I enjoy watching television, especially documentaries and football. The time is near that football is starting back up, both college and pro, so I want to be able to sit in front of the television and enjoy. Though, I am a large fan of football and other television shows, I find it very hard to justify the monthly cost of cable. I don’t have any sports package, but I do have HD service. My service is from Time Warner Cable.
There are many people out there that dislike Time Warner Cable and hate how they have a monopoly in many regions. They work the same way as Comcast. I don’t mind how TWC does business because I know that they are a business. If you had a multimillion dollar company, you would run it with as much control as TWC does. This is not where my issue with cable lies. I am not a fan of paying for something that I don’t use.
Taking the Plunge
Today was the day that I finally had enough and cut the cord from Time Warner. I called them up and told them that I no longer wished to use their television service, even though I still have their internet. They tried to push me over to the retention department in order to keep me as a cable customer, but I was not interested. I have been working on shaving money from our monthly utility bills and cable was an obvious choice. If I only watch cable, but a few times a year, then it does not make financial sense to keep paying monthly.
I had to stop by the TWC office to return my HD cable box and remote because I didn’t want to get charged for a non-return. This charge varies, but probably would be way more than what I am saving per month. By the way, after cutting the cord, I was able to save our household $55 a month. This is a nice little chunk of change to put into my high-interest savings account or even my Roth IRA.
Cutting the cord is a hard decision for many to make. They believe that TV is a necessity and would rather find other ways to reduce their monthly bills. If you are one of these people, then I can say that it might be difficult to reduce your debt, because you have issues differentiating between your wants and needs. If you do not watch TV on a regular occasion, then cutting the cord is an easy way to put a little dent in your debt.
My Options For Still Enjoying TV
Not only have I cut the cord, but I am still able to watch the major networks due to my over-the-air antenna from Mohu. This is a great little antenna that picks up about 25 channels in my area. It cost me $35 as a one time charge and I no longer have to worry about a high cable bill. I still get to watch Saturday college football and Sunday NFL. This was a perfect solution for me. I get my documentary fix from Netflix and Hulu. I have had a Netflix account for years and find the $9 a month charge to be well worth it. I only use the free edition of Hulu, so I am not adding another $9 a month for that.
Realizing that I had options to still be able to watch television, but cut my monthly bill by $55, was a no brainer for me. I had been sitting on my decision to cut the cord for quite some time, but I finally took the plunge after realizing how much I would save over the course of a year. Getting entertainment from other sources than cable television can take some getting used to, but it is well worth it in the end. I can say that I am very happy with my decision as I watch HD television with my antenna while creating this post.
If you have been thinking about cutting the cord, then check out if an antenna might work for you or if a streaming service might be an option. Let me know if you have cut the cord or in the process of mulling it over.