1. Check you're with the right call provider

Switching landline provider is quick and easy so there's no sense in staying with a company that's charging you too much.

Unless you're mid way through a fixed term contract you can switch provider whenever you like so you can start saving right away.

You should be able to keep the same number and there's unlikely to be any interruption to your service either.

2. Check you're on the right package

There's no point paying up front for calls that you're not going to make, so take a look at your last few phone bills to see who, when and where you're calling. Then simply choose the cheapest call package that gives you 'free' calls when you'll use them.

Check out your options in our landline comparison.

3. Check whether you could save with a bundle

Combining your home phone with broadband and even digital TV (if you'd watch it) could mean big savings so it's worth checking out when comparing your options.

You can use our Phone & Broadband bundle comparison and Phone, Broadband & TV bundle comparison to check out your options.

4. Check peak call times

If you're not on an 'anytime' call package then checking your landline provider's peak call times is a must. Calls during these times are likely to be far more expensive than calls made during off-peak hours.

More importantly, if you're on a package that gives you free weekend or evening calls you need to know when your inclusive calls start otherwise you'll end up paying extra.

5. Check your call limit

Most packages that offer inclusive calls will limit the amount of time you can stay on the phone without being charged extra. This tends to be around 60 minutes but it does vary from provider to provider.

Check your provider's limit on the length of free calls, then simply hang up and redial if you ever get close to exceeding it and being charged.

6. Pay by direct debit

Most providers charge extra for payment by credit card, debit card or cheque, so paying by direct debit is usually the cheapest option when it comes to settling your bill. For this reason it makes sense to pay by direct debit unless there's a specific reason why you can't.

Paperless billing usually attracts a discount too so this is something else worth investigating.

7. Minimise other calls

While taking full advantage of the calls you pay for as part of your landline package is sensible, minimising calls that will cost you extra is a must too. There are a number of ways to do this:

Calls to mobile phones

Calls from landlines to mobiles tend to be very expensive so it makes sense to avoid them if you can.

If you have sufficient mobile to mobile calls included as part of your mobile phone package then it's likely to work out cheaper to simply call mobiles from your mobile instead!

Calls to international numbers

Unless you call abroad frequently enough to make it worth your while looking for a landline call package that offers inclusive international calls, dialing abroad is likely to be expensive.

Some landline call providers offer international packages that let you pay a fixed monthly amount for access to unlimited international calls. Packages such as this may be a cost efficient option if you regularly call friends or family living abroad.

There do tend to be limits on the countries included in these packages, so it is advisable to check before signing up.

Alternatively, some companies specialise in providing reduced rate international calls. The majority of these charge calls to foreign countries at a flat rate.

These services work by assigning each country with an 'access number' that you dial prior to entering the full international phone number. This then routes the call via the international call provider's network and connects you at the cheaper rate.

Calls to computers

Using services like Skype to stay in touch can help you to make big savings on your landline bill.

It lets you make VoIP (computer to computer) calls for free so you can call anywhere in the world without charge.

As an added bonus, you can install it on smart phones so you can make computer to smart phone, or even smart phone to smart phone calls for free - potentially meaning even bigger savings.