TUG MEMBERS: Joining TUG does not automatically register you as a user of the TUG Bulletin Board. You must register yourself.


*ads are disabled when logged in as a member*
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. The TUGBBS forums are completely free and open to the public and exist as the absolute best place for owners to get help and advice about their timeshares for more than 25 years!

    Join tens of thousands of other owners just like you here to get any and all Timeshare questions answered!
    Dismiss Notice
  3. TUG has now saved timeshare owners more than $12,000,000 dollars just by finding us in time to rescind a new Timeshare purchase! A truly incredible milestone!

    Read more here: TUG saves owners more than $12Million dollars
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Sign up to get the TUG Newsletter for free! Join tens of thousands of other owners who get this every week! Latest resort reviews and the most important topics discussed by owners during the week!
    Dismiss Notice
  5. TUG is trying out a new program that will trade you a TUG membership for a Timeshare resort review if you are an expired member, or even just a guest here on the forums!

    Read more here
    Dismiss Notice
  6. Our official "end my sales presentation early" T-shirts are available again! Also come with the option for a free membership extension with purchase to offset the cost!

    Read more Here
    Dismiss Notice
  7. Follow the TUG Member Banner as it travels the world on vacation with Timeshare owners! Also sign up to get the banner sent to you so you can submit a photo of your vacation with the banner to share with TUG! Banner Thread
    Dismiss Notice
  8. TUG has now joined Priceline.com as an affiliate!

    Members and guests who book air travel, rental cars and even Cruise Vacations thru TUG's priceline links will now support TUG in the process!

    Read more here
  9. A few of the most common links here on the forums for newbies and guests!
    Dismiss Notice

Cut the cord and save money (if you do it right)

Discussion in 'TUG Lounge' started by MULTIZ321, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. clifffaith

    clifffaith TUG Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2016
    Messages:
    1,995
    Likes Received:
    1,215
    Trophy Points:
    223
    Location:
    San Pedro, CA
    Seriously?! Someone brought the TV back? LOL! Time for a trip to HazMat, assuming you have those in your area. Anytime Cliff has enough batteries and light bulbs to warrant the ten minute drive, and another 10 minutes sitting in line in the car, I sneak in yet another old can of paint from our previous home. Yes, he moved old paint cans!
     
    mpumilia and T-Dot-Traveller like this.
  2. dioxide45

    dioxide45 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2006
    Messages:
    27,779
    Likes Received:
    2,624
    Trophy Points:
    699
    Location:
    NE Florida
    Resorts Owned:
    Marriott's Grande Vista
    Marriott's Harbour Lake
    SVV - Bella
    SVV - Key West
    We set an old, I mean OLD radio (I mean OLD, vintage 1970s) out by the road when cleaning out my wife's grandmother's house after her passing. Someone took it and then it showed up again not much later. I didn't realize there was a return policy.
     
  3. clifffaith

    clifffaith TUG Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2016
    Messages:
    1,995
    Likes Received:
    1,215
    Trophy Points:
    223
    Location:
    San Pedro, CA
    We are changing the cord, not cutting it. My cable bill went up to $220 (from $205) last month so rather than just call to do my normal grumbling which always gets me a courtesy $20 off or so, I told them to drop me down to basic local TV which came in at $146. Cliff stuck his head in at ATT and got a quote which sounded good so we went back together, I got my questions answered, and for $147 we get internet, all the regular cable channels we'd given up, Showtime and two other movie channels, and two $100 Visa cards. The manager told us to come back to him next year when the rate goes up (we don't really want Showtime so that will be the first thing we cut). They come on Wednesday to do whatever they do to connect us, that is assuming they have stopped feuding with CBS. Told them I can't be without my Big Brother! I won't turn Cox cable off for a couple days until I'm sure we are good to go. The main issue above all is to not have internet, and therefore printer, interruption because I have one day shipping on my eBay sales.
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2019
    mpumilia likes this.
  4. mpumilia

    mpumilia TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    8,283
    Likes Received:
    3,814
    Trophy Points:
    399
    Location:
    Pine Bush, New York
    Resorts Owned:
    Smugglers Notch Resort
    Innseason Pollard Brook
    What is HazMat? Never heard of it so assuming none around.
     
