Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Save Over $1500 a Year on TV Service

Did you know that the average household spends $150 a month on cable or satellite service? My boyfriend and I were spending $135 a month for satellite service and were only watching a few channels of the 250+ channels in our package . We eventually decided we couldn't justify the expense. Does this sound familiar? Keep reading to find out how we saved over $1600 a year and how you can enjoy your favorite shows at a small fraction of the cost.

The Roku 3 - How We're Watching TV and Movies Almost FREE

The Roku 3 system cost us around $90 from Amazon. You can purchase a Roku 3 stick for around $40, but we liked the additional features that were included in the larger system. Once hooked up, you can add a lot of awesome apps for free. For example, we found that we could watch Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel shows for free. You can only access the older episodes for free, but we were fine with that.

You can also add a number of streaming channels that are videos from YouTube. For example, I added Gooseberry Patch and love watching those videos. There's a channel for just about any taste. Most of these channels are free.

Lastly, there are apps you can use with the Roku 3 that will expand the TV and movie options. For example, we have Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. You can also add channels that allow you to stream live TV. You will need to pay for these channels. Right now, we've found that we're perfectly content with the free options along with Netflix and Prime Video.

Antenna TV - How We're Watching Local Channels for FREE

I love watching network TV on occasion. For example, I love watching The Big Bang Theory and Dr. Oz. For that reason, we invested in an HD antenna that has a 150 mile reach. We're only able to get ten channels because of where we live, but it was worth the investment. The antenna cost less than $40, but we needed to purchase additional cable and connectors for hookup for another thirty dollars. That's the only investment. Then, you've got completely FREE TV.

Bye-Bye Satellite - How We Cut the Cord on Satellite Service

Last, but not least, we finalized our decision by calling and canceling our satellite package. Because we were still under contract, we had to pay a $40 cancellation fee. We were more than happy to pay this fee because it was less than a third of what our monthly bill was. The satellite company is sending boxes so we can return our equipment.

There you have it. This is how we cut over $1600 a year off our TV service. The amount you'll save depends on how much you're paying and which channels and you choose to pay for. In future posts, I'll discuss some of the great channels we've been watching through the Roku 3 plus options you can use for watching live TV at a fraction of what satellite and cable companies charge.

What about you? Have you cut the cord yet?

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