Cut the Cord Already! Save $150 by Getting Rid of Cable
Let’s be honest, money’s tight, money is always tight. Those of you who know us know we both work in the oil and gas industry and business is not exactly booming right now, especially in the Gulf of Mexico. We threw a baby in the mix and daycare is NOT cheap my friends. We still wanted to be able to travel and do things that are important to use which meant cutting back on some of the luxuries. One thing we decided we could live without was our OUTRAGEOUS cable bill. We were paying almost $200 a month just to watch TV!!! So one Saturday in January we cut the cord and haven’t looked back.
Now that doesn’t mean we gave up TV altogether, far from it. We invested in a couple of Roku devices and started streaming, streaming, streaming. I’ve been an Amazon Prime member for years and there is a ton of free content on Amazon TV to watch. Hulu was also a great option for us, there is a lot of backlog of shows for us to binge watch and we get to keep up with what is new on TV also. The biggest struggle for us was missing CBS, many of our favorite shows are on there and they don’t stream on Hulu, you have to love Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-0 on a Friday night. We decided the $5.99 a month for CBS All Access was worth it to us to keep up on all our favorite shows. Plus, there is a backlog of I Love Lucy episodes that make great background noise and always make you laugh!
We’ve also really enjoyed having Sling. It lets you watch have access to live TV on your favorite channels; TBS, Food Network, Disney, and so much more; and for only $20 a month. Bonus with Sling is they only charge by the month, so you only pay when you want to; and for $5 more you can add on one of their extra packages and customize your channels for a specific time. So you can add the extra ESPN package only during football season so you don’t miss a thing and then take it off for the rest of the year.
All in all I went from paying almost $200 per month to less than $50 and I have not regretted it once!! There is always something to watch and we have found so many new shows we like and are able to binge watch that we never would have tried otherwise.
Hulu $ 7.99
Netflix $ 9.99
CBS All Access $ 5.99
(I didn’t include Amazon Prime in the costs since we would be paying for it anyway. But even if you did add the cost in it would only add another $8.25 per month ($99/12 months) making your total costs $52.21, well below what we had been spending each month on cable.)
If your unsure then give it a try for a week. Sign up for a few of these services and see how you like them, they all have a free trial period so there’s nothing to lose. I promise you, you won’t miss a thing and you’ll have and you’ll have $150 extra dollars each month to do something much more fun with!!
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