Last week we did something we never though we would do. We cancelled our cable, our phone and our internet and figured out a really easy way to save money!
I know..who does that right?!?
At first it felt a bit like we were going to unplugging from the world but when you find something broken, you fix it.
For as long as I can remember we always had cable. We have had these services bundled with one of the “big three” providers so when our Internet became glitch and then totally unreliable we knew things had to change and started looking elsewhere.
What we changed helped us to shaved off $135 off our fixed monthly expenses ($1600 a year) and now we are getting better service than we were before.
We cancelled our service and went with “little guy” actually, “two little guys”. The big company’s will try to tell you that you will get sucky service or that your home security system won’t be able to watch your home without a land line but our service was completely unreliable already.
We didn’t have anything to lose and while we were at it we looked for a way to save money.
So how did we save money?
We are using teksavvy for our Internet are now enjoying the perks of unlimited high-speed for a fraction of what we were paying before. (costing us just under $50/month)
We swapped out our traditional land line for an Internet phone through “Ooma” which includes unlimited not only local but long distance phone Calls within North America, Call waiting, call forwarding and call display plus some pretty cool features like voice-to-email messaging that our regular provider didn’t offer. (costing us $10.00/month)
The only time I really watched TV was when the little ones napped and our own kids have tons of shows they love on Netflix. We already have Apple TV so own seasons of our favourites anyways. When we cut the cable cord and switched to online-tv. We purchased a nvidia shield box and downloaded kodi.tv and now our TV is free. Free people!! (costing us NOTHING, ziltch, zero, nada!)
I will be honest, I thought I would feel a bit sad about waking up cable free. I’ve been in a household that has had cable for as long as I can remember . But I wasn’t. I can still watch all the shows I love but now I don’t have annoying commercials that I have to fast forwarded through…and I have an extra $135.00 in my pocket which sweetens the deal even more!
What tricks have you figured out to save money?