Broadband is expensive, but there are some ways you can save money. Here's a list of easy tips for how to save money on your broadband and make sure you're getting the best deal possible.
Why Should You Look for Ways to Save on Your Home Broadband?
Broadband is an essential service in today's world. It has become a necessity for people to have internet at home or on the go, and yet it seems to be getting more expensive every year. It is likely that you will use broadband to work from home, or for children's school work, or even to stream videos and movies to your TV or handheld devices. Broadband has become as essential as any other utility such as water, gas or electricity and it makes sense to get the best deal that you can so that you aren't spending a fortune on something that you could get for cheaper. You can save the extra money, use it to treat friends or family, or just absorb it into your budget.
There are many ways that you can save money on your broadband services, and this article will outline the best methods for you.
What package do you need?
Your first step will be to consider what package you need. This will come down to how much you use the internet at home, how quick you need it to be and how many devices you will have connected at the same time.
I use the internet to work from home, and I need to upload and download images and video regularly. Therefore I need a quick broadband service with a high bandwidth so that it runs quickly and smoothly. We also have a large family - my husband sometimes works from home too and the children stream movies to the TV or iPad and use laptops for homework. We are a high internet use house so we need to look for a package that meets our needs.
However, if you don't use the internet as much as this, you could save money by opting for a cheaper package. You might not need such quick download speeds if you only use the internet for a bit of online shopping and checking emails. You might not have so many people in your house so you don't have a large drain on the input. Generally opt for the lowest package that you think would be suitable for your needs, if you need to increase it most suppliers can do this really easily and instantly.
Compare Broadband Prices in Your Area
Next take a look at the different broadband companies that operate in your area and compare packages and prices. This way you will be able to work out which company has the best package to meet your needs for the best price. You will also want to take a look at customer reviews. There is no point paying for a broadband service that is unreliable or slower than advertised.
It is a little known fact that some people are eligible for a reduced cost broadband service. Known as a social tariff, these are available for broadband, mobile, energy and water bills. Set up in 2021, so little is the awareness of these social tariffs that less than 2% of eligible households take advantage of them.
To qualify the main bill-payer should be in receipt of one of the following benefits...
- Universal Credit (UC)
- Pension Credit (PC)
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income Support
However, bear in mind that different suppliers have different requirements, so again it pays to shop around.
The service and package that you receive under a social tariff is exactly the same as you would receive on the equivalent full price package.
If you aren't eligible for a reduced rate tariff, you can still save money by switching providers. When your contract comes up for renewal, shop around to make sure that you are still on the best package and deal. Even if you are, there is no harm in giving your current provider a call and asking them if you can reduce your bills. I regularly do this and often save at least £5-10 per month. The supplier gets to tie you into a contract for another year, and you get to pay less for your broadband!