Why it pays to be selective about home services
When you're at the supermarket and there are multiple options in front of you, chances are you're going to strongly consider the one that presents the best value. But when it comes to services that border on essential, you may be more likely just to pay the going rate without giving it too much thought. The truth is you're probably more likely to find big savings on these services than you are on a sale-priced box of cereal.
Whether you are moving, nearing the end of a contract term or simply considering other options, there are plenty of deals on home services
to be found that could potentially lead to hundreds of dollars worth of savings over a year. When it comes to services like Internet, cable TV and phone, it pays to take a little time to find the best deal. Here are a few ways to ensure you're locking into the best rates.
* Comparison shop. Start by comparing offers from each service provider. The best way to do this is to hop online to browse packages from each provider, or visit a site like www.AmercaConnects.net
that offers direct comparisons on each provider's rates in your area - all in the same place. Once you're familiar with what each provider has to offer, you can use it as a baseline as you start making decisions.
* Look for promotions. Don't just stop at the listed price from each provider. Since each are competing for your business, many providers will offer a number of special promotions aimed at getting you to sign up. For example, you might find that DISH satellite cable
might have a higher listed price than your local cable provider, but coupons and offers - also listed on www.AmericaConnects.net - might end up making DISH the less expensive option.
* Don't hesitate to bargain. While bargaining for a price on goods and services may be commonplace in other countries, you might not be used to talking your way toward a better deal. But with home services, bargaining and asking about any additional deals that are available can save you a lot of money. If the cable promotion you signed up for previously has expired, always ask if there's another promotion that can keep your rate down. And if not, don't be afraid to see what other providers have to offer. If you have a provider that you are particularly fond of, see if they'll match a competitor's offer.
Since these items can be a significant portion of your monthly costs, the savings you can realize by shopping around and finding the best deal will make a noticeable difference. Keep this in mind the next time you consider renewing or changing providers.