Everyone likes a deal! And if your broadband contract is coming to an end (or even if it isn’t) then the first question you should be asking yourself is.. “How can I get a better deal on my broadband?”. Below we have listed "6 top tips for getting a better deal on your broadband" to help you on your way.
Luckily for us the broadband market saturated, and as a result highly competitive. This is ideal for consumers because it means that companies are working hard to try and tempt you into signing up with them. This mean you can afford to be picky and as a rule you want to pay less and get better internet speed. If you take a bit of time you could really save some money, so check out our ‘6 tips for saving money on your broadband’.
1. Negotiate a better price with you existing broadband provider
Broadband price hikes are fairly frequent and they are a bit of a pain, however the good news is that every time your prices are increased, you are allowed to cancel your contract (for 30 days). Even if you don’t fancy looking for a new provider you can use this as a negotiating point with your current provider. It is also handy to remember that the first person you speak to may not have the authority to give you a great deal but companies often have customer loyalty teams, so if you hold your nerve and wait until they call, you may bag a bargain.
2. Use a comparison sites to compare numerous broadband providers
Comparison sites allow you to compare the best deals on the market, their handy filters allow you to find deals that would best suit you, they are an excellent starting point to understand what sort of price you can expect to pay. The sites themselves vary, general comparison sites such as GoCompare, Comparethemarket and USwitch often have site specific deals but you may find a wider selection on some of the sites designed specifically for broadband, these 8 Ofcom approved comparison sites might be a good starting point.
3. Check out MoneysavingExpert for the best broadband deals
These guys have their own comparison site but they are also always on the lookout for special offers, loop holes or ways to save money, it’s worth checking in to grab a bargain. Plus you can check out the forums for handy tips and deals that others have discovered.
4. Use Hotdeals to spot the hidden gems
Hotdeals is a great little site for finding out about deals, they are submitted by members and are often contain little gems of information that will help you save. The deals are often short lived so it is worth checking in regularly, they have a mobile app which might help you there.
5. Does your mobile/TV/Energy provider offer broadband?
Most of the major mobile providers offer a broadband service and existing mobile customers nearly always get a better deal than new customers. This is exactly the same for the likes of Sky, and even SSE, you might not realise these companies provide these services so it’s worth doing your research. Vodafone are quite clear with their prices for existing customers, Additionally if you are negotiating a new mobile contract it may be worth trying to include broadband in the deal to get a better price.
6. Use cashback sites to earn some money back on your broadband.
Cashback sites are a mixed bag; there is some fantastic potential to make some cash (although it may take about 6 months receive it). However there is also potential to actually end up paying more. My advice would be to not be too drawn by the potential of big cash pay-outs without doing your research. Cashback deals can often work out the same if not worse than other deals, having said that there are occasionally some fantastic offers, particularly if you are thinking about changing your TV and phone supplier at the same time. Quidco and TopCashback are both free to join and always have plenty of deals.
Once you have gone through all the routes it’s a matter of totting it up and working out your best options, the money you save might only be £5 or £10 pounds a month but over the year that’s an extra £60 or £120 in your pocket.
Remember, broadband price hikes are common, keep your eye out for emails warning you of increases and use that as an opportunity to get a better deal. Do not become complacent companies rely on complacent customers to make their money.
If you have any more tips for saving money on your broadband, please comment below to help others enjoy the benefits.
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