We finally did it.
We cut the cord, so to speak. A few months ago, my husband and I made the decision to get rid of our astronomically-priced, impractical cable. I made a phone call to our provider and told them we were cancelling our service with them. Of course, they were not excited and proceeded to bill us the equivalent of three months worth of cable. But whatever. We were done.
We disconnected the receivers and remotes and shipped them back to the company.
We purchased two digital antennas so that we could stream in local channels to our tv. We already had a subscription to Netflix, so we figured we would have plenty to watch.
To be honest, the first few weeks without cable were rough. I had no idea how much I would miss DIY or HGTV as much as I did. My husband had a harder time without the Discovery Channel. We also found that the antennas we purchased did not work well, despite being the best ones we could find. (They still only pick up a few major networks plus a few strange channels that broadcast very odd and dated game shows from decades ago.Weird.) Also, I still miss being able to record shows and watch them at my leisure. But, overall, if I had to do it again, I would.
However, after several weeks, we decided that Netflix was not meeting our television show needs, so we added Hulu Plus.
All is now well in TV land. Getting rid of cable took some adjustments and getting used to, but it was a great decision for us.
So, why did we ditch our cable?
- Money. We were paying over $90 per month for a slightly-better-than-basic cable package with one movie channel. That’s crazy! Every year, we would call our cable company and attempt to negotiate a better price or package deal. The past few years, we couldn’t really get the price to budge more than ten dollars. We just couldn’t see spending almost $100 dollars a month on television shows.On top of it, we rarely watched the movie channel we had, and it also played some seriously raunchy shows and movies that we did not appreciate, especially with kids in the house. We bought our two digital tv antennas for a total of $60. Not super cheap, but reasonable. We currently pay $7.99 a month for Netflix, and $9.99 for Hulu Plus. After we paid the cable cancellation fee and antennas, we lowered our television-watching costs by about $70 a month. That’s a savings of over $840 a year!
- Time. We spend less time watching tv now than we did when we had cable. Knowing which specific shows or movies that we want to watch on Netflix or Hulu Plus keeps us from mindlessly channel-surfing and gluing our eyes to the boob-tube for no reason. I now purposefully watch the shows that I specifically want to see.
- Variety. Hulu Plus and Netflix are organized well and offer a plethora of choices and genres of movies and shows. I love that I don’t have to subscribe to a certain cable “package”, and I can still watch good television. When I had cable, I often felt like I had access to a million shows and channels, but there was “nothing” really on tv. I love that I can try new shows or watch movies I’ve never even heard of and not feel trapped by the dictates of a cable box. Or a movie channel that plays icky movies, or repeats the other boring ones, over and over again.
So, there you have it. If you are tired of paying exorbitant prices for cable, look into your options! I encourage you to cut the cable cord and discover a new way to watch tv. Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime are good options and will save you tons of money in the long-run.