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You may pay a monthly charge to rent your satellite TV receiver. While the fees may seem nominal, if you think long term, it may just be worth your while to shop around for receivers and buy your own. Say you're spending $5 a month to rent your receiver. Multiply that by 12 and every year, you're spending $60 a year on a receiver. If you plan on keeping your receiver around for several years, buy one for a couple of hundred dollars. You'll own it and after three or four years, you'll have made up for the cost. Look for online and retail outlets to sell receivers at a cost lower than buying directly from your satellite TV service provider.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|