cable http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3761/all en-US How Everyone Can Cut Cable and Still Watch What They Love — Even Sportsfans http://www.wisebread.com/how-everyone-can-cut-cable-and-still-watch-what-they-love-even-sportsfans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-everyone-can-cut-cable-and-still-watch-what-they-love-even-sportsfans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tv-200363059-001.jpg" alt="family watching tv" title="family watching tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>More and more people are cutting loose their cable TV providers nowadays, and no wonder. Cable and satellite services offer big packages of channels for big fees, and have been refusing to provide less expensive <em>a la carte</em> options. Streaming online services have been winning over longtime cable customers by offering selections of programming at much smaller monthly prices. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-never-need-to-pay-to-watch-movies-heres-why?ref=seealso">You Never Need to Pay to Watch Movies</a>)</p> <p>But if you are a big fan of certain types of programming, you might be afraid to cut the cord. Fear no longer. This post will help almost any kind of TV watcher find their ideal cable-free solution.</p> <p>Most of these solutions require broadband Internet access. You can watch online programming directly on a computer, tablet, or smartphone screen, or you can purchase a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DR0PDNE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DR0PDNE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Chromecast</a>, &nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BGGDVOO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BGGDVOO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Roku box</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HXIH32A/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00HXIH32A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Apple TV</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CX5P8FC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CX5P8FC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon FireTV</a>, Wi-Fi enabled Blu-ray player, or <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D9EPI38/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00D9EPI38&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">video game console</a> to bring the programming to your television set.</p> <h2>The Sports Fan</h2> <p>This has traditionally been the most cable-bound type of viewer, so let's get it out of the way first. It is increasingly possible to watch televised sports without paying for cable. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-live-sporting-events?ref=seealso">Save Money on Live Sporting Events</a>)</p> <p>Basketball fans can subscribe to <a href="http://www.nba.com/leaguepass/">NBA League Pass</a> for $16.99 to $59 per season to watch live games without cable. <a href="https://gamepass.nfl.com/nflgp/secure/packages?icampaign=GP_GameAccess">NFL Game Pass</a> offers replays of games, or live audio of pro football games. A subscription to <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscriptions/index.jsp?product=mlbtv&amp;affiliateId=MLBTVREDIRECT">MLB.tv</a>, which runs $109.99 to $129.99 a year, can keep you up to date on our national pastime.</p> <p>For fans of professional ice hockey (both of you!), you can stream out-of-market NHL games to your devices. A $49.95 fee gets you a subscription to <a href="https://gamecenter.nhl.com/nhlgc/secure/gclsignup">NHL Gamecenter Live</a> for the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs, which have just begun.</p> <p>There are <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/11/02/live-sports-cable-nfl-mlb/3316167/">drawbacks to these Internet sports services</a>. The main one is that local games can be blacked out on streaming services. However, many local games are broadcast over the air. If you don't get good broadcast reception without cable, you can invest in one of the newer <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=indoor%20antenna&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aindoor%20antenna&amp;sprefix=indoor%20anten%2Caps%2C231&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps">high-powered indoor antennas</a> to fix that.</p> <p>If you haven't subscribed to a streaming package for the season but just feel like catching one game or browsing a large number of sporting events, check out <a href="http://www.vipboxus.co/">VIPBox Sports</a>.</p> <h2>The News Junkie</h2> <p>Despite the low quality of much of the content on 24-hour cable news channels, some people really like having them on for large chunks of the day to keep up on what's happening.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/">CNN</a> does provide a streaming feed on its website, but unfortunately you have to subscribe to a paid TV service in order to view it. But you can watch the BBC's all-day-all-night news, BBC 24, at <a href="http://www.wherever.tv/tv-channels/BBC-News-24.jsf">Wherever TV</a> with no sign-up or cable subscription needed.</p> <p>The same site also streams Fox News and various local news stations, and it purports to show MSNBC and The Weather Channel, although I could not get those last two to load. You can get some access without signing in, but if you want more, you can subscribe, which is free on PCs or $4.99 a month on GoogleTV, Android, or iOS.</p> <p>Of course, you don't need a 24-hour news channel to stay informed. You can watch video stories one by one on the CNN Web site, as well as <a href="http://www.pbs.org/topics/news-politics/">PBS</a> and a host of other sites. Or just turn on the radio to your local National Public Radio affiliate, or check into a newspaper website, or sign up for news alerts on your phone.</p> <h2>The Reality Nut</h2> <p>When it comes to watching episodes soon after they are broadcast, reality bites for those who don't want to pay for TV. But that doesn't mean you have to break down and pay for cable. You just have to decide which is more important to you: instant gratification or free? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-case-of-the-martini-is-instant-gratification-financially-responsible?ref=seealso">Is Instant Gratification Financially Responsible?