With technology and with everything going on in the world today, there are many ways to spend our free time and have fun. And either someone likes to go for a hike, loves reading, or enjoys playing fantasy football, it is all available, or it is just one click away. But what some researchers have shown is that most people find watching TV, and especially cable TV, very relaxing and as a great way to do both, have quality time and get amused.
We all do agree to the fact that cable TV is certainly a bliss when it comes to a reliable source of entertainment. There are cable service providers who offer cost-effective cable plans so more users can benefit from them. Take Spectrum TV, for instance, which is especially popular among users because of its cost-effective cable TV plans and bundle offers. There are a handful of other providers as well that always come up with budget-friendly cable TV packages and deals to facilitate the consumers in the best possible ways.
But let’s face the music, most of the time, we see tons of providers out there imposing hefty bills to the consumers, and as a user, we must know how to turn the tables and avoid any extra cost in that bill which we do not want, need, are not supposed to pay in the first place. Many would think of that as an impossible thing to do, but it is actually quite possible, and all needed is for you to pay a little more attention to the bill to check if there are any fees added to it and the ones that you can bypass.
So let’s have a closer look at all those money eating charges which you can avoid, but can still be a part of your monthly cable bill.
Modem Rental Charges
Most of the cable TV providers often charge a modem rental fee, and what you can do as a way to save money is purchasing your own modem, and preferably the one with a built-in Wi-Fi. To answer the question of why the one with a Wi-Fi is the best solution, some of the providers charge an additional fee for a Wi-Fi router, so buying a modem that already has it will also help you get rid of this extra rental fee. As it comes to how much someone can save with this option, it all depends on the TV provider, their packages, and their monthly bill for them, but on average, that sum is about 120 dollars per year. At first glance, this may not sound like saving so much money, but combined with the other bills you can avoid on our list, it all sums up to a pretty significant amount in the end.
Advertising is everything, and today, if we can be sure of something, it is the fact that for any company to be successful, a proper marketing campaign is necessary. The modern advertising is a complete and thorough science of our brain and (shopping) behavior. Although it may sound silly, yet the expressions like Promotion or Big Sale (often followed by some percentage like 25% or 40% off) works in real life, and that is why we can see them almost everywhere.
The same is with cable companies that often get people caught in their promotional deals and offers, especially for premium channels, but those excellent and one of a kind offers usually come with some strings attached. The point to consider here is that the promo deal is applicable only for a certain period before the offer expires, and once it ends, you can experience a sudden hike in your cable TV bill.
So it is very significant to keep a check at the expiration dates, and all the price tags followed once the promotional deal is over. A way better solution to counteract price hike like this is to set a reminder to know when it ends so you can easily cancel your premium channel subscription to save yourself from being stuck to pay a hefty price later.
Downsizing your Plan
It is one of the most common solutions, and it means that you can and should reconsider the current plan you have opted for if it feels like it does not match your viewing habits. It is a quite simple way of thinking, and no one wants to spend more cash for something they do not need or want. For those who are not a fan of premium channels, or if you are not interested and only occasionally or not at all watch the majority of the channels, there is no point in paying a pesky cable bill for them.
When this happens, you should go with a plan that offers a channel line-up meant to fit your entertainment needs and the one which comes at a lower cost. This way, you will be sure that you are paying for what you actually want to watch. Picking the channels you want and prefer, and getting the unique and personal plan for that is also a solution, but since “a la carte” cable is something we are still waiting for, and until it becomes a reality, we can only do as much.
Cable TV and Internet Bundles
The bundle deals rolled by the cable TV providers are attractive when it comes to their price tags since their purpose, and what are they made for is to offer the internet and (or) phone services in addition to the TV services at a discounted rate. It may sound like one irresistible and excellent offer, but it also comes with a catch. Most of the time, the user fails to identify his bandwidth requirement and tends to be overpaying for a bundle offer catering to the internet bandwidth that is not really needed. What this means is that you might be wasting your money on paying for a not required and higher bandwidth for your household usage.
In case you go for a bundle offer, the first thing you need to do is to analyze your bandwidth requirement so that you can choose just the right plan, which does not exceed your needs. As already mentioned, carefully choosing what you need and paying only for that is the rule you would like to follow to save money with both the cable TV and the internet. By doing this, you can cut down the cost of your cable TV and internet bundle and save as much as $200 to $300 per year.
The Bottom Line
By taking a closer look at your cable TV bill, you can surely identify the aforementioned extra fees and avoid them to the fullest. So next time, be sure to dive deeper into your cable TV bill to analyze how to cut down any additional costs in a smarter way. When doing this, do not think of some charges as too small to counts because, in the end, even by reducing one dollar here and one dollar there on your bill, you will be amazed by the amount of money you can save in the long run!