Goodbye Cable, Hello Extra Money

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Cable DVRAs you know,we have been trying to find ways to cut costs now that we are making room for another baby.  In order to make room, we will be remodeling the basement and adding a 5th bedroom, a bathroom and rec room/office.  As I’m sure you are aware, remodels are not cheap and we’ve sunk what would have been a large amount of money in our savings into this remodel which means we have to cut costs somewhere else.

One of the changes we have made is we got rid of cable.  Yes, we do watch TV but 97% of the time we are watching something that we recorded days, sometimes weeks earlier.  We’ve also been paying for a Netflix and Hulu Plus subscription for well over a year that we use more than our cable.

Needless to say, this decision was an easy one for us.  Although we still have to pay for internet, we are still saving over $100 a month which for us, is a HUGE savings.

Instead of paying  at least $185 for cable, 1 DVR, a home phone that we NEVER use and Internet, $8.43 for Netflix, and $7.99 for HuluPlus which adds up to $201.43 a month, sometimesa little more if someone bought a movie off of tv and taxes.  We are now paying $50 for Internet (plus taxes), $8.43 for Netflix and $7.99 for HuluPlus which equals $66.42.  There is also the added bonus that we also get to take advantage of all of the great movies and tv shows availalbe on Amazon as well since we pay $79 for Amazon Prime each year!

So here we are streaming our favorite shows through our XBOX360 and rocking an awesome flat TV antenna to pick up all the local stations as well.  Thankfully everyone has adjusted quite well to the change and I love the extra money!



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Anne is a 30-something full-time SAHM mom of 5 ranging from 1 to 16 who resides in Ashwaubenon (Green Bay) Wisconsin. She started blogging in 2008 as a way to regain her sanity. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, cheeseburgers and vodka along with spending time with her husband and kids.


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    Mitzi Fisher says

    I totally agree with you. My cable bill is crazy high :( Most of the time you can’t find anything to watch!


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    Joyce@MommyTalkShow says

    I’ve been reading and hearing how more of my friends are ditching cable. I’m all for it. But I think my husband would lose it.
    We DVR a lot of things to watch later.
    I’d love to still get a great antenna to watch my favorite network shows live.
    Congrats on new baby and I hope the remodeling goes well.
    Joyce@MommyTalkShow´s last blog post ..5 Reasons I’ll Use Cash More and Debit Cards Less


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    We dumped cable 18 months ago, and haven’t missed it (much!) My husband complains about missing ESPN once or twice a football season, but that is about it.
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    Anne Reply:

    Do you use anything to stream different things like Netflix or Hulu? We use our XBOX and there is an ESPN app. Since we still use our local cable provider for Internet we have access to live programming via the ESPN app. We live in Green Bay so we have to have access to football!


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    That’s awesome! I think we pay too much for cable and I have been trying to convince him we need to do something similar but he just hasn’t went for it yet. Good job!!


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    You’ve discovered what I found out early on in my college career. Nearly everything you want to watch on networks is online for free now, and a subscription like Netflix will get you almost everything else. A couple friends of mine did exactly what you did, plus HBO GO to get their Game of Thrones fix. In my opinion having cable in the house encourages aimless watching just to ‘see what’s on’ instead of watching just to see the latest episode of your fave show. I would bet you end up watching less TV sticking to internet-based stuff.


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