  5. clifffaith

    clifffaith TUG Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2016
    Messages:
    1,995
    Likes Received:
    1,215
    Trophy Points:
    223
    Location:
    San Pedro, CA
    The hazardous material "dump". Old paint, batteries, light bulbs, computers, TVs etc. Drive up, the guys unload the car and sort it into the proper piles. It isn't dumped there, but I don't know where it goes. They are open every Sat & Sun.
     
    mpumilia likes this.
  6. mpumilia

    mpumilia TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2010
    Messages:
    8,283
    Likes Received:
    3,814
    Trophy Points:
    399
    Location:
    Pine Bush, New York
    Resorts Owned:
    Smugglers Notch Resort
    Innseason Pollard Brook
    Another thing I should look into as we have a ton of paint cans to get rid of. I have kept them so as to touch up the walls as we get rid of paintings and furniture that might have just put a small mark on the wall.

    Best Buy charges $25 to take the TV. At this point, my husband is just going to bring it there when we get back from vacation unless I can find out beforehand if we have that at our dump. I have a feeling they might charge also.
    Thanks.
     
  7. dioxide45

    dioxide45 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    May 20, 2006
    Messages:
    27,779
    Likes Received:
    2,624
    Trophy Points:
    699
    Location:
    NE Florida
    Resorts Owned:
    Marriott's Grande Vista
    Marriott's Harbour Lake
    SVV - Bella
    SVV - Key West
    Check out your county engineer's office, they may have a HazMat collection day one day a month or even every day. We used to take old stuff to one when we were in Ohio. Then they said they were going to stop taking paint. To open the can and let it dry and then it isn't hazmat anymore. What if I have a half full can? They also stopped taking old PCs. I found out there is one we can take stuff to here in Jacksonville, there were a couple old cans of paint in a closet I plan to take there. I ended up buying new paint to repaint the place. Those old cans did come in handy since they were able to match the paint using the barcode from the cans.
     
    mpumilia likes this.
  8. Bucky

    Bucky TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2005
    Messages:
    1,515
    Likes Received:
    367
    Trophy Points:
    293
    Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Resorts Owned:
    Marriott Oceanwatch (2)
    Sheraton Broadway Plantation
    Hazardous Material
     
  9. AnnaS

    AnnaS TUG Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2008
    Messages:
    947
    Likes Received:
    204
    Trophy Points:
    253
    Location:
    Staten Island, NY
    We have not cut the cord and still have a landline.......I called once to see how much I would save if I removed the landline and it was about $18. Not worth not having it for now. Once or twice we had no cell service but could use our land line. I might take it away someday though. I actually still use my fax machine here and there :D since I am computer illiterate. When my daughter is not home to scan a document and I can't send a picture with my cell phone, I will use the fax as a last resort.

    I don't like to play the game going back and forth between Verizon FIOS and Spectrum (used to be Time Warner) to see who offers the better deal. Eventually the prices all go up again.

    So many streaming services now. I am literally clueless about them. One day I need a lesson from one of my kids. They have seem to have/use everything (Netflix, Verizon, etc. etc.).
     
  10. Grammarhero

    Grammarhero Official TUGBBS Rescission Master TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2019
    Messages:
    1,056
    Likes Received:
    485
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Location:
    Washington, DC Area
    Resorts Owned:
    Wyndham, EY 434k pts
    Williamsburg Plant, EY 4L/4
    DRI South Bend, EY 1/1

    Been to:
    Intl: Aruba, Aus, Bah, China, Jpn, HK, Macau, Mex
    US: AZ, CA, DC, DE, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WV
    Looking forward to Disney Plus, Disney’s new streaming service. DVC should get free subscriptions.
     
    CPNY likes this.
  11. CPNY

    CPNY TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2019
    Messages:
    1,273
    Likes Received:
    329
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Resorts Owned:
    Harborside Resort at Atlantis
    SVV - Key West
    SVV - Bella
    Everyone will pay lol. But maybe a discount.
     
