We all know that keeping up with monthly, quarterly and annual utility bills can be tough at the best of times. But rather than whinging or complaining about these expensive financial obligations, the best thing to do is be proactive and find cheaper alternatives, starting with your phone.
Although it might not be a traditional essential in life like heat, water or shelter, the majority of us simply cannot do without a telephone. Therefore, it makes sense to find the best package possible to meet your own requirements.
Thankfully, there are plenty of home phone deals out there to suit every individual. Even so, you may be able to get the price down further with the following tips and tricks.
Call your existing provider
Even if you’re happy with the service of your existing provider, there is no reason why you can’t get in touch with them and ask for a better deal. You can take a look at their website, but the best option is by contacting them directly over the phone. If your provider is worried you might switch, they will do their best to retain your valued business. You may even want to quote the prices of more affordable competitors too, as this could work in your favour.
See how much you’re using
Unless you’ve got a package that includes unlimited calls, you probably have some sort of usage limit or a tariff that charges more at different times. Therefore, it is a good idea to find out whether your calls are going over these restrictions, as hefty additional charges could apply. By finding out how much you’re using, you’ll be able to find a cost-effective and cheaper deal. Conversely, your tariff or plan might have a usage limit that is too big and expensive, so look for a downgrade.
Shop around and compare deals
If your current provider can’t give you a better deal, then it’s time to shop around and compare alternative packages online. There are numerous comparison websites, which will be able to filter results by things like price, contract length and what’s included. Again, think about when you use your phone the most and search for deals accordingly. For example, if you don’t make calls during regular working hours, an evenings and weekends bundle will probably be best.
Avoid calling premium rate numbers
There will be certain times when you need to call a company or corporation, but these tend to be premium rate numbers, which can get very expensive. However there are certain websites and apps out there that provide alternative phone numbers for major businesses, which will be much cheaper.
Changing your phone package or asking for a better deal might seem like a big upheaval, but when you consider the potential savings, it is definitely worth it.
Image by James Petts, used under the Creative Commons license.
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