Cable television is one of those expenses that we seem to think of as a necessity. It’s a monthly bill that many deem as important as their cell phone, gas, electricity and water bills. However cable tv is a luxury. If you are going through rough financial times or just want to be more frugal, consider getting rid of your cable tv service. You could also choose to ditch watching tv entirely, as there is more to life than what is on a television screen. But if you want to start small, here are a few reasons to cut the cord and ditch your cable tv service.
Many shows are now posted online, available for you to watch free of charge. You can watch them on your laptop or you could connect your laptop to your television and watch them there. You could also buy a boxee (boxee.tv) for $200 and watch your favorite tv shows streaming on your television using your internet connection. If you want even more TV you can get Hulu Plus. If you like movies you can get a Netflix membership or rent movies at a Redbox.
If you are paying $75 a month for your cable/satellite then you are paying $900 a year. Imagine what you could do with nine hundred dollars, every single year, year after year. Not only that, but you know prices are only going to increase in the future, as they have been doing. You may think you’re getting a good deal on your cable since you’re bundling telephone, cable and internet. However you don’t need your landline telephone anymore if you have a cell phone and you don’t need cable either. So in fact, you’re paying over a hundred dollars a month for the only service you really need, the internet.
You always hear about the cable or satellite companies saying you can get free high definition with their packages. But you can get free high definition over the air. All you need is an HDTV and an antenna. It doesn’t have to be an HD antenna. The signals are going out in high definition already. So don’t think you need a cable box to watch programming in high def.
Some of the best shows are on the major network programming (CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX) which you can get over the air. If you want the news you can find a news program on your local channels at just about any hour.