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LIVING WITH LESS: HOW WE GOT RID OF CABLE

I’m writing this post as I literally post my external antenna up against the window before my show comes on. When we moved, we significantly downsized on “stuff,”  and cable was one of the first filler items to go. We found out that you could get a cheap antenna (we bought this one) and pick up local channels in the area & we used this website to see what channels we could stream. We decided on this antenna and it’s been working out great. We had become so dependent upon a DVR, we weren’t really sure how this would go, but it turns out, “out of sight, out of mind.” We watch a significantly less amount of TV and when shows we do like are on, we are forced to put our phones and computers away and tune into only one screen because there is no rewind button, and when you are watching shows like “The Bachelor,” you cannot miss out! We subscribe to Netflix too, so it’s not as if we are going completely off the grid, but we’re saving a large amount of money and being more present in the time we choose to watch TV which I’d say is a better experience overall. Anyway, here are some tips for those of you on the fence about getting rid of your cable:

  • We were paying $110 for cable/internet/DVR which is actually cheap for cable in California but now we only pay $50 for internet. Think of what you could get for $600 if you were to put the money you were spending aside for a year.
  • Ask your mom/dad/sister/grandma/friend, or whoever you feel comfortable with, if you can use their cable login. My sister lets me log into her cable online and I can stream quite a few channels and shows just by signing into certain channel websites on occasion. That was how I watched the olympics!
  • We don’t watch enough TV to really need to subscribe to Hulu, but there are so many options in addition to Hulu. If you’re missing out on specific channels or shows, chances are you can subscribe to just that network–For instance here is an article sharing how to get HBO without Cable TV. Google search “How to watch ____ without cable” and I guarantee what you are looking for will come up!
  • We have a smart TV, meaning all of the apps that you would need an apple TV for are already built into the TV. But if you don’t have a smart TV (we certainly didn’t until more recent times) I suggest investing in apple TV–there are a ton of apps you can use, not to mention if you do sign on to a friend/family’s cable account you can screen share what you are watching on your computer to the TV (This is what we did before getting a smart TV and now we use our apple TV in our bedroom).
  • Utilize YouTube! There are so many great channels on YouTube! You can check mine out here!

I really hope this helps if you’re on the fence about getting rid of cable. I didn’t know if we could do it #firstworldproblems, but it has truly been one of the best things we have done so far!  Anything I forgot? Or loopholes you’d like to share with us? Comment below! You guys always have the best suggestions!

 

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