Cable-Be-Gone

I mentioned in my last post that we cut cable at the end of 2013.  It has been about 5 weeks and GUESS WHAT!

Yeah, I am totally fine.  I don't miss cable or the DVR one single bit.

We were already Netflix subscribers and have Hulu Plus, too, so when we cancelled our service, we just needed to get an antenna for over the air channels.  We also got Amazon Prime which was only been semi-useful (I love their exclusive series, Betas, and they have some stuff not on Netflix) but I did get all my Christmas gifts shipped free and fast, so that was good.

The antenna we got is the Mohu Leaf.  It has been hit or miss getting channels with this thing which I'm pretty sure has to do with our location (we are right next to a major airport).  But, for the most part, we get most channels.  At this point in time, we get all the basics except Fox.  Fox inexplicably went out during the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl but I didn't care.

Our previous cable + internet bill totalled $135/mo and we had gotten a letter in November saying the rates were going up (another $10-15ish).  We took that as a sign.  Our new rate is around $50/mo for internet only.

Annual Savings = $100/mo x 12 = $1200

One Time Expenses:

  • Mohu Leaf Antenna = $60
  • New Modem (to replace the cable company rental) = $80

Ongoing Expenses:

  • Hulu Plus = $0 (we "share" an account)
  • Netflix = $20/mo x 12 = $240/yr
  • Amazon Prime = $80/yr (rumor is that this rate is going up)- this is the only new ongoing cost

The only "con" I can think of is that I feel like I am watching more stuff now!  Now that I have to purposely select what I'm going to watch instead of mindlessly flipping or setting it to House Hunters, I am at least paying more attention when I am watching TV.  

If you've been thinking of taking the cable-free plunge, do it!  You've got nothing to lose and bunches and dollars to gain.  Hooray!