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How to Save Money: Get Rid of Your TV Bill

Updated on September 16, 2014

Can Your Family Save Money?

Let me begin by saying we are a family that’s likes TV. We have four televisions in our house. So when we had our 3rd child, (I am a stay at home mother so we are a one income family of 5 saving money is IMPORTANT), I was a little nervous to say the least about the bills. I also was very upset by amount of television I was watching. While the children were sleeping I would watch TV as I cleaned EVERYDAY. To top the TV situation off our bill sky rocketed from $79.00 as month for the basic package with Direct TV to $105.79 a month, and I was already thinking that $79.00 a month was way too much. Something had to be done about this. I started looking into different options to save money and still be able to enjoy our family TV time together. Here is what I came up with….

Netflix- Netflix has multiple options for the consumer. Netflix also has a special section now called Just For Kids. Your kids can pick kid-friendly shows to watch without you worrying they are picking something in appropriate.

· The Unlimited Streaming- This option allows you to watch from your electronic devices, computers, and on your television through the Wii for $7.99 a month, you do not have the option to watch DVDs.

· Unlimited DVDs – You can choose to have 1 DVD at a time with no streaming for you devices for $7.99 a month or 2 DVDs with no streaming for $11.99 a month.

· Unlimited Streaming and DVDs- These options are a bit pricier than the previous options, but all included streaming and DVDs. You can have 1 DVD for $15.98 a month, 2 DVDs for $19.98, 3 DVDs for $23.98 a month, or 4 DVDs for $29.98 a month.

· Limited Plan- This is the cheapest option but has conditions that may be hard for you to stay within. 1 DVD at a time, you can only have 2 DVDs a month. Streaming is available only on your computer and for only up 2 hours each month.

Netflix has many options and choosing which one is right for you can be difficult if you have never really something like this before, but you have the option to change your plan at any time so that helps you be able to try a few plans. We chose the first option so for $7.99 a month we are able to stream TV from our Wii, Kindle Fires, and on the computer.


Hulu- Hulu has a few options also.

· Hulu- Can only be watched over the internet with your computer for FREE. You can watch most of the shows but you have to wait a few days usually until the show is available for you.

· Hulu Plus- Is the paid option of Hulu. You pay $7.99 a month to be able to watch the shows they have on their database (there are shows that only allow you to watch over the WEB though, these are few and far between). With Hulu Plus you are usually able to watch a show the very next day after it is aired. You may also refer others using Email or Facebook to earn yourself free weeks!

We chose to pay the $7.99 for Hulu Plus and have been using it for 3 months so far and it has been wonderful. Rarely do we have issues with it. With Netflix we have never had an issue at all. I have enjoyed my decision to get rid of my ridiculous bill to watch television and save money. I also enjoy not having the television on as much (I honestly feel different knowing we are not paying so much so I don’t feel guilty not watching it).

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The Savings:

Using these new options for our viewing pleasure we are able to save $89.81 a MONTH. That is $1,077.72 a YEAR. It really knocks you off your feet when you see how much money you can really save and still be able to watch almost every popular shows as well as movies whenever you want. I would highly recommend at least thinking about these options and understand that if you like money this is an easy way to get more of it!

Do you think you will give this a try?

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    • AtHomeHeather profile image

      Heather 5 years ago from PA

      laadhy, Thank you very much! I plan to!

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      laadhy 5 years ago from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth

      interesting hub. keep up your good work

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      Heather 5 years ago from PA

      Mary615, I agree with you more people will be leaving soon, it is just not cost effective! Thank you for the vote and I will be checking yours our shortly!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      We decided to "divorce" the cable company about two months ago. I wrote a Hub about that, when you have some time read it to get my ideas. I got an indoor antenna and I'm getting 29 channels with it. I do have Netflix and enjoy that when I want to watch a movie. I think more and more people will be giving up cable. It's just too expensive. Great Hub, I voted it UP, etc.

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      Heather 5 years ago from PA

      RhichardPac, I think it will be one of the smartest decisions to save a ton of money that we have made in a long time! Thank you for the thought about the antenna I hadn't even thought about that and may have to look into it!

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      RichardPac 5 years ago from Sunny Florida!

      My wife and I ditched cable aver a year ago, and use both netflix and hulu plus as alternatives. We picked up DSL direct for internet access, and have never looked back! You may want to also pickup an "over the air" antenna. There are still lots of great local stations, and if you still want to watch the news and checkout weather, it could come in handy.. The best part is that you only need one for the whole house, just hook it up to where your cable come in.. I too wrote a hub about this you may want to check out..

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      Derek Ober 5 years ago from Florida

      Nice Hub!

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      Heather 5 years ago from PA

      It is wonderful! I use it on our Kindles if we are at the doctors and I NEED them to be quiet so that I can listen to what the doctor has to say!

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      crazymom3 5 years ago

      Ive been doingn netflix a year now and love the mobile phone app. no need to buy movies. my kids just watch them on my phone.