Let's face it: We're in a pandemic and everyone can use a little extra money in their pocket right now. If you'd like to whittle down your bills for cable or your wireless provider, we've got a great tip.
Here at AutoSlash, we like to think of ourselves as being pretty good at getting a good deal. After all, we spend our work days helping our customers find the best deals possible on car rentals. At home, most of us keep a pretty close eye on our everyday bills and drive a hard bargain with our cable and internet providers. But even so, our bills still have a funny way of creeping back up as soon as we take our eyes off them.
We had a sneaking suspicion that our bills were not as low as they could be. Then we stumbled across BillFixers, a novel company based out of Tennessee that will haggle down your bills for you in return for half of what you save in the first year. If they don't lower your bills, you don't pay anything—so it's completely risk-free.
It sounded too good to be true, but we decided to test them out. Here's what happened:
How BillFixers Works
Signing up for BillFixers couldn't possibly be any smoother. They ask for your name, email, phone number, and a PDF copy of your bill. If your account has a PIN, they ask for that too. They don't ask you for your social security number or anything super sensitive, and they assure customers that their website is encrypted.
When you submit your bill, you are agreeing to their terms and conditions, which are:
- They will try to negotiate down your bills.
- They won't change your plan or the length of your contract without your permission.
- If they save you anything, you owe them half of what they save for the first year. For example, if they save you $10 a month on your cable bill, you'll owe them $5 x 12 = $60. You can pay it right away or you can pay them monthly. Any savings in the second year and beyond is gravy.
- If you cancel your service or move, you can stop paying the BillFixers.
- If they don't save you anything, you don't owe them anything.
BillFixers is best used for monthly services like internet, cable, wireless phone bills, or bills that are past due. They don't deal with insurance, legal bills, mortgages, rent, car payments, or doctors bills, but they can lower your Sirius/XM Satellite Radio bills and even your ADT alarm bills.
After submitting your bills, you will wait a day or two while BillFixers goes to work.
An associate and I both tried BillFixers and we each heard back within a few days. One thing that really struck us was the ease of the whole process. They were super responsive and clear. They communicate by email as if you were talking to a friend, not some offshore customer service rep or bot.
Is BillFixers Legit?
Here's what they got for an AutoSlash staffer on two recent bills:
Nearly $900 a year saved for four minutes of time. Why didn't we do this sooner?
BillFixers has saved the AutoSlash staff thousands of dollars on our annual bills. We've recommended it to countless others who have also saved a ton of money. If you love getting an email from AutoSlash when your rental car rate drops, then you're going to love hearing from BillFixers when they lob 20 percent off your cable bill.
Is this something you can do on your own? Sure, anyone can call their cable company or wireless provider and try to drive a hard bargain, but these guys are experts at it, and they'll likely save you more than you could on your own, which usually pays their fee.
Plus, consider the time they save you. You go to their website and a few clicks later, you're all set.Send your bills to BillFixers.Two minutes of your time could save yourself a small fortune.