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So Why Haven’t You Cut Cable Yet?

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  We cut the cord on satellite TV over two years ago. It took a long time to get to a place where we were ready to let go, but it’s been nothing but positive. Not only do we save money every month, we choose when and what to watch, resulting in way less TV altogether. Who has time to watch TV when there are side businesses to hustle, rental properties to be found, and family trips to be planned? In fact, TV is one of the biggest time sucks known to man. In years past, I can’t count how many times I’ve turned the TV on for background noise only to find myself four hours later caught up in a Law and Order marathon. I can’t think of one benefit to having cable or satellite TV, and I’m going to shoot down every excuse today and ask why haven’t you cut cable yet? Cutting Cable Does Not Mean No TV At the end of a long day, I like to sit down and watch a show as much as the next person, but you don’t need cable to do that. With all the streaming and on demand options available, ...

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Unconventional Ways for Finding Wiggle Room in Your Budget

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We’ve talked before about building your budget. By now you’ve probably also scoured dozens of different articles that promise to teach you how to reduce your monthly bills so that you have more money for savings and for fun. All of those articles have the same tips: use the library, don’t shop as often, buy in bulk. This article is going to be a little different. In this article we’re going to teach you some of the unconventional ways to reduce your monthly spending. Go to the Source A lot of people think that the only bills you can negotiate are credit card bills. This is not true! You can also negotiate (at least to a certain extent) your utilities and other bills as well. Start with you power bill. Scour that bill and look for any charges that seem unwarranted and then–this is where most people chicken out–actually call your company and ask about them or even dispute them! Getting unwarranted fees and taxes taken off your bill can reduce it by quite a bit. If you live in an unregulated area, like Texas or Illinois, start shopping around. For example, if you live in Houston, spend some time ...

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Is Your Family Ready to Cut the Cord?

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Cutting the cord, or giving up your cable or satellite subscription, has been a hot topic among television subscribers for several years now. Thanks to an increasing number of people deciding to cut the cord, pay TV companies actually saw a decline in subscribers in 2014; and that decline could continue in 2015 and beyond. But before you decide to take the plunge, you should ask yourself if your family is ready to cut the cord. Here are some things that you should consider before you make your decision. Does Your Current Service Have a Contract? If you subscribe to a satellite provider, chances are they locked you into a two-year contract when you signed up. What you might not know is that if you moved, upgraded equipment, or added receivers to your account, the company could have restarted that contract. Before you cancel your TV service, make sure that you are completely out of your contract period; otherwise you could end up paying several hundred dollars. What do You Like to Watch? There are a lot of excellent streaming options available for everyone in your family. ·  Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu all have a lot of children’s and ...

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Hidden Benefits of Cutting Cable or Satellite TV

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It’s been almost a year since we cancelled our satellite TV. The main reason was to save money. It cost about $70 per month,  but were almost never home to watch it. When we did, it still felt like there was nothing on, we ended up renting a movie. We decided to try three months without our satellite TV to see if we missed it. Guess what? We didn’t, and besides saving money, we have found several hidden benefits from cutting out cable or satellite TV. The Sound of Silence Jim and I both grew up in homes where turning the TV on and off were the first and last items of business every day. TV was always on, even if no one was watching. We got used to background noise, and it seemed kind of scary not to have some sort of show going all the time. In all honestly, once you get used to not having Law and Order or Pawn Stars always blaring in the background, it’s much more relaxing.  Improved Conversation We are pretty busy with work and school activities. Many days, the only time all three of us sit down together is for dinner. We ...

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