Saving $750 And Still Enjoying TV

In January, we decided to cut the cash flow to television. It has been the best thing we’ve done in a l-o-n-g time. The main reason for this decision was to save money, but we also did not enjoy worrying about crude advertisements while watching TV. We're saving $750 and still enjoying TV very much. After being hounded by Nielsen for several weeks at the end of last year, I finally decided to fill out the diary booklet. After seeing what we watched on TV for a week, it was time for some decision making.  We watch less than 35 hours of TV a week, in fact, some days the power button is never pushed on the remote control.

We're saving $750 by turning off the satellite box and using the Roku box for TV

Saving $750 and Still Enjoying TV

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I mentioned before, this was a decision we made together after trying to stretch pay checks.  We talked about a Roku box a couple of years ago and the whole idea went out the window. It took my husband sitting down with the bills and the check book to realize paying to watch the few shows we were interested in, was stupid. He even went as far as asking some of his friends who have mentioned on Facebook using Roku in their home. Everyone told him to go for it, he wouldn’t be disappointed.

When we bought our Roku box in January, I was a little skeptical of how long my excitement would last. Well, I’m still excited about it because we have more than enough programs to keep us happy. We have 24 hours of weather, ESPN, CBS Sports, and a plethora of outdoor and hunting channels for my husband along with many other favorite channels. I’m still trying to get through the old western channels and mystery movie channels. So far, the only thing we are paying to watch is Netflix.

Since January, we have saved right at $700 and we have cut a bill that was hanging over our heads every month. That gross feeling we had when we went to the post office box and saw the Direct TV envelope, yep it’s gone.  I even kept the last copy of the satellite bill that read NO PAYMENT DUE.


Yes, there are TV shows we miss, but we are willing to sacrifice those few shows until they hit Netflix or Hulu.  If some of the shows are on a channel that still allows viewing on their website, we hook up the laptop to the TV to watch them. While we’ve added a few DVDs to our collection, we have also found some of our favorite shows on DVD at the library.

It’s nice knowing we will have saved $750 this year by cutting one thing out of our lives. It’s even better knowing there is no bill hanging over our heads every month.

Do you not pay for TV? If you use other methods than a Roku box, leave me a comment, I'd love to hear about what you're using.