Secrets to Lowering your Cable Bill!!

by Super Coupon Lady on July 24, 2012 · 10 comments

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With all of the controversy surrounding some of the cable and satellite companies lately, and the prices rising as fast as gas prices, many of us have been searching for ways to slash our cable bill. Getting rid of cable all together is the obvious choice, if you’re on a tight budget, but who wants to get rid of awesome movies and shows like that? I know I don’t! Use these tips to help reduce your cable bill, without having to give up the good stuff.

Look into Blockbuster’s or Netflix programs.

You can sign up for a 30 day free trail with Blockbuster before committing to a regular charge every month, but for less than $10 you can have unlimited streaming movies to your computer, Xbox, wii, and more. They have everything from documentaries, to kid’s movies, to television shows to watch. Many people get rid of cable completely and go with Netflix/Blockbuster.

Get rid of the “extras”.

I love how the basic cable starts out at like $30, but after you’ve added the special channels, it ends up being like $80. Keep track of the channels you watch the most over the course of the next month. Then, find out how much it would cost to keep those channels (and the basics), but get rid of the rest. You may be surprised at how much cutting back on channels could save you. Some companies charge $5 a piece for Showtime, HBO, etc, and that adds up – fast.

Check out your local library.

Your local library may have movies you never dreamed they would have! I know when I found the first 4 seasons of House, and then the first season of The Big Bang Theory, I felt like a kid in a candy store! Not only do libraries have movies to check out – for free – they also have video games! And, uh, books. Don’t forget the books. 🙂

Watch Free Title on Amazon.

Did you know you can watch Free Shows on Amazon?! They have lots of titles to choose from, check them all out HERE!

Shrink your bill with BillShrink.

Check out BillShrink. You can compare cable costs as well as costs of other items, to get the lowest price.

If all else fails, mooch.

So, you don’t have to let your friends know that you are mooching, but we all have that friend that has all the cool channels, right? Set up a night to hang out at their house and watch your favorite show. I have a few sets of friends that do this and it works out well, because you’re watching television but it’s also a chance to get out and be a little social!

How do you save money on your cable bill?

Make sure to Check out more Super Coupon Lady Saving Money Ideas!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

susan July 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm

we are going to use hulu.com or crackle. so far what we have seen is great!

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Kim @ 2 Kids and a Coupon July 24, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Great tips! I’m SO ready to cut the cord for cable!

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Laura July 25, 2012 at 10:33 am

Great tips!! I am so scared to “cut the tie”. I have a serious movie channel addiction, but really it is stupid when we can get it all on Netflix anyway!

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Robin @ Pink Coupon Cafe July 25, 2012 at 11:07 am

Great ideas. This is one area that we can always use some some saving! I seems like these cable companies hook you in with a great introductory rate and the it just climbs and climbs.
Have a great day.
Robin

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Dena July 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Don’t forget to check out Amazon for FREE titles too: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000128561

Thanks for the tips!

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Kristy July 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Great tips! I am a huge fan of Netflix but still have not gathered up the courage to completely cut off ties from cable yet. I know I need to – It is such a waste!

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Anne-Marie P April 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Great ideas! I need to check out Amazon. We have Hulu+ & Netflix, I am just addicted to my DVR from the cable company and my kids watch so many of the educational channels that aren’t on Basic cable. I know we just need to cut the ties & will eventually learn to live without the DVR.

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Racheal B May 9, 2013 at 12:23 am

I was talking to my grandma earlier on how much she pays for some of the basics and extra channels she has for her cable/internet/phone package… upwards of 200 dollars. It made me realize how fortunate we are. My tip on saving money with a cable/tv/internet bundle is to get a job at the cable company. My husband works for a large cable company, we pay 20% less for ppv shows, and pay about 45 bucks a month for nearly all the cable channels, internet, and home phone. There are great bonuses for him working at the cable company, but mostly involve his teams sales. We get to find out about new Showtime and HBO shows a few months before they are announced, he also comes home with swag from various networks. I have a couple totes, from HBO and Showtime. A lunch bag and medicine organizer with Nurse Jackie logos. Travel Channel Post its.
Working for certain companies could mean certain services free. I know some that have worked at Netflix and receive free services from them. My mom worked with out local metropolitan services and received free garbage service. Also, companies work together. I had an aunt whose husband worked for Freightlander before they moved operations overseas, he was able to get friends and family discounts on certain vehicle purchases with the parent company.
Discounts are available not only with coupons, but also with networking. If you know a person that works at the cable company, have them check your account and see if you are eligible for any discounds… in fact, you don’t need to know someone, just call and ask. Also, perhaps say you are unable to afford certain things, perhaps there are things they can reduce for you.

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Andrea J May 23, 2013 at 1:38 am

With technology today, you can actually use your home PC as your DVR! Google it! The cost of having a DVR with your cable company can really jack up your bill.

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Traci August 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

Billshrink was shut down 🙁

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