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*.
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.
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.
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!