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No More Cable-And Life is Good: One Year Later

A little more than a year ago, I wrote a post about how we got rid of cable when we moved a year-and-a-half-ago. As of last December, it was going great. It still is. We have changed a couple of things since my last post. We got rid of our 3 at a time Netflix DVD and are just doing unlimited streaming. We will probably go back at some point to catch up on a couple of series, but for now, we have plenty to watch. We also bought a Roku streaming player. We get Netflix, Hulu Plus (we pay $7.99 a month), Amazon videos, and now that we got a new Blu Ray player, we can stream rented movies from Vudu (we actually are getting all of that from our Blu Ray now and will allow our daughter to use the Roku player in her room.) We also bought a small, indoor antenna so that we can tune in during local severe weather events. My husband has also been able to catch the Cowboy’s games using our antenna. 

So, here is our set-up and costs:
  • Roku Player- $80
  • Netflix Streaming Subscription-$7.99 a month
  • Hulu Plus Streaming: $7.99
  • Indoor antenna- $50
  • Blu Ray Player- $130
  • Vudu movies- $8.00 a month max
We average $20 a month on TV viewing services over the year and have more than enough to watch. Even my little girl gets her favorite TV series’ on Netflix (Good Luck Charlie, Wizards of Waverly Place, and H2O.)  
One downside is that we do not have access to HGTV and Food Network. But, I’m not paying $80 a month to get two channels when what we are doing works well. Cutting cable isn’t for everyone, but it works for us. We’ve saved $1080 in subscription costs. If you include equipment costs, we’ve saved $820 over 18 months. 
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This entry was posted on December 29, 2011 by in Live, Money Saving Ideas.