Cable TV is expensive. Not only are you usually required to sign a contract, but it also is notorious for creeping rates and cryptic fees. 94% of Whatcom households still pay a satellite or cable bill for an average of $106 per month, according to an analysis by Doxo.

How can you pay less for your TV entertainment? Here are some ideas.

Purchase an Antenna

An antenna for your TV can pick up several channels, depending on where you live. In many parts of Whatcom County, for instance, you can pick up KOMO 4, KING 5, KIRO 7, KVOS AND Q13.

Evaluate Alternative Streaming Services

Maybe you can get all the shows or movies you enjoy by just paying for a cheaper streaming service like Hulu, Netflix, YoutubeTV, or Amazon Prime.

Consider Alternative Cable or Dish Providers

In certain parts of Whatcom County, customers have access to Xfinity, DirecTV, Wave TV, and Dish. They all offer different packages for different prices.

Call the Cable Company and Ask for a Discount

They want to keep your business and are typically willing to work with you. Sometimes they have a canned solution that will save you money.

Downsize Your Cable Package

According to a 2016 Nielsen report, American households who pay for more than 200 channels only watch around 20. Explore whether your cable company offers a less robust and less expensive package that would better suit your needs.

Cut Back on Premium Channels

Sometimes people are paying for premium channels that cost between $5 and $15 a month. Getting rid of these can save you money.

Bundle Cable and Internet

Usually when you bundle cable and internet you can get a discount. Check to see if this is true for your provider.