Being a cord cutter is a great way to save money; however, with a little work on your side you can save even more.
Here are five ways you can lower your costs as a cord cutter.
#1 Review Your Subscriptions
Often cord cutters get in the habit of subscribing to a service and forgetting about it. I am as guilty of this as anyone. Before you know it, you are paying for a service you are no longer using.
Every few months take a minute and review what you are paying for and cancel any service you are not currently using.
#2 Rotate Streaming Services
There are always a few services you get use out of every month whether that be an on-demand service such as Netflix or a live TV service such as Sling TV.
Yet there are others out there that you likely only want a few months a year. Consider rotating your subscriptions from month to month. Maybe this month you pay for HBO NOW and next month you sign up for Showtime Anytime binge watch all the shows you want and save money by not oversubscribing.
#3 Buy Refurbished
Cord cutting does have a bit of a startup cost. The main startup cost is buying a streaming player for all the TVs in your house, but there is a way to cut your costs as a cord cutter.
Amazon has a nice selection of Amazon-backed refurbished streaming players and cord cutting devices. Saving a little bit here and there may not seem like a lot but it can really add up.
#4 Your Local Library
Skip Redbox or your digital movie rental and check out your local library. Not only do most libraries offer DVD rentals, they often will also offer movie streaming for free if you are a member. You can learn more about these movie streaming options HERE.
#5 Resell your DVDs
We all love binge watching shows and sometimes the only way to do that is to buy it. Instead of buying it on a service such as Amazon Video maybe buy the DVD.
For example, season 6 of Game of Thrones costs $26.96 on Amazon new but sells for about $15 used on eBay. Why not buy it used, binge watch it, and resell it? That could allow you to binge watch your favorite shows for just a few dollars.
Bonus Tip: Saving Money on Your Internet Bill
My best tip to lower your internet bill is to change your service provider every time your contract ends. All of our other tips can help a little but nothing is better than the new customer pricing ISPs offer. You can argue and beg but I personally find the best deals come from switching providers every year.
I know many people try to write off DSL but I use DSL at my house and to run Cord Cutters News. Back when I lived in Missouri, DSL was faster than what the local cable company had to offer. In a growing list of areas DSL offers 100 Mbps down or faster and even has fiber options for crazy fast speeds in some markets.
Also remember there are more DSL providers than just the big names. If you live in an area with AT&T, take a look at Toast.net. It resells AT&T Internet with no data caps and customer service right here in the United States. So make sure to check around.
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