Guest Post: BillCutterz.com
Now that you’ve cut the cord on cable, you’re already saving so much money a month while still watching your favorite shows, but don’t stop there! Let’s take a look and see how you can save even more by cutting your other bills.
Electricity & Gas
Electricity (and gas depending on your area) is an obvious necessity in our everyday lives, therefore you can’t exactly “cut the cord” on it. Here are a few tips to lower your utility bills every month.
- On average, you can reduce your electric bill by 4% for each degree on your thermostat. So when leaving the house, turn the thermostat up a few degrees so you’re not cooling the entire house just for the cat and dog.
- Optimal fan placement is key to saving money. It takes much less energy to run a fan than it does to cool the whole house with the A/C. If you don’t have a fan in every room, it’s highly suggested you get them installed. If ceiling fans are out of your budget, floor fans work well to keep the air moving and help cool your home.
- You’ve heard this one before, and haven’t given it much thought, but it is essential to lowering your electric bill! Unplug some of your appliances and electronics when they are not being used. Sure it’s a hassle to get up and plug in your TV every night, but the savings will be well worth it. Alternatively, you can find surge protectors that protect you from vampire electronics by removing power when they’re turned off.
- Hang blackout curtains over the windows to keep the majority of the heat out. Not only will this save you money, but it will allow for a great nap! If you don’t want to splurge on new curtains, heavy blankets work, too.
- Changing air filters keeps your air cleaner, and your A/C unit won’t have to work as hard either.
- If you’re in a cold climate, invest in small space heaters that will heat the areas where you are instead of warming the whole house.
Many of us associate everything we do with the help of our buddy, the smart phone. Driving, communicating, socializing and exercising can all be directly linked to our cell phones. Unfortunately, in order to have our cells work, we have to pay a hefty amount each month to be able to use it. Here are a few tips to save as much money as possible, while still being able to use our phones.
- Believe it or not, you don’t have to have the biggest and baddest cell phone plan in order to still get everything you need. Instead of directly going to the most data and network coverage plan, think about how much you actually use. Start with less and if you find it’s not enough, go one step up until you find the data plan that works best for you.
- Avoid add-ons to your plan. This is the best way big cell phone companies add extra fees on your cell phone bill each month, don’t buy into it! You can do without the add-ons.
- Do your research and find out which company has the best network coverage, data and prices for what you need. Pay attention to the fee charges, because those can really add up if you don’t consider them in your total cost. Also, pay attention to what you’re promising to pay before you sign any kind of contract.
- Prepaid phones can save you a lot of money if you use them correctly. The questions you need to ask yourself are: What do I use my phone for? What network do I prefer? And lastly, what kind of plan is right for me? There are options with prepaid phone plans, such as limited, unlimited and pay-as-you-go. Look into the idea, you’d be surprised at how much a prepaid phone could save you.
- Connect to wifi as much as possible, especially when you have a capped data plan. By using wifi, you’re not eating into more expensive cell phone data and can get by with a lesser plan.
- If you’re being charged heftily for minutes, but have a lot of data and wifi, look into apps that let you make calls or send messages via your data or wifi. Skype and Google Voice let you make calls and texts without using data from your phone.
In today’s world, access to the internet is essential to staying up to date. Almost every aspect of your life requires the help of the World Wide Web, at almost every turn. With the vast need, companies that provide internet can raise the rates because they know how essential it is. Follow these quick and easy tips to help lower your monthly internet bill.
- Just as with the cell phones, only sign up for the plan you need. Don’t get overly excited and sign up for the plan with the most megabytes because you think you need it. Start with one of the smaller plans. See if you are using it to its fullest, and if you need a better plan, take a step up.
- Do your research and find out which company has the best data plan and price for what you need. Pay close attention to the fee charges, because those can really add up if you don’t catch them upfront. And again, pay attention to what you’re promising to pay before you sign any kind of contract.
- Use free wifi at local retail stores or go to the library to use free internet. Of course this could be a real pain sometimes, but if things are really tight, grab your laptop and head to a free wifi store!
Be honest, cutting the cable bill was well worth it and you’ve saved a lot of money each month, without sacrificing the shows you watch. Now with all of these tips of how to save on other expenses, you’ll have extra money each month to pay off debt, put into a savings account or go out and have some fun!
Negotiate Your Bills
Once you’re on the right plan, try negotiating for lower rates. Call your provider and ask for discounts. Sometimes you can talk your way into getting a lower price simply by asking. Sure, you have to sit on hold and sometimes you’ll get an unfriendly representative, but it doesn’t hurt to try.
If you’re not up for negotiating your bills yourself or don’t want the hassle, you can have someone else do it for you. BillCutterz is an expert bill negotiation company that specializes in getting you the best rates on your monthly bills. They tend to save customers up to 30% or more on bills like cell phone, cable, internet, home and office phone and more. If they don’t get you any savings, there’s no cost to you, and if they do, they split the savings with you 50/50 for the first 12 months. Since BillCutterz has been negotiating bills every day since 2009, they’ve figured out how to get you the best possible rates on your monthly bills.