Try these money-saving hacks to reduce what you're spending on your cell phone bill every month.
Feeling the squeeze from your cell phone bill? You’re not alone. Luckily there’s a few strategies to help you reduce your costs without sacrificing your preferences, says Kimberly Palmer, a personal finance expert at NerdWallet. One of the quickest? Simply call and ask your provider for a better rate. Some providers will knock off a few bucks just for being a loyal customer and paying your bills on time. When you call customer service, Palmer says it’s best to be polite and keep things simple. Ask if there’s a better deal available and if it’s possible to negotiate a discount. If there’s not, and you’re considering a different provider, mention that you’re looking to switch.
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At this point you might get transferred to a different customer service rep who’s skilled at customer retention at some point in the call, but stay on the line. “If you have seen a better deal elsewhere, then mention it,” says Palmer. “Ask if they will match that other offer. There’s no harm in asking.” Not into haggling? NerdWallet and other companies like BillAdvisor and BillCutterz offer a service where a team of negotiators will do the work for you, splitting the savings if they're successful.
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