If you’re paying for high-speed Internet and a large cable television package, your entertainment budget likely has fat that can be trimmed. I used to pay for both; I liked the variety of channels and high-speed Internet was a must for gaming and YouTube.
But each month as I watched money fly out the window for the sake of my entertainment, I wondered how much was too much. I spent so much money on “entertainment,” I could barely leave the house! Luckily, I found a solution. If you’re in the same boat, keep reading.
More often than not, you can save money by using the same company for multiple services, like cable, Internet, and phone. Package deals also make paying bills easier, since you only have to deal with one company. Just be sure that bundle price is truly a deal. If there’s an expiration date, it may not be. I ended up going with a fiber optic service (FiOS) that saved me $40 a month. It’s so fast, I’m even thinking about dropping the speed to save a little more money.
Drop the “Fluff”
Why have three movie channels when you only watch one? If you find that you or your family watch the same shows on the same channels frequently, getting rid of the channels you don’t watch can save you money. Even losing just the top tier channels can save a decent amount of change.
Dump Cable Entirely
Seriously: I haven’t had cable in two years. Yes, I watch TV; but I do it on my computer. Almost all cable channels stream their shows on their websites, so the odds of missing your favorite show are almost nil. Also, with sites such as Hulu and Netflix, you can watch shows and movies as many times as you want for less that $20 a month.
Are you overspending on home entertainment, or paying for services you don’t use? What’s keeping you from cutting back? Start a thread in our comments section below.
Jessica Bosari is a PerkStreet Customer Columnist, as well as the Site Manager and Editor for billeater a blog with money-saving tips to lower your bills. When she’s not gathering money-saving tips, Jessica is feeding her geeky side with sci-fi movies, tech gadgets, useful apps and productivity tricks, just to keep things interesting. Read more of Jessica’s great financial advice on Perkstreet’s blog, or view her other money-saving tips at billeater.com.