IT’S not just energy bills that are on the rise.
If you switched to a new broadband contract at the start of the March 2020 lockdown, your supplier could be getting ready to shift you on to a more expensive deal.
Simply moving to a more competitive tariff could save you £345 a year, estimates Uswitch. But you can stretch those savings even further with my tips.
BUNDLE UP: If you’re paying for your TV, phone and broadband with different providers, bundling them together with just one supplier could save you some serious cash. When comparing deals, check if line rental is included and required.
SAVING: £240 a year
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Not all broadband packages will be available in your area, so use a postcode checking service to be sure. You can find postcode checkers on most providers’ websites.
ONLY PAY FOR WHAT YOU NEED: Check whether your current broadband deal still offers good value. If you signed up for a large data allowance and fast speeds at the start of the first lockdown, consider whether you still need them. If you are no longer working from home, maybe scale back and opt for a cheaper package.
SAVING: £180 a year
CHECK HOW YOU PAY: It’s almost always cheapest to pay for your broadband bills by monthly direct debit. But some providers will also offer a discount if you ask to pay upfront. Choosing paperless billing could save you around £2 a month, too.
SAVING: £20 a year
DON’T STOP MOVING: Once you’ve switched to a new deal, set a reminder for when your contract ends so that you’re ready to switch again. Don’t be afraid to haggle and ask your provider to match any deal you’ve spotted. Your provider might offer a discount to avoid losing your custom.
SAVING: £345 a year
- PRICES correct at time of going to press. Deals/offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
GRAB a multipack of Maltesers Fun Size at Morrisons. Usually £3, now £1.50. Could be useful for those trick or treaters.
WARM up with a cup of Nescafe Azera Americano instant coffee for the Tesco Clubcard price of £2.90, down from £5.49.
LOOKING for a new chocolatey treat?
Indulge in these salted caramel Thorntons Pearls for only £3.50 a box at Asda. Yum!
GET cosy with this gorgeous winter spice candle from John Lewis for £35. Or save some of your cash with Habitat’s winter garden candle for £12.
Savers’ little helper
KEEP the kids well fed this half- term with free kids’ meals at Tesco Cafe for Clubcard members. With options spanning both breakfast and main meals, kids can tuck into a wide choice of free hot or cold meals until Sunday. Options include sausages, fish fingers or mac ’n’ cheese, as well as a range of sandwiches for diners on the go.
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