When John and I were first married, one of the most obvious things (for us) was to get cable and internet. And why not? We had cable growing up, it was fun, and it just seemed like the thing to do. We were both working so we had disposable income to spend on that fun stuff.
In about August 2013, 2 months before Allison was born, we took a look at our expenses. I was planning to stay home with Allison so we knew our income was going to drop drastically. When we got to the Cable/Internet section, we knew something had to change. We were paying $176.40 a month! Just to be able to watch TV and have internet access! We started to look at options to try and lower our bill.
What we eventually found was this Roku 1. For $48, we could have access to hundreds of channels; anything we could imagine! We could stream new (and old) TV shows, do workouts, listen to music… some channels require a monthly subscription, but most of them are free.
John was a little worried at first. One of his favorite things to do on a Sunday afternoon was curl up on the couch and catch up on the DVR. He’d no longer have that, or be able to watch live TV. We wouldn’t be able to watch live sports either, but that wasn’t going to be a problem for us. So what could we do to ensure we could at least watch some of the shows we liked?
Netflix: For $8.57 a month, we have access to many shows, new and old, as well as hundreds of movies. Netflix won’t have the newest season of a show until a few months after that season ends, so if you’re a patient person, Netflix is great! I love to binge watch shows I’ve never seen before.
Amazon Prime: It’s $99 a year, but that includes FREE 2-day shipping on most items! Amazon Prime also has Instant Video, which is very similar to Netflix in that it’s mostly older, but you can pay like $2.00 per episode for the newer stuff, plus it has a few HBO shows like True Blood. You can sign up for a 30 day free trial here!
Hulu Plus: $7.99 a month for mostly newer shows. When a new episode airs on cable, it’ll appear on Hulu a couple days later. The only thing I don’t like about Hulu is that there are still ads during the shows, even though you pay, but they’re always very quick ads. You can click here to sign up and get 2 weeks free!
Youtube: Totally free, just like the website, but it does have ads every so often. I like being able to watch Youtube videos on TV!
Twitch TV: I mainly use Twitch to watch people play video games. Have to get my nerd-ness in sometimes! It’s free to download, too.
These are the 5 channels we watch most often. Just 5? Yep, but who has time for TV when you have a toddler? We thought we’d miss cable, but now that Allison’s here, we don’t miss it at all! We’re totally happy just laying in bed at night watching Youtube videos, or watching some of our favorite TV shows in the morning before Allison wakes up.
So let me break down what we paid with cable/all the extras, and what we pay now.
1. Then: Cable/Internet- $176.40/month
- HD TV service
- Cable modem
- Wifi modem
- HD DVR service
- HD DVR box and HD box
- Premium channels
2. Now: Roku/Internet: $93.38/month
- Roku: $48 one time payment
- Netflix: $8.57/month
- Hulu Plus: $7.99/month
- Amazon Prime: $8.25/month
- Wi-Fi modem: We had rented one from our cable company for awhile but actually bought our own a couple years ago. It saves us a couple bucks a month, so look into that if you want to save a little more!
Total savings per year: $996.24
Yep, that’s a lot of money saved! Like I said, we were a little anxious about getting rid of cable, but when we looked at the savings, we decided to take the plunge and we don’t regret it! If you’re looking to cut cable, consider the Roku, or even other devices that will let you watch TV online. It’ll definitely save you money in the long run!
(Disclaimer: Roku didn’t pay me for my opinions or provide anything for this post. I just truly like my Roku box! Any links in the above post may be affiliate links, which at no cost to you will help me support this blog and my family if you click and make a purchase. Thanks for your support!)
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