1. Cut bills – Depending on your options, cable TV can cost from about $30-90 per month, averaging about $60. That’s $720 a year that you could save up or spend on something else.
2. Save electricity – Not a large amount, but still, you could save $20-50 per year by turning off the TV.
3. Skip commercials – They pay the bills – for the sponsors, not for you. Don’t be tempted to buy more just because you see it advertised.
4. Get more free time – The average American spends more than five hours a day watching TV. Five hours! Imagine giving up some of that time and doing so many other things instead – spending time with family, getting exercise, reading a good book, pursuing hobbies or maybe earning extra dollars with a second job.
5. Cut stress – When you spend five hours a day watching TV, you have to squeeze the rest of your life into the remaining, limited time. With less time watching TV, you can accomplish other things at a more leisurely pace instead of feeling so frantic.
6. Eat better – Lots of TV watching leads to fast food, convenience food and fatty snacks in front of the tube. Skip a show and spend the hour cooking a healthy meal.
7. Improve your health and fitness – Obviously, watching TV is sedentary, plus it means you have less time available to exercise.
8. Communicate better – TV takes the place of conversation in too many households. Watch less, talk more, and feel closer to your family.
Hulu — Hulu is the big name in streaming video for a reason, carrying shows from Disney, Fox and NBC.
TVGuide.com — TV Guide offers lots of full-length TV episodes, clips and exclusive interviews on its website.
YouTube — Online video king YouTube now carries some full length TV shows, along with the usual viral videos of laughing babies and such.
SlashControl — AOL’s new SlashControl offers content from a lot of different sites including TV.com, Hulu and Fancast. The site also offers full-length movies.
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