How Much You Can (Actually) Afford?
Next you’ll need to figure out for yourself exactly how much you can afford to pay based on the rates that you researched earlier. Some people might want to save as much money as they can, while others will want to get extra features added to their plans. Sometimes you can even save money while at the same time adding features that you didn’t have before.
Negotiate With Your Service Provider
Lastly, you’ll want to call your service provider. The best time to call is when your service contract is about to expire, but you might even have some luck if you call them even before that. If your contract is about to expire, talk to the rep about the current discounts that they are giving to new customers, while also pointing out competing companies’ lower rates that you looked up earlier. It’s important that you keep calm during your call with the representative that you talk to so that they understand why you believe you should be paying less than you currently are.
In reality, this entire process could take about an hour of your time, which is nothing when you think about the amount of money that you can save. As long as you understand what you are paying for and what you could be paying if you were with other companies, there’s a great chance that you can save money by lowering your rates on future bills. And, if all else fails, you always have the backup option to switch service providers to the best one that you found while researching the subject.
There are many money saving tips that will work for some people, but negotiating with a service provider to save money is something that anyone can do. It’s just a matter of figuring out what you’re paying now and then talking to your provider about why you should be paying less. Just remember that companies want to keep your business, so if you have a good case to lower your rates, chances are you will get the price reduction you’re looking for.