Cut the cord on cable and save 50% or moreAugust 1, 2016
We all need to save money and one way to do that is looking at your current expenses and deciding what you really need versus what you really want. My recent expense cut has been trying to get rid of my television cable all together. It sounds good but can I find a cheaper solution?
My service provider is Cox Communications and 3 years ago my bill had crept up to over a $125! I paid $55.99 for high speed Internet access and $65.99 plus taxes and fees for basic and expanded cable. Plus I had a TiVo to record the shows I wanted to watch later. That cost was an additional $12.99 per month. So my total cost to watch TV and have Internet access was costing my almost $140 a month!
I decided it was time to cut the cable cord. So I called Cox Communications and cancelled my cable service and kept my high-speed Internet access bringing my monthly bill down to $54.99 a month.
Free Over the air local channels
As far as getting local channels like NBC, FOX, CBS and ABC after cutting the cable cord that is real simple. Local channels are free over the air. All you need is an antenna. My favorite antenna is called Flat Wave from Winegard. You can buy it Amazon for around $32. You will need to get a separate antenna for each TV in your household. Or you can have an antenna installed on top of your house. That installation cost anywhere from $200 to $350.
Stream content shows that are not available on local channels
If you want to watch shows other than what is on your local stations then streaming services is what you need. Services like Netflix, Hulu cost around $9 a month for each. Amazon offers free streaming of a lot of their content. All you have to have is an Amazon Prime Membership and the streaming service is free.
Devices buy to enable streaming of content
How to stream if you don’t have a Smart TV? A Smart TV already has these streaming services loaded on the TV. Services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon already install on those types of TV’s. If you don’t have one no worries you just need to add a box that contains those services. If you buy a Roku or Apple TV that simply connects to your TV using and HDMI cable and your existing Internet. Those boxes should not cost more than $99 or less. I bought my Roku box for around $75 a few years ago.