</a>)</p> <p>First of all, a lot of the top reality shows are on broadcast TV; you can watch &quot;The Bachelor&quot; on ABC or &quot;American Idol&quot; on Fox live for free with a good HD antenna.</p> <p>If you must watch a reality show less than a week after it airs, you can probably download it for a fee. Most shows on Amazon are $1.99 each, or $2.99 in HD &mdash; including &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J65HBRA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00J65HBRA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Shark Tank</a>&quot; and &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J5SHB28/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00J5SHB28&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">The Real Housewives of New York City</a>.&quot; Much of the same is available on iTunes for $2.99 per episode.</p> <p>If you can wait a week, your options broaden. For instance, Hulu Plus (which costs $7.99 a month) offered episodes of the last season of &quot;The Bachelor&quot; eight days after broadcast. The Bravo website posts episodes of &quot;The Real Housewives of New York City&quot; for free streaming, after a week.</p> <p>If you just want to binge on old reality series, especially the TLC lowbrow documentary style, you can find plenty on <a href="http://www.netflix.com">Netflix</a>, like six seasons of &quot;Toddlers in Tiaras&quot; or four seasons of &quot;Hoarding: Buried Alive.&quot;</p> <h2>The Series Devotee</h2> <p>After reality TV pushed most of the well-written TV dramas and comedies off the networks, you almost <em>had</em> to subscribe to premium channels like HBO to watch a high-quality series.</p> <p>Not anymore. Netflix has &quot;Breaking Bad,&quot; &quot;Mad Men,&quot; and &quot;Sherlock,&quot; not to mention Netflix Originals such as &quot;Orange Is the New Black&quot; and &quot;House of Cards.&quot;</p> <p>What's more, Amazon recently <a href="http://bgr.com/2014/04/23/hbo-amazon-prime-streaming-fire-tv/">announced a deal with HBO</a> that will give <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DBYBNEE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DBYBNEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Prime members</a> access to unlimited streaming of old series like &quot;The Sopranos&quot; and &quot;The Wire,&quot; as well as older seasons of current shows like &quot;True Blood&quot; and &quot;Boardwalk Empire.&quot; The deal also includes miniseries, original movies, documentaries, and comedy specials.</p> <p>Those who must see the most current episodes of their favorite series can always pay per-episode &mdash; &quot;Walking Dead&quot; and &quot;Mad Men&quot; is $2.99 per HD episode on Amazon, or $1.99 regular.</p> <p>A lot of us like watching series online even better than watching them as they are broadcast, because we can binge. When the final season of &quot;Breaking Bad&quot; finally showed up on Netflix, I watched it in a week, saving myself the agony of waiting seven days between each suspenseful installment.</p> <p>The only big downside to waiting to watch a series instead of as they are released on cable TV is the spoiler. It can be hard to avoid finding out about major plot twists, especially if you spend time on Facebook and Twitter every day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-break-your-social-media-habit?ref=seealso">Ways to Break Your Social Media Habit</a>)</p> <p>For TV watchers outside these three types, finding replacements for cable is likely to be simpler: Just set up a Roku with a monthly subscription service and browse the broad offerings in TV series, documentaries, and movies. And don't forget the offerings of broadcast TV &mdash; PBS in particular has been on fire lately with high-quality series including &quot;Sherlock&quot; and &quot;Downton Abbey.&quot;</p> <p><em>Have you cut the cord? Tell us what you're watching &mdash; and how!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-everyone-can-cut-cable-and-still-watch-what-they-love-even-sportsfans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Today we found some awesome articles on ways to save on cable and internet, frugal birthday parties for kids, and steps before tying the knot.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://budgetandthebeach.com/2013/10/03/4-ways-to-save-on-cable-and-internet-without-losing-it/">4 Ways to Save on Cable and Internet Without Losing It</a> &mdash; Cutting extras off your cable and internet packages can help you save money. [Budget and the Beach]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalrules.com/frugal-birthday-parties-kids/">Frugal Birthday Parties for Kids</a> &mdash; To keep your child's birthday party frugal, check for group rates at potential venues. [Frugal Rules]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefreefinancialadvisor.com/5-steps-to-take-before-getting-married/">5 Steps Before Tying the Knot</a> &mdash; Before you tie the knot, create a debt strategy with your fiance. [The Free Financial Advisor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedebtmyth.com/avoid-the-gift-of-holiday-debt/">Avoid the &quot;Gift&quot; of Holiday Debt</a> &mdash; Avoid the &quot;gift&quot; of holiday debt this holiday season by figuring out how much you can afford to spend, then sticking to that number. [The Debt Myth]</p> <p><a href="http://www.onesmartdollar.com/how-to-rise-to-the-top-of-your-game/">How to Rise to the Top of Your Game</a> &mdash; If you want to be successful, surround yourself with people who behave better than you so you drift in the same direction they are headed. [One Smart Dollar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2013/10/03/6-steps-to-surviving-a-job-furlough/">6 Steps to Surviving a Job Furlough</a> &mdash; To survive a job furlough, record and tally your expenses daily. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/4-red-flags-indicating-bad-401k-plan.html">4 red flags of a bad 401(k) plan</a> &mdash; Does your 401(k) plan have too many choices? It may not be a good plan. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/6-money-mistakes-that-can-derail-your-marriage/">6 Money Mistakes That Can Derail Your Marriage</a> &mdash; Don't make the money mistake of trying to keep up with the Joneses. It can derail your marriage. