For those new to this website, the spending diet is how I am saving few hundred dollars every month from unnecessary expenses without losing our quality of life. The ideas here may help you to cut some expenses in your monthly budget.
You may take this as a financial education to improve your saving without losing your happiness.
In other words, so you could use these to ideas, do further research, save more money and reach your financial freedom faster.
Many of our long-term readers know that I am a middle-class income earner, but I have a big dream to become a millionaire in less than 10 years.
The only way we could achieve this dream by earning more, spending less and investing the rest for growth.
When I cut spending, I always ensure the quality of life shouldn’t be affected by the cut because “life is really short”, we shouldn’t let it pass without enjoy the present moment.
In July 2014, I decided to track and cut all my unnecessary expenses and noticed that I was spending more than more than $70 for landline and cable-TV connection. The cable-TV connection alone was $40.
Here is my Bill in 2014
So, I was looking for an alternative to cable TV and found about Google/Android TV box. I did further research and purchased a TV box from Amazon for $85 (with free shipping). Now most latest version with more features is selling at $94.99 on Amazon, it is worth for the price. Have a look at it.
Until I received it in my hand, I was worried how I am going to use it. Do I need a special TV to use the box? Do we need to subscribe to some services for monthly charges?
But, after I received it, the answers were big ‘NO’ for all my worries.
It was simple and amazing!!! A small piece of box with thousands of TV shows and movies. Wow!
Simply connect with internet and TV. TV needs a HDMI input. Currently, most TVs come with HDMI input.
That’s it. You could enjoy thousands of movies and TV shows.
We don’t need to pay any monthly fee, but we could watch almost all my favourite TV shows and other programs without hours-long advertisements 😀 .
Also, there are thousands of movies and thousands of other TV shows I’ve never heard before. We could watch anything, anytime for free. Wow!
Free mean it uses internet bandwidth. So ensure you have enough internet bandwidth if you decide to purchase one for yourself.
- No monthly charge (just one-time box purchases cost) – Thus, I have been saving more than $500 every year using this tiny box
- No Advertisements in middle of my favourite TV shows
- Watch my favourite programs anytime (no need to record or be on-time to watch them)
- Able to watch thousands of movies
- You don’t need to be technically expert to use this box. It works same as you Apple/ Android phones.
- Even though you have access to a larger number of TV shows, movies and other videos, you will not be able to watch LIVE events. You will need to wait for few hours or one day to access them in this TV box.
- It may take couple of days to get familiar how to access your favourite TV shows. But after you get familiar, everything will be piece-of-cake.
- It is an internet based services. Therefore the videos will be streaming through internet. You will need to have high speed internet (works well with 25MBs speed internet) and enough bandwidth.
Currently my internet provider is Bell Canada and internet download speed is 25MBs and the bandwidth is 400 GBs. It works well with 25MBs, and we rarely reach 200GBs bandwidth in a month. My wife watches lot of her favorite shows every day (she is a stay-at-home mother, nothing much to do in daytime).
I purchased my Android TV box in July 2014, and it’s been working really well so far without any issue. I cut my cable connection after one month, and have been saving more than $45 every month.
I’ve saved more than $1200 so far for last two years without losing our happiness. It is not a bad investment.
As you know, technology changes so fast. Now there are number of new TV boxes available in the market with more amazing features.
I went through the reviews on Amazon and noticed customers who purchased recently love the product. Please read couple of reviews on the Amazon.
Have a look at some Models on the Amazon website, read real customers review, and you may consider buy one for yourself and SAVE MONEY!
If you had a chance to use or purchase one, please leave your comments below or if you have any saving ideas, please discuss below. It will really help other readers to save money and achieve their financial freedom faster.
Please note the box that I purchased came with a remote, but we also bought a wireless keyboard along with the box for easy navigation.
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