Shortly after moving into our house 9 years ago, my husband and I decided that we wanted to lower our monthly bills. In order to do this we decided that our cable was one of the things we could cut and we would be saving quite a bit of money in doing so. Yes that means that we don’t have cable and haven’t for the last 9 years. We are much happier without it too.
Not only would it save us money, but we have been quite appalled at the things that were starting to be on cable television. We try to be very careful about the things that our children are exposed to, and quite frankly cable really defeats this goal. As they get older they are allowed to watch more things, but still are only allowed to watch certain things.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
One of the wonderful websites we use to decide if a show or movie is appropriate for them to watch. The Dove website offers reviews of many different shows or movies. They give different categories and tell you each of the things that are in the show/movie so you know exactly what your kids will be hearing/seeing. I really love this and it gives me a great overview to make an informed decision on whither we think it is appropriate or not.
We do use internet regularly for educational purposes as well as personal reasons, so we decided to keep that. We decided to pay a small monthly fee for Netflix and have access to some great children’s shows that we think are more appropriate then most of the other shows that have started to come out for children.
On Netflix we can watch series, documentaries, educational shows, kids shows, movies, and more. This was a perfect solution for us one that to this day we have been happy with.
Right Now Media
We also love Right Now Media. It is really a complete Christian version of Netflix it is such an amazing resource. They have all Christian children’s shows and cartoons. They offer Christian movies, adult programing, and even sermons.
We get this membership free through our church, but it is also offered with a Schoolhouse Teachers membership. Schoolhouse Teachers is SUCH an amazing resource in and of itself, the fact that they now offer Right Now Media too is really amazing and well worth the investment.
We watch this on our computers for now since it isn’t available on the Wii, but it is also available on the Roku. Which we will eventually get when our Wii goes out someday.
Amazon Prime Videos
We have had Amazon Prime just about since it was first started. Over the years they have upped the price, but also included more and more services. Our membership pays for itself just in the free shipping.
We do love that they offer videos, kids shows, and a ton more options free with your prime membership. They have a huge selection of documentaries, which are great to use in our homeschool. They also now offer channels, which gives our kids access to PBS Kids which has many great kids shows.
What About Prime Time Shows?
SO there are a few television shows that my husband and I enjoy watching together after the kids are in bed. We found that there are sites that offer watching them for free, if you be very, very careful not to click on any of the ads or you will get viruses on your computer. It became way to much of a hassle, so we gave in and now have the cheapest Hulu plan.
Now let me warn you that this is not as family friendly of an online option as Netflix is. They have many of the shows that we would not enjoy watching and that we surely would not want the kids watching. But they do have all of the Network shows we do enjoy watching.
The shows are not available on here for long, most shows only have the most 3 or 4 episodes, so make sure you watch them quickly. They also have commercials on the shows, but you can pay extra to have them removed if you want. You do get 2 weeks free to try the service out and see if it is for you or not.
In total we get the Amazon prime videos and Right Now Media for free. Our Netflix costs us $9.99 a month and our Hulu costs us $7.99 per month. That is a grand total of only $17.98 per month. Compared to the astronomically high cable costs that is a HUGE savings for us every month.
What does you family do for cable every month? Do you even have cable? If not, what were your reasons for cancelling it? Leave a comment below I would love to hear from you!
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