Consumer Watch: Maximize savings on phone, internet, and cable bills

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 15, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 15 at 5:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Gadgets you own may bring some new opportunities to slash your cable, internet and phone bills each month.  Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen has some simple steps.

To maximize savings on home phone, internet, and cable, bundles are the best bargains.

There's more ways to cut that bill according to Consumer Reports:

Start by keeping tabs on what you really use. “When you come around to looking at your telecom needs, look at how they are changing, perhaps because you may not be using the home phone very much,” said Consumer Reports Electronics Editor Paul Reynolds.

Keep services flexible and try to avoid contracts with early cancellation fees. If you're watching more and more programming on your computer or tablet consider dumping your DVR. Your cable provider may include a "video-on-demand" service anyway. 

Ask about a basic plan  with local free channels plus the 20 or so channels included in cable's basic tier.  Or, if you’re a gambler, cut the cable cord completely, and go back to free TV with an antenna.

It’s also worth noting that haggling still works, even if your area lacks competition. “Some of these companies are really pretty oriented toward keeping you happy, for the day when a competitor may arrive, they want you to be as happy as you can be,” said Reynolds.
 
Of the consumer reports readers surveyed who tried to bargain with their provider, 90 percent, got a break, ranging from price cuts to waived fees to free premium channels.  Free tends to make the movie watching experience much more enjoyable.

If you have a consumer problem you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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