Do you watch more than five hours of television? Do you really need to watch so much boob- tube turned flat-screen? More struggling families are learning less is best and more time reading and sitting around the dinner table with the family is enriching their lives! So how can you save? Read on!
Lifeline Cable Could Save You $420 a Year
Did you know there are more than one type of "basic" cable? All cloaked in different packaging? Maybe not! What many cable companies call "basic cable" is actually their midrange offering and includes dozens of channels.
But there's an alternative to basic cable that the companies don't always advertise. It's called "lifeline cable" or "broadcast basic". For an average savings of $420 a year with lifeline cable you can get your local network affiliates like ABC, CBS, andNBC, as well as the local PBS station and some extras like college channels or government access stations.
Not all cable companies provide a lifeline cable, but chances are there's one in your area that does.
Cancelling Cable Could Save You $720
This might seem drastic, but with the rise of television shows on the Internet, more and more Americans are turning away from the cable box and toward the computer. The average American's annual cable bill is $720, so cancelling it means real savings.
Generally you can still watch your favorite shows, soon after they've been shown on air.
At Hulu.com, you can find thousands of episodes of hundreds of shows, all free.
Another Web site, cancelcable.com, has a show-finder tool to help you watch your favorite show in a number of ways.
Eliminating Mailings Could Save $12 a Year
Many cable companies offer incentives for you to eliminate mailings. Time Warner Cable, for example, offers a $1 credit each month if you go paperless and receive their statements and notifications by e-mail.