Cable is Ridiculous
What’s the number of channels do you have with your premium cable plan? Do you even know? Do you know exactly what’s being played on channel 766 at 8 pm on Tuesday? You ought to. You’re spending for all that goodies on the QVC channel that you never enjoy and for the whole channel dedicated to paid announcements that gives more TV time to Chuck Norris to hock the “total gym” than he ever saw with Walker: Texas Ranger. You are spending for numerous channels you will never ever enjoy playing crappy shows that no one should ever lay eyes on.
Enter: The web.
Invented by Al Gore at some point in the 90’s (joking), the web has grown exponentially. They have even put TV shows and films on somebody else’s servers so you can stream them to your computer system. Not just that, however a lot of your preferred shows can be seen Free Of Charge using the program’s network site or by simply looking it up on HULU.com. If you desire a more premium service, Netflix, and HULU Plus both off a paid-for service that enables you to enjoy entire seasons of your preferred shows and a lot of films from the convenience of your home computer (still MUCH cheaper than cable). Heck, they have actually even built in those applications into TV’s, digital media receivers, and even video game consoles like the Xbox and Nintendo Wii.
Here’s how we do it.
We have internet just through the local cable/telecom company for $45 a month (after taxes/fees). We utilized to get a somewhat much better deal, however we had to call every 6 months to try and get it reduced because our “deal” went out. I got ill of it, so I opted for a more affordable strategy, however it’s still fast enough to permit us to stream our preferred shows/movies. We downloaded HULU Desktop (not an affiliate link) and created a quick account to monitor our preferred shows. THIS IS TOTALLY FREE! We then “subscribed” to our preferred shows and ones that looked fascinating.
Now, we go to our “queue” when we open the application, and it tells us how many “unwatched” shows we have readily available to enjoy. Shows normally show up about a week after their LIVE air date, so we sort of know when to anticipate a show to come up. There is no rush and no need to be home with the TV on at a certain time to enjoy the program. We also don’t have to fret about tape-recording it, because it’s tape-recorded and prepared for playback whenever we desire. They do generally eliminate shows after the season is over, so we try to enjoy within a week or two for the program appearing in our queue. We have followed shows by doing this for 4 years now, and we don’t miss cable one bit!
For films, we have a couple of options. Today we’re on a Netflix totally free trial for a month because it also came with a $50 discount coupon to restaurants.com. SWEET RATING FOR DATE NIGHT! We can enjoy films featured on there, however let’s be sincere; their streaming selecting is not excellent. Their DVD service still uses the much better titles, so you can go that route if you select. Most likely, we’ll cancel the service. The other option is your local Redbox motion picture station. There are over 33,000 Redbox kiosks nationwide, so I’m sure there’s one near your home. They have a much better title selection for films than Netflix, and for those who don’t enjoy a ton of films, it’s a more affordable option. It’s something like $1.29 for a DVD rental for one night. The last option we don’t utilize any longer (because I can’t get my totally free membership any longer) is the Xbox market. The Xbox market had an excellent selection of films, and we enjoyed films on that for a year. It does need a $5 a month membership to Xbox LIVE and you still have to rent the motion picture, so not the most affordable option, however still CHEAPER THAN CABLE.
You really do NOT have any reason to have a home phone these days, unless you are running a small company with a home office. As well as then, it’s not a home phone, it’s a workplace or work phone. Cellular phone don’t have long-distance costs, can access the web and ought to take care of all your telephone requires in the house and away. The only reason people generally get a home phone is that the silly cable companies decide you need one as part of their “package”. Why? I really don’t get it, however the only description I can come up with is that they want to appoint you a telephone number that they can sell to every spammer on the planet who just seems to call you during dinner just when you are about to bite into a juicy cut of meat! Do they just work between the hours of 5-7pm? Seriously?! However really, cut the cable (actually) and ditch the home phone service. Given that you’re canceling your cable, there is no package deal for this any longer and you can “Cut. It. Out.”
So now that we have actually decided that cable and home phone are for those people who like companies to connect a vacuum to their wallets and draw every last dollar out in return for paid announcements, let’s look at the genuine expense of your cable “package.”.
Internet/Cable/Home Phone Bundle Deal = $100 a month for 12 months. $120 a month after that. Let’s also add 15% for “taxes and costs” to land us at an even $115 a month.
Internet Only = $45 a month after taxes and costs… permanently.
Savings = $70 a month.
So you can cut the cable and home phone today to save yourself $70 a month! Now, you may be believing “whoop-dee-doo, $70 freakin’ dollars, who cares?” However it’s $70 a month savings. On a monthly basis. Permanently. That’s $840 a year savings by eliminating numerous channels you don’t need (we will not even enter into the time draw that cable is). That puts you in a good interior cabin of a very good cruise ship that’s setting cruise for the sunny Bahamas about this time next year. Can you hear the ship’s horn biding goodbye to all the broke people who are stuck in their homes enjoy reruns of “MASH”?
So be brave today. Reclaim your life and your loan and state “sayonara sucker” to the cable company. Inform them to reclaim their “package” of junk and have them hand you back your package of cash. And the best part; you will not regret it for a minute. There are MUCH easier methods to enjoy your preferred shows and films, and they will not affect your budget plan in the smallest. And while you are taking pleasure in a life devoid of the grips of your local cable company, rest easy at night knowing you are going on a bright Bahaman cruise less than a year from now …