Cable is Absurd
How many channels do you have with your premium cable package? Do you even understand? Do you understand what’s being played on channel 766 at 8 pm on Wednesday? You ought to. You’re paying for all that goodies on the QVC channel that you never ever watch and for the entire channel dedicated to infomercials that offers more TV 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 ever watch playing bad shows that nobody should ever lay eyes on.
Introducing: The web.
Invented by Al Gore at some point in the 90’s (joking), the web has grown exponentially. They have actually even put TV shows and movies on somebody else’s servers so you can stream them to your computer. Not just that, but much of your favorite shows can be viewed TOTALLY FREE using the program’s network site or by just looking it up on HULU.com. If you desire a more premium service, Netflix, and HULU Plus both off a paid-for service that permits you to watch entire seasons of your favorite shows and a lot of movies from the convenience of your home computer (still MORE AFFORDABLE than cable). Heck, they’ve even built in those applications into TV’s, digital media receivers, as well as video game consoles like the Xbox and Nintendo Wii.
Here’s how we do it.
We have actually internet just through the regional cable/telecom company for $45 a month (after taxes/fees). We used to obtain a slightly much better offer, but we needed to call every six months to attempt and get it reduced because our “offer” ran out. I got ill of it, so I chose a cheaper plan, but it’s still fast adequate to enable us to stream our favorite shows/movies. We downloaded HULU Desktop (not an affiliate link) and produced a quick account to keep track of our favorite shows. THIS IS COMPLETELY FREE! We then “subscribed” to our favorite shows and ones that looked intriguing.
Now, we go to our “queue” when we open the application, and it tells us how many “unwatched” shows we have readily available to watch. Reveals generally get here about a week after their LIVE air date, so we sort of understand when to anticipate a show to come up. There is no rush and no have to be home with the TV on at a particular time to watch the program. We likewise do not need to fret about recording it, because it’s taped and all set for playback whenever we desire. They do generally get rid of shows after the season is over, so we try to watch within a week or 2 for the program appearing in our queue. We have actually followed shows by doing this for 4 years now, and we do not miss out on cable one bit!
For movies, we have a couple of alternatives. Today we’re on a Netflix complimentary trial for a month because it likewise came with a $50 voucher to restaurants.com. SWEET RATING FOR DATE NIGHT! We can watch movies included on there, but let’s be honest; their streaming selecting is not fantastic. Their DVD service still uses the much better titles, so you can go that path if you choose. Most likely, we’ll cancel the service. The other option is your regional Redbox motion picture station. There are over 33,000 Redbox kiosks nationwide, so I make certain there’s one near your home. They have a better title selection for movies than Netflix, and for those who do not watch a ton of movies, it’s a cheaper option. It’s something like $1.29 for a DVD rental for one night. The last option we do not use anymore (because I cannot get my complimentary membership anymore) is the Xbox marketplace. The Xbox marketplace had a great selection of movies, and we watched movies on that for a year. It does need a $5 a month membership to Xbox LIVE and you still need to lease the motion picture, so not the least expensive option, but still CHEAPER THAN CABLE.
You really do NOT have any excuse to have a home phone these days, unless you are running a small business with an office. And even then, it’s not a home phone, it’s a workplace or work phone. Cell phones do not have long-distance fees, can access the web and should look after all of your telephone requires at home and away. The only reason people generally get a home phone is that the foolish cable companies decide you need one as part of their “package”. Why? I really do not get it, but the only description I can create is that they want to designate you a contact number that they can sell to every spammer on earth who just seems to call you throughout supper 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 anymore and you can “Cut. It. Out.”
So now that we’ve chosen 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 infomercials, let’s take a look at the real expense of your cable “package.”.
Internet/Cable/Home Phone Package Offer = $100 a month for 12 months. $120 a month after that. Let’s likewise tack on 15% for “taxes and fees” to land us at an even $115 a month.
Web Only = $45 a month after taxes and fees… 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?” However it’s $70 a month savings. Monthly. Permanently. That’s $840 a year savings by eliminating numerous channels you do not need (we won’t even get into the time draw that cable is). That puts you in a nice interior cabin of a very nice cruise liner that’s setting sail for the warm Bahamas about this time next year. Can you hear the ship’s horn biding farewell to all the broke people who are stuck in their houses watch reruns of “MASH”?
So be brave today. Reclaim your life and your cash and say “sayonara sucker” to the cable company. Tell them to take back their “package” of junk and have them hand you back your package of cash. And the best part; you won’t regret it for a minute. There are A LOT EASIER methods to watch your favorite shows and movies, and they won’t affect your budget in the smallest. And while you are enjoying a life devoid of the grips of your regional cable company, rest simple in the evening knowing you are going on a warm Bahaman cruise less than a year from now …