How to Get a Better Deal on Cable

If you can't negotiate a deal with your current provider, follow these steps to score savings with another company.

Jim Carrey’s performance in The Cable Guy still sends shudders up the spine of anyone contemplating a switch to get a better deal. These days, the cable company is even more powerful because it often provides Internet access and phone service as well as TV service.

Before you pull the plug on your cable company, perhaps because a promotional offer ended or your bill keeps creeping up, call your current provider to see whether you can negotiate a discount. If switching is more attractive, follow these steps. (If you signed a contract, you may face an early-termination fee. Make sure the savings on the new plan are worth it.)

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Lisa Gerstner
Editor, Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine

Lisa has been the editor of Kiplinger Personal Finance since June 2023. Previously, she spent more than a decade reporting and writing for the magazine on a variety of topics, including credit, banking and retirement. She has shared her expertise as a guest on the Today Show, CNN, Fox, NPR, Cheddar and many other media outlets around the nation. Lisa graduated from Ball State University and received the school’s “Graduate of the Last Decade” award in 2014. A military spouse, she has moved around the U.S. and currently lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two sons.