5 Ways You’re Overspending When Watching TV and Movies
Who doesn’t love watching TV and movies? On the other hand, who actually enjoys paying the big bill each month? The good news is you don’t have to overpay on these services! You can enjoy watching TV and movies without spending a fortune.
1. Paying for Channels You Don’t Watch
Whether you got a good deal when you signed up for your satellite package or you were originally watching more TV, you could be overpaying. Go to your satellite or cable company’s website and print out a list of the channels in your package. Check off the channels you actually watch and choose a package that includes those channels. If you find that one or two channels are only offered in the higher package, make sure you watch those channels enough to justify the higher price.
2. Paying for Pay-Per-View Movies
Is it really worth $6.99 to watch a movie? Consider this. You can watch the same movie for a lot less by picking it up at Redbox!. Don’t just grab a movie off of Pay-Per-View because it’s convenient. Take the time to be proactive about your evening or weekend entertainment and pick up some movies on the way home.
3. Going to the Movies at Night
If you love seeing movies at the theater, go during the daytime hours. You can easily save up 50% off the ticket price. If you’re going to the movies every weekend, this can save a lot of money over the course of a year. For example, let’s say a family of four goes to the movies once a week and the ticket price is $8.25 each. That’s over $1700 a year. By simply going to the movies earlier in the day your savings would be substantial!
4. Paying for Subscriptions You Don’t Use
It’s easy to sign up for a number of services that come with a free trial, but how many of those do you actually use? Even if many of these services only cost around $10 a month, this can add up. Why pay for services you aren’t using? Check your billing statement, and see how many services you’re paying for each month and, if these services aren’t being used, cancel them.
5. Only Seeing New Movies in the Theater
Lastly, don’t limit yourself to seeing new movies at the theater. There are a number of theaters that show older movies at a discounted price. Some only charge $1 per ticket. This is a great way to enjoy the experience without paying a fortune.
You don’t have to kick the TV and movie watching habit, you just have to make sure you’re not overpaying for it. Check the channels you’re paying for, go to the movies during the day, and stop