Cable is Ridiculous
What’s the number of channels do you have with your premium cable bundle? Do you even understand? Do you understand what’s being played on channel 766 at 8 pm on Thursday? You ought to. You’re paying for all that goodies on the QVC channel that you never watch and for the whole channel committed to infomercials that offers more TELEVISION time to Chuck Norris to hock the “total gym” than he ever saw with Walker: Texas Ranger. You are paying for numerous channels you will never watch playing bad programs that no one must ever lay eyes on.
Enter: The internet.
Created by Al Gore sometime in the 90’s (joking), the internet has actually grown significantly. They have actually even put TELEVISION programs and films on somebody else’s servers so you can stream them to your computer. Not only that, but a number of your favorite programs can be seen Free Of Charge utilizing the show’s network website or by simply looking it up on HULU.com. If you want a more superior service, Netflix, and HULU Plus both off a paid-for service that enables you to watch whole seasons of your favorite programs and a bunch of films from the benefit of your personal computer (still MUCH cheaper than cable). Heck, they’ve even built in those applications into TELEVISION’s, digital media receivers, and even computer game consoles like the Xbox and Nintendo Wii.
Here’s how we do it.
We have actually internet only through the local cable/telecom company for $45 a month (after taxes/fees). We utilized to obtain a slightly better offer, but we had to call every 6 months to attempt and get it decreased since our “offer” ran out. I got sick of it, so I opted for a less expensive plan, but it’s still fast sufficient to enable us to stream our favorite shows/movies. We downloaded HULU Desktop (not an affiliate link) and created a quick account to monitor our favorite programs. THIS IS ENTIRELY RELEASE! We then “subscribed” to our favorite programs and ones that looked fascinating.
Now, we go to our “queue” when we open the application, and it informs us how many “unwatched” programs we have readily available to watch. Reveals generally get here about a week after their LIVE air date, so we kind of understand when to expect a program to come up. There is no rush and no have to be home with the TELEVISION on at a particular time to watch the show. We also don’t have to worry about taping it, since it’s tape-recorded and prepared for playback whenever we want. They do usually eliminate programs after the season is over, so we try to watch within a week or 2 for the show popping up in our queue. We have actually followed programs this way for 4 years now, and we don’t miss out on cable one bit!
For films, we have a few choices. Today we’re on a Netflix totally free trial for a month since it also came with a $50 discount coupon to restaurants.com. SWEET SCORE FOR DATE NIGHT! We can watch films featured on there, but let’s be truthful; their streaming picking is not great. Their DVD service still provides the better titles, so you can go that path if you select. Probably, we’ll cancel the service. The other choice is your local Redbox movie station. There are over 33,000 Redbox kiosks nationwide, so I make sure there’s one near your home. They have a much better title choice for films than Netflix, and for those who don’t watch a ton of films, it’s a less expensive choice. It’s something like $1.29 for a DVD rental for one night. The last choice we don’t use anymore (since I cannot get my totally free subscription anymore) is the Xbox market. The Xbox market had a fantastic choice of films, and we enjoyed films on that for a year. It does need a $5 a month subscription to Xbox LIVE and you still have to rent the movie, so not the least expensive choice, but still CHEAPER THAN CABLE.
You actually do NOT have any reason to have a home phone nowadays, unless you are running a small company with an office. As well as then, it’s not a home phone, it’s an office or work phone. Cell phones don’t have long-distance costs, can access the internet and ought to take care of all your telephone needs in your home and away. The only reason individuals usually get a home phone is that the dumb cable companies choose you need one as part of their “package”. Why? I actually don’t get it, but the only description I can come up with is that they wish to assign you a contact number that they can offer to every spammer on the planet who only seems to call you during dinner just when you will bite into a juicy cut of meat! Do they only work in between the hours of 5-7pm? Seriously?! But actually, cut the cable (actually) and ditch the home phone service. Considering that you’re canceling your cable, there is no package for this anymore and you can “Cut. It. Out.”
So now that we’ve chosen that cable and home phone are for those individuals who like companies to connect a vacuum to their wallets and suck every last dollar out in return for infomercials, let’s look at the real expense of your cable “package.”.
Internet/Cable/Home Phone Bundle Offer = $100 a month for 12 months. $120 a month after that. Let’s also tack on 15% for “taxes and costs” to land us at an even $115 a month.
Internet Only = $45 a month after taxes and costs… permanently.
Cost savings = $70 a month.
So you can cut the cable and home phone today to save yourself $70 a month! Now, you may be thinking “whoop-dee-doo, $70 freakin’ dollars, who cares?” But it’s $70 a month cost savings. Each month. Forever. That’s $840 a year cost savings by eliminating numerous channels you don’t need (we won’t even enter into the time suck that cable is). That puts you in a good interior cabin of an extremely great cruise ship that’s setting sail for the warm Bahamas about this time next year. Can you hear the ship’s horn biding goodbye to all the broke individuals who are stuck in their houses watch reruns of “MASH”?
So be brave today. Take back your life and your loan and state “sayonara sucker” to the cable company. Inform them to take back their “package” of junk and have them hand you back your package of cash. And the very best part; you won’t regret it for a minute. There are MUCH easier ways to watch your favorite programs and films, and they won’t affect your budget in the slightest. And while you are delighting in a life devoid of the grips of your local cable company, rest easy at night understanding you are going on a warm Bahaman cruise less than a year from now …