While shopping a la carte has its charms, if you’re serious about saving money, bundling your services may be the answer to your budgeting needs. These days, Cable TV providers also offer high speed internet and home phone services, so why not take advantage and get all the services from one company?
Of course, there’s the concern that maybe if you do that, you won’t get the best services you are looking for. Perhaps you believe that one company has superior internet, while another has the TV package you are looking for. Or perhaps you depend on your cell phone, so why even get a home phone service? These concerns are all very understandable, but if you do in fact need broadband internet, digital TV, and phone service for you and your family, these are the reasons why getting these services as a bundle from one company is a great idea:
The services are cheaper as a bundle than if you get them separately
Many providers, such as Time Warner Cable, Verizon Fios, and AT&T U-verse offer premium Digital TV services, high speed internet, and home phone, so it’s easy to bundle up these essential services and save money. When you choose to bundle, you can save at least 25% off your entire bill than if you had chosen to order your services a la carte.
But some of you may be asking, what it my needs regarding these separate services vary? What if I watch a lot of TV and talk on the phone all the time, but I only use the internet for email? Or some of you may use the internet for gaming and watch cable TV only sometimes, and barely use the phone at all. There are many combinations of needs, and you are afraid that a one size fits all bundle package may be like paying less overall, but buying more than you want or need. Which brings me to this:
Bundled services can be customized to your needs and budget
All bundle packages, whether offered by Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Verizon, or any other major company, always start with the basic level services. You can upgrade any service you want, so you can get what you need and still save rather than pay more for separate services. For example, you can get a bundle with only local unlimited calling, but have digital TV with exclusive sports packages and broadband internet at its most basic if you are the only user in the house. Or perhaps, you are a heavy internet user and need plenty of broadband for gaming and multiple devices, but are only interested in basic cable TV and maybe call your relatives in another state all the time. Again, you can adjust your bundle to reflect your needs by upgrading to the internet service and calling plan you want while maintaining a basic cable TV service without all the extra frills you don’t use. It’s all up to you—the point of the bundle package is to maximize savings and control.
And last but not least, this is what bundles do best:
Maximize convenience and eliminate hassle with just one bill
With so many things to worry about, and so many bills to deal with, having just one bill to focus on without having to juggle different due dates not only saves time—it makes things easier in that you don’t have as many variables to worry about when you’re figuring out your budget. You don’t have to write as many checks (again saving you money), and you have the convenience of getting everything you want and need from one source.
So if what you are looking for is a way to get everything you need for less, think about bundling your services—it’s can’t hurt, and you have nothing to lose except the hassles of extra bills and paying more for less.