How to Get Rid of Cable for Good (and What to Replace it With)
Hello, Kansas City! We here at iFamilyKC are always looking for ways to save money for our readers. One of the simplest ways to do that is to cut cable. With the wide array of streaming services available, it’s hard to justify cable much anymore, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky gives some tips of how to get rid of it for good and what you can replace it with. Take a look…
How to Get Rid of Cable for Good
(and What to Replace it With)
Fun fact: The average cable bill jumped to over $100/month last year. That’s $1200 a year. That’s, that’s, that’s a big chunk of change.
Four years ago my husband and I decided to drop our cable and we haven’t looked back since. For us, it was less about the money (although at that time we just had our 2nd child, so all savings were appreciated) and more about the fact that we realized we were wasting our time watching a bunch of junk (hellllloooo reality shows).
The good and bad with cable is that there is always something to watch. I was watching The Real Housewives like I was going to be tested on it. My husband should have earned some kind of badge for his loyalty to Whale Wars, Gold Rush Alaska and Pawn Stars. We were out of control. It had to stop. We had human beings to raise. If you’re thinking about cutting the cord, set yourself up with success first:
#1 Get a high-def antenna
Giving up cable doesn’t mean giving up TV. With a high-def TV and antenna, you’ll still get all the networks crystal clear. ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS, WB and more.
#2 Get a TIVO
Like I said, you’ll still have plenty to watch, but not every time you feel like watching. Record the shows you want to watch and then sit down to watch them when you want to watch TV, not when the TV wants you to watch it.
#3 Get a Netflix or Amazon Prime Subscription
Both of these are great fillers when network shows are on hiatus and your stash in your TIVO is low. It’s also a great way to watch binge-watch cable shows.
Honestly, the only time we wished we did have cable was when the Royal’s were in the playoffs which was aired on cable only. But can I tell you how exciting it was refreshing an app on our phones for stats while listening to the game on the radio? It wasn’t. BUT, that was a few weeks. We made it through. And with our $1200 savings each year, we can also make it to a beach in Mexico. Olé!
Becky Ervin is a creative director, mother of three, and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog.
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