5 Smart Tips to Lower Your Internet Bill

Last updated on July 6, 2024

Are you looking to cut down on your monthly expenses? 

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One effective way to save money is by reducing your internet bill. What do you think? Great idea, right? Many people are unaware of the various methods available to lower their broadband costs.

We all know a reliable internet connection is essential, but the monthly expense can strain your budget. 

Even though some internet providers offer more affordable plans, high-speed internet often comes with a hefty price tag. Data from Parks Associates in April 2022 revealed that U.S. households spend an average of $116 per month on home internet, which is a substantial amount in itself. 

Given our reliance on the internet for remote work, streaming, online gaming, and video chatting with loved ones, it’s hard to imagine going without it. 

However, there are strategies you can efficiently implement to help reduce your broadband costs and manage your monthly bills. 

For instance, you could regularly compare plans from different providers to find more affordable options. I did a lot of digging myself when I was switching. I found out that out of the four available internet service providers (ISPs) in my area, Xfinity had the most affordable Xfinity internet plans. So, I went for that one.

Additionally, combining the internet with TV or phone services might result in discounts. Assess your actual needs and consider downgrading to a lower, less expensive speed tier. Look for promotional offers and introductory rates for new customers. 

Need more tips in detail? Keep reading to find out!

Limit Device Usage

Limit Device Usage

Modern homes are packed with connected devices like smart TVs, phones, gaming consoles, security cameras, and what not. Each of these devices consumes bandwidth, potentially slowing your internet speed and leading to data overage fees. If you live alone, you can manage these devices more effectively, ensuring they don’t consume too much data or slow down your connection. 

However, if you live with family or roommates who have multiple devices, it might be harder to reduce usage without inconveniencing them. While you can ask others to minimize device use during critical times of the day, asking them to completely stop using their devices is impractical.

Why don’t you all consider coming up with an agreed consensus for scheduled usage of internet on your devices?

Purchase Your Own Equipment

Many people rent their modems and routers from their internet providers, but buying your own can save you money over time. Although there is an initial cost, owning your equipment eliminates monthly rental fees. 

Research the cost and expected lifespan of the equipment to determine if purchasing is a cost-effective option for you, especially if you plan to stay with the same provider for several years.

Negotiate Using Competitor Rates

Negotiate Using Competitor Rates

If multiple internet service providers operate in your area, compare their plans and rates. Use these comparisons to negotiate a better deal with your current provider. Mentioning a competitor’s lower rate can often persuade your provider to match it. 

Additionally, if your promotional rate is about to expire, negotiate with your provider to extend it, as they may prefer retaining you at a lower rate rather than losing you as a customer.

Verify Your Internet Speed

Check your internet speed using a third-party test site like localcabledeals.com, speedtest.net or your provider’s speed test. Compare the results with the speed promised in your contract. 

If your speed consistently falls short, contact your provider to request a discount or faster service. Some providers may offer bill credits for periods when you did not receive the speeds you paid for.

Consider Downgrading Your Plan

Evaluate whether you are paying for more speed than you need. If you frequently stream 4K videos and rely on fast internet for work, maintaining a high-speed plan makes sense. However, if your internet use is limited to checking emails, browsing social media, and streaming music, you might not need a high-speed plan. 

Smaller households with fewer users often require less bandwidth. Some ISPs offer economy plans at lower speeds that might suit your needs. Contact the customer service to explore downgrading options, as they might have, unadvertised tiers that better match your usage.

The Takeaway

Reducing your internet bill doesn’t have to be complicated. By implementing these strategies, you can potentially save money without sacrificing your online experience. Whether you live alone or with others, there are steps you can take to optimize your internet service and keep costs in check.

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