Stretch Your Dollar: Hidden fees to look out for on your cable bill

Stretch Your Dollar

If it feels like your cable bill just keeps going up, well, it probably is. Consumer Reports says add-on fees are tacking on an additional $450 to your cable bill every year. We are stretching your dollar with a look at the hidden fees that could be costing you big money.

Consumer Reports found cable operators bring in $28 billion in fees that are not mandated by the government.

Break that down, and it comes to an additional $37 a month that you have to pay.

Here’s how they may be disguised: They may be called a Broadcast TV Fee or an HD Technology Fee. Consumer Reports says these are not mandated by the government.

So — what are your options?

You can try and haggle with your cable company over the fees, but there’s one surefire way to make the fees disappear – cut the cable cord.

There are a number of internet alternatives to cable: YouTube TV, Hulu with live TV, and PlayStation Vue are all options. Or you can get your local channels with an antenna.

But the next time you get a cable bill, you may want to look closely and question those fees if you’re paying one of them. Also check out the website It’s a helpful guide to some of the hidden fees we get stuck paying.

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