One of the main reasons people become cord cutters is to save money. How can you save even more money now that you have become a cord cutter?
Here are 5 ways my family saved even more money after becoming cord cutters.
#1 More Ways to Save Money As an Amazon Prime Member
Prime members love their free two-day (and now in some areas one-day) shipping. The addition of free movies, TV shows, and music are just a nice benefit on top of that; however, did you know Prime members can save money with Amazon Subscribe and Save?
With Amazon Subscribe & Save you can sign up for Amazon to auto deliver items you use every day. The best part is you will save an extra 5% to 15% off the already low Amazon price. My family saves over $600 every year with Subscribe & Save over shopping at Walmart. (You can learn more about that HERE.)
#2 Stop Renting Your Modem
Modem rental bills from many ISPs are as high as $12, which can add up to as much as $144 a year! You can stop paying for that monthly bill by buying your own modem. Some modems sell for as little as $60 on Amazon.
Some states, such as Texas, even tax your modem rental adding $2 to your rental bill.
Need a modem? Here is our short list of cable modems that work for different cable services.
#3 Ditch Your Cellphone Provider
I had been a Verizon subscriber since they became Verizon. Our bill kept increasing as my wife went over her 2 GB plan, and they wouldn’t let us change plans or I would lose my unlimited data.
So we ditched Verizon, and our bill went down by $70 a month when we switched to a prepaid service that uses the Verizon network and has far better customer service.
#4 Ditch Your Home Phone Provider
The good news is you can do everything your home phone would do without the need to pay for a home phone. Need a fax service? We got you covered. Need a home phone for work? Try Ooma or Magic Jack. Both are a fraction of the cost of bundled services.
#5 Saving Money on Heating & Cooling
Saving money on heating was a big task when I was growing up in Michigan. Now we live in Texas and we work just as hard to save money on cooling the house.
At my last house I put in socket sealers on all my wall outlets and switches on the inside of my house. I saw a noticeable change in my heating bill even though the next month was a colder month.
We used DUCK Socket Sealers for this easy to do project anyone can do that will save money on heating and cooling. If you think about it, sockets are just holes in your wall.
Bonus Tip: Make a Budget (Great Marriage Advice Also)
If there is any tip I hope you take from this post it’s the make a budget tip. Not only was making a budget a big part of us becoming cord cutters, but it was a big part in how we paid off much of our debt. (Nothing feels better than paying off debt.)
So how does it help your marriage? One of the main reasons people get divorced in the United States is money related. To help avoid conflict over money, I recommend creating a budget.
I highly recommend The Financial Peace Planer: A Step-by-Step Guide to Restoring Your Family’s Financial Health. You will find great worksheets and guides on how to make a budget. The best part is unlike many budget books this one is only $10.71 on Amazon.
Hopefully these tips have helped you save some money. Do you have a tip to save even more money? Post it in the comments and let everyone know.
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