Monday, September 20, 2010

Ideas for Saving Money on Elective Utilities

Sometimes every dollar saved can count in the long run, and cutting down on the cost of elective utilities like phone, TV, and Internet service can add up to big savings in the long run even if you have to cough up a little cash to get started, or try something new. With all of the new technologies available for elective utilities, it can get a bit frustrating trying to dig through the hype to find the end price.

Promotional offers for Phone, TV, and Internet related services are a great way to save a few bucks on the cost of new service, but deciding what the monthly cost is going to be after the promo period is going to be the real money saver. Some may say saving twenty bucks a month on the cost of phone service is no big deal, and this is probably true in most cases but if you saved that much on two or three services you could put between 480 to 780 dollars a year back in your pocket.

One way to optimize the cost effectiveness of elective utilities is to introduce new technologies into your home, and your budget. Broadband phone service is by far the cheapest phone service on planet earth today, but you'll need to have a broadband Internet connection like DSL or cable Internet to use it. By using broadband phone service you will save money on your phone bill, and help pay for that new broadband Internet service. Add Dish Network satellite TV for $19.99 over the next ten months and you have yourself a pretty big drop in the monthly cost of your overall elective utility bills.

Another way to save a few bucks is with bundled package deals. Bundled packages can be from either your local phone service provider or cable company which may offer phone, TV, and Internet service at a discounted rate, and on the same monthly bill. There are a couple of differences between bundles from your phone and cable company. While your cable company may offer cable TV, and cable Internet, their phone service is digital. Your phone company on the other hand has traditional landline phone service, but may also offer satellite TV, and though the Internet is indeed broadband, it is different from cable Internet in that it is DSL ran through your phone line. Your phone company may even provide cellular service as part of your bundle.

New technology and bundled packages are likely going to be your saving grace when it comes to cutting the cost of elective utilities. If you're on the fence about services you have never used, a great place to get information from other people who are already using those service are through forums, or message boards which might discuss different technologies, quality of service, even provide some technical help. Individual companies are always going to praise their own products, but you can find out the good, bad, and the ugly from other people just like yourself.

Daymon Hoag is the founder of Cheapest Service. Find Bundled Package Deals

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