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Lowering An Expense

December 29th, 2019 at 06:04 pm

We have been using Hulu Live TV recently, primarily to get our college football team games. Those are over for the season and our daughter who was in their marching band is done forever. Sad! We did cancel it for four months this summer when our expenses were especially high, and used an antenna to get over the air channels.

Hulu Live TV is increasing their price from $44.99 to $54.99. Really, really not worth it to me. My husband does like to have it so for now we are switching service providers. We will now stream with Sling TV for their Blue Plan for $30 per month. We will save $15 over our current price and avoid the $10 increase that Hulu Live was offering.

We may pause Sling here and there for additional savings. I personally could just be fine with an over the air programming, I only watch local news for severe weather information.

My daughter's phone was paid off this month too, so our bill will be lower by $13 a month. Not sure how long we will go until we purchase new ones, but for now I appreciate the savings.

Are you lowering any of your expenses in the coming year? I wish I could lower them all, but so many are rising. I guess I will put another post out on that at another time.

11 Responses to “Lowering An Expense”

  1. Wink Says:

    There are many expenses that I want to lower. Starting in January, I'm focusing on groceries. I think after I retire in June and have more time I'll take on looking at cable, cell phone and car insurance. I am especially irritated that my car insurance keeps going up and my driving record is clean and I have no claims.

  2. My English Castle Says:

    CCF: Been thinking abut expenses and have switched off the NYT crossword subscription. I love doing the puzzles on line, but during the semester have very little time for it. It's a small expense, but as they say, every little bit.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    It is crazy how some of these streaming services have continued to increase. We have Netflix and I succumbed to get Acorn because we like the British mysteries. Acorn is $60 for the year if you pay it all at once. I'm wondering if we could just get rid of Netflix.

    DH is 73 so we shop for new supplemental Medicare and prescription plans. His supplement insurance was going to go up over $70 a month and we found one cheaper with the same benefits. His prescription plan also went up and we changed that too. The hassle is getting the cards and the paperwork in time.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Nice job, MEC, dropping an ongoing subscription you don't use. I assume you can subscribe again and cancel at anytime. Maybe this summer?

    rob, nice work find a less expensive plan with the same benefits! I hope the cards show up just in time for him.

    Wink, I can't wait to move so our car insurance will go down.

  5. Jenn Says:

    My middle son just turned 18 - the age at which our allowance stops. So my self-inflicted expense lowered! Still have two on allowances though for a couple more years.

    Last year I dropped Amazon Prime when they jacked their price up. And this year we bought a small car so our gas expense is lower. Auto insurance has doubled in the past year though, but I know the reason -- teenaged boys.

  6. Lucky Robin Says:

    We are going to change our internet bill. It went up over $100 on the last bill, so we are going to drop our speed. We don't really download anything so we don't need fast download speeds. We just stream and that doesn't take as much speed, we can get an adequate plan for less money. I upload an occasional video to YouTube, which will take longer, but isn't the end of the word since I schedule them in advance most of the time anyway. I can get our bill back down to $60 or $70 a month. I may abandon Comcast altogether now that Century Link is offering competitive speeds. Plus Comcast goes down a lot at 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. when I am sometimes up with insomnia and it is annoying.

  7. creditcardfree Says:

    @Jeann, Great idea on the allowance! And I feel you on the insurance! I think we are now prepaid on Amazon Prime which we do use with out of state college students and it saves me time running around to stores which I really dislike. I will reevaluate when it renews to see if we could do without. Have I told you I think you need to blog here? You have very interesting comments!!

    @LR, I hope the lower speed works. Our reception in our home isn't great so I'm worried slowing the speed would make it worse!

  8. disneysteve Says:

    I really need to attack the cable bill. I just haven't taken the time to call them and see what options are available. The promo rate we had expired in October and our bill jumped up last month. I'd love to ditch it entirely but we're not quite there yet. 99% of what I watch is on Netflix, Disney+, or Amazon Prime.

  9. Amber Says:

    I’ve pretty much cut everything I could once SO left but I ended up signing up for Amazon Prime. I’m
    not a fan and will cancel

  10. Jenn Says:

    You have indeed mentioned that I should blog! I'll check it out and see what's involved - I just worry about the effort required.

  11. creditcardfree Says:

    @Jenn, as far as time, I guess it's subjective. I don't really plan what I write. I just usually have something to report and spend some time writing my thoughts. Clearly, I don't write everyday, and some months I blog more than others. No pressure!

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