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/article/spending/T007-C000-S002-why-frugality-is-liberating.html">Why Frugality is Liberating</a> &mdash; Frugality is liberating because it helps you be able to spend money on what you really want to spend money on. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/prenatal-diagnosis-planning-a-celebration-of-life-baby-shower">Prenatal Diagnosis: Planning a Celebration of Life Baby Shower</a> &mdash; If a friend of yours has received a bad prenatal diagnosis for their child, consider giving them a celebration of life baby shower. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-on-cable-and-internet">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper - Updated</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips cable Internet saving Mon, 07 Oct 2013 09:48:03 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 994616 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Negotiate Your Way to a Lower Cable Bill http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-negotiate-your-way-to-a-lower-cable-bill <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-negotiate-your-way-to-a-lower-cable-bill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5542546563_ed1c2aabe1_z.jpg" alt="watching tv" title="watching tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on negotiating a lower cable bill, brilliant uses for beer, and saving money at theme parks.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/budgeting/how-to-negotiate-your-cable-bill/">How to Negotiate Your Way to a Lower Cable Bill</a> &mdash; If you want to get a lower cable bill, remember to try to keep your expectations realistic. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Uses-Beer-25209210">7 Brilliant Uses For Beer</a> &mdash; Did you know beer can brighten wood furniture? [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://notmadeofmoney.com/blog/2013/01/savin-money-theme-parks.html">Tips For Saving Money At Theme Parks</a> &mdash; To save money at theme parks, buy souvenirs off site and go in the off season. [Not Made of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mightybargainhunter.com/reasonably-priced-gifts-loved-ones/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+mightybargainhunter+%28MightyBargainHunter.com%29">Ten tricks for reasonably-priced gifts for loved ones</a> &mdash; Want to save money on gifts for your loved ones? Look into getting discount gift cards to save! [Mighty Bargain Hunter]</p> <p><a href="http://www.biblemoneymatters.com/how-to-save-money-when-shopping-online-from-research-to-receipt/">How To Save Money When Shopping Online: From Research To Receipt</a> &mdash; Save money when shopping online by using Amazon.com to research and find the best item at the lowest price. [Bible Money Matters]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrush.com/how-to-budget-on-an-irregular-income/">How to Budget on an Irregular Income</a> &mdash; When budgeting on an irregular income, base things on the bare minimum. [MoneyCrush]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/the-wrong-reason-to-become-an-entrepreneur/">The Wrong Reason To Become An Entrepreneur</a> &mdash; The concept of not having to work for someone else is the wrong reason to become an entrepreneur. In fact, entrepreneurs have more bosses than any other type of worker! [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/benefits-of-consolidating-financial-accounts/">Account Consolidation - When Less is More</a> &mdash; Consolidating your accounts can make it easier to track your finances and can help you pay fewer fees. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.onmoneymaking.com/6-sites-to-make-money-online-from-writing.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OnMoneymaking+%28On+Moneymaking%29">6 Sites to Make Money Online From Writing</a> &mdash; Want to make money online from writing? Check out Textbroker or Bukisa. [On Making Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-treat-head-lice-what-parents-need-to-know">How to Treat Head Lice: What Parents Need to Know</a> &mdash; If your child has lice, you must buy a nit comb and remove every single nit. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-negotiate-your-way-to-a-lower-cable-bill">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper - Updated</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-throw-out-today">25 Things to Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips cable negotiate Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:48:36 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 967657 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Cheap Alternatives to Cable http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cheap-alternatives-to-cable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-cheap-alternatives-to-cable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2235601624_76a3d52fa7_z.jpg" alt="Cheap Alternatives to Cable" title="Cheap Alternatives to Cable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on cheap alternatives to cable, tips to save money in the new year, and savings ideas for online shopping.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/free-cheap-cable-tv-alternatives/">Cable TV Too Expensive? Why Not try Cheap Alternatives to Cable?</a> &mdash; If your cable TV bill is too expensive, consider watching shows online as an alternative to cable! [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/5-quick-tips-to-save-money-in-the-new-year/">5 Quick Tips to Save Money in the New Year</a> &mdash; To save money in the new year, invest in yourself and learn a new skill or two. