Hello budget friends! How are you? I am swell. I don’t have any homework or exams. Yippeee! I am just catching up on my shows like Game of Thrones, Vampire Diaries, The Shannara Chronicles, and of course, my Korean dramas that makes me stay up until 1 in the morning.

Speaking of these shows, did you know that I have been saving quite a few on my entertainment expenses every month because of one awesome device? After I discovered this device years ago, I kissed my expensive cable goodbye!


Did that sound like an infomercial? 

What is it?

It is a device that streams movies, news, TV shows, music, and even games. It is a stick that you hook on your TV and voila! You can watch your favorite shows! Of course, you need to have an internet to stream. Roku has a variety of channels to choose from – free and paid ones. Personally, I only subscribe to two premium channels: Netflix, which has like a gazillion of movies and TV shows ($10/mo.), and Dramafever, which is my drama sanctuary ($5/mo.).

Why do I like it?

  • It is cheap. The Roku stick is only $49.99 at Amazon. Of course, there are other versions of Roku that are more expensive and have all the bells and whistles.
  • It is easy to set up.
  • There are LOTS of channels that you can load on the device, including international channels like SLING TV.
  • Again, having to stream your shows even with paid monthly subscriptions, is still way cheaper than paying cable every month.

Are there comparable products? 

There’s a few actually, but I have only an experience with two: Apple TV and Amazon Stick. I still prefer Roku, though, over these two. Apple TV has  limited channels and Amazon Stick, though great on other channels, does not work so well with my Dramafever. Sometimes, it’s all about the drama. 

Bottom line

At the end of the day, we want to relax and enjoy. And one way to relax is to watch your favorite TV shows.

After buying my Roku stick, I only pay $15 total now on my monthly entertainment. I have been paying $15 every month for years.

How about you? How do you save money on your entertainment?