If you're signing up for cable or internet services, then you probably want to get good value for your money. Many of these companies offer perks and discounts, especially for new customers. If you want to keep your bill as low as possible, then these tips can help you get the most for your money.
Speak with a Customer Service Agent
Companies have agents who are specifically hired to keep customers from switching to competitors. They're great for existing companies to lower their bills but take advantage of this when signing up as well. You may be able to negotiate a lower price or at least add in some perks. For example, you could negotiate for a broadband update, better DVR, or even a free phone line. Be sure to ask for the perks or discounts that you want. Since they want you as a customer, they're more motivated to make you happy.
Check the Competition
Depending on where you live, you may have multiple providers available. Check out the plans and discounts available with each provider. If you have one company that you'd like to choose but their price isn't as good, then you may want to call them and ask if they're willing to match the competition's rates. Once again, since they want your business, they may be able to offer a better deal. If you don't care as much about the company, then compare prices and you'll be sure to get the best deal.
Be Willing to Commit
Although you don't want to be locked into a contract, most companies are willing to offer more discounts if you commit to service for a certain amount of time. Just signing up for a package for 12-24 months can end up saving you in the long run. You probably won't be able to do this if you're planning on moving or relocating during this time period. However, if you'd like to save over time and you have no plans to change your address, then signing a contract is a smart move. If they try to change the price during this time, you can cancel without a penalty.
Depending on who you're talking with, you may or may not have gotten the best deals. Some agents may simply not know all of the deals and discounts that they can offer. This is why you may want to try calling more than once to see if there are any additional deals. If you get the same price point, then that's likely the best deal. However, you may get a lower price or some additional ideas for cost savings. Talk to the agent in a friendly manner and say that you want to choose their company but are limited in terms of your budget. Having a friendly customer can be a great motivation for them to go a little farther for your business.
Finally, keep in mind that deals can change throughout the year. While you probably don't want to wait too long to sign up for internet, consider waiting a little if there are no current deals to get the best for your money.