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Broadband bills can take a huge chunk out of your regular monthly budget. Those introductory offers that convinced you to sign up for a particular service, to begin with might come to an end, extra costs might be added, and monthly bills seem to get consistently bigger.
Here, we're going to look at just some of the tips and tricks that you can use to save money on your broadband:
Matching your broadband deal to your needs can be a great way to reduce the amount you spend.
It's easy to get carried away thinking that you need ultra-fast broadband, but if you're not going to use that extra speed, then you're simply wasting money. If you're a light user (largely using it for web, email and social media), consider downgrading to a cheaper, capped service. On the other hand, if your entire family is full of heavy users, then you might find that switching to an unlimited broadband deal saves you money.
Most homes find that they only feel the benefit of fast broadband if the entire family is using the connection at the same time, or they need it for playing games, streaming, and downloading large files such as movies.
In some cases, you might be able to fix your sluggish connection speed without paying for an upgrade. Try some tricks for speeding up your experience before you splash out for a new connection and a long-term contract. Remember:
-Always use up-to-date software
-Upgrade your router software (firmware) when possible
-Password protect your Wi-Fi connection
-When possible connect with an Ethernet cable, rather than relying on wireless.
-Use inexpensive Wi-Fi boosters to improve poor signal
If you're using multiple services at once, then it usually makes sense to bundle them. Many broadband, phone, and television providers today offer discounts on bundled options, so look around and see what you can get for triple play, and even quad-play (mobile SIM included) connections.
On the other hand, if you're the kind of person who only uses broadband, with no landline or TV required, you might find that it's helpful to look around for deals that don't require you to have a line installed at all. Keep in mind, however, that your options here will be limited.
The chances are that if you're a new customer, you'll be constantly showered by a range of special offers, from freebies to money off your bills for a set period of months. Looking around for reward vouchers, cashback, and other solutions can be a great way to make sure you're getting the most out of your current contract.
If switching suppliers isn't going to cost you more thanks to exit fees, you can even think about switching suppliers regularly to take advantage of new offers with different companies. On the other hand, if it's going to cost you too much to switch, you can try haggling with your existing company. If you tell your supplier you're planning to leave, they're far more likely to offer you a deal.
Getting great broadband doesn't have to be a pain in the neck or the wallet. As more suppliers consider raising their costs in the year to come, it might be time to start thinking more carefully about how you can reduce your expense.
Using the tips and tricks outlined above, you can get more out of your connection, without having to pay any extra.
This article was supplied by Rebekah Carter, writing for Broadband Genie.