How (& Why) to Cut the Cable Cord

Happy Wednesday!  This year I am joining up with some of my favorite bloggers for a weekly Wednesday Link Up! While the topic for the link up is open, I am going to try to have a theme or monthly topic. This month, I am focusing on Ways to Save Money! My husband and I try to cut costs in some areas of our lives so we can spend a little more in others (like travel and entertainment). One way we saved money in 2018 is by cutting the cable cord! I have wanted to get rid of cable for a few years now, but my husband was always a little resistant because he didn’t want to miss out on sports. Finally we were able to cut the cable cord and continue to watch all of our sports games. Today, my husband is going to guest post and share how we (he) got rid of cable!

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Guest Post from my husband Brian:

Why to Cut the Cable Cord

have to admit that we discussed cutting the cord many times over a couple of years before we actually decided to do it. We had a couple of good friends that did it but I thought that it was just a fad and that it was too complicated for a relatively non-technical guy. Every time we talked about it I would firmly proclaim… Sports!, I cannot live without live sports, so I cannot cut the cord!

Well, as I came to find out and you will too, this is an antiquated notion. Today’s streaming options are many and most of them have live sports channels available in their base packages. In most cases, this includes local broadcasts of your favorite teams on the main networks with upgrades available to include nearly anything you can think of. They also have local channels and most of the popular cable networks you watch most frequently. Upon doing some simple research I found that there were several options that worked for us, so we switched and started saving $80 a month over what we were paying for cable.(A savings of $960 per year!)

If you are thinking of cutting the cable cord, now is a great time to do it. In the spirit of decluttering and simplifying, changing the way you consume TV is a great money saving step to consider!

In this post I’ll give you my version of how to cut the cable cord in a few easy steps.This isn’t meant to be a completely exhaustive guide of all of the potential options out there, they are limitless. Here I’ll keep it simple and make it easy to understand what you can expect and how to cut easily!

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Equipment/Services You Will Need to Cut Cable

First things first, here is what you will need to get started. Fortunately, you probably have some of these things already!

1. Internet Preferably wireless and relatively strong. We have used a 24 mbps for the past year and it has worked well. A faster connection would be even better.

2. Streaming Device This piece of equipment is the replacement of your traditional cable box. It is a one time investment and these devices are usually under $100. Popular streaming devices include Roku, AppleTV and Amazon FireTV. Many new TV’s have the ability to support streaming services. We have an Amazon FireTV for our main TV and a Roku on our second TV, both work great. You may have one of these streaming devices already that you use for your Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription. Research what works best for you. They each have some advantages, like integration with other devices. For me personally,  I kept it simple and choose less expensive streaming devices than some of the other offerings.


3. Streaming Service for Live TV. Lastly, you will need a streaming service to replace your actual cable service. The monthly fee you pay for this service is typically between $40-$80 depending on the package/company you select. The most common  streaming services are DirecTV Now, Hulu, Sling TV and YouTube TV.

What You Need to Consider When Selecting a Streaming Service

Today, there are several options of non-traditional cable to choose from. It all depends on what you watch and cannot live without. If you are thinking about switching, you will need to make a list of the shows you currently watch. Be honest with yourself. Ignore the stuff in your DVR that you never get around to watching. If you haven’t watched it in a month you probably never will. Remember the point is to get rid of things you aren’t using and reclaim the money you are wasting. Plus, if it is any good, it will end up on Netflix eventually anyway and you can binge it.

Surprisingly, when we listed the shows we refused to give up, the list was very short! I had a few shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones to go with live sports. Jaclyn listed just a few including The Bachelor, Fixer Upper and Real Housewives. When we boiled it down to this list we said to ourselves, “Why are we paying $120 a month to watch 6 shows!?!” Note, we already had Netflix and Amazon Prime subscriptions which we used more often than cable, still do. If you are honest, I think many of you will find the same.

Weigh Your Streaming Options

Now that you have the list of the shows you can’t do without, you can compare the plans, prices and channels available of the streaming services you want to investigate.

