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The number of cable TV subscribers has rapidly decreased in the past year. According to MoffettNathanson Research, an industry analysis group, nearly one million households pulled the plug on their cable TV subscription in 2013. Why? The prices just keep going up higher and higher every year. A middle of the road package costs an average of $62 a month.
Are there any cheaper alternatives, and if so, are they worth the lower cost? Read on to learn about your options and determine if they are viable for you based on your TV habits.
Fall is that glorious time of year when we welcome back many of our favorite television shows from their summer hiatus. After months of waiting (which is even harder now in our binge-watching world), the season premiere episode is one you do not want to miss. Especially considering so many shows end their season on a cliffhanger to leave you wanting more. Instead of watching the show all by your lonesome, while all your friends also watch it at their respective homes, why not host a theme premiere party? It will save you a lot of texting back and forth with your friends and can be creative without being expensive.
What do you think of when I say Glare Blocker, Slap Chop, Wallet Ninja or Dump Cakes? You probably guessed it: The Shopping Channel. Or maybe you're thinking of the "As Seen on TV" retail store in your local shopping center. While we still see interesting products being advertised on television in the wee hours of the morning (and on some channels, 24 hours a day), you no longer have to rely on this being the only way to find some of these truly unique products. What was at one time only available for a limited time (yes, there was a countdown clock running in the corner of the TV), for four easy payments and for overpriced shipping and handling charges, can now be purchased in a multitude of brick and mortar stores and at online retailers. Let's use the Slap Chop as an example.
There are many reasons to ask for your money back-- the service stunk, the product broke or you were just unsatisfied with whatever you were promised. But there are also many reasons to skip the process of asking for your money back-- you don't want to get anyone in trouble, you lost your receipt, or it's just not worth the hassle. But surprisingly, getting a refund can be a painless process. After all, it's in a company's best interest to make sure their customers are satisfied. Here are four surprising opportunities where you should definitely ask for your money back if you're not happy.
Baseball may be America's pastime, but football is our game of choice. According to a recent Harris Interactive poll, 31% say pro football is their favorite sport, with just 17% claiming baseball. But to be honest, I don't really care for either. I'm not much of a sports person at all, but I still like to socialize. The Super Bowl is a great reason to eat junk food and hang out with friends. Heck, I'm even throwing a Super Bowl bash this year. But I'm going to make sure it's especially fun for non-football fans like me without tossing my budget into a tailspin.
Reality TV has invaded just about every network on television. Ordinary people are getting their time in the spotlight through shows like Biggest Loser and Real Housewives. But some of these celebrities are turning their 15 minutes of fame into successful careers and lucrative positions. They're not about to be washed up designers, no-name singers or forgotten bachelorettes. They're writing books, helping charities and launching new businesses.
Last month, I reached my boiling point on the cable bill. Excluding high speed Internet service, my Time Warner cable bill had just passed $150 a month. An HBO / Showtime subscription, the occasional movie rental, DVR service; all the extra services add up quickly. Even the basic services, like HD channels ($5 a month) or an extra HD cable box for another TV in the house ($10 a month), were ridiculously priced. If I continued down this path, I'd be on track to spend over $1800 a year for a handful of channels that I actually watched!