Cable – most financial advisors will tell you to cut it out of your budget if you are trying to save some money. It can make the difference of a few thousand dollars in just one year, depending on the package you subscribe to. But what do you do if you do cut out cable? And why should you do it? Here are the answers you need to push you toward a no-cable future.
Why You Should Consider Getting Rid of Cable TV
Like we said, going without cable can save you money. What do you pay a month in cable? Do you really need all those channels? If cutting out cable entirely is a scary though, just downgrade your package. You cannot possibly watch 700 channels all the time! Assume you pay $200 a month in cable. If you downgrade, you could spend as low as $60 with some companies. In one year, that saves you more than $1,500 dollars!
Get back to yourself
Do you love to read or scrapbook? Why aren’t you doing those things- because you are catching up on your favorite shows, huh? Many people say television is a distraction from hobbies and even their families. Cut out the cable and do something with your time.
Cut out cable to bond with your family. Instead of cable, have a family movie night where you watch a movie. On the other nights, read to your kids. Let them read to you. Do craft projects. Go for a walk. Get some fresh air and stop worrying about television.
What to do When you Get Rid of Cable
We already discussed downgrading your package, but what if you want to cut the cord and still have access to certain shows?
Get a digital antenna
It may seem like an old-school move, but the truth is that when television channels all went to HD a few years back, it made it to where you basically need a digital antenna to get even basic television. You can get them for under $30 (more expensive ones are available), and you can tune into whatever Over-The-Air (OTA) channels are available in your area. You will need a digital antenna for each television in the house. If you only like prime time shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, or Scandal, this is perfect for you!
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Buy the channels you want
Get online and watch TV – but only the channels you want. You can buy monthly subscriptions to certain channels for however long you’d like. For example – if you want to watch Game of Thrones, but only that show, just order HBO NOW for the time it is on. It costs about $15 a month, and if you decide to keep it after the season ends you’ll get instant and unlimited access to every episode of HBO’s original shows, the newest hit movies, and much more.
Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services are perfect for this type of change away from cable. I love that I can pay for a month of Hulu to watch new episodes of Deadbeat, and then cancel my subscription until there’s a new season or something else I want to watch. Just make sure that if you order multiple subscription services that your monthly total isn’t more expensive than the cable package.
Get Sling TV
Sling TV is the perfect cable TV alternative for those looking to cut the cord. It lets you stream your favorite live shows and on-demand entertainment, without a contract at home or on the go. Sling TV starts at just $20 a month and includes over 25 popular cable channels in their “Best of Live TV” package, including Disney Channel, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, AMC, Cartoon Network, Lifetime, TBS, TNT, CNN, and more. You can also add on extras starting at $5 a month for more amazing entertainment.
Can I try Sling TV for free? Yes, Sling TV offers a free 7 day trial where you can try as many of their packages as you want during your 7 day trial.
Find something else
If none of these options appeal to you, there are free sites online that stream certain episodes of shows. Or you could just read a book, instead!