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Ways to Save on Cable TV

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Ways to Save on Cable TV.

 

When I re-evaluated our budget, one major area I knew we had to deal with was our cable bill. It’s easy to get sucked into spending waaaaay too much money on your TV. Just by following these tips, I was able to reduce our cable bill, yet increase the services we are receiving. Plus the deal is permanent, not a trial offer. Read below to see how you can do this too!

Here are Ways to Save on Cable TV:

  • Decide how much TV your family is really watching. We curtailed Jorryn’s TV watching drastically due to the fact that there is just so much garbage we didn’t want him watching. Take a look at what programming is really important to your family – sticking with free TV (local channels using a digital converter box) may be your best way to go! Remember, there are TONS of online services that you can watch shows for free on like Hulu. This is one of the best ways to save on cable tv!
  • If you decide you want more beyond the “basics” take a look at what providers will give you in a bundle. For us, it was cheaper to have our internet, phone, and cable rolled into one bundle than it was to eliminate TV altogether.
  • If you are having a hard time deciding what your family really uses call your provider and ask them to put your cable on “vacation mode”. You will receive basic service still and it can help you decide if paying for premium is really worth it to you.
  • Now that you know what you want in your service, call your provider! Be assertive and don’t just take the first offer they present. Usually the best bet is to ask for the customer retention department and let them know you are thinking about canceling your service. Tell them about an ad you’ve seen for new members of their service or a competitor’s service and request it.
  • Make sure when they present their offer, you look for any fine print. Is there a time limit? In six months will your price increase? If you decide to take an offer that’s only good for six months or a year, to mark your calendar and call back at that time to start the process over so your price doesn’t raise!
  • Remember to always be polite and if you feel they are not being helpful or able to provide you a reasonable deal, you can request a manager’s assistance.

So! Have you called your provider yet? What kind of deal were you able to get? How much do you save?

 

Ways to Save on Cable TV.

 

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3 comments

  1. Trish F

    Thanks for this, I read somewhere before that you could haggle with your cable company and it’s always been on my list of things to do, I haven’t set the time. You’ve given me some motivation to get to it.

    1. couponswithq.com

      It makes a huge difference, Trish! Good luck! Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Jeanette

    We are in an area where a roof antennae works really well. We pick up all of the local channels and then quite a few extra! the whole roof antennae set up cost us under $100 and we have been using it for 3-4 years now. If you have an older tv, you will need a converter box, but those aren’t that expensive.

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