Ditching cable for 2012

So here's an unplanned New Year's resolution for ya.  We're ditching cable for 2012.

Yup. It's done.  It's gone.  No cable TV. Crazy, I tell ya.

Now, I've said more than once, that I'd easily give up cable if we stopped getting a good rate.  But every time that our promotional rate ran out, the Hubby was able to call and talk them into giving us back the promo rate for another 3-6 months or so.  This has been going on for years.

One time, when he called, he even got a brand new LOWER rate than what we were originally paying.  How crazy is that?!?!  We used to pay about $105 a month for cable and internet.  After the lower rate kicked in, we were paying about $85 a month. 

But, alas, all good things must come to an end.  We got a letter in the mail that stated our promotional rate was ending, but have no fear, they understand the financial issues many people are facing.  So they were offering us this "new discounted promotional rate!"  And they tried to make it sound so exciting, like they were doing us this awesome favor.

Oh yay!  Except, no.  It wasn't any kind of favor. Except maybe us doing them a favor by giving them more money.  Ummm no thanks. 

According to their new promotional "discounted" rate, we'd be paying about $25 more per month on our bill.  Uhh yea that's SO not happening. 

So the Hubby started making phone calls.  And by "started," I mean that he had to call several times and speak with several different people, trying to get us a better rate than this letter stated.  He was offered more channels, phone service in addition to our cable and internet, along with other horrible deals.  Oh, and there was the person who said they could easily just give us our old $85 rate back.  But then, no, she apparently didn't know what she was talking about because that wasn't even allowed. Go figure.

So, we made the super easy decision to just cut the cord.  No more cable service as of last week.  Luckily, we were able to secure a deal for our internet for $40 a month for 6 months with our same provider.  So we don't need to find a new one just yet.  We'll see what happens on that front in 6 months.

In an upcoming post, I'll describe where we are with our other TV options, since we don't have cable anymore.

Tell me, have you ever ditched cable?  Ditched TV completely?  What kind of TV service do you have?  Digital converter box? Antenna? Do you stream from the internet? Netflix? Hulu?  How's it working out for you?


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Kelly @ Dysfunctionally Functional said...

Hi! First time visitor here, and I found your blog through "Tuesday Friend & Follow."

I was really, really close to doing this a few years ago. Most of what I watch I can catch online, so what's the point of an extra bill?

But then my dad came to live with us, and he has to have his satellite TV. Watching TV and reading are all he really does all day, every day...and he pays for the satellite service, so it's all cool.

Will be following you, and will visit again soon!

Here's my Tuesday post!

Mommy With Selective Memory said...

You are brave! I had a friend who ditched cable recently, only to get it again a few months later. She couldn't live without it and I don't blame her!! But good luck I bet you'll be a lot more productive!! Thanks for stopping by from the blog I'm glad I stopped by too!

Rose said...

My husband and I ditched cable almost 2 years ago and haven't looked back. We use Netflix (both streaming and discs) and Hulu and love it.