Happy Friday! From hence forth, Fridays on #Broke Millennial will feature a frugal find.
In previous posts I’ve mentioned my great love, the Roku. I’m not sure how other streaming media players stack up, but I’m pretty staunchly team Roku.
Cutting cable wasn’t a choice I made proactively. My first roommate owned our TV and when she moved on to live in another major East Coast city, she took my favorite major appliance with her. Naturally, I cut cable and reduced to just internet, because I couldn’t afford to buy a TV at the time. Cutting cable took $45 off our monthly RCN bill ($22.50 per roommate)
About six months later (yup, I went six months without a TV), a friend sold his 3 week old TV for half-price and I scooped it up. But my new roommate and I still weren’t convinced we needed to pay for cable. Instead, I invested in a Roku.
(So what if I didn’t bother to swipe the dust off the top of my Roku before snapping this shot?!)
The upfront cost of a Roku may not seem frugal, the Roku HD Streaming Player costs $59.99 or $39.99 with Amazon Prime (affiliate), with FREE shipping. Long run however, it saves me about $174.12* a year. It would be $270, but I elect to pay for Hulu Plus so I can stream recent shows on my TV. There are no start-up costs or annual charges with a Roku, but you do have to pay whatever monthly fees Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go etc charge to stream their online content. However, I’m sure many readers already poach Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime or Hulu Plus from a friend or family member, just like I do. A Roku enables you to watch them on your TV instead of exclusively on your computer. The best part, join the cult of cord cutters!
For those who claim they need cable, I must admit that I’m never home to watch TV during prime-time hours. I always end up watching my favorite shows on Hulu the next day, later in the week or months later on Netflix (*cough* Mad Men *cough*). For me, Roku has been a frugal solution to finance my love of television. Plus, fewer commercials!
(Yes, it is May. Yes, those are Christmas lights creeping in this picture. We’re in our early 20s. DEAL!)
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*Please note, I’m in a stage of life where that is a lot of money. I can understand why more financially established readers wouldn’t understand cutting cable to save less than $200 a year.