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How to Save Money On Your Satellite or Cable Bill

We often get emails from people who are tired of paying high prices for their Satellite or Cable television, asking if there is a way to save money, and at the same time get the same amount of programming and movies. Currently, the average satellite or cable bill runs around $50 to $60 a month. This is often because families need a wide variety of channels because kids and parents like to watch different types of shows. The kids in the family may want to watch movies on the Disney Channel, and parents watch to watch movies on Cinimax or HBO.

The best way we have found to save money, and still get movies that everyone can enjoy is by signing up for a service like Blockbuster Online or Netflix, and cutting down on premium channels you pay for through your satellite or cable service. This can save you up to $300 a year, and you still can get all of the latest movies for your family to enjoy. Renting from services like Netflix or Blockbuster Online can cost as little as $5 a month. Below we will outline different plans both services offer, so you can see which service is right for you.

Plans for Netflix Start at $4.99 a month. The service is simple and easy to use. You sign up for a Netflix account online. You then pick movies you want to see from their website. The movies are mailed to your door and arrive in about 1 business day. When you are done watching a movie you simply mail it back in a prepaid envelope. They then send out the next movie on your list. Netflix also has plans now that allow you to have more than one movie out at once. You get Free shipping both ways, and they now also have a service where you can watch movies instantly on your PC. A major advantage to Netflix is there are no late fees. You simply keep a movie until you are done with it, and when you mail it back they send out your next movie.

Netflix Plans

$4.99 / Month – 1 DVD out at a time, 2 rentals / month.
$8.99 / Month – 1 DVD out at a time, unlimited rentals / month.
$13.99 / Month – 2 DVDs out at a time, unlimited rentals / month.
$16.99 / Month – 3 DVDs out at a time, unlimited rentals / month. – Most Popular
$16.99 / Month – 4 DVDs out at a time, unlimited rentals / month.

Netflix is currently offering a Free Trial Here.

BlockBuster Online

The Blockbuster Online service generally works the same way as Netflix. You Sign Up on their website and receive your movies through the mail in about one business day. A major advantage to the Blockbuster Online service though is that you can also return the movies you rent online at the store. Blockbuster plans start at $9.99 a month.

Blockbuster Plans:

$9.99 / Month – 1 DVD out at a time, 2 in-store exchanges / month
$14.99 / Month – 2 DVDs out at a time, 3 in-store exchanges / month
$17.99 / Month – 3 DVDs out at a time, 5 in-store exchanges / month

Blockbuster is also offering a Free Trial Here.

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11 Responses to “How to Save Money On Your Satellite or Cable Bill”
John - August 1st, 2007 at 10:52 pm

I have been considering switching to an online movie service for awhile because my cable bill is getting out of hand with the HBO package. I think I might go with the Blockbuster deal because of the in store returns. Thoughts?

Phil G - August 3rd, 2007 at 8:35 pm

After reading this I signed up for blockbuster and I just got my first movies in the mail, it only took about one day so im happy so far. If everything goes well im going to cancel my premium channel subscriptions and save about $50.00 a month, so we will see.

Mary - August 3rd, 2007 at 8:35 pm

My friend has netflix and I have been considering signing up, it doesnt seem like there is much of a difference between that and blockbuster… or is there?

Kphillips - August 3rd, 2007 at 8:37 pm

I think blockbuster is better because its around the same price and you can return the movies to the store..

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We have a Blockbuster online membership, and we love it! The turn around time is fast, and the ability to exchange the movies in the store is nice, too.

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Custo - August 15th, 2009 at 8:25 am

My issue is not movie channels but simply the price tag for a few 200 channels. I pay about $65.00 / month on satellite dish with only local package, a few regular channels like TNT or ESPN and an extra package with TCM, IFC and AMC. This is way out of price. Having lived in other countries i remember all of them paying for the equipment (dish, receiver box and cables) and access over 500 world wide channels FOR FREE.
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