Tips to Slash Your House Bills

18
May

With the costs of practically everything on the rise in recent years, many household budgets have been stretched beyond repair. If it feels like you are trying to stretch every dollar farther and farther, you are definitely not alone. Although times are a bit tough, you can still make it work by implementing some simple strategies to help cut your bills. If you can successfully cut your household expenses, you will be able to live a more comfortable lifestyle and put more money into other things. Here are a few tips to slash your household bills and keep more money in your pocket.

Cut the TV Cable

If you are currently paying a monthly cable or satellite bill, you are probably throwing away money that you don’t need to spend. With advancements in technology, you can watch pretty much everything you want to watch for free or for a very limited monthly cost. Most of the television networks put all of their shows on the Internet for free. You can watch them on your computer, cell phone or tablet without any problems. By investing in some hardware and a software program for your computer, you can even stream most of this content to any television.

If you want to stream television programming to your TV from a computer, all you’ll need is the software program PlayOn and a device connected to your TV that can receive the signal. You can use an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or a Roku player to receive the signal. The software will gather all of the online videos that you are interested in and send them to your TV.

You can also get over-the-air television from your local channels by connecting an antenna to your TV. Since the vast majority of television shows that people watch our on these channels, this means you can get most of what you watch for free. Almost anything else that you could possibly want to watch is available for free online and can be streamed to your TV.

Rethink Your Phone Situation

Another area that many people spend too much money on is their phone bill. For example, you may be able to get by without a home phone and just use your cell phone. Since you probably have a cell phone anyway, having a home phone may be a bit redundant. If you do need a home phone, consider getting a VoIP or voice over Internet protocol description. This is a phone system that works with Internet lines instead of phone lines. The nice thing about using this system is that you pay one monthly fee for all of your local and long distance calls. If you need to make long-distance calls, this can save you hundreds dollars per year.

Saving on Internet

In some cases, you may be able to save money on your Internet bill as well. If you have a smart phone, you may be paying for a data plan on your phone. This makes it possible for you to access the Internet through your cellular provider’s network. Instead of paying for a home Internet connection as well, you may be able to tether the signal from your cell phone to other devices. In some cases, you can simply download an app and tether for free. Some cell phone providers make you pay another monthly fee to enable tethering. However, this fee is often cheaper than what you would pay for a dedicated Internet connection in your home. If you don’t use the Internet that much, but you do need access to it occasionally, this can be a worthy strategy to use.

This post was written by

jason – who has written posts on Budget Clowns.
Father of three and married to a lovely women. Always looking for ways to save money, and invest it properly for my children's future.

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