by Brandi Savitt – September 8, 2014
The Squeaky Wheel Gets the…
Last week, my friends Kyle and Margo got rid of their cable and plan on streaming their TV shows and movies – for about $100 less a month. No more home phone, no more watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones or tonight’s game on ESPN, but they are saving $1,200 a year. While they still get network television through a good old (but new) antennae, and Netfilx, Hulu and Amazon Prime are great, their family’s television watching habits are in a major transition – and they couldn’t be happier.
How to Start Streaming
If you’re tech savvy like Kyle and Margo, and patient enough to wait to see the current season of your favorite HBO show, then switching over and saving that money is totally worth it. Check out these excellent resources on how to get rid of cable and save money while curating your own custom streaming system:
Keep Cable But Cut Your Costs!
BUT…. if you’re like me, and not quite ready to give up the convenience of cable, you still could be saving money!
When Margo went to cancel her subscription to Time Warner – they didn’t like it – and they started offering her incentives to stay. She didn’t take the bait… but I did!
This morning I called Time Warner and said I wanted to leave and start streaming. Now, I already had a pretty good deal, but I wanted to see how much more I could save. One hour later, the customer service rep was able to keep all of my perks – Showtime, HBO, my phone and turbo internet, but save me $35 a month ($420 a year)!
While I wished they had cut my bill in half, they did reduce it by 25% for the next 12 months… Not bad.
Negotiate & Keep Negotiating…
The reality is, the cable companies know that they are in big trouble. And while they do have some undeniable perks over streaming, customers are still leaving in droves and young people are not opening accounts at all!
So, the Fab & Fru moral of the story is – if you want to pay less but still get your premium cable channels, call and negotiate your bill. And call every six months to check for new deals and offers. As more people start streaming, the better cable deal you’ll be able to strike!