Save Money on Utility Bills With These Easy Tips

By: Christina Smyth

Bargain hunting can be financially exciting and rewarding. But the question is "Can you get a good deal on your utility bills?" Focusing on bills such as internet service, cellular service and cable, at least once a year can save you a considerable amount of money each month. Below are some tips to help you get started.

Comparison shopping is time consuming, but it can prove helpful. Comparing rates, quotes and services yearly is a good idea.

One surefire way to save money monthly is by starting with your long-distance carrier. With all the advances in technology, local and long distance market have changed considerably. You have many more options than you may have realized.

Signing up for VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is simply the transmission of voice traffic over IP-based networks. You are probably wondering how this can save you money. It's easy - you can use your computer and internet connection to make long distance phone calls. This will allow you to cut down on your monthly phone bill.

Your cell phone plan also has potential for savings. Rate plans evolve all the time. If you have been with the same carrier for a significant amount of time, consider signing another contract. Most times the carrier will offer a discount up to $10% for being a loyal customer. This simple step can save you quite a few dollars on your monthly bill.

Many people are torn - satellite or cable - which is better? Both can be great when you take the time to compare and take advantage of promotions. Satellite and cable companies are in tough competition for your business and you can utilize this to your benefit and get a better price for your service depending on your needs.

Start by calling your current company and telling them the rates of the competition you are considering. If the competition is offering a lower rate, there may be room for negotiating with your current company. In most instances the company you are currently with, will try to match the price or come close.

The last and final tip is to make sure you read your bill closely. I have found many a billing mistake on my bills that I hadn't noticed on first glance. I difference of $5 bucks a month can mean $60 per year and so on. Pay close attention and be sure to call right away if you notice any discrepancies.

Don't be afraid to show around, ask for referrals and contact the company to find the best offer. With the competition being neck in neck most of the companies will try to keep you happy and loyal and therefore meet pricing expectations you desire (if they are within reason of course).

Just a few extra minutes of time can help you save money on your household expenses and monthly utilities. It is far easier to keep an eye on your bills to save money upfront then to try and get back your money on the bills you have paid by error.

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