Are you getting a significantly high bill after the introductory period (be it cable or Internet) and you are not sure whether you can afford a Spectrum package anymore? You are not alone. Once the introductory period ends, you are shocked to see such a spike in the bill. It has happened to the best of us.
Ways to Get a Discount
Higher prices are discouraging customers from upgrading to higher Internet speed. If this sounds familiar, you have got you covered. There are some ways to get a discount. Maybe look into these alternatives to continue using their service without breaking your bank:
Switch to Spectrum Internet Assist
It’s a great bundle to get fast Internet at a nominal price. You get $30 Mbps Internet at $14.99 per month without data caps. The price includes also an Internet modem. Like the rest of Spectrum bundles, you don’t have to sign a contract. Additionally, you can pay $5 and get an in-home WiFi.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Hold on, there’s a catch. The Spectrum Internet Assist program is only for qualified households. You must be a recipient of one of the following:
- NSLP (National School Lunch Program) or reduced-cost lunch
- The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP
- A receiver of Supplemental Security Income (≥ age sixty-five only)
Bundle Your Service
By combining the Internet, TV, and Phone service, you can get a pretty decent bargain on Spectrum. For instance, if you choose to subscribe to Triple Play Select, your introductory price would be $99.97 per month. These are perks of this package:
- 125+ HDTV Channels
- On-demand and FREE primetime on demand
- Up to 100 Mbps Internet (no data caps)
- Unlimited location, nationwide and international calling
- Free modem and Spectrum TV app included
This is an attractive option for those who get TV, Internet, and Phone from three different providers. Bundling the service and choosing Spectrum will reduce your yearly bill significantly.
Downgrade Your TV or Internet Plan
Sometimes, you paying for the services you aren’t using. In fact, there are chances you are paying extra already. Do the math and find out how many channels do you actually watch and what’s your daily Internet usage. Then, compare it with your current bundle.
Tip: In case you have forgotten what Mbps you had subscribed to, perform an Internet speed test to check the download speed.
Spectrum offers 3 main TV bundles. TV Select, Silver, and Gold. Here are the perks associated with each package:
Spectrum TV Plans
|Spectrum TV Select||Standard cable channels only||125+||$49.99 per month|
|Spectrum TV Silver||STARZ, HBO, NFL Network, Showtime, Cinemax,||175+||$69.99 per month|
|Spectrum TV Gold||All of above plus NFL RedZone||200+||$89.99 per month|
If you have subscribed to one of these bundles and you are not watching the additional channels, you are definitely paying extra money. You might be better off with the basic TV package. You can also cancel the cable service and keep the Internet service only. Have a seat and take a moment to figure out what services do you really need.
Other Ways to Reduce Your Bill
Try these ways to further reduce your bill:
Get rid of the DVR
If you have a DVR service, maybe it’s time to cancel it. This could save you $13 a month. Instead of using the DVR, watch the shows on-demand.
Cut back on the premium channels
I hear year, it’s hard to say goodbye to Starz, Lifetime, HBO and other premium channels. But if it can save $20 from your monthly bill, then why not let them go? You can wait for your favorite seasons to end and then remove the channel from your bundle.
Buy your own modem or router
Some of us have rented equipment with our Internet bundle. A modem or a router might not take a significant chunk of your monthly bill but even if it’s $10 a month, cutting back on the rental equipment can reduce your bill. The best suggestion is to buy your own router/modem.
If All Fails, Cut the Cord
The thought of cutting the cord is scary but it can save you a lot of money. By ditching the cable, we don’t really mean ditch watching your favorite channels altogether. Instead, switch to Spectrum TV Choice instead. It’s like your very own streaming service that lets you pick 10 channels of your choice; hence the name.
To access the service, log into the Spectrum website, select “Add TV” and then pick Spectrum TV Choice from the list. You can watch TV anywhere in your home or portable device using the Spectrum TV app. For these 10 channels (you can even reduce the number if you want to), you just need to pay $30 per month. You can use Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku or Samsung Smart TV to watch TV using Wi-Fi.
Getting a discount on your cable or Internet service lies in your hands. Do some homework, evaluate your needs and make a decision. You will then be ready to call Spectrum customer service and move ahead from there.