Note: This article is targeted towards people that purchase Video Games, Cable TV / Direct TV, etc... (Especially in HD)
How much do you spend a year in Video Games? How about in Television/Movies?
In our area, Frontier (Verizon) FIOS TV is increasing their rates by 40% within the next couple pay periods. This has me looking at alternatives, since with Internet I am already averaging $104 per month. After communication taxes and such, I was informed by the lovely CS department that I would probably be looking at a bill of $135-$150 per month after the hike.
So, I was curious... If I got rid of TV itself, what would I pay? Well, for just Internet would cost $70 per month for my 20 Megabit service.
Most TV shows now are usually available on internet sources shortly after airing, sites like Hulu will often play new shows, and if you have Hulu Plus, you have an even greater range of shows that you have access to. Hulu is also great for some older movies as well (Sometimes you get some good newer movies, but not as often).
If you like to watch newer movies you can always use a service like Netflix. For both online and dvd availability, the service is only $10/mo.
If you want local stations on TV you can always try a pair of rabbit ears with an HD converter. Granted if you are like me and live in a signal pit, this may not be the best option for you.
For video games, there is GameFly. Also sub $10.
So to cover video games, TV and Movies, you are looking at less than $30 a month.
For me, this means that for just under $100 per month, I not only get the 1-2 shows that I watch, but I also upgrade my service for unlimited movies and games as well. All for LESS than I currently pay for just TV/Internet.
Worth a little patience for some of them to arrive in the mail!
Savings Before Rate Hike: ~4%
Savings After Rate Hike: ~16% to 33%
I think on this one I will hit my goal of saving 10% this year ;)