Part 2: How We Cut Down Some of Our Cable, Internet, and Phone costs
This is Part 2 of how we cut down some of our Cable, Internet and Phone costs. If you missed Part 1, you can read it HERE.
My last post was titled “How We Cut Our Cable/Internet and Phone Bill from $160 to $44”. Some people felt that the title was misleading because of the fact that we now are only paying for Internet service, and cheap Phone service and people thought that I was paying $44 for all 3 services.
I apologize if anyone felt that this was misleading, but what I meant to express, was that we still do get the same benefits of all 3 services, but just in a different way. Let me explain more about what we do for cable shows, and phone services:
After we had finally gotten out of our contract with our cable company, we decided to still keep the internet service, and lose the phone, and cable services.
We still wanted some kind of home phone plan, and a way to be able to watch our favorite TV shows for cheap or free.
I credit my husband for finding out about what we did with our phone service. We got a service called NetTalk Duo. This service runs through High Speed Internet using the Router, usually called Voice Over IP. We paid around $70 for the device, and service for one year! We now have a landline phone, and a lot of features including Caller ID, etc. Each year after you initially get the device and service, it’s only $29.95 per year! Right now on their site, it says only $49.95 for the device and first year of service, so that’s an even better deal that we got!
Although I think you can get the NetTalk Device in some stores now, we ordered ours online, and had it sent to us. We set it up ourselves, and chose a number, and have had it since April with absolutely no problems.
If you are interested in learning more about what NetTalk Duo is, you can go to their site HERE for more pricing info, reviews and comparisons.
Many people think that this service is similar to Magic Jack, but these are different services.
The original Magic Jack is also a Voice-Over IP, but uses your USB ports in your computer to run, so your computer needs to be running all day. There are some “Plus” versions of Magic Jack which could be similar to NetTalk Duo, but cost more out of pocket. With the NetTalk Duo, it plugs into your Router, and is not required to have a running computer at all times.
So from now on each year we just renew our service by paying $29.95, and we have phone service and benefits for an entire year! Although you need High Speed Internet for this service, if it’s something that you already have, it may be a nice way to cut your costs.
Cable Shows, TV, Movies
After making the big decision to cut our cable along with our phone from the company that we were with, we needed a way to still be able to see a lot of our favorite shows for cheap or for free.
Today is a lot different than 15 years ago because you can now watch a lot of TV shows, Movies, and listen to music online for FREE!
We were kind of depending on this because we didn’t have the money to go back to paying for cable.
The first thing that I wanted to mention are some of the places that you can go to see Free Movies, TV Shows, and other things. Keep in mind some of these places have a “Plus” verison as well, where you can pay a monthly fee to be allowed access to movies, shows, etc.
Hulu: Hulu is a great site that has many of your favorite TV shows, Networks, and Movies available for you to watch for Free. Some of the networks that they have include Fox, ABC, A&E, Comedy Central, National Geograpic, and much much more.
They have a service called “Hulu Plus” where you pay a monthly subscription of $7.99 and you get more access to other shows and movies.
You can read more about their services HERE.
YouTube: YouTube has grown so much over the past few years! They now have a movies section where you can rent movies, usually for a discounted price. But they also have a FREE section of movies where there are many movies that you can watch for absolutely Free!
Many of the major networks now have online streaming, where you can catch up on some of your favorite missed shows. ABC is one of my favorite sites, because they have so many shows to choose from.
Library: don’t forget to look in your local library for free DVD rentals, CD rentals, etc. Today books aren’t the only thing that you can get from the library! Our library has a whole room of just DVDs, CDs, and anything else you may want for us to rent for free.
Lots of the movies they have are current and new in addition to many classics!
The next thing that I wanted to talk about is Netflix.
Netflix is a company that you do have to pay a fee of $7.99 per month for TV, Computer, and many gaming systems to stream. You can also get DVDs mailed to you for an additional fee per month.
They have tons of movies and shows, and often offer a 1 month Free Trial.
There are many devices now that offer streaming of Netflix including XBOX, PS3, Wii, Roku, and much more. Each device has it’s own way of streaming Netflix (for instance XBOX requires you to have a Gold Membership to stream Netflix, and PS3 does not). You can read more about which devices Netflix streams on HERE.
HD Converter Box
Ever since the government changed television from Analog to digital on June 12, 2009, you pretty much need the HD Converter Box to be able to pick up local and other channels for free.
You do have to pay for these boxes, but you can also read more HERE about receiving a $40 coupon to help the purchase price. They are normally around $40.
We use this to get some basic channels and enjoy a lot of local and news channels as well for Free.
I hope that this was helpful, and thank you so much to everyone who commented on the last post and made so many wonderful suggestions on how they save on cable, movies, etc. Again, I am sorry if I mislead you all in my last post title, but hopefully this one helped you all in understanding a little more about what we do for our Phone, and Cable-like services.
Thanks you all!