With rising costs of everything, and I mean everything…..even a gallon of milk is up to $6 here, hubby and I decided to make a change with our spending and here’s how we will be saving thousands of dollars this year.
First: we cut the cord on cable/direct tv. Where we live, in the sticks, the only thing available is satellite tv. We have had Direct TV for over 20 years and our bill was over $150 per month. We haven’t been under contract for many moons so we had the option of disconnecting anytime. I first called and tried to negotiate a lesser cost but that only got me a $5 a month credit, and frankly that only insulted me. I explained to the customer service rep that I had been a loyal customer for over 20 years and wasn’t there something that could be done. After all if I was a new customer I could get the plan for $30 a month. After it was all said and done we decided to have it shut off and live without it. We did invest in an indoor tv antenna for $60 and was surprised to receive over 30 channels with digital tv, thats FREE. We also started a Netflix package for $15 a month and I purchased a $15 itunes card that will last for about 3 months. We discovered the only channels we truly missed were the History Channel and AMC. The shows we watch on the History Channel can be watched online and the one show we watch on AMC we can purchase through itunes by the episode for $2.
Now I feel horrible that’s we’ve paid all that money out for years, only to find out no one in our house has missed it.
Direct TV for one year – $1,800
Antenna (a one time purchase) $60
Netflix for one year – $180
itunes cards per year – $60
Second: we went to prepaid cell phones. We haven’t been under contract for over 2 years and hubby and I have iphones, so here’s what we did. Black Friday Verizon always offers free activation, so we took our Verizon iphones that had a package and had them activated as a prepaid Verizon phone. We paid $200 per month for both phone on the package, by going prepaid we have the same service, same text and calling, and same amount of GB’s per month for data all for $80 for both phones. We gave up nothing by changing. All I do is dial 611 from my phone once a month and reload our phones. It takes seconds and we’ve saved big.
Verizon package for one year – $2,400 (seeing it just makes me sick)
Verizon prepaid for one year – $960
Savings – $1,440
Third: we no longer purchase meat from the grocery store. The last time I bought ground beef and paid $6 a pound I said that’s it. We raise our own meat, and no you don’t have to have a farm to do it. We purchased a cow from a friend, our pigs are raised across the street from us at a buddies place, and we are raising our own meat chickens this spring. One of the best parts about this, is you know what the animal is being fed and how it is raised. We just got our cow back from market this week and after paying for it to be raised, fed, and cut up we paid $2.75 a pound and have a freezer full of beef, and that means lots of steaks not just hamburg. Our pigs go to market next week so I don’t have an exact price but I can come close it will end up being around $1.10 per pound. The only part we had in any of it was handing over the money, picking up the meat from the locker, and supplying the freezer (which we already had). We are now set for a year and won’t have to pay grocery store prices.
Savings: BIG $$$
So this is just 3 ways we’ve cut down our monthly bills, it’s quite amazing because this will end of being thousands of dollars a year with just these small changes. What do you do to cut costs, I’d love to hear what works for you?