Taking control of our spending on TV

A remote control on a coffee table.

There’s nothing quite like saving money to put a spring in your step. I reminded myself of this recently by switching energy suppliers and getting a better deal on my broadband. All on the same day, no less.

This has given me the impetus to look at how we can save money on other large bills. Aside from the mortgage which we can’t renegotiate for a while and council tax which is obviously non-negotiable, TV is the next big expense on the hit list.

This poses something of a problem as, between us, we watch rather a lot of TV shows and, indeed, channels. As a result, we have just about every category there is in our current package.

When the kids eventually go to sleep, Kate and I love watching telly together. We never miss The Walking Dead and watch a lot of series on Sky Atlantic and Sky Living too.

In addition, having access to football is an absolute must for me. At the age of 38 and with limited natural ability plus a dodgy knee and asthma, I’ve finally accepted that I’ll never play for Spurs. So it’s important that I get to live vicariously by watching as many live games as possible.

Of course, the kids account for a large chunk of our viewing as a family. It’s not a day ending in Y if the likes of CBeebies, Peppa Pig, Teen Titans Go! and Ninjago don’t appear in the corner of the living room. I have to confess that I love watching Teen Titans as much as the boys do!

We enjoy watching films as a family each weekend too. Well, we do when all three kids actually manage to agree on the same choice. This means we need access to a large variety of age-appropriate movies that we can all enjoy together.

With such a wide variety of channels in our current deal, we pay a considerable amount every month. And, unsurprisingly, this adds up to a huge sum each year. We need a solution that’s cheaper but which won’t mean missing out on any of our favourite shows or channels.

One such option is Now TV. Particularly as the people at Groupon have some great offers that make the flexibility it offers even more affordable. At the moment, for example, you can save up to 40% on movies or sports.

I, for one, am going to look into these deals as it seems like they could save us a decent amount – time to rehearse my victory dance, methinks!

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.


  1. Nige

    Great read and this sounds exactly like our home. If I’m honest I kind of like some of the kids shows. My wife and myself never miss The Walking Dead.

  2. John Adams

    Interesting this Tom. Mrs Adams and I have made the decision to reign in our spending on TV when we move house. I think I will be looking out for offers like this on Groupon. I have to say, it would never have occurred to me to look on Groupon for TV savings! What great idea.

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