The price of everything is going up. Child care, groceries, transportation costs; you name it, you are paying more for it now than you have in the past. You can try to cut down on luxuries, like entertainment, to save money; but, unless you’re Amish and can get by on a good, old-fashioned barn raising, you are going to need to provide some sort of entertainment for your family.
In a world where the average ticket price is upwards of $8, taking a family of four to the movies for can easily set you back $32 (and that’s not including the cost of concessions, the gas to drive to the theater, or any meals you might eat beforehand).
Streaming video services, like Netflix and HULU, can save you money, but these services have their limitations.
Netflix has a wide variety of content, but there are still several titles that are DVD-only and you need to pay extra for a DVD subscription to view them; the Blu-Ray service costs even more.
There’s also the chance you will get a DVD that’s scratched and unwatchable. Netflix will send you a replacement, but that means you have to wait even longer to see the movie…
If it’s a popular video, or a new release, you have probably already encountered a really long wait.
HULU and HULU+
You can only watch HULU on your computer, unless you pay $8/month for HULU +, which allows you to watch content on a your tablet or TV.
But HULU+ is limited; several popular titles are not eligible for streaming to your tablet or TV, and you can only watch them on your computer.
Additionally, some of the regular HULU content is locked and you need a subscription to a television service , like DISH or Verizon FiOS, to view the most recent episodes. Otherwise, you have to wait 30 days to view it.
Having a cable or satellite subscription could actually help you save on entertainment costs.
Cable and Satellite
Cable and satellite services provide 24/7 access to content without having to wait for videos to arrive, or worry about the availability of content. You simply turn on the TV and the content is there.
Television subscription services have come under fire for being expensive, but when you break it down, the costs really aren’t that prohibitive.
For one thing, television providers always offer specials and deals to make their services more affordable. You can go directly to the provider’s website, such as Verizon.com, to find specials. You can also go to online coupon sites to find specials, like these Verizon Fios promotion codes here.
Many television providers also offer bundles, where you can combine your phone, internet and television services into one. By bundling, you can get all of your services at a discounted rate and, in some case, free. For example, the Verizon FiOS Prime HD package could cost $65/month by itself, but bundle it with phone and internet and you only pay $5 more per month.
Sixty-five dollars a month could seem like a lot to pay for a television service, but when you consider that one night out at the movies with your entire family could cost that much or more, it’s actually quite a deal.
If your family watches a lot of movies and television, a cable or satellite service could be the most convenient, and cost effective way to access the entertainment you need. Combine the service with your internet and home phone, and you could save a lot of money.