Thursday, April 23, 2009

Save Big $$$ On TV and Telephone Charges

Save some cash by making a few changes in your telephone and TV habits.

Many people cling to landlines for some reason and they are rarely cheap with additional cost tacked on for long distance. There are several services out there you can save money by using, like Skype, Vonage and MagicJack. Many of these services offer unlimited calling to US and Canada and fixed monthly bills if you stay within their coverage options.

Get rid of costly monthly service contracts with your cellular carrier. My wife and I were paying $50 a month to Verizon just so she could have a cell phone "in case". We ditched Verizon and bought a Tracfone for 10 bucks from Walmart. She buys minutes and only refills when she needs to or when her minutes are going to expire (usually 3 months). If you buy more they roll your old ones over as well. We now pay $60 A YEAR MAX for her cell phone.

You really want to save money ditch TV altogether and sell it on ebay. Realistically, for many poeple, no TV is not an option. You can ditch cable TV, especially if you have a TV with a digital tuner (or converter box) and a decent antenna. I can pick up 10 digital stations in my area and there is no snow. With digital you either get it or you don't (there can be some issues but digital usually comes over better than analog as far as picture quality goes).

You can suppliment broadcast TV with a subscription to Netflix; the 1 or 2 at a time options are very reasonable and if you like movies it is worth the money. You can also purchase your favorite TV shows on iTunes at VERY reasonable prices. I paid almost $65 a month JUST for cable TV...I could easily cut that to $25 bucks with my Netflix subscription, broadcast TV and buying the few shows I do watch on iTunes.

There is also a website called Hulu which has TONS of TV shows online for FREE. I have gone to them to watch a few of my old favorites, they have a great selection and like I said despite some annoying advertising it is FREE.

These are just a few simple ideas on how you can save yourself a little money every month and still have some kind of entertainment to keep you occupied. If you have some additional ideas post a comment and share them with my readers.

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1 comment:

  1. You really want to save money ditch TV altogether and sell it on ebay.Absolutely! We gave up cable y-e-a-r-s ago, and we STILL get 14+ crystal-clear channels with rabbit ears. And THAT'S too many channels IMHO.

    What did TV ever do for you? *hint* check out your waistline for the answer.

    Cut that crap!