Blog Rewind: Saving Money on TV with a Streaming Device

This is part TWO of a Three Part series I originally posted when my links were not working. I thought I would repost them with updated links so you can read them. A lot of people look to save money on cable and want to know some alternatives. I thought I would share our experience with you here! Enjoy – and let me know what you think!

Earlier, I wrote about the Roku 2 XD Streaming Player 1080p and how we watch TV since we cut off our cable.  Today I want to compare costs for the two so you can see the overall savings over one year.

Our Cable TV service, even in a bundled package, was costing us just over $60 per month.  That’s quite a bit considering the handful of channels we actually watched.  It was, however, one of our only avenues for entertainment at home.  We decided to get rid of cable and stick with internet and home phone.

On a side note, have any of you gotten rid of your home phone and stick only to cell phones?  What are the Pros and Cons of that for you?

We agreed to give Netflix a try for free for 30 days.  We watched movies we hadn’t seen in a long time, and even new movies we hadn’t ever seen.  There were TV shows (series) that my kids loved and missed from cable TV.  All for $7.99 per month!  Hello savings!

Switching from my laptop for streaming to the Roku 2 XD Streaming Player 1080p added a one-time cost of $88, but divided by 12 months averages $7.33 per month.

$7.99 + $7.33 = $15.32/month – still a $45 savings per month.  That’s a BIG deal!

Since the streaming device only required a one time purchase price, it really will cost less over time.

In addition, since connecting to the Roku 2 XD Streaming Player 1080p, we have subscribed to HuluPlus (which offers several of our favorite series, including recent episodes we missed after cable went bye-bye), and Amazon Prime which costs $79 per year.

Essentially, on a per month average, we pay $22.56 for the 3 subscription services.  The longer we have the Roku device, the less cost that will average out over time, and it will become moot.

In addition, the Amazon Prime allows for MORE than just streaming movies, but I will share more about THAT tomorrow!

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