’t just try all the ways to work around the unreasonable rates you have now. There’s always another internet provider that could be better suited for your needs: they could offer better, speedier data than what you have now at the same, if not even better price!
It also helps that there are a lot of companies offering preferential rates for those who choose to drop their providers in their favor, so why not take advantage of that?
Make sure you check with all the providers you know in your area and make use of all the tools available to you, including their website, where you can see if their standard plans work or if you can create a personally tailored one for you. That way, you can compare and contrast them all and see which option is best for you, especially if it saves you money on your internet bill!
#8 You can always haggle with your current company
If you have already gone through all the other providers and found one that can offer you a better deal, but you do not want to have to go through all the paperwork that means changing providers, you can always try to haggle. After all, if you tell your current provider about getting a better offer there’s always a chance of them making a counteroffer that can match it or offer you more.
This can be a tricky way of trying to lower the cost of your internet bill, but you can always give it a try. The complicated thing is to make sure you keep your patience intact and you remain calm when you’re discussing with your current company. Getting testy with them is not going to help you in the long run.
What’s more, if you’ve been a long-term customer, you should always tell them that you wouldn’t want to leave but you find it hard to keep paying the high costs. There is a chance it may be a possibility even in front of the most unfriendly companies. If all else fails, don’t be afraid to end the call and try another time: sometimes it’s all in the person you’re talking with and if you catch someone else, you may manage to lower your internet bill.
And if you’re struggling with your other utility bills as well, make sure to check out our hacks for cutting them down!