Years ago, cutting the cable meant giving up your expensive cable plan for internet-based options that were a fraction of the price. Now? You might pay as much or even more.
If you want live TV, these packages are expensive. Of course, you can always buy an antenna and get free TV. Tap or click for reliable antenna picks regardless of the signal strength in your area.
Did you know you can watch TV from your computer without paying for cables? All you need is a small device called a TV tuner. Tap or click to see how they work. It’s a good budget-friendly option.
When it comes to streaming, you might have too much of a good thing. If you’re spending a lot more than you want, I can help.
1. Keep only what you need
A new show that you really want to see is coming out, so grab a free trial for yet another streaming service. Or maybe you pay for a subscription in the first place because not every streaming service offers a free trial. Look at you, Netflix.
It’s understandable. Each service has its own shows with five star ratings from the critics. Before you know it, you are losing a ton of money on services that you don’t even use.
Here’s my advice: make a list of all the streaming services that you are currently paying for. Take a close look at your costs and see which platforms you use the least – or not at all. Then it’s time to cancel. Many will try to lure you back with a free or discounted month. If you take advantage, set up a reminder so you can cancel when the free month is up.
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2. Go with a bundle or win a freebie
With a little research, you can probably save on what you’ve already subscribed to. Here’s a great example: Disney + alone costs $ 7.99 a month. Hulu costs $ 11.99 a month with no ads. You can get Hulu, ESPN + and Disney + bundled for just $ 13.99 a month. Victory.
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Some services can be obtained completely free of charge if you know your way around. Free Netflix is included in most T-Mobile Magenta and Magenta MAX plans at no additional cost. Some AT&T Unlimited plans include a free HBO Max subscription, and Hulu is included on Sprint’s Unlimited plans. Many of Verizon’s unlimited plans include one year of Disney + free.
3. Not everything costs money
There is a whole world of free movies online. You just need to know where to look.
A word of warning: don’t google free movie sites on your own. There’s a ton of junk out there, and a lot of these sites are robbing content (that you can put in hot water). Many also contain tricky buttons that you click to play and then be redirected to another page.
That’s why we did the job for you. Kanopy, Popcornflix, and Sony Crackle are some of the sites we tried and liked. Tap or click 13 free streaming options you can trust. Keep in mind that a lot of these are ad-supported, but it’s nice to save money.
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