This time around I'm really pushing it...yes, I'm talking about what most of us consider a necessary evil - CABLE TV *insert Norman Bates slasher screams here*
Cable TV rates have grown to a ridiculous all time high, however, it is also one of the easiest and quickest ways to cut household expenses! If downgrading your programming package doesn't trim your budget as much as you'd like, I've put together my Top 7 Frugal Alternatives to Cable TV for you below - everything from the extreme conservative to the my hubby can't live without his sports channel options.
1: Public Libraries
Many public libraries have full seasons available for popular TV shows, as well as movies - new and old. Obviously the size of the city / library will play a part in your choices. Many popular choices also may have a waiting list and no real prediction of date availability as the borrower may "renew" their rental of the selection. However, if you live in a town that has several local county library locations, they usually offer "inner city transfers" where they will transfer a selection between branches - usually by the next day.
Amazon Video On Demand and
Amazon Instant Video
You can get a FREE 30 day Trial of Amazon Prime HERE and try the service out for FREE before you decide!
- $1 for most rentals per night. New movie releases and some TV shows available - new, classics and favorites in many genres.
- You can usually get coupons via text and online for Free to discounted rentals
4: Online TV Networks
5: Subscription services : Netflix
- My family LOVES Netflix! Each of my kids watch movies on their laptop or TV's whenever they want. Well worth the $7.99 per month! The only downside is that some new releases are not always available for live streaming immediately when they are available via DVD rental or purchase. You can also get 1 Month FREE TRIAL to test it out yourself!
As you can see - with our ever evolving technology, mobile apps and devices, there really are many frugal alternatives to cable tv that don't necessarily have to cramp your style or disrupt your "viewing" time!
Do you have your own tips or fave service you use as an alternative to cable tv? Leave us a comment below and let us know!!
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