How We Cut Our Cable/Internet/Phone Bill From $160 to $44
This year the hubbs and I wanted to (needed to) cut down on some of our spending habits. It just seemed as though all of our money was going to bills, and “things” rather than going toward what we wanted to be using the money for.
One way we drastically cut on our utility bills, was by cutting our phone and cable bill. We had the infamous “bundle” package where you get everything you want for $160. It seemed like a great deal, and probably is, for someone who could afford that. BUT, we weren’t one of those people.
We managed to pay it every month, but it just seemed to drain our spending money and money for other things. Not to mention if you are behind on the bill once, then you end up owing $320 for 2 months!
Added up, $160/month is $1920 a year!
It would not have been so bad had we not been stuck in a 2 year contract. That was painful, because you never know what can happen in 2 years, and you are still stuck paying the bill.
As you can tell, I was a little bitter about the whole situation, but it was almost suffocating to be stuck in such a large commitment! In that 2 year time, we grew a little and learned a lot about telling our money where to go, instead of it telling us where to go!
The first thing we did was wait out our contract………I know……..not to exciting, but we had a reason for doing this. We didn’t wait for the entire contract time, but waited until a few months shy of the end date to our contract. The reason for doing this was because we would be charged a large fee if we opted out of our contract before the 2 year mark.
The fee, however grew smaller the closer we got to the end date, and so we decided to wait until it was less expensive for us to pay the fee, rather than pay the bill in the contract.
As I mentioned before, we had the “bundle” package. We had Cable, Internet, and Phone. Yes, the good old landline phone! We had to assess what was important to us. We obviously needed the internet (for my work, and my hubby’s work). We were on the fence about phone, and we knew we could probably cut the cable and not miss it.
So we paid the fee, and decided to cut the cable, and phone and keep the internet.
You might be asking, isn’t that kind of drastic? Don’t you watch TV or talk on the phone? Well of course!’
It was actually really hard, but almost freeing once we did it.
So the cost went down from $160 per month to $44 per month for internet.
That’s a savings of $1,392 per year! Or only 528 per year.
So was that it? Were we stuck with no TV or Phone?? Well, not exactly.
We actually found a way to get basic TV channels for free, watch our favorite shows for free online, and rent free movies.
And our Phone? Well, we knew about the pre-paid cell phones, but we also found a service where you only pay $30 A YEAR FOR LANDLINE PHONE SERVICE!!!!
But, that’s a post for next time.
I will be discussing the details of how to watch some TV shows, and movies for free,
and also our $30 Per year phone bill!
I would love to know how you all cut down on your bills, or how you manage to survive the contracts
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