1.18.2012

Considering our TV options without cable

When we made the decision to cancel our cable tv service, we didn't really have a plan worked out.  Although we had considered ditching our cable provider many times over the past few years, we weren't sure if we'd end up with a new cable company or with some other option.

Ditching our cable tv service was kind of a spur of the moment decision.  We had thought about it before, but never came close to actually going through with it.  But since they wanted to increase our monthly bill by $25, it kind of gave us a big kick in the butt to cancel it.

Now that the cable is gone, I'm so happy we did it, and kind of mad that we hadn't done it years ago.  Seriously, it's saving us $40 a month over what we were paying and $65 a month over what they wanted us to start paying.  That extra money is going to help us pay off our car loan early!

I know some people just decide to do without tv completely in order to save money, along with other benefits.  We could do that, but I'd rather not. 

I enjoy watching tv in the evenings with the Hubby.  It's our time to sit and relax and enjoy each other's company, with some entertainment as well.  We also don't go out very often since we have two young kids (ages 4 & 5), and this is our main entertainment.  So we had to consider our options.

Right from the start, we knew we weren't going to switch to another cable company because the money saved was too tempting.  We already have a Netflix DVD plan, but that doesn't help with watching current tv seasons.  We considered Hulu plus, but ultimately decided against that too.

Instead, we went to our favorite big box store and bought an antenna for $30.  We hooked it up to the tv, which was super easy and fast.  And just like that, we had about 20 channels or so for FREE.  And they come in super clear.  For FREE. 
I don't know about you, but I'm incredibly amazed.  I heard of people using an antenna, but I always thought it was like cheesy rabbit ears and fuzzy reception.  Umm no.  It's not like that at all.  I seriously feel like we're stealing cable, ha. 

With the antenna we can watch most of the tv shows that we enjoyed with cable.  Though there are a few that are on channels that we don't get anymore.  For those few, we're usually able to find them online on the network site or on Hulu.  Instead of watching the show on the laptop, we hook it up to the tv with an HDMI cord so we can watch it on our tv instead!  Love it!  And it's also FREE!

Free is good!  Seriously, it's one of the best decision we've made and I only wish we'd gone through with it long ago :)

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1 comment:

Tara said...

An antenna is a very good option for television if you don't want to pay for cable. I admit I miss having cable, but with the cheap $15 antenna I have I get a few channels that keep me entertained. I'm sure if I invested in a better quality antenna I could probably get all of the over the air channels in my area. Best of all, it's FREE! Good post.