How to Save on Satellite

One of our faithful Retirement Millionaire readers pointed out to us that cord-cutting only works if you have reliable Internet. If you live in an area without a high-quality Internet stream, you will need to consider other options.

Satellite providers account for about 41% of the cable market. Big players like DISH and DirecTV often offer cheaper plans than "corded" providers. That includes discounted bundles for television and Internet.

As one reader shared with us, switching providers can help you save a lot of money. But you may need to factor in the cost of pruning trees that may be blocking your dish's connection to the satellite. (If you live in a heavily wooded area, that can add up fast). Plus, some areas don't get great satellite service – you may need to test the waters a bit to see if this is the right way to go.

Although DISH and DirecTV offer satellite Internet, we recommend shopping around. Depending on your area, you might find better deals through providers such as Exede, HughesNet, and StarBand. So make sure you shop for the best deals and don't forget to use our tip for negotiating a better price.