Being A Cord Cutter
Cable is a huge waste of money and the entire industry is slowly but surely going away. People are realizing that there is a better and more economical way to get their entertainment.
If you have ditched cable, congratulations. Cable and satellite television is a huge waste of money with even the average bill topping $100 a month. Many have paid even more with higher packages.The typical cord cutter will save anywhere from 1000 to 2000 dollars a year and that is a very big deal.
Having said that, sometimes the streaming offerings available can become a bit stale. If you are finding this to be true, perhaps a reset is in order. Cancel your current offerings and try something new for 30 days. At the end of the 30 days, restart your subscriptions and you should find that things are a bit fresher.
Why Cancel Your Subscriptions?
Easy, it is a money savings and saving money is everything. Sure, you could just stop watching your streaming services but if you are not going to use them, you might as well cancel them and save $20 to $30 a month.
In addition, when you come back there is almost a 99 percent chance that you will get a free month offer to restart your service. This means that you will save $40 to $60, depending on your services and levels, by cancelling your service for a month.
Taking A Break
Let’s face it, those streaming services are great, but they can become a little stale. Netflix, for example, makes an effort to refresh the movies they offer frequently but there are times where it seems like the same old same old.
Give these services up for 30 days and you will find their offerings new and refreshed when you come back in the future.
What To Do In The Meantime
But what are you supposed to do without Netflix and Hulu?
There are a lot of other options. Other free streaming services and even other activities that do not involved digital entertainment at all. Let’s look at some examples.
Free Streaming Services
There are a lot of free streaming services available to you. Many of them are ad supported but this is not a huge deal. Even the cheapest Hulu plan is ad supported so this will probably be no shock to you. If you want a change and want to stream for free, here are some services to check out.
This it the streaming service from Sony that has been around for some time. They offer all kinds of entertainment from old television shows to movies. You might be surprised at what you find on Crackle for free.
- Roku Channel
Own a Roku player, you have a free streaming service on hand. They feature movies, television shows and an ever growing list of family friendly programs. For those without a Roku, they even offer the service online now so all you need is a good computer or smart device.
- IMDB TV
Owned by Amazon, this is a free ad supported service that streams a lot of older television shows and movies. There is also exclusive IMDB content such as actor interviews.
Sure there is a new pay service from YouTube but the old service works great. There is all kinds of content on YouTube, think about what you want to see and a simple search will find it in seconds.
If you are like most people, you probably have hundreds of old DVD’s and Bluray’s laying around. Why not dust them off and have a movie month.
Simply pick a new old movie to watch each night. You might be surprising at just how entertaining those old flicks are. You must have liked them a lot at some point, after all, you bought a copy.
When was the last time you read a good book?
It has probably been some time. Why not head down to the library and do some old school style reading. There is something about a print book that adds to the experience.
If you must go the digital route, why not check out the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program. Like most of these subscriptions, you can get a free 30 day trial. Just be sure to cancel it before the deadline.
Without your streaming services, why not devote some time to outdoor activities. Do a little gardening, ride your mountain bike or maybe even go fishing. There are a lot of possibilities.
Going Back To Streaming
After 30 days, use the offers that you received to go back to your old streaming services if you miss them.You will have reset your appreciation for these services and with the free offers to come back that you will get, you will save some money. About $40 to $60 if you use multiple services. Not a lot of money but it is something.
There is also the possibility that you might not even feel the need to rejoin these services. You might like the free offerings or you might like the time that you gain by not watching so much television.
Without all of that streaming, you might find that you not only save money, but become more productive. Use that extra time to earn more money, learn something or just spend more time with family.