Earlier this year, I wrote about how we don't pay for TV service (such as cable, AT&T UVerse, or satellite)…we just use our bunny ears for free reception.
However, I can understand that cutting cable is not for everyone (we really miss ESPN and the Big 10 Network during college football season) But, that doesn't mean you need to overpay for your TV service.
- Compare Prices by Company – even if your community does not allow cable company competition, there are still various alternatives to cable, like AT&T UVerse, Verizon Fios, or several satellite companies (like Direct TV or Dish Network).
- Analyze your Bill – do you really need all the services and channels that you're paying for? Is it possible you can cut the premium channels and rent movies, join Netflix, or even get movies from the library for free? For example, if we had cable, we would likely only watch ESPN…is one channel worth cable (it would depend on the game we're missing for my husbands answer 🙂 )?
- Ask your Provider for Discounts – unless you've signed a contract with your TV provider, you're free to change companies at any time. If you hear an ad for a discount for new customers, call your company and ask for the discount. Mention that you're thinking about switching to another company, and they may be willing to give you the discount. You never know unless you ask, right? Considering it would cost the company many times more to recruit a new customer than to keep your business, they might negotiate with you.
How do you save money on your TV spending?