Do you hate your cable bill? I freaking do but luckily enough I found a happy medium where I can reduce the bill without cutting tons of options for my family to watch!
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I have had all the available cable companies in my service area. I honestly don’t love ANY of them. It’s crazy how a business monopoly can still exist like these ones do. My current cable and internet provider had my monthly bill around $150 for basic cable (I believe all the main channels- nothing fancy except the introductory promo channels that last 90 days). This included what we pay for internet as well, we have high speed internet and use wifi on almost all of our little devices here.
I couldn’t tell you what each individually was costing us because it was from months ago honestly but at the time of doing this – my purpose was to just lower our monthly bill in whatever way I might be offered through customer service. You know they will jump through tons of hoops and offers to keep you from downgrading your service. Luckily we were not in a contract and a month to month agreement had been set when we started with them. I try to go through our bills every year and see what new discounts or offers might be newly available to us – maybe I will get lucky and save us some money.
It was last Spring that my parents had just purchased a streaming media player from Amazon and my father was raving about how awesome it was as an addition to their little family room. I didn’t quite understand what a streaming media player was but after a family dinner and doing some playing around on theirs – it was awesome. They bought a Roku 2. This awesome little box of greatness loads all your known television channel’s “apps” and you can use them to watch the shows you love! Google and Amazon also make their own streaming media players but through researching them, I found that the Roku brand would be the most family friendly with the most options available to our likes.
The Roku streaming media player has seriously changed the game for us. I recommend it to everyone now! Especially those with small children looking to save money in easy ways!
For example, PBS Kids has one of these apps (you might have it on your phone for your littles – if you don’t, you should because it’s free and comes in handy when I need to distract the kiddos for any normal reason). Most, if not all the apps are free to download onto your Roku Player – some of the apps require subscription services like Netflix or Hulu. This was great for us because we were already paying for Netflix on top of our cable/internet bill! Best of all, the Roku is incredibly easy to use – the interface is awesome and walks you through all the connections and set-ups! I should make it clear that streaming media players require a wifi connection to work so internet will still be necessary when utilizing this! Please remember that!
I was able to reduce our cable bill by over 50 dollars per month by completely getting rid of our cable and only purchasing internet capabilities.
Next thing I know, I am sold on this little player and I realized that I could essentially get rid of the cable portion of the bill, use this Roku for our Netflix (as well as a few other App Channels we love – like A&E, E!, ABC – all free!) and see how we survive without the convenience of cable. Guess what? It ain’t as hard as I thought it would be because I have found a few other bonuses along the way! Plus my 2 year old can whiz through all the channels and the shows to find what he wants to watch. The remote comes with individual buttons for Netflix, Amazon Prime, and a few others for direct access!
Ditch the cable and still save enough to add a new streaming subscription!
I purchased the Roku HDMI Streaming Stick from Amazon. I loved it so much, I bought the Roku 1 for my older television that didn’t have an HDMI input in it. The Roku HDMI stick is around $50 dollars and in my thinking – paid for it’s damn self within the first few months of buying with how much I was saving on the cable! Money well spent in my opinion.
After I cut our bill from around $150 to a little under $95 dollars per month (by dropping the cable from our package) – I was able to also justify a new monthly payment for a Hulu account ($7.99 per month) because I would still be saving a little over $40 dollars a month! Hulu was a great add because it offer’s a wider variety of the latest shows on cable and they usually add them to the available to watch list 24 hours after they are live on air! 24 hours is worth waiting for when I am saving that much in my cable bill anyways. Plus my kiddos have much more available to watch as well AND (I don’t know if you will relate – but Hulu has a HUGE anime section and my fiance is a pretty big fan of Anime shows that aren’t super popular on cable!) – so triple bonus in that aspect 😉
To be completely straight and honest with you – between Netflix and Hulu and all the free channel apps – I can still virtually watch anything I like AND anytime I like!
It’s like having the On-Demand feature 24/7 but much much cheaper!
If you aren’t sure which Roku model is best for you, I would recommend checking out all the different capabilities each one has at their product website. I had to do a little research with my first purchase so I was sure that it would work with our television correctly. They make a model for almost every type of television out there 🙂 The HDMI stick seemed the best to me because I could easily move it from the living room to the bedroom if I wanted to use it on a different television (when we only had one). It’s not necessary to get a Roku player for every television in your home but you might want to with how nice it is to lower that damn cable bill.
Anywhoosier, I hope this little money saving trick will help you if you have yet to learn about streaming media players. It’s especially convincing if you already use and love Netflix or Hulu.
Stop giving extra money to the cable guys! See if a streaming media player would save you some money!