How Much Money Will Cutting the Cord on Your Cable Service Really Save You?

Cutting the cord and making the switch to streaming can lead to big savings.
Cutting the cord and making the switch to streaming can lead to big savings.
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If you're thinking about cutting the cord on pay TV this year, you're in good company: it's estimated that about a quarter of all Americans could do away with traditional cable by 2022. But just how much money can you save by changing your TV-watching habits? Reviewed recently broke it down.

The average cable or satellite user spends a little over $100 a month on their TV bill, which means canceling their service could save them over $1200 annually. But many pay TV defectors will likely be looking for an alternative way to watch their favorite programs. Assuming you're one of the 83 percent of consumers who pays for both TV and internet, switching to a web-based service shouldn't be too expensive. An Amazon Prime plan costs $119 a year, a standard Netflix subscription (HD and two screens at once) costs $156, and a basic Hulu plan costs $72. Even if you spring for all three choices, you'll still only be paying $347 annually, saving you about $853 if you're a former cable subscriber.

Web-based streaming isn't the only option cord-cutters have. If you can't part with your favorite network programs, you can purchase an OTA antenna for about $50. Watching cable shows without dealing with a cable company is also a possibility. Sling TV offers a Blue service, which includes access to live channels like FX, Comedy Central, HGTV, Food Network, and Bravo through a cloud-based DVR for just $30 month. If you wanted to try all the options above, it would still only cost you about $757 a year, which is $443 less than cable or satellite alone.

No matter what you're looking for, there's likely a service or device out there that complements your viewing tastes. Here are even more cable alternatives to get you started.

[h/t Reviewed]

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Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

Wayfair/Weber
Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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This Outdoor Lantern Will Keep Mosquitoes Away—No Bug Spray Necessary

Thermacell, Amazon
Thermacell, Amazon

With summer comes outdoor activities, and with those activities come mosquito bites. If you're one of the unlucky people who seem to attract the insects, you may be tempted to lock yourself inside for the rest of the season. But you don't have to choose between comfort and having a cocktail on the porch, because this lamp from Thermacell ($25) keeps outdoor spaces mosquito-free without the mess of bug spray.

The device looks like an ordinary lantern you would display on a patio, but it works like bug repellent. When it's turned on, a fuel cartridge in the center provides the heat needed to activate a repellent mat on top of the lamp. Once activated, the repellent in the mat creates a 15-by-15-foot bubble of protection that repels any mosquitos nearby, making it a great option for camping trips, days by the pool, and backyard barbecues.

Mosquito repellent lantern.

Unlike some other mosquito repellents, this lantern is clean, safe, and scent-free. It also provides light like a real lamp, so you can keep pests away without ruining your backyard's ambience.

The Thermacell mosquito repellent lantern is now available on Amazon. If you've already suffered your first mosquito bites of the summer, here's some insight into why that itch can be so excruciating.

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