Should I switch broadband for cashback, free gifts or discounts?
While cashback deals or sign-up gifts can seem attractive, it’s worth looking at whether or not this translates into a cheaper service. For instance, it may not be a good idea to switch to a provider who’s offering cashback but their overall service costs more than you’re paying now, or isn’t as fast.
The same approach applies to promotional discounts. Broadband providers will often offer discounts for the first month, three months or even half a year. Again, consider the money you’ll initially save, and if it works out cheaper once you take the whole contract cost into account.
How can I reduce my digital TV or satellite costs?
There are several ways you can potentially save money on your TV subscriptions:
- Reduce your premium channels: If you’re already paying for your TV subscriptions, you may not need all the channels you’re currently receiving.
Contact your provider and ask if there’s a cheaper deal with fewer channels.
Be polite and friendly: Being nice to the customer service operator may make them more receptive to offering you a better deal
Have a list of competitor prices to hand when you call: They’re handy to refer to when negotiating a new monthly price
Ask about promotional deals for new customers: There’s a chance they may give you that promotional deal too, especially if you’re considering leaving
Check your remaining contract costs and terms before negotiating: As with broadband, you may end up paying more over time if switching to a new provider means paying early exit fees