Billshrink.com

We don’t normally review other websites here, but Billshrink.com is unique. Among other things, it helps you better afford our beloved gadgets by helping us make sure we are getting the best deals on TV service, cell plans, credit cards, and even savings plans and gasoline- all for free.

I am not involved in any way with Billshrink, but I have found that if you take the time to answer the survey questions accurately, they can offer you some interesting options based on what your priorities are.

With TV services, for example, they want to know if you have a DVR, your key shows or channels, etc. When I used it, I guessed at my current bill, and it found several options for me that were much cheaper than my guess of my current rates.

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That is one of the challenges with programs like this- GIGO. Garbage in, garbage out- it only gives you an answer as good as the data you put in. Another challenge is that many of us have various discounts or special plans- corporate discounts, etc. that can be harder to factor in. It also does not know about every little detail, like a Blackberry data plan some carriers offer apart from the bigger data plan.

Sometimes the answers are less than clear. In the world of credit cards and cell plans, the number of options can get overwhelming, even for a program like this. One way Billshrink helps make comparisons easier is to review your past history. It asks to check your on-line account with your cell carrier.

Billshrink is really smart, though. For cell plans, it takes things like your local signal strength into account. It looks at the sort of driving you do to help you find the best station. This is a great tool to help you really look at some options and to review your priorities, especially with no salesmen or other pressures on you.

There are other sites to help you look at your budget and so forth (some are listed here, and Mint helps with your budget overall), but Billshrink seems to be highly regarded and widely used. There are obvious scary possibilities with a site like this, especially one that wants your cell carrier site info, but I have not found anything on-line to suggest that there is a cause for concern.

If you are overpaying on some bills even by as little as $20 to $50 a month, Billshrink could help you save $240 to $600 a year- not bad for a few minutes on a free site!

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3 comments… add one

  • The Slapster July 10, 2010, 6:09 pm

    Interesting, I tried out the Television advisor since it always seems like we’re paying an awful lot for the small amount of programming we consume. While it Initially looks like we could save more than $1800 dollars (!) over 2 years, once I factor in the same channel line-up we have now, it’s almost the same cost. I guess I can try and trim some channels & features from our Fios, but they only include channels like Brave & AMC HD with the “Extreme HD” Package, and we can’t go without Top Chef or Mad Men!

    Also, when I look at our Internet costs, also Fios, there’s a $31 discount for the bundle. So if I jump to Comcast or Direct TV, my internet spending jumps to over $60/month. There’s got to be a way to shave something off the bill, but it really escapes me.

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  • Corinne July 11, 2010, 4:19 pm

    I’m really good at getting the best price and finding deals, so it didn’t help at all the first time I tried, but maybe I’ll give it another go.

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  • Corinne July 11, 2010, 4:40 pm

    According to billshrink, I’ve got the best wireless plan and the 2nd best would cost an additional $190 over 2 years, but I do like that they apparently monitor changes and will notify me if an even better plan comes up.

    (As an aside, I think my plan is great. $89.99 for unlimited talk for 2 people, $9.99 for unlimited text for family (2) and $19.99 for unlimited web for me.)

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