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Thinking about getting rid of the cable

April 19th, 2009 at 08:04 am

I love tv. Love movies, reality TV, LOST, ect. But I'm getting more and more annoyed with the cost of cable.

I have bad habits with tv. I live alone, and have the tv on a lot for background noise. SO if I did get rid of the cable, I wouldn't want to give up tv altogether.

Right now, I utilize HULU for a lot of stuff. I get movies & older shows on dvd from the library. The main shows that I watch are available for free online somewhere.

So I wonder if I could live without the cable. I'm really taking the time to think this one through. And worst case scenario, I try it out for a month and decide to take it back.

Also, if I got rid of the cable, I probably would get rid of the land line as well, depending on if I can shop around for a better price from a non-cable company Smile

I'd definately keep my high-speed internet, which would mean my bill would drop from 105.00 to about $47.00. It only cuts it in 1/2 bc of the packages I get for having phone & internet along with the cable, but every bit helps!

What are your thoughts?

8 Responses to “Thinking about getting rid of the cable”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I think it is an excellent idea!!

    LOST is on network tv, so you would still get that one. We don't have cable and really don't watch a lot of tv, but we do some. We use Netflix and occassionally Redbox for our entertainment needs. We even watch some network shows we missed off the internet.

  2. monkeymama Says:

    I'd give it a try - nothing to lose.

  3. dmontngrey Says:

    You might be surprised! We "ditched" cable a few months ago, but we still have basic because it comes across the line with the cable internet. I can't believe how much there is to watch on the basic channels. Almost all the shows we watch are available on hulu anyways - plus much more. I'd say go for it! It really is an unnecessary cost.

  4. whitestripe Says:

    i have never had cable tv in my life - and in australia we only get 5 free channels. still - there is always something on. otherwise if there isn't, it's probably a sign you shouldn't be watching it!

  5. L Saver Says:

    We gave up cable about two months ago -- with the same caveat you're talking about. If we missed it, we would get it back. But we haven't missed it at all. Like you, we use Hulu or the network websites to watch most of the shows that we want. I'd say it's definitely worth a try!

  6. JanH Says:

    We got rid of expanded cable and kept basic for now. And, we added netflix for under ten dollars. We also get other shows and often news and weather off the internet. I don't know how much longer we'll keep even the basic stuff. We made a list of what to watch and actually enjoy each program more than before because we plan it. Now DS and family and DD probably couldn't do it as easily since they love tv and movies so much. But, I don't think they realize how few channels they actually watch. I wish you could pick and choose your channels and pay for only those you want. Now, that would be sensible, wouldn't it?

  7. dawn Says:

    If you think you can do without it, go for it. I'm not sure I could give it up. I just pay $19 for basic, but I have my favorite shows:
    Monday: Antiques Road Show
    Tues/Wed: American Idol and Biggest Loser
    Wed: America's Next Top Model
    Thurs: The Office, Parks & Rec and 30 Rock

    I'm sick, i know. I also put it on nearly every night in the kitchen when i'm making dinner AND in the am to catch the weather. I am TV-addicted.

  8. Broken Arrow Says:

    Yeah, I'm the same way. I've ditched cable for almost 3 years now, am catching up on Hulu and making do just fine with rabbit ears for now. I'm kind of tempted with HD cable though, but can't justify the expensive monthly cost for that.

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