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Money Saving Tip #1: Netflix and Tivo

I was just thinking and discussing some of the ways that I save money . . . and thought I need to remember to share those on the blog.

So first is probably nothing new to most of you – Netflix and Tivo, but it has saved us hundreds, probably thousands of dollars in the last 4 years.

I originally posted some of these details last summer, but I think they’re worth repeating.

If you are familiar with Netflix, you know years ago they began the concept of an online subscription where they mailed you your movie rentals. Their unlimited plan now costs $8.99. But the best part is that include unlimited streaming rentals as well.

Years ago when we were first married Joey and I were Netflix subscribers – you know the program where you became a member and created a queue, then the movies were mailed to you 1 or 3 at a time and as you mailed them back, you got the next items on the list. But as life got busy we would go weeks without being able to watch the movie that was sent to us. Then we would have a weekend where we were free and wanted to watch several movies, but of course that doesn't work when you have to mail the one you finish in and wait for the next one to be mailed to you. Since it wasn’t practical for us, we cancelled and became regular visitors at local video rental stores.

However, Netflix now allows you to stream many of their rentals via blue-ray player, laptop, Wii or PS3. We learned about this when I stayed with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law just after Weston was born, but it’s become quite common now and is starting to become a part of life for many people. You are able to surf through television series and movies that fit your preferences. Online you can select certain movies and add them to your online queue to be watched the next time you turn on Netflix. They also have a HUGE selection of children's shows that come in super handy for us. Apple even has an app now that lets you stream the shows to your Itouch or Iphone.

I don't think you can beat this for $7.99 a month. We probably spent that every month in various rental fees and if you have late fees you'll go way over it. After we signed up, my parents, my brother and even my dad’s neighbor jumped on board. We all use it frequently and enjoy the benefits.

While this was great for movie watching or catching up on old tv shows I never had time to watch, there were several current tv shows that I was into and didn’t want to stop watching. Our solution was to get a Tivo . . . since this is getting long, I’ll save the Tivo spiel for the next Money Saving Tip.

In the meantime, sign up today and get a one month Netflix trial FREE!

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