After years of being attached to a cable company and the erroneous fees associated with said company – David and I made one of our biggest adulting decisions that we never thought we would make.
WE CUT CABLE!
Yeah, you read that right. We cut the cord and officially are a cable free home. Believe me when I say this was not the easiest decision for me. I’ve always been a huge fan of my instant access to Scandal, HTGAWM, and the nightly news with WFAA. Not only did we save over $100 by cutting cable, we still have access to nearly all the same channels we had before. What I didn’t realize was the ease of actually finding ways to watch certain shows I always thought I would be missing out on. During this experience, I’ve learned that a lot of the shows I use to watch just weren’t that important. Since cutting, a few shows haven’t been on my watch list and it’s opened up some additional time to get other things finished in my life.
I know that this is very common these days, but I figured I would chime in on some tips/resources that really helped us make our decision with transitioning from cable to cord free!
Audit your shows!
This may be the perfect time to take a good look at how much time you spend watching tv. Audit all of the shows that you watch/DVR, the time slot they are shown in, and the network that they air on. Rate each show by priority to give you an idea of what you could live without. This will definitely come in handy as you start becoming more serious with your budget, but that services that you want to subscribe for.
Research subscription services and streaming devices.
Like I said in the first tip, your show audit should give you a good idea on what subscription services would work for you. Networks and companies have made it much easier to cut the cord without feeling like you are going to miss the next big program showing. Need some additional help navigating what subscription service offers which networks you are seeking? Check out this nifty guide from The Verge that allows you to select from the major subscription services available to see what networks you will receive from each service. This was so helpful for us as we made the decision on what we needed to make sure we had The Walking Dead.
After deciding on your subscription services, you need to make sure that you are able to stream them to your TV. Unless you enjoy watching shows on your phone, tablet, or laptop – but let’s make your screening experience more pleasant. From Amazon Fire Stick/TV, Apple TV, Roku, Playstation, or Xbox, look into all the options to optimize your viewing experience. I recommend looking into these two resources (CNN and Consumer Reports) for more information on streaming devices. If you can’t get local channels, try downloading their free apps (most have them) and you could always invest in an antenna to keep up with local channels!
Make sure you have the internet bandwidth to support streaming services.
Research your internet plan to make sure you won’t run into issues with your streaming devices and subscriptions. Since you’ll more than likely be saving money from having actual cable, you may even be able to upgrade your internet plan to a faster speed. Name one person who has ever complained about having faster internet? I’ll wait. Yeah, I can’t name one either. This may even be a good time to look into a new company that offers better prices for individual internet packaged in your neighborhood. Just make sure you are equipped to support your all your devices.
Are you ready to take the next step and cut the cord? Click the image below to download your own Cord Cutting Audit printable!
Once you’ve done your due diligence, call your cable company and dump them! They’ll give you a run for your money, but remember how much you’ll be saving in the long run.