How to Save Money on Your Mobile Phone Bills

If you’re anything like me, you’ll find it a lot easier to stick with the same type of contract and supplier when your mobile phone contract expires; but this isn’t always the most cost-effective option. There is an element of laziness here on my part and when I investigated the other options, I found that I could make some great savings by looking around or changing suppliers. If you are tired of paying excessive mobile phone bills and your contract is due to expire, it pays to look at your options on how to Save Money on Your Mobile Phone Bills. These are some potential ways to make savings…

Save Money on Your Mobile Phone Bills
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Price Comparison

If you have been with the same network for a long time, you may feel obliged to stay but why do this, when there may be plenty of other options out there? If you use sites like Money Supermarket, you’ll be able to find the cheapest option for your mobile phone and you never know, your current provider might even offer you a better deal, if you tell them you’re leaving. Mobile phone companies like to retain their customers, and most will be willing to negotiate on your contract. Carphone Warehouse are another great option, as they often have better deals than going direct. In some cases, they even have some freebies. It pays to shop around.

Only Buy What You Need

It is very easy to be taken in by the “I’ll give you extra data for only £5 more a month” or “you can get unlimited texts for £3 extra.” These are all well and good if you need them, but more often than not, people are paying for all these little “extras” that they don’t actually need. I’ve been fooled into this too, so you’re not alone if this rings true to you! Work out what you need and pick a package to suit your needs. For example, if you are streaming music a lot, you may want to consider a package which offers you more data. If you don’t use text messages, don’t be tempted into an unlimited amount at an extra cost. You can be paying for nothing if you don’t use these extras.

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Sim Only Deals

If you are quite happy with your current handset, there is really no point in taking out another contract. A sim only deal allows you to just keep your handset and pay only for texts, data and minutes. You can get deals for as little as £5-£7, so unless you are set on getting the latest model of phone (or your phone is smashed to bits), there is no reason not to consider this option. It’s a great way to keep your mobile phone bill down.

Switch to PAYG

For light users, switching to pay as you go could help you save Money on Your Mobile Phone Bills. Even for the average user, providers like giffgaff offer a deal with 2GB of data for just £8 per month. One that recently caught my eye is 1p Mobile that charge 1p for everything and have had a few recommendations from some of the comparison sites.

Early Upgrade

In many cases, you’ll be able to upgrade your contract early. If you are taking advantage of a sim only deal, keep an eye out for your early upgrade as you could end up saving some money. Most networks will allow you to do this, although you won’t be able to change network.

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Cashback

If you are changing to another network, make sure you use Topcashback and Quidco to take advantage of getting some cashback on your purchase. There are usually some good deals to be had by doing this, and if you’re buying anyway, it makes sense to get some cashback on your purchase. I usually check these sites anytime I make an online purchase, as it’s a great way to make savings!

(while you’re here, you might also like to read out top tips on stopping your phone being hacked)

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Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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