Thursday, August 18, 2011

thrift tip: who needs cable

Never once since we've been married (7 years) have we had cable. For a while we had the simplest package: all the major networks like NBC, ABC, CBS and some other random channels (of course half of them were in Spanish). But we've never had channels like MTV, TBS, USA, Spike or HBO. Nor have we ever had Tivo or DVR *gasp*.

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The basic package used to cost $12 a month but over the course of time, it's been getting more and more expensive. I think last I checked it was something like $17.99. And yet, they haven't added more channels, and the quality hasn't gotten any better. Cable companies have just gotten greedier; which leads me to...

thrift tip: cancel all TV.
That's right. We don't have a single television channel. Zip, ziltch, nada.

And the more I mention it to other people, the more I find that we're not alone! There are lots of us non-cablers out there.

But alas, you don't have to go without. Through our XBOX we can stream Hulu and Netflix and it's alot cheaper than cable. With an HDMI cable, we can hook up our computer to the TV and stream news and football through websites like justin.tv and it's all FREE.

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For those of you with children, Netflix has every single episode of Blues Clues, Yo Gaba Gaba and that PBS show with the astronaut guy. And it's waaaaaay cheaper than having a giant cable package with a million channels you don't even watch.

For Christians, there is Sky Angel (which we used to have) which streams through the internet on your television. They have different selections of Christian, chilren's and family programing. It's definitely worth checking out.

I've always said that if I had it my way, I would create an al la cart package where you pay a montly fee for only the channels you select. Doesn't that make sense?? But unfortunately there's too much regulation because companies will lose money.

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So what about you?? Do you have cable or not? Have you considered canceling it??

I promise, it's not as bad as it sounds.. and there so much more peace and quiet and time to read!

16 comments:

  1. Good for you! We have the cheapest bundle you can get but I still think about canceling it. We don't have tivo and we are looked at pretty strangely. Why spend all that extra money when I would NEVER use it!! If I miss a favorite show I watch it online when I have the time.

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  2. We are just venturing onto the no-cable bandwagon! We bumped our plan way down, now trying to figure out what we are going to do when football season starts...who is your internet through?

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  3. Unfortunately yes. Just paid our $125 bill this morning. I would go without it in a heartbeat. But you know who would not.

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  4. I know it makes sense to cancel my cable and I know it would help our budget....but I just cant bring myself to do it.

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  5. Nope, I just hulu it when I have a craving for a show. I don't usually have the time or patience to sit through TV. On hulu, I can watch 10 minutes and pause it and then come back (or not) later. It's perfect for me (and cheap!).

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  6. Good for you guys!!!! We didn't have cable our first year married, then we got it for years 2-4... and the last year we haven't had it. It's awesome. We have Hulu Plus (which literally has every show we have time for) and use my in-laws Netflix account for "Friday Night Lights" LOL ... I don't miss cable at all and love saving that $$$ every month!

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  7. We don't have cable either and have no need for it. We do have a tiny antenna that sits on top of our tv and my son can catch PBS or Qubo (which is a little kids channel), but that's about it. We are not TV people!

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  8. Yes, yes, yes! I've also wanted to choose channels a la cart...we would only have ten of them tops. My hubby and I always think about canceling cable because we watch Hulu Plus and Netflix through our XBOX more than anything. We just haven't made the final step yet.

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  9. No cable for us! Rabbit ears get us the basic channels and Hulu & Netflix keep us PLENTY busy.

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  10. Our two year satellite contract is ending sometime before the end of this month and we're wrestling with whether to renew or not. There really aren't very many channels we watch anymore, and we've been using my sister's Netflix via xbox to watch a bunch of shows--mostly older ones! We've been watching MacGyver a lot on Netflix :) But there are a few things that I think we'd miss at first if we DID get rid of the satellite, so we're having trouble deciding.

    We don't even watch news on TV. There just isn't much we watch!

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  11. netflix, holla!
    we don't have "tv" either. whenever we do want to watch something, netflix usually has a few fun options. xo

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  12. No cable here either! We have local channels and Netflix (the cheapest kind) as well. Definitely a big money saver!

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  13. We have cable but my brother and his wife have never had it! :-) AND they love not having it! :-)

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  14. BRILLIANT! And major kudos to you! I could totally do without tv all together but I think my husband might just roll over and die at that thought! HA! But I love that money saving tip for sure!!!! I wish I could get him on board! We currently pay $127 for cable and internet! That's NUTS!!!!!!!

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  15. No cable here either!! :)
    We honestly don't watch a ton of tv. We rent a few movies a month but that's it!
    Love this tip:) And so glad you linked up with Thrifty Thoughts! Can't wait to read more of your ideas!

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  16. YAY!!! Another friend like me! We have no cable TV, just netflix:) We also donlt have cell phones. HUGE money savers. Your blog is great. i'm so happy to have found you on teh vanilla tulip. I'm following along now:) xoxoxo Hanna

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