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Just Ask For a Lower Cable Bill

Updated on May 23, 2014

Just Ask

A few years ago, my local news station featured a story on "How To Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate".  I followed the steps, which included me calling my credit card companies and asking for a better rate.  Guess what, it worked.  Today, I ran across a youtube video telling me to call my cable provider and ask for a lower rate.  Do I dare?  Yes.  What do I have to lose - better yet, what can I gain.  A lower cable bill of course. 

Lower My Cable Bill

If you are frustrated by your mounting bills, with no additional services -- then join the crowd. The average cable bill is close to $100 per month. Which has increased nearly 80%, within the last 10 years. Wouldn't you like to have control over your cable bill? The solutions is simple, just ask for a lower bill. Sounds crazy, right! Well, it isn't. Follow the steps below. If you get a lower price, remember to come back to this post and write a comment on how much you are now saving on your cable bill.

Three Steps To Lower Your Cable Bill

  1. First, get your facts together. Know which stations and channels you can and can't live without. You don't want to shoot yourself in the foot. So check the list twice.
  2. Step two - surf the web for your cable company's most recent promotion for new customers. If a new customer can get a lower price -- so can you. Then surf their competitor's sites.
  3. Lastly, call your cable provider and tell them about the better deals you have found and ask for a lower price - or else you will switch providers.

This phone call should result in a discounted price. When I tried this, my cable company gave me a $20 discount for 12 months with no changes to my service. When my 12 months were over, I called again and repeated the three steps.

Remember, I told you I followed the three steps to lower my credit card interest rate; and it worked. So, don't stop with just calling one service provider, call them all and get lower rates across the board. Remember, all you have to do is ask!

2014 Update

I recently decided that I could do without cable all together. This time, instead of calling for a discount, I cancelled my cable bill. I don't regret it. With new technology creating different ways for us to entertain ourselves I decided that cable TV was just a waste of money. I currently watch Netflix and Youtube exclusively, and I love it.

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      Steel Engineer 5 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine

      This does work. My mother called to cancel her cable several years ago because of low income. When they heard this, they signed her up for an amazing, dirt-cheap rate. She pays a few bucks each month! And, they gave her a bigger package, too.

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      Paradice 5 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      It is tough if there is no competition, although it never does hurt to "just ask." I also was recently beyond FED UP with paying over 100 bucks for my cable bill. I wrote a hub explaining some ways to ditch your cable and still be able to watch quality programming :)

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      Tawna 6 years ago from Dayton, Ohio

      I do this with my car insurance and cell bill too. I call every 6 months or so, or when I see a enw promotioin and complain and they gie me the new customer rate, every time!

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      jinky 7 years ago

      Can I watch program in television without the cable? We paid more than $120 plus from our provider by using only the internet, and rarely instances watch cable TV.

      Any suggestions.?

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      paul bickert 7 years ago

      We have no cable the rcn swicth to new converters 3 days ago now we sit with no cable: I would like my bill lowered by $10.00. Thank you. With no help.rcn said a week we would get cable, I am looking for a new cable co.

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      ysdata 8 years ago from Dover, Delaware

      Way to go Tracker Frost -- Now that's sticking it to them. Saving those bucks.

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      Tracker Frost 8 years ago from Wyoming

      Yeah, no competition out here in Wyoming either, just one provider. However I've found that almost everything I watch can be streamed online. So I've canceled the cable, and just kept the internet. Saves me $80/month! :)

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      ysdata 8 years ago from Dover, Delaware

      "Just Ask" only works if there is comp in your area. I feel for you Jim10.

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      jim10 8 years ago from ma

      This all sounds great unless you live in a town where one cable company has made their own little monopoly. I used to live in a town with Comcast, RCN, Verizon and of course the satellite companies. I moved a few years ago and the new place only has Comcast. Well we do have Dish and Direct TV as options but, I need fast internet also and that is where they really lack. I was paying $100 for everything Cable, phone internet and had all kinds of premium channels. I accomplished that by complaining when the cable went out. It happened a lot with RCN. So I told them I was switching to Comcast. They called me back with the amazing deal I mentioned above. When I moved Comcast practically laughed at me about ever giving me a deal. Verizon was supposed to come in a few years ago and it never worked out. RCN had tried in the past and it didn't work out either. I think Comcast was paying someone off. Well anyway my bill goes up every year by $20 and they say that it is the next offer I get and give me a premium channel or 2. Other than taking that deal it would go up $30 and I wouldn't get any extras. I finally had it and called again telling them I would switch to Dish and just use them for internet. They got someone on the phone that could help me. Now we are paying $125 and getting at least the extra channels like Noggin and the extra Disneys and Nickelodeon's for the kids. I can't wait till the internet can finally take over. Then I can pay for the channels I watch instead of the 200 I don't.