My frugal journey began two years ago when I got SICK of Comcast and their outrageous cable bills. I took the plunge and cut the cord. One phone call and my cable service was cancelled. Of course, I declined all of their “offers” and “packages” which were supposedly a great deal and would save me money…NOT! Internet only, thank you very much.
What do we do for TV?
My husband and I ordered a Roku, an RCA Multi-Directional Amplified Flat Antenna, subscribed to Netflix for $7.99 a month and never looked back. We even ditched Comcast’s $10 a month rental unit and purchased our own Arris SURFboard Router.
Free at last!
True, the initial purchase of these items were a bit of an expense, however, my husband and I sat down and did a dollar cost average. Over time, we would quickly recoup these costs by not being tied to a massive cable bill. I was kicking myself for not making this decision years ago!
I called Comcast a year later to negotiate (complain) when my internet rate increased. Score! We received a monthly $15 customer loyalty credit. Check out 20somethingfinance.com for tips on how to negotiate your bill.
In 2015, my Comcast bill had been $121.15. Today it is $59.95 (internet only.) This means I save an average of $734.40 a year! Whoa! That’s not chump change, that’s real dollars. What to do with this frugal windfall is a topic for another blog post.
Remember to check your bill every 12 months because rates ALWAYS go up!
No Frugal Drawbacks Here!
Now, we have all the basic TV channels for free and the Roku provides endless options for TV programs, movies, documentaries, etc. The term”Frugal” gets a bad rap but doesn’t seem to have any drawbacks here. I have money in my pocket and entertainment galore.
Do I miss cable? Nope. Not for a minute.
Stay tuned for my next frugal post with more money saving tips and tricks. Oh yes, the little things count!