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://save1.com/blog/3-super-savings-ideas-for-online-shopping/">3 Super Savings Ideas for Online Shopping</a> &mdash; When shopping online, plan out your shopping experience so you don't waste your time browsing online for hours. [Save1 Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://livingonthecheap.com/2012/12/quick-and-easy-handmade-christmas-gift-ideas/">15 quick and easy handmade Christmas gift ideas</a> &mdash; This holiday season, consider making fizzy bath bombs or cranberry honey butter. [Living on the Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/save-money-energy-efficient-appliances/">Save Money with Energy Efficient Appliances</a> &mdash; Energy efficient appliances can save you money by giving you government rebates! [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/how-to-pay-for-college/">How to Pay for College if You Started Saving Too Late</a> &mdash; To pay for college even if you started saving too late, help your child look for financial assistance. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://notmadeofmoney.com/blog/2012/11/hidden-expenses-of-home-ownership.html">Hidden Expenses of Home Ownership</a> &mdash; As a homeowner, you might not be prepared for the hidden expense of property taxes. [Not Made Of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/White-Elephant-Gifts-Under-10-26231019">Gag Gifts Under $10 For Everyone On Your List</a> &mdash; Want to give someone a gag gift this holiday season? Consider giving people bacon bandages. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/entrepreneurs-minimize-holiday-stress/">5 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Minimize Holiday Stress</a> &mdash; If you are an entrepreneur trying to minimize holiday stress, remember to make time for yourself and others. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/tips-to-help-you-prepare-your-family-for-any-holiday">Tips to Help You Prepare Your Family for Any Holiday</a> &mdash; Get your family prepared for any holiday by keeping it fun! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cheap-alternatives-to-cable">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-fun-frugal-things-to-do-tonight-besides-watch-tv">25 Fun, Frugal Things to Do Tonight Besides Watch TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-quick-remote-control-hacks-to-save-you-time-and-money">5 Quick Remote Control Hacks to Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ads-that-are-part-of-your-life">The Ads That Are Part of Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-everyone-can-cut-cable-and-still-watch-what-they-love-even-sportsfans">How Everyone Can Cut Cable and Still Watch What They Love — Even Sportsfans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips cable tv Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:48:37 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 959760 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Cancelling Cable Without Changing Your Viewing Habits http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cancelling-cable-without-changing-your-viewing-habits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-cancelling-cable-without-changing-your-viewing-habits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/7140012561_454926a897_z-1.jpg" alt="Cancelling Cable Without Changing Your Viewing Habits" title="Cancelling Cable Without Changing Your Viewing Habits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on cancelling cable without changing your viewing habits, retiring rich, and real estate 101.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/cancelling-cable-without-changing-your-viewing-habits/">Cancelling Cable - Without Changing Your Viewing Habits</a> &mdash; To cancel your cable without changing your viewing habits, get an HDTV antenna. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/how-to-retire-rich-20s-30s.html?si=1">How to Retire Rich: 4 Smart Steps at Ages 21-35</a> &mdash; If you want to retire rich, resist cashing out a 401(k). [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/09/real-estate-101-the-benefits-of-investing-in-real-estate.html">Real Estate 101: The Benefits of Investing in Real Estate</a> &mdash; One of the benefits of investing in real estate is that the underlying property will typically appreciate over time. [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/5-mistakes-harm-financial-aid-award.html">5 Mistakes That Kill Your Financial Aid Award</a> &mdash; Don't make the mistake of assuming you can't negotiate your financial aid. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/frugal-living/post.aspx?post=25b5231e-fb6a-4ed2-82e8-e8e4bcaceac1&amp;ref=bfv">A simple way to save on supper</a> &mdash; Save money on supper by serving breakfast for dinner. [MSN Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/pay-less-taxes-save-money/">8 Ways to Pay Less Taxes and Save Money</a> &mdash; If you want to pay less taxes, take college classes. [Money Crashers]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/09/18/draft-should-you-get-a-flu-vaccine/">Should You Get a Flu Vaccine?</a> &mdash; People who have chronic health problems should get a flu shot. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2012/09/21/5-questions-to-ask-your-next-boss/?section=money_pf&amp;utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_pf+%28Personal+Finance%29">5 questions to ask your next boss</a> &mdash; Be sure to ask your potential boss about the key attributes they are looking for in a potential candidate. [CNNMoney]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Dress-Work-25062372">The Essential Rules For 9-To-5 Attire</a> &mdash; When dressing for work, invest in a tailor. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-choose-a-baby-name">How to Choose a Baby Name</a> &mdash; Before deciding on a baby name, be sure to look into popular names and try to avoid those. [Parenting Squad]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/09/so-you-think-you-can-finance-online-reality-show-2">So You Think You Can Finance: Reality Show</a> &mdash; Don't miss NerdWallet's online reality show! Challenge 4 is live now!