After years of struggling to find the best prices on cable or satellite TV around the city I ended up doing something that is going to save me over $900 this year. Everyone loves saving money here and there but if you got an extra 100 in your pocket and still got to see your favorite shows wouldn't you do it too?
This year one of my resolutions was to save money and pay off bills but I wasn't sure how I was going to do that. Then I started looking at how much money I was spending on my cable bill. With basic cable from Comcast I was paying $100 a month after taxes and fees. That's insane for BASIC CABLE! After researching I found out that most of the channels I was watching were offered for FREE in the Atlanta area. The only thing I needed to do was get a HDTV Antenna to pick them up.
Now depending how far you live from the major metropolitan area, you have lots of options on what you can pick up. First you need to head to Antenna Point and search your specific location. This will show you where the transmitters are for the networks. Then once you know how far away you are from the transmitters it's time to get an HDTV Antenna. You can get a basic 30 mile range options at your local stores like Target but I didn't have a lot of luck with those. I wanted something I knew was going to last and pick up the stations I needed so I sprung for the ClearStream Antennas from Antennas Direct. They have the best ratings and ranges for where I was located. Not to mention their customer support is unmatched because it's all they do! They also can be mounted in your attic if you don't want to install it on the roof.
After everything is in place you simply scan for channels on your TV and boom FREE HDTV is coming to your house and all you spent for the year was on an antenna. Now if you want to hook it up to an older model TV you will need to get a convertor box for it. But newer model HDTV's are already able to get the feed.
Now say if your favorite show comes on when you are at book club and you no longer have a DVR because you cut the cord. That's ok, I have a device to help solve that problem as well. Meet the Roku( or the Amazon Fire TV
, Apple TV)
. This handy little box has over 600+ channels that you can stream your favorite shows and movies on. Channels like Hulu, which is my favorite because all the big shows are on it the day after they air. Netflix hooks you up with movies and full seasons shipped to your door and you can stream from any device (including your Roku). Amazon Instant Video (FREE 30 day trial) also streams movies and TV shows. You also get Kindle books and free shipping on everything from Amazon.
The Roku has become our go to device when we want to catch up on a show or see a new movie. With the purchase of it and the antenna we spent around $150. But it's a one time fee and no monthly fee at all. Now the programs I listed above are a monthly fee (prices depend on plan selected) but it's a MUCH smaller price to pay considering most people are paying upwards of $100 a month for cable or satellite.
I hope these tips help! I can already tell how much it's helping us save.
I was provided the Antenna to facilitate this review. All other opinions are 100% ours. This post contains affiliate links.