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Entertainment on a Budget

Entertainment on a budget is a new way of life for many people this day and age. Many people today don't have enough money to have cable internet home phone and a cellphone. So most times people end up having to decide which they need most and living without the rest. I have come to realize that this is more common than I thought. There are more ways to be able to enjoy some form of entertainment without having to pay hundreds of dollars a month to have them. Today that is what I would like to share with others.

Cable service packages usually cost about $100 as an introductory price when you agree to sign up for a service provider's yearly contract. The prices are subject to change after a certain amount of time for the same services if not less. IE: You sign up for one year and you get internet,home phone and 250 channels and some extras and the cost is $100 after the year is up your plan changes. Your cost goes up and you loose some special channels that you had before and well its not cost friendly.

How can we have the same for a lot less? I finished my one year contract and called the service provider up to make changes to my account. I kept the internet and WiFi. It doesn't seem to make sense but it will in a minute. With internet and wifi you can stream just about anything. There are tons of free sites which you can use. Youtube,Hulu,Crackle etc.

At the moment I am in between moves saving money is essential. I have my internet and wifi which cost me $65 I also have a membership to Netflix. My wife uses the wifi and we stream Netflix ($12.83 a month)from our devices. Her cellphone service is free with the use of the wifi. She can make unlimited text and emails and she hits play on the 30 second videos and she earns free air time to make calls.

We are able to watch tv shows in order, movies and of course browse the internet. She is able to stay in touch with others even though she has no service provider for her cellphone. The down side to it is that her cellphone won't work if she isn't within range of wifi but otherwise its a great way to go to save money and still be able to have some form of entertainment. Our children aren't bothered by not having cable right now because they can view most of their favorite shows using any one of the above mentioned services.

We were paying $188 for the most basic package of cable,internet and home phone. We have saved 2/3 of the cost and we still enjoy watching our shows and movies and it doesn't cost so much and as mentioned before she has cell service too for free. I hope that this information was useful to someone out there. Especially to someone who has little money and has children we know how hard it can be to have little ones and after they have read books played games and played with toys have nothing to do.

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JohnRoberts wrote on August 26, 2015, 1:09 PM

If you have got a DVD player, libraries are a great source of free entertainment with a ton of DVD titles. Plus libraries often have free WiFi and free internet use. It may not be at home and have time limits, but you can get what needs to be done online at the library.

CoralLevang wrote on August 26, 2015, 1:42 PM

I agree with JohnRoberts about the library. I have been doing that for nearly a year now. The downside is having to wait for it, if you are on a hold list.

lokisdad wrote on August 26, 2015, 4:04 PM

johnroberts I agree my wife used to do that go to the library to rent movies where she used to live before but she said they had a one hour time limit after which it would just boot her and she couldn't use it again until the next day.

lexiconlover wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:33 PM

Why is your Netflix so expensive? I thought it was likw 7.99 anywhere?

lexiconlover wrote on August 26, 2015, 10:36 PM

I have hulu and Netflix, but I also buy used dvds whemever I find them cheap. Amazon, ebay, thrift stores or garage sales. I only frequent redbox, im a part of their text alerts and often get free rental codes.

AliCanary wrote on August 27, 2015, 3:10 AM

The internet does seem to be supplanting cable for many people, but the cable companies, instead of realizing it's their high prices and crap service that make people jump ship, are using their resources to try to control internet instead of simply making cable easier to afford. Greedy fools. I still have both, because I couldn't live without the internet and my husband couldn't live without cable!

cheri wrote on August 28, 2015, 1:23 AM

There are a lot of cheaper entertainment. In times like this that everything seems to be very expensive, we have to learn to economize