We're probably not alone in admitting that the temptation to overindulge at a Vegas-style buffet sometimes gets the best of us. After all, paying a flat rate for a meal doesn't exactly encourage us to skimp on portions. The same can be true of paid television services. The blanket rate we dish out every month is the same, whether we watch six hours a day or six hours a week [source: Knight].
Although it may seem counterintuitive at first, canceling your television services and opting to pay for each television show or movie à la carte could save you money. Deciding to pony up a few bucks to download your favorite episodes from iTunes or order them using a media player like TiVo could cost less than your cable bill. If, for example, you watch 25 shows a month at $2 an episode, it will slash your $100 television service cost by half. However, it's a good idea first to estimate how many shows you would purchase, or to set a daily, weekly or monthly limit. If you view without limit, the expense could really add up. Add in a little self-control, though, and you could pad your wallet with some extra cash -- or spend it on a custom ice sculpture for your next party. We won't judge.
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