Love Sky but fed up with paying too much for your TV subscription? Take a look at how to reduce your Sky bill by as much as 60% without losing any channels. A phone call is all it takes.
Perhaps you’re like I used to be and you’ve spent years with Sky, sighing every time of the year they send you a price increase and promising yourself you will look at changing your package.
Let’s be honest, Sky+ is brilliant and they have the best shows but have you ever considered how much you pay and what you actually watch. Last year my bill for TV alone stood at £82 every month before discount.
And which shows did I watch on Sky? The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I watched some football when I got the chance and the kids occasionally watch some of their programmes. But spending close to a £1000 a year on TV is quite eye-watering, especially when you consider how many hours you actually use it for.
You may see all the adverts from Sky which offer you a free TV or a heavily discounted subscription if you’re a new customer. But why don’t they offer deals to existing customers?
The fact is, a large amount of the cost to Sky is getting you up and running in the first place. From sending you a nice new box, to sending an engineer out to set up the dish or just setting up your account, it all costs money and it won’t be cheap.
But what are the costs after that? They send updates and a signal to your Sky box and not much else. Ok, so some customers may require a bit more assistance than others, but the majority of us have little contact with Sky.
An easy way to reduce your Sky bill
If you’re out of your 12-month minimum contract and you want to save money on Sky, then you have 2 options.
The first choice is to cut the number of channels you have. If you have sports or movies, this could save you a lot of money. But this isn’t a great solution as you probably already subscribe to these channels because you love to have a movie night or watch your favourite team.
But, it’s possible to keep all your favourites and to save money by following these steps.
1) Give Sky a call or speak to them via live chat on t’web. Tell them you want to leave and they will offer a discount. Now, this is generally a poor offer and will be in the region of £10 a month. Okay, a saving is a saving but we can get more.
Be firm and stick to your guns. I’ll be honest, this call can last for anything up to 30 minutes as they look at cutting things from your package. But, just tell them you can’t afford it and they will give you a date that your contract ends.
2) Now play the waiting game. Be strong. I usually receive a call within 2 weeks. The discount is generally in the region of 40-50% and sometimes I also receive a credit to my account (around £50).
You can also check your online account and see what offers are available during this period. The latest I have ever received a call was just 3 days before my service was due to be cancelled and I was offered 60% off.
What if I really don’t want to leave?
Then don’t. If you haven’t received a decent offer and you’ve only a few days left before they cut you off, give them a ring and tell them you want to stay. They should still offer you some kind of discount but at least you can keep your account running.
The bravest amongst you could let the contract end. When I did, within around a month I started to receive cards from Sky offering various discounts. They started at 50%, rose to 60% then decreased back to 50%. Some of them also offered account credit too.
Okay, so that initial call to Sky can be a bit tedious, but for between 30 minutes and an hour of your time, you could be looking at saving anything up to £500 a year. This is the best way to reduce your Sky bill without losing any of your favourite channels.
To get the ball rolling, give Sky a call on 0333 0759 2904. Alternatively, visit the Sky site and contact live chat. This is a little slower, but at least you don’t have to speak to somebody.
I hope my about how to reduce your Sky bill has been useful. And if you have a spare few minutes, take a look at Sky Protect, which can offer some decent value insurance.