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/calendar">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cancelling-cable-without-changing-your-viewing-habits">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-netflix-and-hulu-to-play-on-your-tv">How to Get Netflix and Hulu to Play on Your TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-fun-frugal-things-to-do-tonight-besides-watch-tv">25 Fun, Frugal Things to Do Tonight Besides Watch TV</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/five-quick-remote-control-hacks-to-save-you-time-and-money">5 Quick Remote Control Hacks to Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ads-that-are-part-of-your-life">The Ads That Are Part of Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-everyone-can-cut-cable-and-still-watch-what-they-love-even-sportsfans">How Everyone Can Cut Cable and Still Watch What They Love — Even Sportsfans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment best money tips cable tv Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:00:44 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 954666 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask The Readers: Do You Pay For Cable TV? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-pay-for-cable-tv <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-pay-for-cable-tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4156535452_9f2ee39b7e_z-1.jpg" alt="Do You Pay For Cable TV?" title="Do You Pay For Cable TV?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-pay-for-cable-tv#comment-496015"><em>Renee</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-pay-for-cable-tv#comment-496086"><em>Lisa</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-pay-for-cable-tv#comment-495950"><em>Money Beagle</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Almost everyone has their must watch TV show. Whether you are into reality TV or dramas, turning on the television is a great way to unwind after a long day at the office. However, if your favorite show is on cable, sometimes paying for cable can put a strain on your budget.</p> <p><strong>Do you pay for cable TV? &nbsp;</strong>Why or why not? If you don't, how do you watch shows on cable channels without paying for cable?</p> <p>Tell us if you pay for cable TV and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, June 13th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after June 13th on the original post and via Twitter. Winners will also be contacted via email, Facebook, and Twitter Direct Message.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p>Note: Due to recent changes in Facebook's promotions guidelines, we have restructured the entry format of our giveaways.</p> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us if you pay for cable TV and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-pay-for-cable-tv">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-who-are-your-favorite-personal-finance-gurus">Ask The Readers: Who Are Your Favorite Personal Finance Gurus?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-name-your-favorite-moment-of-2010">Ask the Readers: Name Your Favorite Moment of 2010</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-whats-in-your-wallet">Ask the Readers: What&#039;s In Your Wallet?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-whats-your-favorite-toygadget-win-100">Ask the Readers: What&#039;s Your Favorite Toy/Gadget? (Win $100)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers cable cable tv tv Tue, 07 Jun 2011 10:36:16 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 563956 at http://www.wisebread.com Want Free HBO or Showtime? Just Ask. http://www.wisebread.com/want-free-hbo-or-showtime-just-ask <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/want-free-hbo-or-showtime-just-ask" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2507062583_1d4a8a0226.jpg" alt="HBO" title="HBO" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Premium channels come with premium prices. Usually, between $10 and $20 a month, depending on the channel and your cable/satellite company. But here's something that applies across the board. They're usually available for free.</p> <p>I used to be employed by one of the big premium channels, and I can tell you right now that there are ALWAYS deals going on. The basic idea is one that drug dealers and razor blade companies alike will use time and again &mdash; get you hooked with a free sample, and then hope you come back for more later on, at full price of course. So, they'll do deals with you, via your cable/satellite company, to try them for free. Many people will cancel after the free period (this is called &quot;churn&quot; in the biz) but a good percentage will stick around because they like it, or they forget to cancel it. The latter is the most common reason.</p> <p>Right now in my zip code all FIVE premium channels have something special going on. I just got my mother-in-law a great deal &mdash; six months of HBO for free from Comcast. And all I had to do was call and ask for it. In this digital day and age, activation is instant and can be done remotely. Ten minutes after reading this article, you'll almost certainly have a free premium channel that you didn't have before.</p> <p>Just give your service provider a call, or use live chat if you prefer, and ask what special offers are currently available for the premium channels. If you're met with any kind of resistance, simply tell them that someone you know in the area got a deal for 6 months of free HBO, or Showtime, and then see what happens. As these deals are always going on, you will get offered something.</p> <p>If that fails, then the good old fallback is to say you'd like to cancel your cable or satellite service and go elsewhere. The customer service rep is usually authorized to give you a special offer as part of a &quot;save sale,&quot; which can also net the customer service rep some extra cash for keeping you around as a customer. And it makes good sense. It's far less costly to retain a current customer than to try and find a new one, and it doesn't really cost the service provider, like Comcast, anything to do this. They're already piping the feed through, they just have to turn it on at your end.</p> <p>Give it a try today and see how you do. Remember, insistence and determination is the key. No one wants to give you something for free at the drop of a hat. But a few minutes of your time can get you a few months of free entertainment.