I kept it simple and looked at DirecTV Now, Sling TV and Hulu. We settled on DirecTV Now because it had all of the channels we wanted and was pretty inexpensive, $40 per month.  To enroll in one of these services, you can sign up online in a matter of minutes. Once you pick your plan you are good to go!

The only thing left to do now is decide what you will do with all of that money you save each month. Happy streaming!

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Thanks to my husband, Brian, for writing this post! Feel free to ask any questions and I’ll be sure he sees them:) Next Wednesday, I will share some ways to save on groceries and household goods!

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19 Comments

  1. Candy
    January 9, 2019 / 7:33 am

    We did cut the cable cord. Saving money. Netflix and Hulu are way better

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 8:53 am

      We pretty much exclusively watch Netflix!

  2. January 9, 2019 / 7:40 am

    Thanks for sharing! I always figure if I was on my own, I probably wouldn’t need cable as I’m not the biggest TV watcher. I’d just need to figure out how to watch the shows I DO want to watch.

    -Lauren

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 8:52 am

      You may even realize you don’t “need” all the shows you are currently watching. I narrowed down what I really like to watch.

  3. January 9, 2019 / 7:49 am

    This is something that I really need to get on-board with doing. The cost of cable is astronomical and is feeling like a colossal waste of money.

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 8:52 am

      When you think about how many shows you actually watch and what you are paying in cable per show it is a little crazy!

  4. January 9, 2019 / 8:18 am

    This is something we have been considering too. Our cable is so expensive! I like to watch sports too so it’s good to hear you can get local games on streaming!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 8:27 am

      Honestly our set up is no different than what we watched before. We can watch our local news and all of the sports.

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 8:51 am

      It is honestly crazy how expensive cable still is even though they are now competing with these streaming services!

  5. January 9, 2019 / 8:31 am

    Yes we cut the cord a few years ago and have a roku on one tv and an apple tv on another. We don’t miss it at all. If there’s a current cable show we really want to watch, we will buy the season on Amazon prime. It’s still so much cheaper than cable!

  6. January 9, 2019 / 8:47 am

    Yes! We cut our satellite service this year and have been enjoying tons of savings. We live in the boonies with metered internet so we can’t stream much. We just went with the CBS app so we can keep up with our favorite shows. Then we use the saved time to accomplish other things. Great post!

    • Jaclyn
      Author
      January 9, 2019 / 8:51 am

      Wow so interesting about metered internet!! Yes I totally agree that I just spend less time watching TV and I just do other things!

  7. January 9, 2019 / 9:02 am

    We cut the cord several years ago and don’t miss it at all. Like you, we already were paying for Netflix and Amazon Prime. We added Sling TV to the mix. One thing we have that I didn’t see in your post is an HD antenna. These are very inexpensive. In a large city like ours, we get so many network channels to watch live tv. The HD signal is even clearer than cable. Great topic for a Wednesday post!

  8. January 9, 2019 / 10:41 am

    I have tried to convince my hubby to cut the cable! Maybe this post will help!!!! It would be nice tot save the money!!!!

  9. January 9, 2019 / 12:23 pm

    We did this last year, and it was a great decision! We’re saving almost $1200 a year, and we don’t miss it one bit!

  10. January 9, 2019 / 10:58 pm

    I wonder if the only people still paying for cable are the old folks. My grandma is finally cutting her cable since her rate went up to $145 a month. Robbery, I tell ya!

  11. Rebecca
    January 10, 2019 / 9:31 am

    I’ve been married 27 years and we’ve never had cable TV…such a savings over the years and so many other ways to watch shows or get outside and enjoy fresh air.

  12. Bailey
    January 10, 2019 / 10:34 am

    Yes! There are SO many other options for watching TV and SO many other things to do other than watch cable.

  13. Kayla
    January 10, 2019 / 5:27 pm

    We are switching to all streaming devices. I like watching th news in the morning, so we are doing Hulu live along with prime and Netflix.

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