Save a $1,000 Day 8: Lose the Tube

man_in_front_of_tvHave you ever walked down your street at about 6 pm and seen that familiar blue hue emanating from every window on the block? TV is the true American pastime and, while it can be used for good, it usually caters to the lowest common denominator and keeps us in a vegetative state while inundating us with advertising.

Beside the negative psychological effects, cable and satellite TV are obscenely expensive. The average cable bill is $84 per month, which means that if you are a normal consumer, you spend somewhere around $1,000 bucks a year for the privilege to watch the Kardashians go to the mall.

Dumping the cable will give you time to do real things in life. If you find you are pining for your favorite show, there are still plenty of ways to catch it. Check out our guide here.

If you’re not ready to ditch the cable altogether, at least cut back on the channels or call to negotiate your price. Negotiating with cable companies is one of the easiest things you’ll ever do. When you hang up, you’ll feel like a CEO after a productive meeting.

Potential Monthly Savings: $50-100

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