You can do something about overpriced cable bills.

Quick notes:

  • Make you’re not overpaying for your current provider

  • Try to negotiate for a better deal

  • Consider switching to something else

Tired of overpaying for living room entertainment? Want to fight back against skyrocketing cable bills? It is 100% possible.

Nowadays, there are a lot of cheaper ways to get your on-screen entertainment, none of which requires continuing to use your ex’s login info. The options can be overwhelming. Never fear, however. We’ve got some information to help.

First, take a close look at what you’re already paying.

The first step in the process is the easiest, but it does require some attention to detail. Get to know exactly how much you should be paying. Then, review your most recent bills to make sure there aren’t any unexpected fees or services like pay-per-view movies that shouldn’t be there.

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Also, look to make sure that any promotional offers were properly applied. Check the percentage and the timeframe for the discount. If you find that there were any mistakes, either with added fees or incorrectly applied promotions, call customer service and talk to them about it.

Still not happy? Try to talk to your provider.

If you know that your bill is correct and you’re still not satisfied, it is worth a shot to speak with your provider about what they can do. Without being rude, be as clear as possible about your unhappiness. Ask if there are eligible for any further discounts or incentives.

If they’re still not willing to change their pricing, consider letting them know that you’re ready to cancel your service entirely. They may be more motivated to provide a discount to maintain a reliable, paying customer. If the conversation isn’t really getting anywhere, that might mean it’s time for you to try something else.

Get a handle on your streaming options.

Nowadays, there are a ton of entertainment options available, and many of them are paid on a month-to-month basis. Unless you’re in the middle of a contract, if you don’t like the one you’re using, you’re free to try something else.

When you’re comparing costs, be sure to consider the price of of each individual streaming option and, if needed, a viewing service that ties them all together.

Understanding your options can be an eye-opening experience. Streaming services include standards like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, as well as a host of other specialized options. These specialized options can be connected to a major network like CBS, feature a particular type of coverage (like sports coverage), or include streaming services that are designed to replicate live TV. Before you make any decisions, think about what you like to watch.

Prepare to stream. Sometimes there’s a cost to this too.

Whatever streaming options you want to order, you’ll want to make sure that you have decent internet service so that any show you stream maintains high image quality. There may be an added cost to this, but it is worth it. Once that’s taken care of, you’ll have to consider how you’ll get these shows to your screen.

One of your streaming options is to connect an HDMI cord from a laptop. Alternatively, you can use a viewing service that provides a small degree of value like Amazon Firestick, Roku, or Apple TV that helps organize the services for you.

It’s also possible that you have streaming capability already integrated to your screen. Some TVs are actually smart TVs and have these pre-loaded into them. If you’ve got a game console connected to your screen, it might also provide this capability. Either scenario makes it that much easier to cut the cord with your cable provider.

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Simple steps anyone can take to cut the cord and reduce high cable bills.