Cable is Absurd
What’s the number of channels do you have with your premium cable bundle? Do you even understand? Do you understand exactly what’s airing on channel 766 at 8 pm on Friday? You should. You’re paying for all that goodies on the QVC channel that you have never enjoy and for the whole channel devoted to infomercials that offers more TELEVISION 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 enjoy playing lousy shows that no one must ever lay eyes on.
Introducing: The web.
Invented by Al Gore at some point in the 90’s (joking), the web has grown significantly. They have actually even put TELEVISION shows and movies on someone else’s servers so you can stream them to your computer. Not only that, but a number of your favorite shows can be viewed TOTALLY FREE utilizing the show’s network website or by just looking it up on HULU.com. If you want a more premium service, Netflix, and HULU Plus both off a paid-for service that permits you to enjoy 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 TELEVISION’s, digital media receivers, as well as computer game consoles like the Xbox and Nintendo Wii.
Here’s how we do it.
We have actually internet only through the regional cable/telecom company for $45 a month (after taxes/fees). We used to get a somewhat better offer, but we needed to call every six months to try and get it reduced due to the fact that our “offer” ran out. I got ill of it, so I chose a less expensive strategy, but it’s still quick enough to allow us to stream our favorite shows/movies. We downloaded HULU Desktop (not an affiliate link) and created a fast account to track our favorite shows. THIS IS COMPLETELY FREE! We then “subscribed” to our favorite shows and ones that looked fascinating.
Now, we go to our “queue” when we open the application, and it informs us the number of “unwatched” shows we have available to enjoy. Reveals generally get here about a week after their LIVE air date, so we type of understand when to expect a show to come up. There is no rush and no need to be home with the TELEVISION on at a specific time to enjoy the show. We likewise do not have to stress over tape-recording it, due to the fact that it’s tape-recorded and ready for playback whenever we want. They do typically eliminate shows after the season is over, so we attempt to enjoy within a week or 2 for the show appearing in our line. We have actually followed shows this way for 4 years now, and we do not miss out on cable one bit!
For movies, we have a couple of options. Today we’re on a Netflix totally free trial for a month due to the fact that it likewise featured a $50 coupon to restaurants.com. SWEET RATING FOR DATE NIGHT! We can enjoy movies included on there, but let’s be sincere; their streaming selecting is not excellent. Their DVD service still uses the better titles, so you can go that route if you choose. Probably, 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’m sure there’s one near your home. They have a better title selection for movies than Netflix, and for those who do not enjoy a lots of movies, it’s a less expensive option. It’s something like $1.29 for a DVD leasing for one night. The last option we do not use any longer (due to the fact that I cannot get my totally free membership any longer) is the Xbox market. The Xbox market had an excellent selection of movies, and we saw movies on that for a year. It does need a $5 a month membership to Xbox LIVE and you still have to lease the motion picture, so not the least expensive option, but still CHEAPER THAN CABLE.
You actually do NOT have any excuse to have a home phone nowadays, unless you are running a small company with an office. And even then, it’s not a home phone, it’s an office or work phone. Cellular phone do not have long-distance costs, can access the web and ought to look after all your telephone needs in your home and away. The only reason people typically get a home phone is that the dumb cable companies decide you need one as part of their “bundle”. Why? I actually do not get it, but the only description I can develop is that they wish to assign you a contact number that they can sell to every spammer in the world who only seems to call you during dinner simply when you are about to bite into a juicy cut of meat! Do they only work between the hours of 5-7pm? Seriously?! However actually, cut the cable (literally) and ditch the home phone service. Given that you’re canceling your cable, there is no package 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 connect a vacuum to their wallets and suck every last dollar out in return for infomercials, let’s take a look at the real cost of your cable “bundle.”.
Internet/Cable/Home Phone Package Deal = $100 a month for 12 months. $120 a month after that. Let’s likewise tack on 15% for “taxes and costs” to land us at an even $115 a month.
Internet Only = $45 a month after taxes and costs… forever.
Cost savings = $70 a month.
So you can cut the cable and home phone today to conserve yourself $70 a month! Now, you may be believing “whoop-dee-doo, $70 freakin’ dollars, who cares?” However it’s $70 a month savings. Monthly. Forever. That’s $840 a year savings by cutting out numerous channels you do not need (we will not even enter the time suck that cable is). That puts you in a good interior cabin of an extremely nice cruise ship 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 enjoy reruns of “MASH”?
So be brave today. Reclaim your life and your cash and state “good bye sucker” to the cable company. Tell them to take back their “bundle” of scrap and have them hand you back your bundle of money. And the best part; you will not regret it for a minute. There are A LOT EASIER methods to enjoy your favorite shows and movies, and they will not impact your budget in the smallest. And while you are delighting in a life devoid of the grips of your regional cable company, rest simple at night understanding you are going on a bright Bahaman cruise less than a year from now …