I can’t remember a time where we didn’t have cable or satellite. As an adult, it has always been something we budgeted for. I love watching TV. But now that Avery is around, we let her watch kids programs. [I know, I know. TV is sooooo bad for kids. Her brain will rot. Blah blah blah. I don’t care.] So I don’t get to watch the things I want to sometimes. And that’s okay. TV watching has become less important to me recently. Which is what got Jeremy and I wondering why we were paying so much for cable.
Operation Get Rid of Cable!
First, we figured out what programs were a priority. We watch a bunch of shows on NBC and the local news. So we needed an antenna. Avery needs Sesame Street, but the antenna will take care of that, since it’s on PBS.
We knew that we were going to want some sort of subscription service since we would be giving up our DVR. Time to decide between Amazon Prime and Netflix. It was a close list, but we ultimately decided to go Amazon Prime. The monthly prices were similar, but with Amazon Prime we get other benefits, like free 2 day shipping and access to the Kindle Library. So that’s why we made that decision. When we browsed the catalog, we saw they had a lot of shows we would want to watch. Plus a huge selection of kids shows. Including Sesame Street. SOLD!
Next step, getting all hooked up. Our Blu-Ray player has an internet hook up. So I figured we could just stream right from there. We get the player all hooked up to the internet and then find that all we can do is get software updates and bonus content on disks. Dumb. Now I get to do more research on streaming media players. There are a bunch out there. But we settled on Roku. We liked that it was so user-friendly. Seriously it took 3 steps to set up. And on sale at Target it was less than $70. Plus it is so tiny and hidden away.
We have been using it for a couple of days now. And I mostly love it. Our internet/modem/router are really old and unreliable so we lose connection once in a while. We are getting new everything early next week. So that will fix that. One other downside is we now have 3 remote controls when we want to watch TV. So everything should be fine as long as we don’t lose any!
I’m really excited to start saving $100 every month! We only paid about $100 for all the new equipment, so we will break even after one month! Score!
Oh and this is totally NOT a sponsored post. I’m not cool enough for that. But if anyone wants to send me free stuff, you are more than welcome to!!