We killed the landline phone that we never used any more, and got a great price on what we needed for internet throughput at a higher speed. They still try to get you to bundle: for cable internet you either must have cable TV or pay a $9.99 "cable access fee". I decided I wanted to keep the local TV channels and chose their smallest TV package (all the local stuff plus 60 channels of music we never used) with an extra converter for upstairs to the tune of $33.06 per month. Our overall savings was $60 a month including Netflix and the occasional Redbox rental, and we were pretty darn happy with that. The moral of that story is call your provider occasionally and see if you can improve your services and what you pay. But I missed another savings opportunity.
|The two GE antennas that worked for us.|
We can't have outside antennas here, so we needed something like rabbit ears. I started by buying a $15 antenna just to see if we got any reception here, and to my joyful surprise it worked beautifully! The downstairs TV was harder to tune in so I bought a $20 antenna for that one. I figured if needed I could return them for a slightly better one until I found an antenna that worked.
I paid $35 for two low-end GE antennas, and will save $23 a month in recurring cable costs. And here's a bonus: there are extra channels tucked in on the digital signals, so we actually gained channels.
|The little black square to the right is the antenna. For some reason it works best with its back to the room.|