If you'd like to lower your TV and Internet costs without giving up these services altogether, consider scaling back. One relatively painless way to do this is by canceling all the extras. Take a look at your cable bill, for example. If you are paying extra for HD programming, a DVR or a tier (or two) of premium channels, opting for basic cable could cut you bill in half.
You also can put money back in your pocket by downsizing your Internet service. If you're paying extra for the most bandwidth available, consider whether you really need it. If you're using your home Internet connection to send e-mails or update your Facebook page, you don't need a premium Internet speed [source: Sullivan].