Ways to Save on Your Cable Bill
Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 8:00 am
If there is one thing you could cut from your monthly costs that has a serious impact on your spending what would it be? One of the major expenses we’re going to focus on is your cable bill and how you can cut costs without sacrificing your entertainment.
How to Cut Costs on your Cable
1. Free Streaming Services
If you want to scrap your television altogether it’s easier than you think. There are plenty of free streaming options that you can use on your computer. Instead of upgrading your television or paying for a cable service you can get many of the same shows for free by watching them online. Many of the major networks, NBC, ABC, FOX, etc., stream their shows on their own sites.
However, if you’d like a one-stop-shop for a wide variety of television shows and movies, we recommend you checking out Hulu. Hulu is a site where you can stream popular television shows, from major networks like ABC, ABC Family, NBC, etc., and movies for free. In addition to free streaming, Hulu offers a paid subscription called Hulu Plus. Hulu plus offers a wider variety of shows and movies in addition to a smaller number of commercials when you’re watching videos. If you’re contemplating a Hulu Plus subscription be sure to check it out first with a free trial before making the jump.
Also, if you haven’t checked YouTube.com lately, they do offer free movies and movies for a small charge. The features that do cost money have a small fee, such as Last Vegas for $3.99, which is way more affordable than a Pay-Per-View option.
2. Paid Subscription Services
Similar to Hulu, there are streaming services you can take advantage of that are a fraction of the cost of cable. Some of our favorite options include Hulu Plus, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. Price wise Hulu Plus and Netflix are on the more affordable side (both costing $7.99 a month). However, with Amazon prime, in addition to getting streaming movies and television shows, you’ll also receive free two-day shipping on millions of items, and over 350,000 Kindle titles for you to borrow. The current price per year is $79, but Amazon recently stated it may raise prices by as much as $40 to combat higher shipping prices.
3. Free Rentals
Another way to get great prices on your favorite movies or television shows is by renting them for free! Join the Redbox Text Club, by texting SIGNUP to 727272, to get discount or free rental codes. Or, if you love the library, there are plenty of quality rentals of television shows and movies for you to enjoy.