Is is Time to Drop Cable/Dish?

Posted on February 29th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

This is a question my husband and I are really contemplating. Our satellite cost roughly $50 a month for the service. And while it’s not a HUGE expense, being a Thrifty Divas means cutting corners in places that it makes sense, and to me it makes sense.

There are many pros to having cable or satellite.

1. When the show is on live, you can watch it.
2. You get all the local news.
3. There are quite a lot of options when it comes to what you want to watch.

The big pro is the cost when you compare cable/satellite to programs like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster online and much more.

I’ll tell you what we are thinking and weighing out. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments and add anything you see I am missing.

Here are some of the reasons why we are thinking of switching.

1. To save money.
2. We can still watch our favorite shows online or through Hulu, so nothing is lost there.
3. Our local news station has an online version of the news that is very up to date. They even stream breaking news online.
4. We can also watch national news and read about it as well online.
5. Our children are able to watch their favorite shows over and over again because they are all on Netflix and Hulu.

and the two cons to this all and keeps me paying this bill every month…

1. No TLC anywhere. A girl has to have her TLC right?
2. No live sports for the husband. Maybe we can get an antenna for that?

In breaking down the price, Netflix for streaming alone is $7.99 a month. Hulu is also only $7.99 a month. For us, that’s all we could need which would save us around $34 bucks a month!

What are some of your strategies for getting rid of cable? Have you made the switch?


  1. Michelle February 29, 2012

    I too have been weighing the options. Having 3 teens, a 7 yo, then of course my husband and myself, i think keeping cable is a winner. We all watch different shoes, and its just so entertaining when we need it most. Also, i dont feel reading the local news online is the same, maybe that is the old fashion part of me shining through. Lol

  2. Joy February 29, 2012

    We made the decision to drop cable and we have NO regrets. We found (and we live in New England) we actually were able to get 18 channels with the external antenna my husband put up. We enjoy Netflix as well – the big bonus, we are doing other things!
    The savings is worth it for us – my only regret is not making this change sooner.
    Good luck!

  3. Sarah March 1, 2012

    That’s fantastic, Joy! Yeah, my husband and I don’t have cable. We still enjoy TV entertainment online, but you’re so right. When you aren’t paying for TV you don’t feel obligated or even tempted to watch it all of the time. Then you find yourself actually doing something else more satisfying. 🙂

  4. Barbara March 1, 2012

    We ditched cable over a year ago to save the fee. The antenna my husband put up was paid foriby 2 monthof savings. Also we watch less TV and so much of the junk that is on. We recently upgraded our internet so we can stream more things. Lots of sports can be found on the ESPN websites. The Daily show is available at the Comedy Central website. So we are pretty much set.

  5. Joanne March 7, 2012

    This is our current set up. We got rid of my cable service back in 2008 and haven’t paid a monthly bill in 5 years. We watch news and sports over the air and stream (or download) everything else.

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