Ditch the Cable and Satellite- Budget Savings Tip 18

Today’s Budget Savings Tip: Ditch the Cable and Satellite

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We have gotten so programmed into following the latest and greatest on television that we forget that we DON”T NEED it. Not only is Cable/Satellite a waste of time it drains our income ever month. We don’t notice the price steadily rising because they do it slowly hoping you won’t question the $2 this month or the $3 next month.

Don’t panic and think I am suggesting you sit in your home without any audio/video entertainment. I know I could not but there ARE other options. With Today’s Budget Savings Tip you can save thousands a year and have more time because you won’t be in front of the TV.

Once you decide you are going to Ditch the Cable and Satellite. You will want to decide what other services are there you can take advantage of. I have compiled a list based on your responses to a reader’s question yesterday.

  1. Netflix (Netflix offers a Streaming and DVD Rental Service) starts at $7.99 month.
  2. Amazon Prime Membership – allows you to watch hundreds of TV Shows and Movies for Free. (Annual Membership is only $79.)
  3. Hulu-(a free service online but not all shows are current episodes and you have to watch commercials)
  4. Hulu Plus(offers current TV shows for $7.99 a month but you still have to watch commercials)
  5. TV Network Websites-stream your favorite shows right from the networks website.(you may have to wait a week or two but you will be able to watch them for free.)
  6. Redbox Instant Streaming (enjoy 4 free DVD rentals a month and unlimited movie streaming for only $8)

If you don’t want to be stuck sitting in front of your computer or you want to watch TV as a family there are other options available. You can use one of the systems below to stream content to your TV via the methods above.

  1. Gaming System-Wii, PS3, and XBox 360
  2. Roku Box

If you want to make the complete disconnect but still have access to your local channels you can get an antenna and a digital converter box to hook up to your TV.

Before you switch be sure to make sure you have an adequate internet speed and that there is no monthly limit on how much data you can use.  Most home internet companies do not limit the data usage.

So follow Today’s Budget Savings Tip and be richer at the end of the year when you Ditch the Cable and Satellite.

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  1. Angie Brubeck says

    We have done just this! My son gave us a Roku for Christmas and we use Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime. Saves a ton of money!

  2. says

    We use Netflix on our XBox 360, and we get one DVD at a time through the mail. 🙂 My father-in-law sent us an indoor antenna to use, but we need a special connector since my husband bought his TV while stationed in Germany. Cable is so expensive and we got lousy reception where we live, always going in and out, so we got rid of it. We still have to use Time Warner Cable for internet, which we still have problems with, but it’s them or Century Link. We tried Hulu Plus, but most of the shows we watched, you didn’t need the Plus version. The main difference is that we can’t watch shows on our XBox 360 through Hulu, but that’s ok. 🙂 I also use the online Network streaming for some of my shows. 🙂

  3. says

    Great money saving tip! In the past, when times have gotten tough this was the first thing to go. We have DVDs and redbox access and other things to keep us entertained. It’s saved us much money to get rid of these pricey services and opt for less expensive entertainment!

  4. peggy fedison says

    wow i have heard this before.. many friends have told me they do the netflix thing.. the hulu.. and others. thank you so much for all this info.. i spend way too much on directv !!

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