10 Household Expenses You Need To Stop Paying For

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6. TV


While getting free television may not be as easy as it was back in the days of analog TV, it’s still possible. All you have to do is tune in to over-the-air TV via a digital broadcast– provided you have a digital antenna, and there are broadcast TV stations in your area.

Even if that’s not the case for you, you can still ditch your expensive cable or satellite subscription for the much cheaper streaming services offered by companies like Hulu and Netflix, with plans starting as low as $5.99/month and $8.99/month, respectively.

There are apps like Tubi and Pluto TV, which let you watch shows and movies for free. Of course, with all of these streaming services, you need to have a decent internet connection to watch TV.

5. Extended Warranties

Extended Warranty

According to most experts, when purchasing big-ticket items like new TVs and home appliances, the manufacturer’s warranty is all you need. Not only that but credit card companies will often extend coverage for an additional year.

So, while you may feel like purchasing an extended warranty is worth the money, it actually isn’t. In fact, it could end up costing you up to 20% of the value of the item, plus it might not even cover the entire purchase!

“For the majority of cases, you are better off saving the money you would have spent on an extended warranty and applying that to repairs, if necessary. Repairs may not cost as much as you shelled out, plus the extended warranty period may overlap with the included warranty,” Rachel Rothman, Chief Technologist of the Good Housekeeping Institute, told Redbook.