Many people will be looking to keep their spending in check during this cost of living crisis, and going into the New Year there may be a few ways to do so.

With mid-contract price rises lurking for millions of mobile and broadband consumers in the spring — and pay-TV and streaming services regularly unveiling new packages and subscription tiers — January is a great time to take stock of your tech contracts and see what you can save.

To help out with this, the telecoms editor from, Nick Baker, has some advice on what to do.

How to make savings on mobile, steaming and broadband at the start of 2023

Contract savings

The most common mistake when it comes to broadband and mobile bills is falling out of contract. The best deals are usually offered on 12, 18 or 24-month deals so it can be easy to lose track of when they expire. Yet the moment you do - you are almost certainly paying more than you need.

Bournemouth Echo: It is best to avoid falling out of contract with mobile billsIt is best to avoid falling out of contract with mobile bills (Image: PA)

According to Uswitch data, customers could save an average of £321 on their pay-monthly mobile contract by holding onto their handset and moving to one of the best value SIM-only deals. Meanwhile, households on an expired broadband package could claw back an average of £162 by switching to a new deal.

Baker said: “If you’re paying for 20GB of mobile data a month, but find you’re only using a fraction of that, it’s time to speak to your network provider as you may be able to negotiate your data allowance to save money.”

Additionally, it’s worth pausing or cancelling a streaming service subscription if it’s been a while since you used it, or just got it for viewing over Christmas.

TV and streaming savings

Some TV providers offer streaming services as part of the package, so it might be beneficial to shop around for that.

Baker said: “For example, TV packages such as those offered by Sky come with Netflix as standard, meaning that you don’t have to double up. And if you already have a Netflix account, you can add it and all your favourites to your Sky account when you sign up.”

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While it’s tempting to subscribe to multiple TV and streaming services for the volume and variety of content, it’s bad for our wallets. With most services on rolling one-month deals it’s time to get ruthless. Subscribe to one at a time and get your money’s worth from each before moving to the next one.

Cheaper options for some streaming services are available too if you want to go down that route, as Netflix offers an ad-supported tier, whilst Disney+ will do so in the UK in 2023.

Mobile savings

When it’s time for you to get a new phone you can make a decent saving by buying a refurbished model, rather than a brand-new one.

Bournemouth Echo: Getting refurbished phones can net people a decent savingGetting refurbished phones can net people a decent saving (Image: PA)

Baker said: “These nearly-new items come with a guarantee for added peace of mind and are often indistinguishable from full-price models, with some even including mint-condition packaging. Pair it with a low-cost SIM-only deal and you’re good to go.”

Buying at the right time can also provide a benefit. When a new phone model comes out retailers are often keen to shift older stock and can provide discounts.

“With Samsung set to release the new Galaxy S23 in February, it could be a good time to look at the S22 and its predecessors in the weeks ahead,” Baker advised.

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