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We had been debating cutting cable TV for a few months, but I kept putting it off. Or, I should say, I just couldn’t get the nerve to cut cable TV. Seriously, cable TV had been a part of my life for the majority of it. There is nothing like sitting down at night after you have managed to get through a long day of work and then an evening with the kids to turning on the TV and veggie out to your favorite show, right?
The final straw for me was when I opened up our cable bill to see that it had gone up yet again. Not by much, but it was still $20. This brought our cable bill with our internet up to almost $175. I called the cable company thinking they would have some great promotion for long-term customers that would get my bill back down, but nope. Nothing. They would not budge and instead wanted to tell me about what a great deal I was getting. Sound familiar?
I was on a mission to cut cable TV, but I needed to find a way to do it while still keeping my family happy. So, I researched. A lot.
Here’s what we did to cut cable TV:
Use a streaming device
We use Apple TV. Since we are an Apple household, this has been the best choice for us because we can use our iTunes account with it. Other popular options are Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices. You can get a streaming device for as low as $30 depending on which one you decide to go with. Honestly, they all do basically the same thing with some additional bells and whistles depending on the model.
Subscriptions (instead of Cable TV)
This is a must have in our house because we can watch our favorite new shows the day after they air. We pay a little more ($11.99 vs $7.99) to have the commercial free option and it is well worth the price difference to us. My son also loves the Wiggles and there are multiple seasons of it on there. There is a ton of variety – from new shows, older shows, and movies.
We don’t watch a ton of movies, but there are some things that we like to watch on there. Netflix has some great original programming (Orange is the New Black, anyone?) and if you like documentaries it has a good lineup.
This was a game changer for us to cut cable. DirecTV Now is a streaming app. No satellite needed. There are different packages that range from $35 to $70 (and up to 120+ channels), but we subscribe to the Live a Little package for $35 and get 60+ channels with it, including our local ABC and NBC (local channels vary by market). Here’s the thing that is great about DirecTV now – you can use your username and password to unlock the full apps of other channels to get even more on demand full episodes. For us that meant Nick Jr., Discovery, and a handful of others. I had looked into some of the other streaming apps that offered live TV like Slingo, but we were not able to unlock the full apps of other channels.
Amazon Prime Video
We have an Amazon Prime account already, so this is included in our membership. We do not use it a lot, but it is a nice option to have since we do not pay extra for it.
As much as I would have loved to get rid of our cable company completely, we still had to keep our high-speed internet with them. Our selection of internet providers is very limited in our area so we still have a $65 monthly bill for that.
Here’s a breakdown of what we pay:
Netflix – $10.99 (Standard Package)
Hulu – $11.99
DirecTV Now – $35
Grand Total – $57.98
Cable TV ($175 minus $65 for internet) -$110
Savings – $52.02/month or $624.24/year
The best part? In all honesty, we do not miss cable at all because everyone is still able to watch their favorite shows.
Have you saved money by cutting cable? How did your family cut cable TV? If you have not cut cable TV, are you getting closer to making the change?