Can You Save Money Cutting the Cable Cord?

Would you like to cut back monthly spending on the “unnecessary” kinds of bills? How about saving about $50-$70 per a month? Well, after reading an article at Money.com, we just may be able to do it.

We have been debating this dilemma for quite a while now.  We currently have 185+ channels and most are ones we have never watched.  The 60 NHL channels, the soccer channels, ethnic channels, 25 shopping channels, 20 news channels, and others.  I asked my provider to cut some of these down, but in doing so we lose DIY, HGTV, or kids’ channels.  I don’t want to cut those, I want to lose all the other bloated garbage that no one has ever watched.

So being forced to not only be locked in for 24 months, I also have to have all these other channels intermixed with our most watched ones.  All of this costs me $105.00 for 2 rooms of TV with NO Premium Movie Channels!  Yuck.

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I did order the Amazon Fire Stick to test the waters of streaming without spending a lot of money.  We had a satellite box in a third room (costing us $112.00 per month for 3 rooms) which has now been replaced with the Fire Stick.  I can say we have switched quite a bit of our night time viewing over to Amazon and Netflix through the Fire Stick.

While reviewing how to cut the cable with an article from Money, I actually found a couple of sites that help you with running the numbers of cutting the cord.  In both, I save $60-70 per a month while I have to still spend $53.00 for high speed internet to do streaming.  So that is a savings of $780.00 per a year!  Unfortuntely, I am still in a contract for 9 months but we are probably going cable-less after that.

Slate.com  offers the chance to compare what your bill is now to what it could be with alternative tv.  This was pretty neat to actually see in numbers.

theverge.com offers something similar to slate.com with more of a visual comparison. This site helped me realize the many channels we do not watch on cable/satellite tv.

The article brought up a new option which is Sling TV.  For $20.00 per month, you get sports, DIY, food and kids’ channels without the cable box expense or a 24 month lease. In order for us to get all the channels we watch, it would run us $30.00 per month, versus the current $103.00.  Um, that’s $70.00 PER MONTH!  We are going to call the satellite company to see what it would cost to buy out our contract.  Maybe we would still be in the positive even paying a penalty?  Sling TV is offering a free Fire Stick or Roku Stick with a 3 month trial of their service. Nice way to try it out and if you don’t like it, still stream other free TV options.  Good deal.  We like our Fire Stick, and now we can just add the Sling TV prgramming to it.

 

Well, any way you look at it, it seems like we will finally be able to cut the cost of TV.  I hope this helps your family save a little more each month, while just cutting out the bloated overage of channels and fees.

 

Old Electronics for Cash

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It is that time of the year where most every parent starts thinking about Christmas presents.  I for one, start to think about what gifts would fit what person.  I am a techie-type person.  I love all the new gadgets and it seems I always fall for every new release. So obviously, when I hear about all the new updates for items the kids have, I start to think how I can obtain those things for the kids at reasonable prices.  I am not a Black Friday person.  My time and sanity are worth more than all the unhappiness that goes along with those deals.

All three girls have the Kindle 2nd edition.  Two of the girls have ipods, 4th gen.  They all have laptops provided by school.  Yeah!  All three have the old analog Disney TV’s in their rooms. There is also a mix of one iphone and two ipod nanos. The kids have items that they have had for years and I just can’t see adding another electronic device.  So I have been doing some research on replacing all these items with just one do it ALL device.  I want them to be able to take it with them, watch maybe Netflix or Amazon Prime, play some games and also do some light document editing and such.  I am not sure if they are too young to have a device worth $1000.00, so going with a tablet may be a little better.

I started looking at tablets as the replacement.  I think I have zoomed in on the Microsoft Surface 2 RT.  I like gadgets, but am in no way an expert on hardware aspects.  So I usually have to go to Best Buy and pick one of the salesman’s thoughts.  They do not work on commission so it seems I find my self there quiet often.  I ended up getting a credit card with them which offers 18 months free financing when spending certain amounts of money at their store.  This can definitely help with gadget Christmas presents!

I talked it over with my husband who agreed he did not want anymore gadgets in this house! My dilemma is what to do with the old gadgets?  I started looking into some places that take trade-in such as Amazon and Game Stop.  Game Stop offers you more if you apply your trade-in money towards an item they carry.  Good deal for those gamer kids! I did have to get past the thought that I paid $150+ on some items and they were now worth considerably less.  But, on the other hand I will get some money that can be put toward other electronic purchases for the kids this Christmas.  I don’t even have to leave my chair which saves money in gas.  Oh, by the way, I am also de-cluttering my home!

Simple but effective.  I even had some old cell phones that were still worth $10-$45. Those are now going too.  So far, my tally is up to $60.00 towards my Christmas presents’ fund. This maybe be just a lead into Craig’s List and ebay? Who knows, sometimes when you start to clean out the clutter, you just can’t stop, and the whole house will benefit from my trading in.