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We’ve never been a big television watching family (now movie night is another story) and we’ve tried satellite. 175 digital channels – sounds great right? All the options- never be bored with what’s on the TV! Except we only watched about 5 of them. In fact, the average cable subscriber pays for 178 channels and watches only 17. We were paying for a lot more than we were using.
Want to stretch your budget? Only pay for what you watch. Instead of paying for channels like the Golf Channel, MTV (I think I’ve outgrown it and my kids are too young), QVC or 27 music channels- why not pay for the ones we watch like home makeover shows, the cartoons and the news? Why lock into a long term contract that has to be bought out when things change?
Want to cut the cable?
Start by visiting the Cut the Cable calculator to see how much your current cable or satellite service costs compared to the cost of a broadband internet service and the individual streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Eye Opening isn’t it!
Ready to make the switch?
Start streaming. You’ll need a wireless router in order to stream the channels that you will actually watch. Your internet provider can rent you one but long term- it makes more sense to buy your own wireless router. Walmart has everything you need in order to stream your favorite shows. $8 per month rental fee versus a one time cost of as low as $17.50 by purchasing your own router! You’ll break even buying your own router in just over 2 months. Plus you won’t have the hassle of having to return the router if you change providers.
Need to replace your TV? Consider a Smart TV, which can avoid the need for other streaming devices by offering apps right on the television itself! Walmart also has a great selection of Smart televisions. (Tip courtesy of Walmart: Buy a TV half the size of the distance from your TV to your chair. Sit 80″…get a 40″ screen. Walmart has made it easy to stream in every room in your house with their Streaming Bundles.
Want to step up your options? Add a streaming device like a Roku, Google Chromecast or Apple TV. We love our Roku, mostly because I never have to search for the remote. You can control it right from your cell phone with their app!
Even if you can’t cut the cable completely, consider trimming it. Reduce the monthly bill with your subscriber by downgrading your package and add on a Streaming Device instead. Most bill on a monthly basis without requiring a contract or commitment. The best part? Streaming devices are not tied to your address! Going on vacation? Bring your Roku with you! Heading to grandma’s for the weekend- bring it with you! You can’t do that with a cable box.
Personally, trying to put together a package of the electronics I need to make what I want happen is a bit overwhelming. That’s why I love when there are bundles to pull it all together for me! Walmart has Streaming Bundles to meet any budget or need.
Walmart has sponsored this post. All of the opinions are mine.