Ditching Cable TV

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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Not too long ago, I was discussing TV shows with an acquaintance. At some point in the conversation, she mentioned her cable bill seemed kind of “high.”

“What, like a hundred bucks a month?” I inquired.

She thought for a moment and then dug around her desk. She handed over the current month’s bill and my jaw quite literally dropped when I saw it. Two hundred and five dollars.

“But what exactly are you paying for? Do you even watch all these channels?”

“Oh, no,” she said. “Mostly just whatever’s on ABC or Fox and stuff. But, I mean, it’s cable. How do you watch TV without cable?”

A couple of decades ago, that was a good question. Modern technology has raced ahead, however, and there are plenty of options for watching TV shows that don’t involve shelling out money to a cable company! Certainly, if you are okay with paying $200 or more a month for TV, I suppose you can keep on trucking, but for those of us who are looking to save on TV, there are options.

The most common option is using on-demand streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. These companies contract with the license holders of TV shows, past and current, and upload them to their websites.  You pay $7-10 a month for access to those websites, and you can watch whatever they have uploaded, at your leisure, an unlimited amount of times. They may not have every single show you’d like to watch, and many currently airing shows only upload the past 5-10 episodes, so you might not be able to binge watch an entire series. However, paying $120 per year is far cheaper than paying that same amount—or more!—per month.

Before all broadcasting went digital, many people used “bunny ear” antennas to get basic cable channels on their TV for free. Those old bunny ears won’t work anymore, but the good news is that digital antennas are absolutely a thing. You can pick one up for about $40, plug it into your TV, and bam, you have all your local stations and the big broadcast stations like ABC, CBS, PBS, etc. $40 can be a bit much for some people as an upfront cost, but then again, you have no recurring monthly costs after that, and you can watch most current shows as they air.

How else do you save money on cable?


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?


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