Cable is Absurd
What’s the number of channels do you have with your premium cable bundle? Do you even understand? Do you understand what’s airing on channel 766 at 8 pm on Monday? You should. You’re paying for all that goodies on the QVC channel that you never ever view and for the whole channel dedicated to paid announcements that gives more TELEVISION time to Chuck Norris to hock the “total gym fitness products” than he ever saw with Walker: Texas Ranger. You are paying for numerous channels you will never ever view playing lousy programs that nobody need to ever lay eyes on.
Enter: The web.
Invented by Al Gore at some point in the 90’s (joking), the web has actually grown tremendously. They have actually even put TELEVISION programs and movies on someone else’s servers so you can stream them to your computer. Not just that, but many of your favorite programs can be seen TOTALLY FREE utilizing the program’s network site or by merely looking it up on HULU.com. If you want a more exceptional service, Netflix, and HULU Plus both off a paid-for service that allows you to view entire seasons of your favorite programs and a lot of movies from the convenience of your home computer (still MUCH cheaper than cable). Heck, they’ve even integrated in those applications into TELEVISION’s, digital media receivers, and even computer game consoles like the Xbox and Nintendo Wii.
Here’s how we do it.
We have actually internet just through the local cable/telecom company for $45 a month (after taxes/fees). We utilized to obtain a slightly much better deal, but we had to call every six months to try and get it reduced because our “deal” ran out. I got ill of it, so I chose a more affordable plan, but it’s still quick adequate to permit us to stream our favorite shows/movies. We downloaded HULU Desktop (not an affiliate link) and created a quick account to monitor our favorite programs. THIS IS ENTIRELY RELEASE! We then “subscribed” to our favorite programs and ones that looked intriguing.
Now, we go to our “queue” when we open the application, and it informs us the number of “unwatched” programs we have available to view. Shows normally arrive about a week after their LIVE air date, so we type of understand when to expect a program to come up. There is no rush and no need to be home with the TELEVISION on at a particular time to view the program. We likewise do not need to fret about tape-recording it, because it’s recorded and ready for playback whenever we want. They do usually eliminate programs after the season is over, so we attempt to view within a week or 2 for the program appearing in our line. We have actually followed programs in this manner for 4 years now, and we do not miss cable one bit!
For movies, we have a few alternatives. Today we’re on a Netflix complimentary trial for a month because it likewise came with a $50 discount coupon to restaurants.com. SWEET RATING FOR DATE NIGHT! We can view movies featured on there, but let’s be sincere; their streaming selecting is not great. Their DVD service still offers the much better titles, so you can go that route if you select. Most likely, we’ll cancel the service. The other choice is your local Redbox movie station. There are over 33,000 Redbox kiosks nationwide, so I make sure there’s one near your home. They have a much better title selection for movies than Netflix, and for those who do not view a ton of movies, it’s a more affordable choice. It’s something like $1.29 for a DVD rental for one night. The last choice we do not utilize any longer (because I cannot get my complimentary membership any longer) is the Xbox market. The Xbox market had a great selection of movies, and we enjoyed movies on that for a year. It does need a $5 a month membership to Xbox LIVE and you still need to lease the movie, so not the most inexpensive choice, but still CHEAPER THAN CABLE.
You actually do NOT have any excuse to have a home phone these days, unless you are running a small company with an office. As well as 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 must take care of all of your telephone needs in your home and away. The only reason people usually get a home phone is that the foolish cable companies decide you need one as part of their “package”. Why? I actually do not get it, but the only explanation I can develop is that they wish to appoint you a contact number that they can offer to every spammer on the planet who just appears to call you throughout dinner simply when you will bite into a juicy cut of meat! Do they just work in between the hours of 5-7pm? Seriously?! However actually, cut the cord (actually) and ditch the home phone service. Considering 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’ve chosen that cable and home phone are for those people who like companies to hook up a vacuum to their wallets and draw every last dollar out in return for paid announcements, let’s take a look at the genuine expense of your cable “package.”.
Internet/Cable/Home Phone Bundle 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… forever.
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. Each month. Permanently. That’s $840 a year savings by eliminating numerous channels you do not need (we will not even enter into the time draw that cable is). That puts you in a nice interior cabin of a very nice cruise liner that’s setting cruise for the sunny 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 view reruns of “MASH”?
So be brave today. Take back your life and your loan and state “see ya later sucker” to the cable company. Tell them to reclaim their “package” of scrap and have them hand you back your package of money. And the best part; you will not regret it for a minute. There are MUCH easier ways to view your favorite programs and movies, and they will not impact your spending plan in the tiniest. And while you are taking pleasure in a life devoid of the grips of your local cable company, rest easy in the evening understanding you are going on a bright Bahaman cruise less than a year from now …