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-free-hbo-or-showtime-just-ask">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-night-i-threatened-to-disconnect-my-cable">Last night I threatened to disconnect my cable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/istopover-earn-extra-income-or-travel-on-the-cheap-and-a-special-promotion-for-wise-bread-readers">iStopOver: Earn Extra Income or Travel on the Cheap, and a Special Promotion for Wise Bread Readers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-finally-canceled-comcast-cable-before-it-hurt-more-than-my-wallet">I Finally Canceled Comcast Cable…Before It Hurt More Than My Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-will-the-comcastnbc-merger-really-affect-you">How Will The Comcast/NBC Merger Really Affect You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/search-online-for-a-fix-before-you-toss-that-broken-gadget">Search Online for a Fix before You Toss that Broken Gadget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Art and Leisure cable Cinemax Comcast DirecTV Dish DishNetwork movies Starz Mon, 22 Feb 2010 17:01:43 +0000 Paul Michael 5398 at http://www.wisebread.com Looking at Your Expenses with New Eyes http://www.wisebread.com/looking-at-your-expenses-with-new-eyes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/looking-at-your-expenses-with-new-eyes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2548505837_6453ceda04_m.jpg" alt="cable box and remote" title="Comcast cable stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="180" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p> <meta http-equiv="CONTENT-TYPE" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" /><br /> <title></title><br /> <meta name="GENERATOR" content="OpenOffice.org 2.4 (Win32)" /></p> <style type="text/css"> <!-- @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --><!-- @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> </style></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">A lot of people think that banks have high security, but the most fortified brick-and-mortar institution in my town is the local Comcast office. This is where you have to go to drop off broken cable boxes or pay your bill if it's late and you don't want your service turned off. The clerks work behind a thick shield of bullet-proof glass, and there are two-sided, bullet-proof boxes at every station for transferring equipment. Surveillance cameras are placed in the corners of the room, and a large poster by the door makes it easy to estimate your height as you leave the building with that bag of loot.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">One day, after a couple of visits, I finally asked why there was so much security. I was told that the office takes in ridiculous amounts of cash each day. Enough to make it a more attractive target than many gas stations and convenience stores. Why so much? Well, to understand that, you have to spend some time waiting in line. If you watch carefully, at least fifty percent of the people in line ahead of you will be there for two purposes. One, to pay their overdue cable bill in cash, and two, to argue with the clerk about some aspect of the bill that they find unfair. For this reason, it's a good idea to go to there when you're in the mood for people-watching, as opposed to running late for something important.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Cable television isn't a life necessity. There's no bullet proof glass (as far as I know) at the local supermarket where you can pay your heating bill in cash at the last minute. But apparently people are willing to spend their last dollar on cable. As a case in point, last time I was at the Comcast office, dropping off a spare second cable box that no one was using anymore, a gentleman in front of me in line went to the window and offered to pay $150 in cash on his past due account, which was $495. That brought his balance down to $345. He then asked what his charges would be for his next bill. &ldquo;You have $345 outstanding,&rdquo; the clerk said.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">&ldquo;No, I just want to know what the new charges will be on the next bill,&rdquo; he answered</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">&ldquo;One hundred ninety-five,&rdquo; she told him. He nodded, put away his receipt, and left.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">This seems incredible to me. Obviously he can't afford $195/month for cable, or he wouldn't be so far behind on his charges. What kind of service even costs that much? Is there a cable package that cleans your house and polishes your silver while you watch? And he couldn't even pay the equivalent of one month's charges after running up a $500 tab. He paid just enough to keep the cable turned on for another month, but anyone with eyes could see this was a terrible financial choice he was making.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">I'm not real comfortable making judgments on other people when I don't know the whole story, so I got to thinking. What are my blind spots? What do I maybe spend $200/month on that others would consider excessive? Chances are my overall family budget is greater than his, and includes luxuries that he would find excessive. Maybe he would think my pets are a waste of money. Maybe he would disapprove of my habit of driving decent cars and eating organic foods. Maybe he would frown on my SUV. (A lot of people would, but you try taking two mastiffs on vacation in a Toyota hatchback.) The truth is, if someone were standing behind me, watching me make all of my purchases, I would probably squirm a bit.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">So, for me, there are two take-home lessons here. One is that entertainment in the form of cable television is very important to some people, to the point that they will take the last of their grocery money to the local Comcast office at the end of the month, instead of using it on groceries. We should all respect a force of nature this powerful. Second, that managing your money is always subject to personal priorities, and those priorities vary between individuals. Maybe the mythical $4 latte is really worth $4 to someone who really treasures that Starbucks run each morning. Maybe it is the one thing keeping him sane. The real question is do we know what our priorities are and how much they are costing us? What would our choices look like if they were examined with fresh eyes?