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How to Save Money on Internet Bill

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

Google Fiber

If you live in one of the locations where Google Fiber is available (and if you're reading this, chances are you don't), then your internet service provider can't compete with how fast and reliable it is.

Google Fiber offers speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (1 gigabit) to all customers—that's 100 times faster than regular cable internet. It's also much cheaper than satellite internet or DSL at $70 per month for basic service and $130 per month for gigabit speeds. For comparison, Cox offers 60 Mbps download speeds that cost $60 per month on their most basic plan; other providers like Comcast offer speeds up to 250 Mbps for around $105 per month. If you don't need such high-speed internet but still want something better than what cable provides, Google Fiber may be worth looking into!

Satellite internet

Satellite internet might be a good option for you if you live in a rural area. Satellite internet is slower than other options, and more expensive, but it's an affordable way to get online if you're not close to a fiber optic cable or DSL line.

If you live in a rural area where the only other options are dial-up or mobile wireless (which isn't always reliable), satellite internet may be your best choice.

Cell Phone Tethering

Cell phone tethering is a way to use your cell phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot for other devices. If you have an Android or iPhone, it's easy to set up and use.

Once you've got your service set up, turn on Wi-Fi on your phone and open the settings menu. Look for "tethering" or "mobile hotspot." On iPhones, this function is called Personal Hotspot; it will show up when you tap Settings > Cellular.

As with any data plan from your carrier, there are limitations on how much data you can use each month. Your carrier will tell you what those limits are beforehand—if they don't, find out before signing up! After that, all that's left is enjoying an untethered internet experience while saving money by avoiding overage charges on top of monthly fees (and no need to worry about dropping signal).

Cable Internet

Cable internet is slower than DSL, but faster than dial-up.

Cable internet is more expensive than DSL, but less expensive than satellite and fiber.

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Cable internet is more reliable than DSL (but not as reliable as fiber).

Cable internet is harder to install than DSL or fiber.

The library

  • Libraries have computers and the internet. What's more, they're free!
  • Libraries often offer free wifi, too. If you don't have an internet connection at home or work, you can use your library card to get online in no time at all.
  • You can also use library computers for free—while they're perfect for checking email or doing light browsing, they're not ideal if you need to do serious research or work on a multimedia project. Still, if all you need is basic computing power, a public computer terminal will do the trick just fine.
  • And finally: libraries are great places to get started with learning new skills! They have tons of resources on hand for those who want help learning about coding or other tech-related topics; many also host workshops where people can learn how to start their own small businesses from scratch (or from within).

Call and negotiate with your ISP

If you're looking to save money on your internet bill, there's one thing to do: call your ISP. Once a year or so, whenever I get my renewal notice in the mail, I call up my ISP and ask them if they can cut me a deal.

Most of them will agree to lower my bill—sometimes by as much as $10/month—but only if you are ready to switch providers or downgrade your service. I've learned not to expect too much out of these negotiations; don't be afraid to ask for what you want, but don't get upset if they say no! It might be worth it in the end either way because sometimes simply hearing from someone who is thinking about cancelling can be enough incentive for an ISP representative (who likely doesn't make commission) to reduce their costs down even further than normal.

there are plenty of ways to save money on your internet bill

There are plenty of ways to save money on your internet bill. One of the best ways is to switch to Google Fiber. Google Fiber is a super fast fiber optic service that will make all your streaming needs much faster and more stable. Another great way to save money on your internet bill is by using a satellite connection or cell phone tethering, which both use wireless technology instead of cable wires for connectivity. Cable Internet can be very expensive in some areas, so try looking into other forms of high speed internet like DSL or satellite if cable prices are too high for you. The library may also offer free Wi-Fi access for patrons who bring their own laptops, tablets and smartphones with them when visiting the library branch where they live (unless there's a fee associated with using their Wi-Fi). You should also call up your ISP and negotiate with them; most companies have customer service departments set up specifically for negotiating deals with customers who want lower rates than what they've been paying previously!


We hope this list has given you some great ideas for saving money on your internet bill. Remember, it’s not about the number of ways you can save money; it’s about finding the right one that works best for you. So take a look at these options and see which ones might be right for you!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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