January 21, 2013 by danisdecadentdeals
I have decided to write this post about how to save money on your cable bill after I had an overwhelming response on my facebook page when I mentioned I rocked it and was able to obtain two premium stations for free and knock $20 bucks off my bill for the next 12 months. I first want to take this opportunity to say that I am an outspoken individual that is not only never afraid to speak my mind, but I have no problem making requests or asking for favors when I think they will be simple for others to carry out. The cable bill I include in my repertoire of duties that I take care of as being the person in charge of the bills in my home.
A few years back, I noticed that my cable company where I have my internet, home
phone, and TV services started to raise their prices like crazy. The company I currently have for all of my services is Cox Communications. In seeing the prices sky rocket, I became pretty irate and thought of switching to another company called, Direct TV. Upon putting in a phone call to Cox & threatening to leave, they transferred me to another department where they basically give you discounts off of your bill to beg you to stay with them. I think that the average customer does not realize that they are usually being swindled and screwed into paying higher prices for the internet/phone/cable TV services. I am one that always inquires about where I can get the best deal. I am truly like this on a daily basis, whether I am hitting up a fast food joint, shopping at the mall, or going to a fine dining restaurant (usually travelzoo special/groupon/ no corkage fee kind of places) For those of you that follow me on my facebook page, Dani’s decadent deals, you see this on a regular basis 🙂
I just want to give you all some tips on how to knock down your cable bill price and take advantage of the opportunity to check out free upgraded premium channels. So, here goes…I make it a practice to call my cable company every time I have a special that is running out. I make note of the specials I receive from Cox Communications and usually slightly before they are about to expire, or around the time they just expired, I ask for the old promos to be removed so I will not incur any charges. I then proceed to ask about any new promos they have. Cox always tries to first offer me upgrades that are good deals, but still pay upgrades nonetheless…such as premium channels like HBO for $5 a month instead of $15. I then explain to them that times are hard, money is tight, and I am a teacher with a credential and a masters degree that has been demoted to a paraeducator that is working out of classification due to lack of jobs until teachers retire. They ALWAYS offer me something. You don’t even have to give the same explanation. All you have to do is say that it is a crappy economy and money is tight.
Immediately after you tell them money is tight, you ask them if they have any “Free promotions” to try out new channels. The cable companies ALWAYS have promotions starting and ending throughout the year. There is also an opportunity to ask about a price lock on your bill, at least with Cox there is. A price lock insures that you can keep your current rates for two years as a continuing customer even when the price rates rise in the New Year. One more tip about price is that I always first inquire about a discount on services for having a bundle and lower price because we are in bad economic circumstances. They always have a 10%-20% discount they can give you to keep you happy. These discounts usually run for 6 months or 1 year and then you have to make sure you have written down when they are up for renewal and make a phone call to ask for the newest promo. I currently have high speed internet, home phone, and cable for $144 a month and I also currently have free HBO & Showtime. In 3 months the HBO & Showtime will start to cost $5 a month for 3 additional months, but I will probably call to ask for new promos to get something else for free.
As a consumer of any product, you always have a right to ask if there are any deals or coupons you can use. Never forget that. Corporations will always want to make the most money they can, but as the consumer, we of course want to save as much as we can, so a simple question of do you have any deals, discounts or promos will guarantee you better prices! Good luck and post below if you have a good experience with your cable company when trying to get better prices and services! I would love to hear about it! Cheers and happy savings to you!
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