Cable TV, has always been the way. But is there a better way?
In our house, sitting down to watch whole tv shows at a time in our house (that aren’t animated) is a luxury. Yet, it never really crossed our minds, until recently, that we could get through life without a cable package.
HOW in the world were we spending over $150 a month on something we barely watched and hardly even enjoyed?! I mean, we literally watched three or four of the 100 channels we receive.
In the day-in-age of digital and online everything there had to be a way around this. My mission: to find a solution that allowed us to watch our favorite channels and shows on our terms.
After a bit of research, I learned that, not only could we break-up with cable. But we could also get everything we’d ever wanted in a television watching experience, and more, for so much less cost-wise!
Read on to learn how to save your family well over $100 a month (yes, over $1000 a year!) in just four easy steps!
There are a number of streaming devices out there to choose from, and the list keeps growing. Here’s my top four list of the popular streaming devices*. Click each one to view directly on Amazon.
We chose the Roku Streaming Media Player because the features & price fit our needs the best, and we’ve been really happy with it.
Many smart TV’s also come with streaming capabilities. So, chances are, that new tv you just scored on Black Friday is smarter than you think! Be sure to check out its capabilities before you purchase a separate device.
*Also, if you sign up with Sling or YouTube TV, they currently offer a streaming device as a free gift with purchase. Read below for more info.
This was an easy step for us since our contract had ended. To be fair to our cable company, I did call to see if they could offer us a lower rate. You know, like that awesome rate they hook you into that long and painful contract with?! They couldn’t. So, I politely (and gleefully) broke up with our cable provider.
“It’s not you…it’s us. We’ve changed and are just unwilling to pay you such a chunk of our hard-earned cash each month.”
Since our cable, tv and phone was bundled into a package deal, I needed to find a new stand alone internet provider.
Verizon Fios made this incredibly easy and inexpensive—and is contract-free. Plans start as low as $39. I found the $50 package to be the best choice for our family. Click here to check out the plans for yourself.
Plus, we received $22.50 from Ebates back for signing with Fios, which we put towards our Roku! If you aren’t using Ebates yet, I HIGHLY recommend it! Read more about it here!
We originally started with Sling. We’ve since moved over to Direct TV Now because it provides a few more of our favorite channels than Sling does. The third service I’ll cover is YouTube TV.
Don’t worry, it’s not as tacky as it sounds! The TV antennas of today are much more streamlined and can actually be hidden behind the television if its hanging on the wall. See the quick link below.
So, there you have it! We followed this process and haven’t looked back! What will you do with an extra $1000 in your pocket in 2018?
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