With most of us being stuck at home, finding ways to entertain ourselves usually involves watching television or using our computer or mobile device. While this is a great way to avoid expensive entertainment such as concerts and movies, we might find ourselves spending a little too much on online services like Netflix or even traditional services like cable TV. These services can be surprisingly expensive, but there are lots of ways to cut down the costs of entertainment at home and look after your money. So in this post, we’re going to take a look at how you can save money on typical entertainment services that most people use at home.
For television or movies, watch out for overlap
There are a number of on-demand television services available nowadays such as cable TV, online subscriptions and movie websites. While it can be tempting to subscribe to multiple of them to access specific shows or films, it’s a good idea to look out for the amount of overlap between them.
For example, some films are accessible on multiple platforms such as Amazon and Hulu, whereas Amazon and Netflix tend to overlap on television. If you want to save a bit of money each month, it may be worth only subscribing to one service, cancelling at the end of the month, and then subscribing to another to access those particular shows.
Looking for alternatives to cable television
Cable television is incredibly expensive compared to on-demand video services. While there are certain shows or sporting events that you can only watch on cable, it’s still difficult to justify paying so much every month just to access that content.
If you watch a lot of cable television then you may want to look at this IPTV setup guide from Troypoint. IPTV is an inexpensive new technology that is slowly replacing traditional cable and satellite services, giving you access to a wide number of channels through the internet for a much smaller price. It’s worth checking out to see if you can finally cut your cable subscription to save a considerable amount of money each month.
Other unique subscription services for entertainment
Nowadays, owning the stuff you listen to or read to can be fairly expensive. For example, the cost of a music album is usually more expensive than a month’s subscription to a streaming service. In cases like this, you may want to consider using the streaming service instead, despite it costing a monthly fee.
However, there are cases where the subscription might not be the best choice. For example, there are websites like Amazon that offer subscriptions for books. While there are millions to pick from, many of them are usually books that nobody has heard of, whereas popular books usually aren’t included in the service and need to be bought separately. Instead of buying those books or having a subscription, you could always rent books from the library for free and save a bit of money.
How do you save money on your entertainment services? Let me know in the comments below!