How much do you pay for Internet service every month? If you're like most Americans, the bill from your ISP is at least in the $50 range, and you could be paying a lot less. Cutting down on your monthly Internet bill takes a little bit of work, but that extra effort can end up saving you cash. In fact, Reuters just quoted your very own Digital Goddess in a story about all the ways you could be saving on your Internet charges.
The first thing you should do is take a look at your bill to see what you're being charged for. Odds are, it's not just for Internet service. There are also fees, taxes and router rental charges to worry about. You could save money in the long run by purchasing your own router rather than renting one from your ISP.
One potential way to save is to buy your own modem/router combination - at $50 to $100, you could quickly make up the $5 to $10 a month rental fee you may be charged.
But, reading through your bill isn't always as easy as it sounds. Many companies use confusing codes and jargon on the bills that can be difficult to understand. If that's case, it's time to call up customer support to weed through your bill and make sure you're not paying for something you don't need. I know nobody wants to spend 30 minutes or more talking to customer service, but it's usually worth it. While you have them on the line, it's also smart to ask about any potential discounts you might not know about. In many cases, that'll get a few dollars knocked off your bill.