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/catherine-shaffer">Catherine Shaffer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/looking-at-your-expenses-with-new-eyes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/in-times-like-these-separate-the-want-from-the-need">In times like these, separate the want from the need.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-real-value-of-forever-stamps">The Real Value of Forever Stamps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wisdom-from-my-favorite-frugal-tv-character-julius-rock">Wisdom from My Favorite Frugal TV Character - Julius Rock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-million-bucks-by-30-a-book-review">A Million Bucks By 30: A Book Review</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-six-figures-really-that-much">Is Six Figures Really That Much?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Frugal Living Budgeting cable television utilities Wed, 18 Feb 2009 15:41:18 +0000 Catherine Shaffer 2851 at http://www.wisebread.com Now It's Easier than Ever to Cut the Cable http://www.wisebread.com/now-its-easier-than-ever-to-cut-the-cable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/now-its-easier-than-ever-to-cut-the-cable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tv.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Think your cable bill isn't that big a deal? Think of it this way: It's &quot;<a href="http://www.cancelcable.com/why-keeping-cable-tv-is-like-buying-a-new-plasma-tv-each-year-and-tossing-it-in-the-dumpster/14/">Like buying a new 50&quot; TV each year and tossing it in the dumpster,</a>&quot; asserts&nbsp; the Web site&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cancelcable.com/">Cancelcable.com</a>.</p> <p>Fortunately, it's now easier than ever to enjoy a good picture and a wide range of programming without paying the cable company. Here are the changes and services that are allowing more and more people to cut the cable:</p> <p>&nbsp;1. The Digital TV Transition: Clearer picture, more programming</p> <p><a href="/do-you-have-your-tv-converter-box-yet">As Linsey Knerl reminded us earlier this year</a>,&nbsp;you can <a href="https://www.dtv2009.gov/ApplyCoupon.aspx">send away for coupons</a> to get those digital TV converter boxes for pretty cheap. I've been putting off buying mine (in fact I let the coupons expire, doh!) and grumbling about the inconvenience of it all -- until recently. That's when I heard that once we hooked up this box, we&nbsp;would receive the kind of clear picture that cable subscribers receive -- on many more channels. In fact, when I checked a helpful site called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Address.aspx">AntennaWeb</a>, I found that my zip code should receive TONS of stations, including five different versions of PBS.</p> <p>One reason some folks pay for cable is to get quality programming for the kids. With five versions of PBS, I feel pretty confident I could find something they want to watch at about any time of the day.</p> <p>And although the transition to digital TV doesn't happen until early next year, you can buy the converter box and begin receiving broadcast channels now with better reception than you've been getting with an antenna.</p> <p>2. Free Programming: <a href="/more-free-television-online-hulu-com">Hulu.com</a> and network Web sites (and don't make me remind you about <a href="/dvds-freer-than-free-no-really-really-free">the library</a>, people)</p> <p>The one thing we miss most by not having cable at our house? &quot;The Daily Show,&quot; of course. So lately we've made it a little night-night routine to watch &quot;The Daily Show&quot; on my laptop via <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10932227">Hulu.com</a> in bed. Yeah, it's yesterday's episode, but is getting the same episode 24 hours earlier worth $60 a month? Not to me.</p> <p>And since I'm busy tomorrow night during the season premiere of &quot;Grey's Anatomy,&quot; I'll be watching it Friday -- on <a href="http://abc.go.com/">ABC.com</a>.</p> <p>3. Low-Cost Programming: ITunes and Netflix</p> <p>Netflix is the one thing that makes me wonder why ANYONE has cable. Then I remember all those&nbsp;poor football fans being held hostage by&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A63538-2005Apr18.html">Cable-Atheletical Complex</a>. But back to me:&nbsp;With <a href="http://www.netflix.com">Netflix</a>, anytime we feel like vegging out in front of the tube, we usually have something we're interested in sitting here to watch.&nbsp;And if we're between movie deliveries, there's also Netflix's streaming service. Or, you know, <a href="https://www.blockbuster.com/signup/y/reg/c.bagborroworsteal">Blockbuster.com</a>, <a href="http://www.redbox.com">Redbox</a>, whatever floats your boat. Whichever you choose, you're looking at a monthly cost from $0 (if you use <a href="/never-pay-for-a-redbox-dvd-rental-again">Redbox coupon codes</a>) to $4.99 (<a href="http://www.netflix.com/HowItWorks?lnkctr=ma08Thiw2">Netflix's cheapest tier</a>) to $19.99 for <a href="https://www.blockbuster.com/signup/y/plan/c.bagborroworsteal/">Blockbuster's top plan</a>. Beats the pants off cable.</p> <p>Need more instant gratification? You can also buy TV episodes one-by-one from <a href="http://www.apple.com/itunes/overview/">iTunes</a>&nbsp;for $1.99-$2.99 a pop.</p> <p>Now you have the tools you need to figure out if cancelling cable would save you money: Write down what shows you watch. Use the <a href="http://www.cancelcable.com/db/showfinder.php">Showfinder</a> gadget on CancelCable.com to figure out where you can get those shows besides on cable&nbsp;TV. Take the cost per episode&nbsp;on Netflix, iTunes or whatnot, and&nbsp;multiply it by the number of episodes you watch per month.&nbsp;Is the product less than the cost of your current cable package?</p> <p>For example, if you pay for cable in order to get HBO shows, you'd have to download 31 &quot;premium&quot; episodes a month to run up a bill that matches&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.comcast.com/shop/buyflow/default.ashx?hp=1">$93.99 that&nbsp;Comcast charges for a digital package with HBO.