30 Ways to Cut the Cost of Living: Cable and Movies


#19 Cut out cable.

In preparation for this post, I crunched a few numbers and found out that our family saves at least $445/ year by not having cable! I know many of your are cringing at the thought, but if you really need to cut your expenses to get some financial traction, this is an extra that can go for a while!

There are plenty of free online resources for viewing shows.  Here are just a few of the options:

http://www.freetvonline.com

http://www.hulu.com

http://xfinitytv.comcast.net

http://wwitv.com

If you’re not willing to cut this expense, you should at least give your cable company a call and tell them that you are thinking about dropping the service because of the high cost.  See if there are any new promotions or plans available, or just ask for a discount!  It’s worth a try!

 

http://www.redbox.com/image/logos/redboxdefault

#20 Wait until movies come out on DVD to view them (and don’t pay full price at a store like Blockbuster–use Redbox or Blockbuster Express!)

My husband and I have decided that we can wait to see new movies until they come out, and by doing so, we save at least $300/ year (if we were to go to the movies once per month).   If you count the cost of a child’s ticket to the movies, we save at least $400/ year in this category.  Now, this doesn’t mean that we can never, ever go see a movie, but it means that I wait until there is a Groupon deal or something that cuts the price in half, at least.

We used to get a Friday night movie at Blockbuster (to the tune of several dollars a pop), but now we use Redbox and I usually have a free coupon code. For a while, Redbox was sending free movie codes to my cell phone on Mondays, so we were having our date night on Mondays!  Totally free family entertainment!

Many people have found Netflix to be a good alternative, but we don’t watch enough movies to even make this worthwhile.  Thanks to free Redbox codes, it’s rare that we even spend $2/ month on movies!

What ways have you found to cut the expense of entertainment?  Leave a comment below!

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Comments

  1. Kris Lewis says:

    How do you get your free Redbox codes?

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