Today’s guest post is from Frugal Frederick Von Frederick, who blogs about the realistic side of saving money. His article is in response to my recent article about How I Saved $8400 By Not Having Cable for 7 Years. If you’re interested in guest posting on Monica On Money, contact us.
Monica, Good post on saving money, but let’s be realistic. Let’s not get toooooo carried away here about turning pennies into copper wire. Totally give up cable?!? Most people can’t and honestly won’t but here’s how to minimize your cable bill and why to keep just basic cable in one room.
Most people have multiple TVs in the house. Talk about a toll on your electric bill on top of paying for the additional cable boxes. WOW, it can become a burden on the budget.
However, if you use a tablet, laptop, or smart phone you can use an app or login to the channel websites. Dad can still have his ESPN or NBA on TNT everywhere. Many channels like Discovery, History, and CBS have apps or you can login directly to their websites and view the most current shows. The rest of the family can usually get an app for the channels they like and besides with Netflix (about $8 a month) you’ll have plenty of other shows and movies as well. How much time do you really want to spend at the TV?
Most of the sites and apps want you to have a subscription to a provider. So you need to keep your basic cable to login to these apps or sites. In addition, you will have those few shows that just aren’t on apps or websites. You will need basic cable for those.
However, I know for a fact you can get LIVE ESPN (all THREE channels) and other programming with a cable login on any device and their app.
Another great invention is Apple TV, but it does require the initial purchase of $99. However, it will turn any TV into a smart TV with HD. For these apps, you will need your basic cable login as well.
So, totally give up cable, I think most cannot. However, you can reduce your cable bill and even your electric bill quite substantially.
In addition to saving money on utilities, an alternative way to save money is to buy popular movies or TV series online. There are several films at your disposal if you choose to shop online, and there are still plenty of advantages to owning DVDs. As long as you have a TV and DVD player, you can watch your favorite films as much as you like at any time. DVDs are compact, portable, and they can be taken just about anywhere to be enjoyed. Buying DVDs in bulk is another great way to get discounts on package deals. There are plenty of sites like DVDLand that offer great specials on movies and are only a click away, so check them out!
How do you save on your cable bill?