One of the more enjoyable parts of the computer and internet age is the entertainment. We don’t need to go out to get a movie from a rental store. We can watch a rerun of a favorite show when we want. We don’t even really need a cable subscription to get cable shows if we have a little patience for seasons or episodes to come out. Entertainment has become better priced for the product, but a thrifty diva can still find a way to save money.
The most likely way she would do this is pick one entertainment site and plan that would be best for her family. Your family may prefer movies over television or perhaps the other way around. The choice may be made by just choosing the best cost.
The least expensive plan for Netflix costs about eight dollars. It’s great for streaming, has a wide variety of movies and television shows, which they update as seasons become available. They also have higher priced plans that allow you to receive DVDs and games in the mail. An added bonus is that there are no commercials for those who are annoyed by ads interrupting their viewing.
From what I have seen they have more variety in movies as well as more new releases. They also have many older movies to choose from.
Our family has chosen Hulu Plus for a number of reasons. First, we can get free months with our Bing rewards. Second, they update shows as new episodes are aired. Third, even when you don’t have a Plus subscription you still have access to some shows. For those who like to watch television more than movies Hulu Plus is the product for you. They have all sorts of old television shows and keep up with the newer ones. On the other hand, if you prefer movies, you will want to look elsewhere.
These three companies have revolutionized the way we watch tv and movies. They are a great alternative to cable if you want to save on that bill. A lot of people are ditching their cable and satellite for these great alternatives. You don’t have to miss any of your favorite shows and even news is being streamed live from their websites.
However more and more of these types of entertainment websites are popping up and that may have your head spinning. What’s the difference? Which should you choose? Here is our breakdown of the different companies and what they offer.
The streaming option is the cheapest at $8 a month. With this option you can watch anything in their instant library. This option isn’t really great for new shows, but it’s awesome for older ones.
Hulu and Hulu Plus
Hulu is free and plus is $8 a month. Free is very limited with fewer episodes of shows, but plus is awesome for all the new shows. You can usually watch TV shows the day after they air, so no wait time. Hulu is terrible for movies though.
Amazon and Amazon Prime
Amazon is my favorite because this is where we rent all of our movies. Redbox is definitely cheaper by $2-$3, but if you are a perpetual late returner, this option is better. Plus there is no monthly cost. Amazon prime is $79 a year which is around $7 a month. With prime you are able to watch instant movies, although their library isn’t very large. You can still watch shows on both, but with regular Amazon you’ll have to pay for the shows.
All of these companies have their pros and cons. But even if you got all three, they would beat a lot of cable and satellite services. It’s definitely worth looking into if you want to save money off your entertainment bill.
This is a question my husband and I are really contemplating. Our satellite cost roughly $50 a month for the service. And while it’s not a HUGE expense, being a Thrifty Divas means cutting corners in places that it makes sense, and to me it makes sense.
There are many pros to having cable or satellite.
1. When the show is on live, you can watch it.
2. You get all the local news.
3. There are quite a lot of options when it comes to what you want to watch.
The big pro is the cost when you compare cable/satellite to programs like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster online and much more.
I’ll tell you what we are thinking and weighing out. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments and add anything you see I am missing.
Here are some of the reasons why we are thinking of switching.
1. To save money.
2. We can still watch our favorite shows online or through Hulu, so nothing is lost there.
3. Our local news station has an online version of the news that is very up to date. They even stream breaking news online.
4. We can also watch national news and read about it as well online.
5. Our children are able to watch their favorite shows over and over again because they are all on Netflix and Hulu.
and the two cons to this all and keeps me paying this bill every month…
1. No TLC anywhere. A girl has to have her TLC right?
2. No live sports for the husband. Maybe we can get an antenna for that?
In breaking down the price, Netflix for streaming alone is $7.99 a month. Hulu is also only $7.99 a month. For us, that’s all we could need which would save us around $34 bucks a month!
What are some of your strategies for getting rid of cable? Have you made the switch?
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