Cut the Cord: How we cut cable and saved

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So waaaaaay back in August, I wrote a post on debating if we should cut the cable. I had quite a few people tell me that it was a great idea, especially since we had Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. But, I dragged my feet and never did it. Going in to this year we are looking to try and save money and cut costs. Cable is an easy way that we’ve found to do this.

Cutting Cable can be a quick way to save

Cutting Cable can be a quick way to save

Our Old Bill

Our cable bill including internet was running $185/month. FAR too high! I was dreading the automatic payment each month. We had all the movie channels (HBO, Cinemax, Stars, Encore, plus some others that I never even watched). Our channel lineup was over 250 channels. We watched probably about 15 channels regularly. I found this to be frustrating. We were paying for hundreds of channels and barely watching any.

Netflix is a great way to stream movies and shows.

Netflix is a great way to stream movies and shows.

This past summer I had signed up for Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime. I figured with our Sony Blue-ray (Sony BDPS1200 Blu-Ray Disc Player, Wired, Affiliate link) I would be able to stream them right on to our TV. Most of of the shows that we watched and that the boys watched were on one, if not all three, of these services.

Hulu-Plus offers great TV Shows including some that are pretty hard to find.

Hulu-Plus offers great TV Shows including some that are pretty hard to find.

If you don’t want the option to have your blue-ray wired directly into the internet. This is a great unit that has a wifi option: Sony BDPS3200 Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi (Affiliate link).

Amazon Prime Instant Video is another source of our TV and Movies

Amazon Prime Instant Video is another source of our TV and Movies

Streaming Services

With Netflix, Hulu-Plus, and Amazing Prime Instant Video we are able to watch not only on our TV, but also on tablets as well (you do need to check how many devices at one time your services are allowed on). I see fewer arguments over what we are watching because of this option, and Mom & Dad don’t always have to be watching a kids show.

So, lets get down to the savings part of all this. We were paying $185 per month for cable. My new bill for just internet is $63 per month; a $122 per month savings. But, I do have to pay for our streaming services. These come to $21.56 per month. That is incredible! One quick phone call has saved us $100 per month, an extra $1,200 per year. We can’t complain!