Post # 1
Ever since our recent marriage, H and I have become more dedicated to budgeting and spend meaningfully. We live on VERY modest incomes and are trying to make the most of it until I graduate and start adding significantly to our income.
As part of pre-martial counseling we took Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and just recently starting using YNAB. The more I look at it, cable seems like a pretty good place to cut. I use my parents Netflix account and I feel that swapping cable for Hulu could safe us a good chunk of money.
H is worried about missing out on sports, but I feel that most significant games can be found on local channels.
Has anyone else cut cable? How did it work out for you?
PS – other budget cutting ideas welcome!
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
We did it and only regret it once in a while but I love saving $100 a month by cutting off the cable. As for sports, most are broadcast live online and at the the very least he can watch them on redzone online. For really big games we go to the local sports bar.
Post # 4
@IowaDDS13: We’re doing this as soon as Breaking Bad finishes (or if I can find another way to see it). My cousins, sister and several friends have all done it as well. None are sports fans though so I don’t know how to help there.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We’ve never had cable and it’s not big deal. We watch shows and movies on Netflix and Hulu and occasionally rent a Redbox movie. We go over to friends’ houses for Sunday or Monday night football. I really don’t feel like I’m missing out at all, and this way you can avoid all those horrendous commercials.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2013 - A court...
Dh is a sports guy as well but he just checks espn on my phone and occasionally watches a few YouTube videos of the highlights. Aside from that its mainly news, a couple good shows, and movies for us.
Post # 7
Never had it. At least not since I moved out of my parents house 18 years ago. Before FI moved in I had an old tv with a digital converter box and rabbit ears tucked away mostly unused. Now we have a large tv hanging over the fireplace. We’ll watch Netflix on the blu-ray and we have a pc hooked up so we can watch things from the internet on the big screen. I would think? that most sportsnow days are streamed live? I would recommend a wireless keyboard and mouse though so you don’t have to get up to change the “channel.”
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
@IowaDDS13: Okay, promise me you won’t laugh!
I cut my cable since I moved in with FI. We still watch TV. Get this: we are able to use rabbit ears with our flat-screen. We get a total of 4 to 5 channels. FI watches hockey religiously and is able to catch most major sport events on CBC. (We don’t even have NetFlix; if we really want to rent movies, we borrow from the public library)
Price of internet + basic cable (only 22 channels; most of these channels are free on rabbit ears anyway) = $72 CAD monthly
It might have increased since then — let’s just say that’s $864 every year. Over 5 years, that’s 4320$ — depending on whether we were to take into interest rates into account; etc. However, if we were to put that into a savings account which presumably earns 1.2% annually, we could save up $4,425 at the end of 5 years. (Sorry, I work in accounting, lol)
We still pay for internet because I need it for professional studies after work.
@beachbride1216: +1 on the sports bar. It becomes a fun date night.
Post # 9
I’d like to either cut out our cable or just get the basic package, but my husband likes the movie channels. He is in charge of the cable/internet bill, so I guess if he wants to pay that much, more power to him.
We are fortunate now that we can pay for cable, but if we needed to tighten our budget, that would be one of the first to go. Most shows or movies I watch I can watch online or Netflix.
Post # 10
I’ve never had cable/satellite in my life, and I’m doing just fine. I really don’t mind it. A lot of major sports games are on network TV, as are quite a few good shows. For other shows, like ones on HBO and such, I just find them online and stream them. I don’t miss a thing and I don’t pay anything for TV.
Post # 11
I was so into cable. I had a HDTV and an HD DVR for years. When I went back to gradschool, with a significant budget cut, I kept it for the first semester. But I had no time to watch TV anyways, so I got rid of it. My FI had lived in a studio apartment with no internet or cable for THREE YEARS. When we moved into our first place together, our complex paid for cable, so we got it back and I was so happy.
Now we’re moving to a new city and likely won’t have the budget for cable. I’m fine with cutting it out again, but my fiance is so addicted now!
All that being said, we’re probably going to stick with Netflix and Hulu at the new city.
Post # 12
We’ve never had cable, not even the basic package; it’s really not a problem. If there’s something I want to watch, I can find it online.
Post # 13
I haven’t had cable in something like 5 years.
We survive on Hulu, Netflix and Amazon. They’re cheap, and you can get almost everything you’d ever want to see for much cheaper! We spend about $15/month. We do RedBox for movies, too. I
Post # 14
I just cut cable in the last month, and I only regret not doing it sooner! I also second other pp’s recommendations of Netflix and Hulu. DH and I opted to get HuluPlus so we can catch most shows the day after it airs. If DH feels he needs to watch a sports event he just heads to one of his friends so no major loss.
Post # 15
We’ve not cut it out completely but we’ve cut our bill to £40 p/m it’s an all in bundle with home phone and boardband too. We’ve also switched our mobiles to cheaper tariffs and FH has a less fancy phone. His monthly bill is halved…all in the name of wedding savings. I will have our dream rings and photographer.
Post # 16
I used to work in a factory where I assembled lots of wires. I thought this thread was going to be about actually cutting cable wires. Oh god.. Time for bed.
ps. I love cable and watch so much junk TV. It’s pretty awful.