< DadBodfi >
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Beer Selection - Dos Equis Amber
One of our favorite things to do as the weekend approaches is enjoy some cold beer and complimentary chips and salsa at a hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant. This Vienna-style lager always pairs nicely. There's something about the bite of Mexican beer that I love. Make it ice cold on a Friday afternoon after a long week? The best.
September brought another round of free entertainment in my household, this time with some TV/movie services. Ever since I've cut the cord on cable (saving me over $1000 a year) I haven't really missed live television. The only service we pay for is Netflix - 7.99 a month. This is mostly for cartoons before bedtime and binge watching The Office/Parks & Rec.
However earlier this month, I found myself scrambling on a Thursday night to find the opening game of the NFL season. Before FI, I would have ordered NFL Sunday Ticket (it's on sale this year for $75 a month. I'm sorry but that's just outlandish. Be better NFL, you're losing fans). However last month my wife and I had come to an agreement: If I could withstand from paying for a football subscription, she wouldn't need cable to watch her reality TV shows, although the 600 pound life is fascinating.
I took a deep breath, took a sip of my beer, and researched how to watch the game for free. Low and behold Fubo TV was offering a free week trial that could be downloaded right to my Amazon Fire Stick. Below is a look at how we took advantage of the system this month.
FuboTV - $44.99 a month. You get all the local network channels and a plethora of sports channels like FS1 and Big Ten Network. However they do not carry ESPN and they have about a 30 second delay on live broadcasts. I was getting fantasy football updates on my phone before plays even happened.
Official Review: Meh
CBS All Access - $5.99 a month. Again, I needed a way to watch my favorite team play last weekend. The game was on CBS so I signed up to try their app on my firestick. The broadcast had limited delay and great quality. However you will be pigeon-holed to CBS only.
Official Review: Decent if you watch a ton of Big Bang Theory.
Netflix DVDs (Yes they still have those) - $11.99 a month. Wow, quite a throwback. Really no need for it these days with all the streaming apps out there, but I gave it a try for a month. I found the trial when I was changing my streaming service from 2 TVs at a time to 1, saving me $4 a month. Anyways I was able to watch Avengers: Infinity War, John Wick, Dunkirk, A Quiet Place, 12 Strong, LadyBird, The Darkest Hour, and Jurassic World all for free.
Official Review: Do you still have a DVD player?
The key to trial hacking is to make sure to cancel. Don't let them bill you. When I went to cancel CBS, they asked me if I would like another free month, banking that I would forget to come back and cancel. However I use Google Calendar for all my reminders and appointments. I'll be back the day before to cancel via an alert on my phone. Suckers.