  12. CPNY

    CPNY TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2019
    Messages:
    1,273
    Likes Received:
    329
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Resorts Owned:
    Harborside Resort at Atlantis
    SVV - Key West
    SVV - Bella
    I got rid of cable and just have the internet. I talked them down to 50 per month for internet (spectrum) and then picked up YoutubeTV for 50. Plus the watch AttV app that comes free with att wireless. Now I have plenty of channels and am saving 75 bucks a month. That adds up to a yearly maint fee for one of my timeshares lol
     
    AnnaS, mpumilia and Grammarhero like this.
  13. klpca

    klpca TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2006
    Messages:
    4,946
    Likes Received:
    2,149
    Trophy Points:
    449
    Location:
    CA
    Resorts Owned:
    SDO, Quarter House, Seapointe, Coronado Beach, HGVC Bay Club
    We just cut it again, for the second time in 4 years. Our savings was $105 per month - I can't believe that we were paying so much for so little! It's probably permanent at this point, and streaming options seem to be much better than the last time that we cut the cable. All of our local news stations have apps, so we can see local news. The only thing that we will probably need to pay for will be some kind of subscription(s) during football and basketball seasons. I think that we are going to look at either CBS All Access or Sling. My husband will figure it out since he is more concerned than I am.
     
    CPNY, mpumilia and Grammarhero like this.
  14. CPNY

    CPNY TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2019
    Messages:
    1,273
    Likes Received:
    329
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Resorts Owned:
    Harborside Resort at Atlantis
    SVV - Key West
    SVV - Bella
    Tell him to look into youtubeTV. I liked the options better than sling especially for sports! Some of the sports packages when you add them up, even 2 could be pricier than a whole subscription.
     
    klpca likes this.
  15. klpca

    klpca TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2006
    Messages:
    4,946
    Likes Received:
    2,149
    Trophy Points:
    449
    Location:
    CA
    Resorts Owned:
    SDO, Quarter House, Seapointe, Coronado Beach, HGVC Bay Club
    Thanks, I will pass that along.
     
    CPNY likes this.
  16. MULTIZ321

    MULTIZ321 TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2005
    Messages:
    17,271
    Likes Received:
    2,544
    Trophy Points:
    598
    Location:
    FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
    Resorts Owned:
    BLUEWATER BY SPINNAKER HHI
    ROYAL HOLIDAY CLUB RHC (POINTS)
  17. clifffaith

    clifffaith TUG Member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2016
    Messages:
    1,995
    Likes Received:
    1,215
    Trophy Points:
    223
    Location:
    San Pedro, CA
    I had to call to put off our appt to switch to AT&T since they were still fighting with CBS. OMG, it was like, duh, calling the freaking phone company! A constant stream of menus, then in the end changing the appt with a computer voice. With Cox you get a human being as soon as the account number and pin are entered. Posted this on Nextdoor and the comment was to also be aware that AT&T works 8-5 M-F, so good luck when you have issues outside those hours. That did it for me, called Cox up and said put me back to all the cable channels I had before, and I got my standard $20 discount for calling and grumbling about the price increase. I will pay my $200 per month just to be able to talk to a human being at 2pm Sunday afternoon if I need to.
     
    mpumilia likes this.
  18. CPNY

    CPNY TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2019
    Messages:
    1,273
    Likes Received:
    329
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Resorts Owned:
    Harborside Resort at Atlantis
    SVV - Key West
    SVV - Bella
    You can just get internet and then pay for a streaming service like YouTube tv, sling, direct tv now, Hulu with live tv etc. you’ll get your channels for half the price.
     
  19. pedro47

    pedro47 TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2005
    Messages:
    10,742
    Likes Received:
    1,824
    Trophy Points:
    498
    Location:
    East Coast
    I would love to cut the cord. But in our area for the past three (3) years or more Direct & Dish have been holding of our local NBC, ABC, FOX and CBS channel hostage by pulling them off the air before major sporting events liked NFL & NBA seasons and the start of the new television season . Right now we do not have NBC & FOX channels on Direct & Dish. They want another fee increase.
     
  20. T-Dot-Traveller

    T-Dot-Traveller TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2015
    Messages:
    2,161
    Likes Received:
    940
    Trophy Points:
    173
    Location:
    Canada
    Resorts Owned:
    Mayan Palace Regency
    Taranova
    Don't forget OTA (Over the Air) - TV - IT IS FREE

    We use an antenna (and also have Netflix .)

    here is an interesting website that can be used to find all your FREE TV options .
    Including all the subchannels that are not on cable .

    Rabbitears.info. / www.rabbitears.info

    1)if you click on - network grid - you get a list of TV markets & channel availability .
    2) If you click on - search map- and move the icon to your location - you can see what You can get using an antenna (the higher the better).

