This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Today we returned the cable boxes and unhooked ourselves from Comcast cable.
It all started out when we moved to a smaller unit a few months ago (part of the plan to downsize). We weren’t on a contract but we had one of those “bundled” plans that was discounted. At the same time, we were aggravated by their service issues. We realized that out of roughly 200 channels, we were really only watching a handful.
Here are a few ideas on getting shows:
- An indoor HD TV antenna or a regular antenna allows you to get all the free channels. Cost is around $12 for “rabbit ears” antenna or $36 for an HD antenna, and the monthly cost is $ 0.
- Get shows via Hulu and Netflix, at a fraction of the cost. Cost is around $7.99 for either one if your TV is a newer model and allows the access.
- Watch shows directly from the networks via internet. Cost= free.
- The Roku 3 is small box that is connected to the TV that lets you stream shows from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu Plus; accessing 1000+ channels and growing. Initial cost of the Roku 3 is $89, monthly cost depends on what services you subscribe to.
For us, getting rid of cable saves $70 from the monthly bill. Currently we are on Option 1 but may consider adding services later. Even adding a small monthly $7.99 bill from Netflix is still only a fraction of what we were spending.
If you are wondering how you might find some savings for the emergency fund or buy some preps, consider cutting out cable TV. Small steps you can take:
- Evaluate your family’s viewing habits for a week.
- Write down the channels you most often watch. I bet most of those channels are not being used.
- Do some research on what’s available, talk to the family, then decide.
With all the alternatives available, I am certain we won’t miss it at all.
© Apartment Prepper 2014