Personally I will use as a guide, but do you use a comparison site?
What are comparison sites?
Comparison sites are a company who scan the market for prices and deals within your criteria e.g. energy, broadband, holidays, car insurance and more.
These companies take commission from sign up for the product or service, through their website.
There are many many out there, lot advertise on social media, tv etc.
Do you always get the best deal?
Not always. Some comparison sites will list their partners first, some lowest price the can find, not always the full market.
Some providers ain’t even listed via these sites, E.g. direct line, Utility Warehouse for many reason e.g. Due to these sites taken commission, advertising cost and many other reasons and prefer to give these costs back to their customers.
Yes it can be good and “less hassle” to use these methods, you could find what seems to be better deal but may be other conditions attached e.g. introductory deals, or you may have found a “cheaper” listing but only seems cheaper as the site are partners.
Tips to effective use!
Always go direct to the different providers.
Know specifically what you are looking for, rather than a rough idea.
Check customer feedback. Including people you know. Referrals are great.
Check all the finer details, e.g. is it a introductory deal.
Alway haggle, if your contract coming to end of deal ring that provider and see what loyalty they can offer you first.
Check it’s like for like comparison.