How to Save Money on Cable

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Just about every U.S. cable television subscriber will agree that monthly costs have sky-rocketed in the last few years with no end in sight. While lower prices are featured by cable companies at times, rates are still staggering. There are numerous viewing alternatives and ways to lower rates which only require a little research and getting used to. Before negotiating rates, switching or purchasing any new devices, remember to do your research and let the savings pour in. Candice Cerro, savings expert at, is here with tips on how to save money and highlights the alternatives to cable.

1.    Compare average monthly cost before signing up. The average monthly cable bill can range from $40 - $100 plus the cost of equipment rental, premium channels and taxes depending on location. Add-ons such as premium channels, DVR receivers, HD channels and HD receivers are often included free for 3 months but forgetting to cancel these subscriptions can add $5 - $15 per additional service to the monthly bill.

2.    Little or no awareness of negotiating power. Long-time customers and those new to the service should shop around and look for coupons on sites such as for deals like a $275 rebate for Comcast. It is also best to call the sales line versus the customer service line. Call at the end of month when there is more flexibility to negotiate and price-match competitor and promotional rates because of the need to meet sales quotas.

3.    To bundle or not to bundle. Signing up for cable service most times means ending up with a bundle package including internet and phone service. Bundling may seem like a good deal but subscribers usually end up paying for more than is really needed. The truth is home phones are rarely used making home telephone service a waste of money. In the case that a telephone land-line is absolutely needed, consider low price services such as Vonage which offers telephone service as low as $9.99 plus a $30 Best Buy gift card with a coupon from Promotional Also a waste of money are HD channels and receivers which are often added while there is no HD TV at home. Evaluate your needs before making a decision.

4.    Is switching from carrier to carrier smart or a waste of money? Some switch from carrier to carrier chasing promotional or new customer rates for the purpose of saving money but this is not always beneficial. Cable and satellite companies often lock subscribers into long contracts and implement high cancellation. Make sure to read the fine print and ask questions before finalizing a contract.

5.    Be aware of the alternatives. Opt out of subscribing to traditional cable service and only sign up for a high-speed internet service which will allow you to stream sitcoms, movies and much more online on your own time. A favorite is the Roku streaming devices which allow access to Netflix and Hulu among others, offers single channel subscriptions as low as 99 cents per channel while many more are free. Roku has a one-time purchase price ranging from $49.99 to $99.99 and an additional $20 off is available when using a coupon from