6 Ways to Save Money on Home Entertainment

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Cuddling up on the couch and watching television is one of life’s pure pleasures. But what if you could enjoy blockbuster movies and stellar TV shows while saving money on your home entertainment? We’ve got great news for you — you can do just that.

We explore ways to save money on home entertainment expenses, from downloading free TV apps to ditching your cable service altogether. We also have options for book and audiobook lovers.

6 Ways to Save Money on Home Entertainment

Whether you’re a big bookworm, love to watch live sports or can’t get enough of your reality TV shows, there are ways for everyone to cut costs.

1. Download Free TV Apps

With the plethora of streaming options available now, there’s no reason to be stuck paying a pricy cable bill. While many streaming services do charge their own subscription fees, there are some TV apps that are completely free.

Download these free TV apps if you want to keep your costs at $0. You may not get access to the latest shows airing, but there are offerings for movie lovers, kids, gamers, anime fans and those who enjoy classic TV shows.

2. Ditch Cable for Streaming Services

Cutting the cord is a great way to cut down on monthly expenses, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up the perks of viewing live shows and programs.

These streaming options allow you to watch live TV starting at $40 a month — and at half that price for your first month. Many also offer DVR capabilities, just like cable companies do, so you can record episodes if you aren’t able to watch them when they air.

3. Watch NFL Games Without Cable

If you’re a sports fan, you might be holding onto cable so that you’re able to catch all the games of the season. However, there are many ways to watch NFL games without an expensive cable package.

You can stream games from the NFL Network or purchase the NFL Game Pass or NFL Sunday Ticket. Plus there are several streaming services starting at $5 a month that’ll let you catch football games.

4. The Great Debate: Fire Stick vs. Roku

For those switching from cable to streaming for the first time, one of the questions you’ll have is which platform you should use to stream content.

Amazon Fire Stick and Roku are two popular options. We break down the highlights of the Fire Stick and Roku so you can choose what’s best for you.

5. Score Cheap Audiobooks

Reading an interesting book is a great way to pass the time. Audiobooks are even better because you can essentially have the book read to you while you’re driving, out for a jog, doing chores around the house or whatever.

These nine options for finding affordable audiobooks let you build out your private (virtual) library without having to drop $25 for each hardcover book.

6. Discover Free Library Apps

Public libraries offer a wealth of resources, but you don’t have to get in your car and drive to your nearest branch to benefit from it all.

Free library apps like Hoopla, OverDrive and more let you access books, movies, music and online training programs at no cost. And there’ll be no one to tell you “shhhh” if you talk too loudly while deciding what to check out first.

Michael Archambault and Robert Bruce are senior writers at The Penny Hoarder.

Nicole Dow, a former senior writer at The Penny Hoarder, contributed.