Let me start by saying this, we are a TV family. Our nights at home consist of dinner then a show or movie as a family. We all LOVE it. I won’t even mention how often ESPN was on our TV – I mean we live in Baton Rouge, y’all #geauxtigers!
A few weeks ago, as we were going over our budget, I looked at my husband and told him we spent WAY too much on cable, it was honestly ridiculous. He just looked back and said “ok, then let’s cancel it.” WHAT? No, I mean I wasn’t going crazy here, I just meant we needed to call said company and negotiate our bill. After I calmed down a little, we agreed to cut the cord and see how we handled it.
Here are a few ways we get the shows we need:
Streaming Services – we subscribe to both Hulu and Netflix. We subscribed to these in addition to cable before, so this is not an additional expense.
Certain Station Apps – there were two main TV stations we watched when we had cable and the shows are not on Hulu or Netflix. CBS and ESPN – we now pay for their app on our Roku so that we can still watch all of our favorite shows anytime we want. The CBS App is $5.99 per month and the ESPN App is $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.
That is all we have as far as streaming is concerned. There are plenty of other options you can add as far as apps if you want them. I will admit that I was worried about missing HGTV on Saturdays when I am cleaning (wait … do other people watch dream houses while they do laundry? Oh, just me … ok then). So far, I just turn on Property Brothers on Netflix and I haven’t missed it at all!
As far as our family time has gone, all is good. We have found a few sitcoms that are family appropriate and now we have unlimited episodes and no commercials – I call that a win! We are saving about $90 a month from the amount we were paying for cable and have not missed it!