Price of home Wi-Fi got you turning your pockets inside out? Here’s how to fix that.
How to Lower Your Internet Bill
You can’t get by without reliable internet, but at what cost? Once you factor in equipment fees, data overage fees, and price hikes, your monthly internet bill can be très expensive. We’ve found that Americans spend as much as $81 a month on internet. That’s a pretty big chunk of change.
But you don’t have to pay that much. There are ways you can slash internet costs—yes, without going back to the days of painfully slow dial-up.
Here are eight tips for lowering your internet bill.
1. See and compare the internet available in your area.
Before you can reduce your internet bill, you need to arm yourself with knowledge. Try our internet zip checker to learn how much services cost where you live.
Are you overpaying for your internet? Underpaying? Paying about the same as everyone else?
Lowering your internet service bill is easier if you’re overpaying or paying the same as others. If you’re underpaying, it’s more difficult.
2. Switch to a slower internet speed.
Once you’ve made price comparisons, check and see how fast your internet is.
If your download speed exceeds 400Mbps, you probably have much quicker internet than you need. That 400ish range is the sweet spot for a typical household. It covers streaming, gaming, working, learning, and smart home and home security devices.
You can easily save a few dollars by dropping your speed down to what you need.
3. Look for promotions and deals
Another simple way to reduce your internet price is to look for promotions and deals.
AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile 5G Home Internet are especially generous when it comes to offering internet deals. Take a look at our Best Internet Deals guide for the full rundown of the latest offers.
Most internet service providers offer deals when you sign up, so you probably need to switch providers if you want to take advantage of a good promo. But that’s not as big a deal as it used to be. Many internet providers don’t require annual contracts like they used to, making it easy to switch services since you don’t have to pay an early termination fee. You can even change back once your promo pricing runs out.
4. Buy your own modem and router.
Monthly equipment rental fees can bring up your internet service price. You can get rid of that extra cost by simply buying your own internet modem and router.
Sure, buying your own equipment costs more up front. But over time, you’re likely to save money. For instance, renting a router from AT&T costs $10 a month. If you go instead for , you break even in under a year.
Not every modem or router works with every internet provider, so make sure whatever you buy is compatible with your service.
5. Bundle your internet.
Bundling your internet with a cellular plan from the same provider is an excellent way to save money.
|Xfinity Bundles - Central
|Connect Internet + Choice TV + Xfinity Voice
|Optimum Bundles West
|300 Mbps Internet + Phone
|Up to 300 Mbps
|$69.98/mo. for 12 mos.‡
|Internet (Up to 300 Mbps) + Voice
|Up to 300 Mbps
|Go Faster + Voice Preferred
|Up to 250 Mbps
|Verizon High-Speed Internet + Phone
|Up to 3 Mbps
|AT&T Unlimited Premium Plan + Internet 300
|Up to 300 Mbps
|Go5G Plus + Home Internet
6. Sign up for a government program.
If slashing your internet budget is more of a need than a want, consider signing up for a government program that allows struggling households to get low-cost internet access for work, learning, and play.
To sign up for a program, you do need to meet certain criteria. Mainly, you need to have a household income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline or be eligible for other government benefits. You can learn more by reading How To Get Low-Cost Internet Assistance.
7. Negotiate with your provider.
If your monthly bill looks too high, call up customer service and see if you can convince them to adjust it. And yes, you should call, not email. Charming and wheedling work best in real time. (That’s why door-to-door salespeople and telemarketers still exist.)
This particular step isn’t for everyone. If it sounds like something that would make you drop dead of anxiety, don’t worry—there are other ways to save. But if you’re the kind of person who loves a challenge or enjoys bartering, have at it.
8. Switch to a cheaper provider.
Finally, if all else fails, you may simply want to switch to a cheaper internet provider.
5G internet is a lower-cost option than your typical cable internet setup. And these wireless 5G services use phone networks, so they’re available nearly everywhere.
You could also consider fiber internet. While a fiber connection may initially cost more than cable, once you calculate the cost of cable equipment rental and price hikes, fiber prices tend to be lower in the long run.
Whichever way you go, lowering your monthly bill for good can take a weight off your shoulders.