    You can also find updates on the RF repack . We just started getting ION -TV and all their sub-channels . The "local" ION affiliate was broadcasting from a tower between Buffalo & Rochester . They moved closer to Buffalo / now it comes in 24/7 .

    Channel Master 8 bay would be the "gold standard " for a quality antenna .
    if mounted rooftop and adding a preamp you should get channels up to 80+ miles away ;depending on the terrain . ( across flat water like Lake Ontario is perfect).

    FYI- make sure your installation is grounded for lightning .
    I have a grounding block on my G-6 cable once it enters the house .
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2019
  21. bogey21

    bogey21 TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2005
    Messages:
    6,947
    Likes Received:
    1,655
    Trophy Points:
    449
    Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
    FWIW when I left DirectTV all I had to do was take the receivers to my local UPS Store. They scanned the IDs on them; gave me a receipt; put them in a big box with others which they send to DirectTV. Heck of a lot simpler than waiting for a recovery kit. You might check and see if they still have the relationship with UPS Stores...

    George
     
    mpumilia likes this.
  22. pedro47

    pedro47 TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2005
    Messages:
    10,742
    Likes Received:
    1,824
    Trophy Points:
    498
    Location:
    East Coast
    We are using an OTA antenna now to watch NBC and FOX.
     
    T-Dot-Traveller likes this.
  23. Makai Guy

    Makai Guy Administrator

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2004
    Messages:
    3,958
    Likes Received:
    497
    Trophy Points:
    418
    Location:
    Aiken, SC, USA
    Resorts Owned:
    Spicebush (Hilton Head Island)
    I'm afraid you got this backwards. The stations have greatly increased the carrying fees they want the cable and satellite companies to pay for the "privilege" of retransmitting the local stations' signals. When each contract expires a new one must be negotiated, and the station owners sometimes withdraw the retransmission rights as a negotiation ploy to try to bring the carriers to their knees. At the current time, Nexstar's contract with Directv is in negotiation and they've withdrawn all of their nearly 200 stations around the country from Directv.
     
  24. mjm1

    mjm1 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2008
    Messages:
    2,525
    Likes Received:
    540
    Trophy Points:
    348
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    Resorts Owned:
    Marriott: Desert Springs Villas I, Ko Olina (EOY), Maui Ocean Club- Lahaina Villas, Newport Coast Villas, Destination Club Points;
    Westin Kierland Villas- Annual & EOY;
    HGVC at Flamingo
    We just decided to cut the cord from DirectTV because we are tired of their rate hikes and issue currently going on with Nexstar. We watch a lot of shows on CBS.

    We decided to go with Hulu + LiveTV. We have a smart TV in our living room and bought a Firestick for our second TV. We also had to buy a better router and get a larger internet package, which resulted in better WiFi throughout our house. The only channel we don’t get that I have watched is NFL Network, but I can do without that, or at least I will try.

    I had been thinking about doing this for a while and my DW finally had enough. So far so good.

    Best regards.

    Mike
     
    mpumilia likes this.
  25. easyrider

    easyrider TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2005
    Messages:
    7,429
    Likes Received:
    1,428
    Trophy Points:
    448
    Location:
    Palm Springs of Washinton
    Resorts Owned:
    Worldmark * * Villa Del Palmar UVCI * * Vacation Internationale*
    We have been rid of Dish for a long time now. There is no cable in our area. We decided to try Tivo ota ( over the air). We bought a Tivo Roamio with a paid subscription maybe 5 years ago. It still works. The Tivo records about 120 hours of ota tv programs with a skip feature. It also streams Netflix, Amazon , You Tube and many other apps.

    We are also rid of our land lines. Ported all of our landline numbers to our cell phones.

    I haven't figured out how to get rid of our internet. I tried using our phones but I think they call it a hot spot probably because the phone gets so hot.

    Recently , my niece added an app called Cyberflixs to our Firestick. I was able to view new movies. I clicked on an upgrade install and accidentally wiped out Cyberflix, lol.

    My grand daughter installed an app on the Firestick that allows viewing live sporting events. I really haven't had time to watch anything on it yet.

    I have a feeling that all of our devices will be replaced by streaming devices with access to every thing.

    Bill
     
    T-Dot-Traveller likes this.

Share This Page