</a></p> <p>I'm guessing that almost everyone will feel that cutting cable would save them money, even if they watch a lot. Then it's just a matter of the reception&nbsp;quality. If you don't have one of those digital converters, I urge you to stop by the home of a friend who does and take a look at their picture. If you like what you see, there's your answer. I know what MINE is.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/now-its-easier-than-ever-to-cut-the-cable">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-free-hbo-or-showtime-just-ask">Want Free HBO or Showtime? Just Ask.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-night-i-threatened-to-disconnect-my-cable">Last night I threatened to disconnect my cable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-signal-5-quick-ways-to-boost-your-cell-phone-reception-updated">No Signal? 5 Quick Ways to Boost Your Cell Phone Reception. Updated.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-wallet">10 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-terrible-loans-you-should-avoid">10 Terrible Loans You Should Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs cable HDTV Wed, 24 Sep 2008 20:17:19 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2455 at http://www.wisebread.com Last night I threatened to disconnect my cable http://www.wisebread.com/last-night-i-threatened-to-disconnect-my-cable <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/151947_superman_imposter_1.jpg" alt="Super phone" title="Super phone" width="212" height="300" /></p> <p>Sit down, relax, and let me tell you a story. A story about how you get to be a hero, and how to get your cable company begging on all fours like a dog.</p> <p>See, I got my cable bill last night. It was not a shock, or a surprise. I know what I&#39;m paying, and I know I&#39;m paying too much. Way too much. Compared to either Dish Network or DirecTV, Comcast (or your own cable co., they&#39;re all the same) is undoubtedly the most overpriced way to watch TV and get Internet service.</p> <p>After seeing substantially cheaper offers, free equipment and all sorts of additional cool stuff, I had reached my breaking point. Why should I pay almost 50% more for almost exactly the same service? This is not the life of frugality I am preaching.</p> <p>So on behalf of Wisebread (and for my own selfish reasons) I called Comcast. I said right out I wanted to disconnect my service, and was not interested in any offers to make me change my mind. Of course, that&#39;s all I was interested in. I don&#39;t want to go through the hassle of returning equipment, stopping service, and setting up a new account with a new provider. That&#39;s way too much work. I just want more for less.</p> <p>After taking my account details, the customer service rep then went into SAVE SALE mode. You know it, I&#39;m sure. It went something like this.<br /><em><br />CSR: Why do you want to disconnect sir, is it because of the high price? (wow, talk about an admission)</p> <p>ME: Yes.</p> <p>CSR: Getting too much for you? (again, this is way more than I was expecting already)</p> <p>ME: Yes, I can get a much better package somewhere else for what I&#39;m paying now. I&#39;d just like to disconnect please.</p> <p>CSR: I should let you know, as you are a loyal customer I can offer you some very special deals right now.</p> <p>ME: Oh, really? (acting surprised and delighted) What would they be?</p> <p>CSR: Well, for what you&#39;re paying now I can upgrade you to the GOLD package (two movie channels, not one) plus I can hook you up to Comcast Digital Voice with unlimited long distance. That means you get rid of your QWEST phone bill, saving you around $30 a month, and no longer pay for long distance calls.</p> <p>ME: Sounds ok. But these other offers I&#39;m getting offer free DVR.</p> <p>CSR: Let me talk to my supervisor (I am put on hold for 5 seconds)</p> <p>CSR: Yes, we can offer you free DVR equipment. All you would need to do is pay for DVR service. </p> <p>ME: Ummm, if I can get FREE service too, I think that would be something I can go with.</p> <p>CSR: Let me check (I am put on hold again, for 10 seconds)</p> <p>CSR: Yes, we can do that. </p> <p>ME: Is there any charge for installation of any of these services?</p> <p>CSR: Yes, the digital voice is $49.95</p> <p>ME: Ummmm</p> <p>CSR: I can waive that!</p> <p>ME: OK, I&#39;ll do it.</em></p> <p>So, here&#39;s a quick summary. I was on the phone for 10 minutes.</p> <p><strong>Before</strong> I started, I had Comcast Digital Cable Silver (Around $78 a month) and High Speed Internet ($43 a month). I also got my phone through Qwest for another $30 a month, and that had no long distance. <strong>Total = $151 a month.</strong></p> <p><strong>After</strong> my 10-minute call, I had upgraded to Comcast Gold (2 movie channels) plus High Speed Internet, also got my phone service through Comcast (dumping my $30 Qwest phone bill) with free installation, I got long distance free, plus a DVR with DVR service and free installation. <strong>Total = $129 a month.</strong></p> <p>The moral of this story. Ask. It never hurts to call and see if your provider can do something to keep you around. It costs them a lot of money to acquire new customers, it costs a lot less to keep old ones. They will always try something. If they can&#39;t lower your price, they can most likely add services for no extra charge, like the DVR.</p> <p>Now, go forth and call your own providers. And let me know how you get on.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/last-night-i-threatened-to-disconnect-my-cable">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-finally-canceled-comcast-cable-before-it-hurt-more-than-my-wallet">I Finally Canceled Comcast Cable…Before It Hurt More Than My Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-free-hbo-or-showtime-just-ask">Want Free HBO or Showtime? Just Ask.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-refund-when-something-is-non-refundable">How to Get a Refund When Something Is Non-Refundable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-will-the-comcastnbc-merger-really-affect-you">How Will The Comcast/NBC Merger Really Affect You?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs better deal better service cable cable bill Comcast customer service haggling price negotiation save money Tue, 10 Apr 2007 16:51:25 +0000 Paul Michael 484 at http://www.wisebread.com