Cable, phone, and internet
One hundred years ago, these three bills were practically unheard of in most American households. Today, these three services are considered a necessity by many families who rely on them to stay connected to other family members, conduct research for school projects, and . That means you're paying at least three more bills than your great grandparents. While eliminating these costs can be hard, there are things you can do to cut down on costs.
Save some money
Cut down on your channel line-up. If you need to save money, cancel your premium cable channels. If you just can't live without a certain show, wait fro it to come out on DVD, or order the channel as a three month trial from your cable company at the end of the season. Use the On-Demand feature to catch-up on episodes, then dump the channel again until next year.
Buy your own equipment. Cable modems only cost about $100, and they can last for years. Compared to the $5 to $15 a month charge to rent a cable modem from your cable company, you'll save money in just a few months. By the way, your cable company will discourage you from doing this by telling you that you won't be covered for any damage or broken modems. Then, they'll try to blame every problem that comes up on you owning your own equipment. Just counter the threat by telling them that you'll cancel service.
Save a lot of money
Get an Android TV box. There are a number of products that connect your TV to the internet and allow you to stream shows. If most of what you watch can be found through the services that these boxes connect to. They mostly include everything you can find on the pubic networks, and a lot of the more popular shows on cable. Boxes like these can be found at http://androidtvboxescanada.com.
Dump everything but basic cable. This will give you about 20 channels; mostly news, public access stations, and the major networks. You won't have to buy a receiver box, and in many cases you won't have to pay fees for terminating your cable subscription before the contract period is up. In order for this to happen, however, you might have to plead financial hardship. Your cable bill will be cut by half or more.
Eliminate this bill
If you haven't already dumped your home phone line, get rid of it. If the number is tied into your business this might be difficult, but there is no reason to keep up both a cell phone and a land line if you're self-employed with no employees.
If you work from home, internet is probably one of the most important utility bills you have every month. Otherwise, it's one of the first things we tell you to cut in our Cut-Back Plan.