I cut the cord in 2008. After months of arguing with my cable provider about unfair charges and inconsistent service, I was fed up with losing what felt like days of my life on hold and repeating the same issues to every employee at the company (yes, I am being slightly dramatic).
So I quit them. I cancelled my cable service and immediately enjoyed a $80 plus a month raise (not really, but I did have $80 plus more a month to spend).
With my extra money burning a hole on my pocket (afterall, this was years before my Year of No Spending), I set out to Best Buy to purchase an antenna. Now you may not know this, but technology has come a long way in recent years. Antennas are no longer rabbit ears or tinfoil coming out of the top of your TV (though in 2008 I’m pretty sure my TV may have had a spot for rabbit ears). The antenna I bought was a smallish flat box that attached by a cord into the “cable in” port on the back of my TV. To my delight, the channel scan proved that I got all the major networks. My husband got most of the games and Grey’s night was back on for me! I also got a Spanish channel, several local stations, and a home shopping channel. Life was good. In fact, we still use this same antenna and get amazing reception!
We also started using Netflix. I’m sure you have it, and if you don’t, you should consider getting it. It only costs eight bucks a month, and, while in 2008 it left a little to be desired (okay, a lot), they have gotten much better content and have started producing their own shows. So many of them are really entertaining.
Recently, we added Amazon Prime as well. We do not use it for watching TV very much, but the free shipping alone pays for itself.
Truthfully, we rarely watch TV. Sure, my kids binge watch Kate and Mim Mim and the new Magic School Bus from time to time, but the adults in my home stick to football once a week and the occasional HIMYM when the kids are napping. In fact, we watch real TV so infrequently that my kids do not understand what commercials are (which means a meltdown occurs during every commercial break). They also do not understand that they cannot choose what is on (cue another meltdown). But we definitely do not feel like we are missing out on anything, except maybe that $150 a month bill we’d be paying if we did have cable!