Do you feel like you are spending way too much money on cable?
Are you ready to cut the cable cord so you can save money?
That’s exactly what we did last week.
While we’ve been contemplating cutting cable for an extremely long time, we never brought ourselves to actually do it until now.
We were finally fed up with the high costs and unreliable cable service.
I personally don’t watch much TV. If I do, it’s usually to a binge a show. I rarely ever watched “live” TV as I hate commercials.
My husband watches more TV than I do, but he hates commercials as well. So he usually watches TV from the DVR or On Demand to avoid the commercials.
Since we rarely watch live TV, we should have cut the cable bill a long time. Except, there was one thing truly holding us back – NFL Football.
We are die hard Patriot Fans. Luckily, we found another option so we can still watch Football and our favorite shows (which I’ll explain later).
So now we have no reason why we should keep paying for the outrageous cable bill.
WHY DID WE DECIDED TO CUT THE CABLE CORD?
We’ve been tossing the idea of cutting cable for a long time. Over the last year we started to get more serious about cutting the cable cord so we explored other options.
We were sick of the expensive, outdated, and unreliable service.
Our cable provider just raised our bill (again) by $28.77 a month. That is an extra $345.24 a year! We rarely watch TV so this was already an outrageous monthly bill for us.
Once the bill was higher – it was a no brainer to get rid of cable. It just wasn’t worth it anymore. So we cut cable and only kept their internet.
Cable can get very expensive. For many families, cable is the most outrageous monthly bill.
Unfortunately not all cable companies are available where we live so we only have two options for cable. We had the better of the two companies, but the service was very outdated. If only we bought our house 5 minutes down the street, we could have had more options.
Now it feels freeing to know we won’t be spending a ridiculous amount on cable every month.
HOW TO WATCH YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS
There are several ways you can cut cable and still watch your favorite shows and channels.
Use an antenna
You can purchase an antenna to get all the broadcast stations.
Purchase a Subscription
Don’t go out and buy every single subscription that you can. Only get the ones you truly need. They will add up.
Amazon Prime Video
If you don’t have Amazon Prime or a Fire Stick, I highly recommend that you look into it. I usually only order from Amazon and I love the 2 day (sometimes 1 day) delivery.
Netflix doesn’t stream any new tv shows from cable but you can usually find past seasons on there.
They also come out with their own shows, which have been pretty good.
We’ve had Netflix for years and the content gets updated often so we are always able to find something new to watch from movies to TV shows.
We are not sure if we will replace it with one of the current subscriptions or add it on. As I mentioned earlier, subscriptions add up so we are still trying to keep our monthly bills down.
You can get your favorite premium channels through Amazon.
We have HBO and Showtime right now through Amazon. You can also get Starz. The best part, you can cancel anytime. Once we are done watching our current favorite shows, will cancel them.
If you don’t have HBO, Starz, or Showtime, check out there free trials.
- Free trial of HBO for Amazon Prime
- Free trial of Showtime for Amazon Prime
- Free trial of Starz for Amazon Prime
Watch TV and Movies for Free by Streaming With an Amazon Firestick
The Amazon Firestick makes it so easy to stream on any tv.
We’ve also downloaded the Kodi App so we can stream any TV show or movie. It’s free to download and we have been able to watch movies still in theaters.
Sometimes there is buffering or a bad copy of the movie/tv show. We can get Kodi to work great 90% of the time. Kodi says they are legal but use at your own risk.
How to Watch Sports When You Cut the Cable Cord
I love, love, LOVE Football.
I grew watching and going to Patriot Games. So every Sunday in the fall, I’ll be watching my favorite football team.
This will be the first year we won’t have cable but I don’t expect that to disrupt watching games.
My phone carrier, Verizon, offers their customers the NFL Mobile app for free. So you can stream every NFL game of the season.
I’m planning on watching Football through the app on my phone and casting it to the tv. I’ll report back and let you know how it goes since Football starts next month.
If you don’t have Verizon and you love sports, there are other ways you can watch your favorite sports team when you cut the cable cord:
- Hulu Live
- Playstation Vue
- Sling TV
ARE YOU READY TO CUT CABLE AND STILL WATCH YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS
Cutting the cable has been so freeing. We are able to cut our monthly bills down and save more money. And the best part – we have a found a way to watch all of our favorite shows and sports team.
Our high cable bill drove us to the cut cable cord. What will it take for you to cut the cable bill?
Leave a comment below and let me know.