One thing about marriage is that it brings people together from two different backgrounds. I grew up a slightly spoiled, only child, and Hubby grew up in a completely different environment. Our coming together has balanced our financial behavior. After almost eight years a marriage, I have curbed my desire to overspend, and now embrace my inner frugalista. In fact, I am proud of how we cut costs and reduce our bills. Sometimes our friends make fun of us, and don’t understand how we haven’t had cable for three years. As a result, we have found cheaper ways to access shows, movies and media entertainment, and have saved hundreds of dollars in the process. I have 5 money-saving tips below featuring technology products you can find at Wal-Mart to reduce your monthly bills. As we head into the gift giving season, I’m always looking for an innovative way to stretch our dollars and hopefully these 5 tips will help you.
1. Free TV
After we moved into our new house and family kept visiting, we started feeling weird about not having a TV. We broke down and bought a big screen, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to pay for cable on a monthly basis. Instead, we opted for a digital antenna which allows us to view air (ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, etc.) channels for free.
2. Internet enabled TV
That sounds great you say, but what about movies and when you’re not home to DVR? We have a solution for that! We have an internet enabled TV which allows us to watch movies on low-cost sites like Netflix and Hulu Plus.
3. Apple TV
For the big screen, which is not internet-enabled we hook up an Apple TV and it allows us to watch our internet shows on the regular TV. We also frequently rent movies from… wait for it, wait for it, *gasp*… the brick and mortar library.
4. Home Phone
In place of the monthly fees associated with a LAN line, we use Magic Jack, which allows us to call any area code and make international calls (to other MagicJack numbers) for one low yearly rate (I think it’s $19 or something). We are also known to use GoogleVoice for international calls to non-Magic Jack numbers.
5. iPhone without a Data Plan
When my mother-in-law arrived and needed a cell phone, we simply dug up an old iPhone we no longer use (we’re talking like an iPhone 2G), replaced the SIM card, and bought a $25 pay as you go card. Voila! No new phone cost, no activation fee, and no monthly cell phone bill.
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Disclosure: I’m a Walmart blogger Ambassador. Compensation was provided by Walmart via GolinHarris. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Walmart. Now you can fulfill your child’s entire wish list through low prices and additional savings. Visit http://www.walmart.com for more information on holiday shopping this season.