We’ve been living without it since October 2009. For nearly 2 years we’ve been cable-TV-less. We cut the cord when we moved out of our small apartment and into a house. We wanted to understand what our new lifestyle as homeowners. Unsure of our new bills and responsibilities to maintaining our home, we promised to just wait a few months before calling our local cable company and plugging back in. A few months turned into spring then summer and before you knew it we didn’t miss it.
We thought we would. We really did, but we didn’t. We didn’t miss sitting down and surfing through hundreds of channels only to find nothing we wanted to watch. We didn’t miss having to call because our cable went out. We didn’t miss having our DVR breakdown, only to lose all of its content. We didn’t miss having to call the cable company and enter our account number and work through the computer before finally getting someone to help us. When push came to shove cable TV provides mediocre programing at a premium price and it wasn’t reliable.
What do we watch? Broadcast TV- GASP. No, seriously we do. We purchased an HD antenna and love the additional PBS programming on WXXI that’s available. It’s a much better picture than basic cable provided. We also watch Hulu on our TV after purchasing a $5 HDMI cable.
The downfall, while our monthly expense on cable-TV is gone, we pay more for our internet service since we no longer package it with cable-TV. That being said, we are still saving nearly $1,000 per year.
And that’s how we cut the cord.