I know, I know, you’ve already heard this a thousand times. “Cut cable, it’s a trap!” “You can save money by cutting cable!” You probably already have Netflix but can’t convince yourself to miss all your shows. Yeah, they may eventually be on Netflix but you don’t want to be the only one in the office who doesn’t know what the heck is going on in The Walking Dead. For some reason it’s just too hard to let go. (Except when it comes to money, you have NO problem letting go of that …)
Lucky for you, you can still have your cake and eat it too. (your shows, I mean you can still have your shows and watch them once they air …) But I must warn you, you will save about $997.44 every year. That’s kind of a big chunk of money, and I don’t know what you’re going to do with almost an extra $1,000 a year. Maybe put it towards a family trip to Hawaii?
HOLD UP! You’re telling me that by cutting cable you could finally take that much needed family vacation to Hawaii?! You’d be insane not to be cutting your cable right now – except for that nasty, back-stabbing contract you’re in. Okay, I’m getting a little ahead of myself. First, let’s go over exactly how you can watch all your shows (literally the next day it airs!)
I was interested to Hulu by my sister-in-law. My husband and I refused to spend the money on cable so all we had was Netflix. And while I love Netflix (I think I’ve watched all 10 seasons of Friends 7 times now) we just felt like we were missing out. Everyone would talk about the “hit, new” shows they were watching and we talked about how watching Stranger Things for the third time was even better than the first and second time. I’ll admit, I was a little cable envious. Definitely not of their bill though, that was the only thing that kept us away.
My sister-in-law saved us from almost getting caught up in a cable contract. We would have been lost (for at least 2 years, paying an outrageous bill.) As she showed us Hulu, and brought us into the light, we were intrigued by all the newest shows. And my husband no longer felt like he was suffering from not watching The Walking Dead. Hulu is amazing and I can’t praise it enough. It continuously saves lives, by destroying one renewable cable contract at a time.
Okay, that was a little bit dramatic. But, we’re talking about some of the best shows currently on TV so I had to portray my best “drama” reenactment.
Let’s get down to the basics. Hulu is a service just like Netflix except they have current seasons of all the hottest TV shows. The episode doesn’t get put on until the night after it airs, but you’re going to be so busy planning your family trip to Hawaii with that extra cable money that you won’t even notice if you’re watching it a day late.
It is like Netflix, however, in the fact that they have entire series of shows that have ended and movies. Personally, I think that Netflix has a better movie selection. But, Hulu has all my fave TV shows so I don’t blame them one bit. And for a minimum of getting all your fave shows for $7.99 a month (mind you, this is with limited commercials) I’d be happy to watch any commercial! I promise, they really are limited, not even close to how many commercials are on cable. Want to just get rid of commercials altogether? Your wish is my command, at $11.99 you will literally be commercial free. This world is truly a great place.
Guys, I can’t even tell you how much money you could save. Well, I guess I did tell you. But, did you know that …
The average cable bill is $99.10 a month
Ouch … That hurts your wallet. Sadly, your bill may be even more than that. YIKES!
But ….. Can you really save money by cutting cable?
If you had Netflix and Hulu alone at the minimum cost you would only pay $15.98 a month. At the maximum, it would still only be $23.98 a month. For a whole year you would only spend between $191.76 to $287.79. Compared to $1,189.20 a year (if we’re going off the average above …) You might be paying higher than that and that’s just sickening.
This just goes to show that you CAN save money by cutting cable. What would you rather have, all the channels you want or a hefty retirement?
This is mind boggling. Does your cable mean that much to you? Have you ever heard of family time WITHOUT a television? If you’re one of those naysayers who doesn’t think you’ll save more by cutting cable then you can spend a ridiculous amount and be on your merry way.
If you’re super curious now, I totally encourage you to go check Hulu out. You have more options than just Hulu and Netflix. Those are just the only two that I’ve used and love. We do have Amazon Prime and get all their movies, which isn’t the best selection. But, we use our Amazon Prime because if you’re going to buy stuff anyways why not get free shipping?
Anyways, because I haven’t used any others I can’t give you an honest opinion. There’s so many other options than cable that there’s no way I could mention them all on here.
Remember that you’re supposed to SAVE money by cutting cable. Even though your teenager may think it’s just to torture them. Try out some family time, and take that trip to Hawaii 🙂
My challenge for you is to look at how much you’re paying for TV right now and figure out how you can save money by cutting cable or trying to just lower your bill. If you’re paying over $23.98 then it’s definitely time to reconsider. You can always call your cable company and cut some channels, see if they have any specials going on. Or, cut it all together and make the switch to these super frugal options.