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How much you’re willing to spend on television depends on how important it is to you. If you love watching it and can easily afford it, no problem. But if your household budget is really stressed, consider these ideas:
Buy an antenna for your TV, and watch the over-the-air broadcast channels.
You don’t even have to get up on the roof. Just stop at Walmart and pick up an indoor multi-directional antenna for $50.00 – $80.00. Screw the cord into the antenna plug on the back of your tv, then tape the flat square panel at the other end of the cord onto your window. You may want to try different windows in your house to see which gives you the best reception and the most local channels, or at least the channels that you want most. I have an indoor antenna, and can get about 20 channels. A few of them are high-definition, and they look so good it’s almost unbelievable. If the weather’s very overcast though, sometimes it blocks the signal. But hey, now that I’ve got the antenna, it doesn’t cost me a penny!
Check out DVDs from your local library.
Most libraries now carry at least some movies and tv shows on DVD, with no rental fee. Just make sure you return them on time, though, to avoid costly fines.
Re-watch your own personal DVDs.
Most people have some movies at home, sitting forgotten on a shelf or in a cabinet. Dust them off and pick one to watch. If it’s a good movie and you enjoyed it once, chances are you’ll enjoy it again.
Swap DVDs with a relative or friend.
Just remember to return them quickly, and in good condition.
Find other things to do at home besides watching TV.
Reading, playing scrabble, listening to the radio, card games, writing someone a letter, running or taking a walk are all things that don’t cost any money.
The hundreds (or thousands) of dollars you spend on TV every year could be put into a savings account, or spent on paying off bills. It’s never easy to give up something enjoyable. But cutting your television expenses will leave you in better financial shape, which leads to peace of mind. Who knows – maybe after a while you’ll find that you don’t even miss it.