My husband and I argue about money like most couples. When it comes to pinching pennies we mostly argue about shopping (e.g., clothes), phone, and cable….like most couples. Finding solutions to a budget can be exhausting for many reasons. Even more exhausting is dealing with the customer service department of most big companies. Cutting cable costs by streaming, however, is the latest plan to save the household some extra money. Here is what I did to cut cable costs by streaming and we saved big…
…a little honesty.
|Stardard TV (200+ channels) 1000 Mbps||$119.00||$119.00|
|Taxes & Fees||$13.41||$209.31|
This bill has fluctuated on several occasions. It started much smaller, $75 a month smaller.
I started out with my cable company before I married. Over a decade and some change later we received zero benefits for our loyalty, period.
Sometimes I can explain the fluctuation in the bill. For example, we add a channel like HBO when it’s time for Game of Thrones (GoT). Other times, when we rent a movie or two not wanting to drive to a Rexbox several “convenience” dollars are added to the bill.
Most times we cannot explain additional fees/taxes. Who wants to spend another minute arguing with the customer service rep trying to get to the bottom of that.
Not wanting to argue with my husband for another minute either, I decided to figure out how to cut cable costs by streaming. We already pay for Amazon Prime, which offers a streaming option. Amazon Prime is $99 a year, so that comes out to $8.25 a month. (We also live in a metropolis that provides PrimeNow and we use Subscribe & Save; that’s another post altogether!) We also pay $10.81 a month for Netflix.
In reality, we pay $228.37 a month for cable and streaming.
I call the cable company:
Me: I am currently paying $210 a month for cable. I would like to purchase the $64 a month Performance Plus package and eliminate my cable and phone.
Providers Customer Service Rep: I’d like to help you; you have three services. Let me say thank you for being a valued customer for the years you have (don’t say the actual number of years because it might mean something!). If you go down to just “one” service you will have to pay the “everyday price” of $89.95.
I’ll skip all the arguing and tell you what it comes out to with a headache on top:
|Taxes & Fees||$4.00||$113.01|
Performance Plan with router ($10) and an estimated $4 in taxes: $93.95. That is the quote folks; we all know there is no guarantee that will remain the monthly (or everyday price as it were) bill. Add the Amazon Prime and Netflix, we are looking at $113.01. We cut cable costs by streaming and saved $113 a month.
Ultimately we cut cable costs by streaming and saved $1,356 a year!
Now, let’s be clear, we will add HBO on the Go for three months when GoT return, so our bill will increase $30 total. This increase can be controlled and we have potentially saved $100 a year in rental movies since we’ve eliminated on demand.
There are two cons here:
- No channel surfing or recording shows
- No live viewing of sports either my friend
In the end, we have more control over what the children watch, what exact price we will now pay to rent movies and flexibility in the future. Flexibility to sign up for services we want without termination fees. For example, if we wanted to stream CBS or HULU, we simply sign up and terminate when we want. No penalties. We have the option of customizing our login page/favorite shows, retain our current emails, and we can still watch our favorite shows streaming. Best of all, we cut cable costs by streaming and saved over $100 a month and $1,300 a year!
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