When it comes to saving money on your cable bill, after the first 12 months, many times the grass is greener on the other side. That's because after 12 months your sweet new customer promotional rate expires and you're smacked with a bill so big it looks something like a joke. What's not a joke is the fact that such price increases are industry standard. It's not a scam. It's a practice used by DirecTV, Comcast, Spectrum and others.
There are only a couple of ways to protect yourself from this price hike and still enjoy all the features of your current cable package. Your first option is to renegotiate your cable bill to a lower price. This option takes some guts and you are not guaranteed to get the discounts you're looking for. However, with some persistence, you can succeed in getting your bill back down to a reasonable rate.
The second option is to cross over to greener pastures. Switch providers after 12 months otherwise known as 'the 12 month jump'. Some service providers encourage a jump by making it super easy for you to switch over to them. For example, let's say you're considering a switch from DirecTV to Spectrum. Spectrum will help you pay for any fees associated with leaving your current provider at anytime, after 12 months you can definitely just walk away and switch to Spectrum penalty free. This switch makes you a new customer and grants you access to those sweet new customer rates once again.
The 12 month jump sounds like a lot but when you're talking about saving yourself $1000 or more per year, it could be well worth the effort. It just depends on your situation. Some people would rather spend top dollar and avoid all the hassle of changing service providers. Some people are downright satisfied with their existing service which is great. But if you're focused on saving money or unhappy, a good place to start regaining your happiness and cutting costs might be found in your cable bill.
Antoine Miller, ChitChat TV VOICE DATA Broker
Antoine Miller is a telecom professional with over a decade of cable, voice and data experience. Miller shares his most useful tips and experience with individuals looking to save money and get the best value from their cable, phone and internet service.